Best Online Therapy Options for Couples and Marriage Counseling

Did you know that in the United States, the divorce rate is approximately 2.5 per 1,000 people? Whether in marriage or not, relationships are hard work. So many challenges can arise when two people come together. It can be hard to communicate honestly and openly. There may be disagreements, arguments, and intense emotions. Sometimes, problems […]

Therapist Dr. Jaclyn Gulotta By Jaclyn Gulotta, LMHC

Updated on May 13, 2024

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Did you know that in the United States, the divorce rate is approximately 2.5 per 1,000 people?

Whether in marriage or not, relationships are hard work. So many challenges can arise when two people come together. It can be hard to communicate honestly and openly. There may be disagreements, arguments, and intense emotions. Sometimes, problems like infidelity, intimacy, finances, or parenting may put enormous stress on everyone involved.

Thankfully, there are professional therapists out there who work with couples to deal with issues like these. With the rise of technology, online relationship counseling is becoming a popular choice for busy people. Read on to learn more about what couples counseling involves and what options are available online.  

What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy is sometimes also called relationship counseling or marriage counseling. Couples therapy often involves a therapist meeting with two people in a relationship, differing from individual therapy, in which a person works with a therapist one-on-one. During marriage counseling sessions, the therapist will discuss issues that may challenge the relationship to create a healthier one.

Does couples counseling work? Yes, it certainly can: studies often show that couples therapy can help reduce relationship distress.

Common Problems that Relationship Counseling can Impact

There are many types of relationship issues that counseling can help with:


Working on communication and conflict resolution skills is commonly involved, which can lead to a healthier relationship. Such skills include problem-solving or learning to express emotions in healthy ways.

Anger or Aggression

Anger and aggression are other common issues that relationship counselors can help with. Left unaddressed, anger and aggression can negatively affect a relationship. Aggression can be physical, like hitting or causing injury, or psychological, like verbal abuse or threats. 

Couples counselors may address these issues by developing anger management skills like recognizing anger and its triggers and learning to take time-outs or other techniques to help regulate intense emotions.


Infidelity and extramarital affairs are major problems that can lead couples to divorce or separate. Couples therapy sessions for these issues might begin with helping couples cope with their emotions, behaviors, and everyday lives after discovering or disclosing an affair. The marriage therapist can help both individuals figure out what factors led to the affair and then facilitate a conversation between the couple about how to move forward. 


Intimacy and sexual difficulties may also be an issue a licensed counselor can help with. Qualified therapists may offer sex therapy to help improve a couple’s sex lives. On the other hand, intimacy-related matters do not always focus on sex alone; intimacy therapy for couples can sometimes focus on communication and desire.

Mental Health

Sometimes, couples therapy also involves discussing physical and mental health conditions that may affect a relationship. Whether they affect one or both people in the relationship, physical and mental health issues such as substance use disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, pain, disability, and terminal illness can often be a source of distress and conflict.

Other Concerns

Other concerns that may come up in romantic relationships include: 

Types of Therapists for Relationship Counseling

Many different types of licensed therapists, marriage counselors, and mental health professionals can help with relationship counseling, including:

Insurance providers may have different rules about what professional counselors they will pay for. Check with your insurance to see what coverage you’re eligible for.

How Does Couples Therapy Work?

Couples therapy sessions are commonly weekly sessions of about one hour each. The number of sessions needed depends on the couple and the relationship concerns involved. Sometimes, a few sessions over a few weeks is enough; sometimes, therapy is needed for several months. 

There are a wide range of formats that couples therapy sessions can take on, but the main objectives usually involve:

Types of Relationship Counseling

Relationship therapists can use many different therapy approaches, and the right type of therapy differs for clients’ unique needs. Here are a few examples:

Online Couples and Marriage Therapy

Online services are now easily available for couples counseling services. The use of virtual counseling services is part of a new type of health care called telemental health care.

Online relationship therapy usually involves meeting with a couples therapist using online therapy platforms that offer video sessions. Studies have found that videoconferencing can be as effective as in-person therapy for couples counseling.

3 Advantages of Online Couples and Marriage Therapy

Online couples therapy can have many advantages over in-person sessions. Below are three advantages couples have when they take part in online marriage counseling sessions:

1. Convenience

Online therapy platforms are usually accessed from a computer or mobile phone. That means that people can access it from wherever is most convenient for them, whether it be at home or on the go. Virtual therapy sessions may also be more convenient if individuals live in different locations or remote regions where counselors may be unavailable or if they are traveling.

2. Technological Tools

Online couples therapy also comes with the benefit of new technologies that can improve the therapy experience. For example, the online therapy platform may have links to online educational materials or provide reminders or notifications for follow-ups.

3. Cost-Effectiveness

Online counseling may also be more cost-effective for some people. Being able to attend a therapy session from a computer or phone may help save costs that would have been spent on things like gas, public transit, or parking. 

Challenges of Online Couples and Marriage Therapy

Everything has its pros and cons, and online therapy is no exception. Virtual therapy services rely on technology, which can come with its own difficulties: 

Seeking Help, Together

Online couples therapy can be an effective way to reduce stress and conflict in a relationship. Therapists usually work with both partners to bring harmony and strength to the relationship and help provide tips for managing emotions and improving communication.

There are many different types of relationship counseling to choose from, depending on personal preferences and the experience of the therapist you decide to work with. Check out our other articles to learn how to find the right couples therapist for your relationship.

At Grow Therapy, we make it easy to find a therapist who’s right for you and your partner. Check out our online search tool to find a therapist near you who specializes in couples and marriage therapy.


  • Couples therapy is when two people in a relationship meet together with a therapist to discuss issues that are challenging the relationship, such as communication, conflict, anger, aggression, infidelity, or intimacy. Different types of licensed therapists can provide couples counseling.

  • There are many different types of relationship counseling. Some approaches focus on emotions, such as Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), while others focus on behaviors, such as Behavioral Couples Therapy (BCT). Even further approaches use different strategies that often focus on communication, emotions, and understanding the relationship in different ways.

  • Online couples therapy can be a convenient and affordable option. The use of technology can bring more accessibility and extra features to online couples counseling. At the same time, a stable internet connection and the ability to access and use technology and computer or phone equipment is necessary. It’s also important to keep your privacy and confidentiality in mind when using online relationship counseling services.

About the author
Therapist Dr. Jaclyn Gulotta Jaclyn Gulotta, LMHC

Dr. Jaclyn Gulotta is a licensed mental health counselor with over 10 years of experience in the mental health field. She helps individuals overcome numerous issues, including stress and anxiety disorders, self-esteem issues, relationship issues, depression, behavioral issues, and grief.

This article is not meant to be a replacement for medical advice. We recommend speaking with a therapist for personalized information about your mental health. If you don’t currently have a therapist, we can connect you with one who can offer support and address any questions or concerns. If you or your child is experiencing a medical emergency, is considering harming themselves or others, or is otherwise in imminent danger, you should dial 9-1-1 and/or go to the nearest emergency room.

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