When you stood up on your wedding day and professed “to death us do part” I bet you never imagined for a second how much you would sometimes want to kill your spouse! But, the reality of marriage is that it can be hard & frustrating and some days you will probably wish you had never got married in the first place.
Planning a wedding can be seriously stressful and paying for it can be excruciatingly expensive, but the real challenge of any marriage is making it work year after year, long after the dizzying endorphin rush and butterflies in the stomach have subsided and being replaced with wearisome arguments about who’s turn it is to empty the trash.
Most marriages go through difficult periods. It could be caused by the discovery of infidelity, financial hardship or the death of a loved one. But sometimes, there is no real “reason”. Sometimes, you just don’t feel connected or attracted to your partner, or maybe you don’t feel connected or attracted to yourself. A marriage is perhaps the most important relationship of any adult’s life and should not be discarded easily.
With divorce rates at an all time high, it is maybe no surprise that more and more married couples are looking for marriage guidance and relationship counseling to try and help them improve or even salvage their marriage and restore their loving bond.
In this post we are going to take a look at the top 5 online marriage counseling programs and see what they can offer to married couples who need a little help.
These days, most practicing therapists and counselors dabble in marriage counseling – after all, with marital breakdown so common, it is proving to be quite a lucrative niche. However, sometimes it is best to go and see the real experts and seek out a counselor or counseling practice that specializes in couples and marriage guidance.
Regain is the dedicated marriage counseling subsidiary of Betterhelp – possibly the biggest and best online therapy provider in the world today. Betterhelp recognized that marriage counseling demand was so high and the issues so unique that they decided to set up Regain in order to provide fast, efficient and effective marriage counseling to as many struggling marital relationships as possible.
Regain is the ideal online marriage therapy provider for couples who want to commence couples treatment with a qualified psychologist together. A Regain subscription costs between $60 and $80 a week and includes live sessions (phone or video, your choice) as well unlimited text and chat messaging with your appointed counselor.
One minor downside is that Regain does not allow 3-way live sessions. So you and your loved one would have to be at the same location for video calls which could be a problem if you have separated or are working away.
If Regain sounds like the solution to your marital challenges then, read our detailed Regain review, or simply visit their site by hitting the button below.
Like Betterhelp, Amwell is one of the most established, successful and trusted names in the online therapy and e-counseling space. Amwell boasts a very impressive and extensive roster of therapists ranging from psychologists and psychiatrists to qualified counselors. They help patients with problems ranging from anxiety and substance abuse all the way to marriage guidance.
Amwell’s extensive experience makes them a great option for couples seeking marital help who have a number of “issues” going on such as depression, work stress or alcohol problems. They are also recognized by the widest number of health insurers – therefore if you can get your insurer to agree to pay for your marriage counseling then Amwell are a good option.
Keep in mind marriage counseling or couples therapy are often not included in insurance plans, even though Amwell tells us they often manage to get coverage for their patients. We suggest you first check with your insurance provider, or contact Amwell’s support team for guidance. You can also read our article about online counseling with insurance.
Unlike with Regain, Amwell operates book and pay method rather than a subscription. This means you only pay for what you need but you do lose out things such as unlimited 24/7 text chat support.
For more details, why not check out our full Amwell Review. Alternatively, to visit their site just click on the button below.
We kind of touched on this above, but sometimes the problems a marital couple are experiencing are not primarily rooted in the relationship itself, but rather with the individuals who make up that relationship. For example, if your marriage is going through difficulties because you can’t stop drinking or gambling, then the simple truth is that standard married couples counseling may not be as effective as simply getting help with your addictions.
Talkspace is a great online therapy provider for married partners seeking help as an individual. They specialize in primarily helping patients to work through their problems (be it stress, depression or PTSD) and then in helping them to reflect on how their issues are affecting their partner and the relationship as a whole.
Another big draw of Talkspace is that they are ideal for spouses who can’t convince their partner to begin marriage counseling right now but want guidance and counseling themselves. However, it goes without saying that marriage counseling can only really work when both parties are ready and willing to make it work.
Talkspace offer very affordable online marriage counseling, they will accept insurance and they offer a wide range of therapists too.
You can read more by checking out our Talkspace review or by hitting the button below to access their site.
We love it when things do exactly what they say on the box. Relationship Hero will try their best to save your marriage by helping you and your partner to search for the hero’s inside of yourselves.
They are an organization specializing in relationship therapy (be it familial, corporate or sexual relationships) and as such, they have helped a lot of marriages. From this list the closest competitor is Regain and like Regain, Relationship Hero lets you choose from your own counselor from their long list of relationship therapists. However, note that some of their therapists are not fully qualified psychologists but just ‘counselors’; for this reason we did not give RH the top spot.
Still, their service is affordable, they have one of the best smartphone and iOS apps in the teletherapy space, and you don’t have to pay anything until your first session.
If you want more information, then be sure to read our thorough Relationship Hero review, Or if you’re already convinced, just visit their site by using the button below.
Whilst ultimately, love is love and all relationships face the same challenges, there are still some issues experienced more acutely by non-heterosexual couples. As the name suggests Pride Counseling provides online therapy and tele-counseling to members of the LGBTQ community. This could be with issues in “coming out” or it could be with marriage/civil partnership problems.
Pride is another Betterhelp sister-site catering to a dedicated clientele and as such, the overall standard is very high. With Pride you can choose a therapist who is a member of the LGBTQ community themselves or at least has a lot of prior experience in dealing with the community and gay issues.
If you need more details, then check out our dedicated Pride Counseling review or else just hit the button below to be taken to the site.
All forms of therapy and counseling can be very effective and even life changing. It ultimately comes down to finding the right therapist and fully engaging with them.
The main disadvantage with online therapy is that the counselor is not able to observe the patient’s body language as fully as they could in face to face setting. However, virtual counseling works best for couples who have busy lives and cannot always get to a therapist’s office and is also useful for those who just don’t feel ready to open up face to face.
Online marriage guidance can also be useful for couples who are no longer living together or are perhaps working away from home. The kind of issues that online marriage counseling can help couples with include;
Please note that marriage counseling is perhaps not ideal for anybody who is in an abusive or “toxic” relationship. If you think that this describes your marital relationship, then it is better to seek help on your own.
There really is no secret to a happy marriage. Every marital relationship is different and every spouse has different needs for themselves and varying expectations of their partner. But what is universally true is that a successful marriage rarely comes easily, it is something you will need to work at, and there will always be some rough patches and obstacles to overcome.
If you are considering marriage counseling, then please don’t feel somehow “ashamed” that you need help ‘‘fixing’ ’your relationship. Rather, the fact you are willing to do whatever it takes to try to improve your marriage is testament to your love and dedication to it and to your partner.
We hope you found this roundup helpful and we hope it sets you on the right path to getting the extra bit of help your relationship needs.