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Couple and Marriage Counseling

The McNulty Counseling Team Specializes in Couples and Marriage Counseling

The average couple waits about six years before seeking any kind of professional help. If you’re at the point where some of the statements below pertain to your situation, it may be time (or even past time) for you and your partner to pick up the phone and make that call.

Why couples seek therapy:

  • We seem to argue about the same two or three things over and over without ever getting anywhere.
  • We can’t seem to talk anymore without getting defensive or critical towards one another.
  • We act like roommates, acquaintances, or even business partners with little to no romance or intimacy.
  • I feel uncomfortable with conflict, and I feel like I can’t bring up how I’m feeling inside without it being misunderstood or misconstrued.
  • My partner is so emotional that when they bring something up I avoid the situation completely or close off.
  • There has been infidelity, and we don’t know what to do next.

Most problems in relationships stem from a lack of communication. To make things worse, emotions run high when the dynamics above become the norm. Couples become overwhelmed without the right communication skills making conversation even more difficult and frustrating. Couples feel confused because it’s difficult to know where to go to learn these skills, and for some, discussing these issues with a therapist may feel uncomfortable. However, therapy is a safe place to learn, utilize, and practice the techniques of healthy communication in our relationships. Our couples counselors at McNulty Counseling and Wellness specialize in helping couples to learn or relearn ways of talking to and hearing their partner while simultaneously being heard, understood, and accepted for who they are. We teach couples proven ways to effectively converse by introducing the idea of conflict as something that can be positive when handled the right way. They learn how to change the conversation styles that lead to contempt, defensiveness, criticism, and stonewalling.


Couples learn:

  • How to approach and discuss sensitive topics that are causing emotional separation.
  • New problem solving techniques to find areas of compromise and understanding.
  • Effective tools to help rebuild their trust and friendship.
  • How to explore each other’s value systems in ways that are encouraging and accepting rather than threatening and disapproving.

Couples counseling can help improve relationships in the following areas:

  • Remove the anger and sadness of feeling misunderstood and unappreciated.
  • Resolve recurring problems by getting to the root of the disconnect and then addressing and resolving the underlying issues.
  • Going from little or no emotional connection with your partner to revitalizing the love and connectivity that was once there.
  • Rebuild trust and optimism in the relationship.
  • Create a lasting bond of renewed admiration and emotional connectivity to your partner.

Contact McNulty Counseling and Wellness today to get a free consultation to match with the right couples counselor for you and your partner!

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week depending on where you are in treatment. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Sometimes medication makes it more difficult to realize the underlying problems so if getting off of medication is something you’re interested in, I would be glad to help you in your journey.
A Licensed Mental Health Counselor has the training and qualifications that are equipped to handle a multitude of problems. They can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

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Reach out to us if you are unsure of what needs you have for counseling, questions about our mental healthcare practice, or about our Counseling Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida prior to coming to the office.

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