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Counting the Costs of Couples Counseling

In today’s difficult economic times, people are looking for a number of ways to save money. However, when it comes to repairing rusty relationships, it’s impossible to evaluate the costs of couples counseling without first taking a look at the costs of NOT doing it. After all, if maintaining your relationship is a priority, then allocating the necessary resources (whether time, money, effort, or personal sacrifice) only makes sense. Whether you are married or unmarried, in a heterosexual or same-sex relationship, couples counseling offers key benefits and advantages that hold the power to rescue your relationship from serious issues and “irreconcilable differences.”

  • Couples counseling can get a relationship off to a great start
  • Couples counseling can help you master key communication skills and effective problem solving strategies
  • Couples counseling can help you both view your relationship as a team effort and not two separate entities
  • Couples counseling can help you learn to tackle tough topics in a neutral, non-threatening manner

Average Rates for Couples Counseling

On average, you can expect to pay roughly $100 per session and will likely have one session each week for a three month period. This means that you can expect to spend about $1200 in the first ninety-days of your counseling experience. However, when you compare this to the estimated $1,500 on the low end and upwards of $15,000 in a contested divorce, the cost of couples counseling pales in comparison. If you’ve been resisting the solution of couples counseling solely because of the financial cost, take the time to consider which price you’d ultimately prefer to pay! Also, keep in mind that these costs won’t go on indefinitely. In almost every case, marriage or couples counseling is a short-term solution that doesn’t drag on forever. If you can remain committed to the first 90 days, you may not require anything but cursory follow-up care to keep things running smoothly.

What Research Has to Say About Couples Counseling

Couples counseling has a broader outreach than marriage counseling does, and works to address the issues of romantic relationships that exist beyond the limits of matrimony. However, many couples who are considering couples counseling want to know if the rewards outweigh the costs that are involved. According to many research studies, the answer is a resounded “Yes!” For instance, according to the results of one study, when all of the sessions were completed and the couples emerged from therapy, 75% of them were doing better in their relationships than demographically similar couples who did not. Furthermore, some 65% of the couples who underwent therapy together walked away from the experience reporting a significant improvement when the scores were tallied that measured their marital satisfaction and happiness.

However, in light of these impressive statistics, it’s crucial to understand that while your relationship will likely improve as a whole, the results and outcomes experienced on the individual level may differ drastically between the two of you. While one may see a drastic improvement, the other may only see minimal increases in happiness or behavior. However, in the end, though the results weren’t equal, both of you will likely walk away from the experience with long-term happiness and the ability to better manage and maintain your relationship without outside intervention in the future. It should also be somewhat relieving to know that regardless of which type of couple’s counselor you choose, a psychologist, clinical social worker or a psychiatrist, the benefits and success rates were pretty much equally effective across the board.

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