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Is Your Relationship Not What It Used to Be?

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Is the chemistry you once felt gone? Additionally, do you spend more time fighting than getting along? Have there been thoughts of separation? Perhaps one or both partners have been unfaithful? Are finances and arguments over money a concern? These and other questions are common. It is normal for romance to dwindle over time, but many couples wait until they are already in a bad place to try couples counseling (but it’s never too late). Also, many couples struggle with communication, but there is often more behind communication difficulties than just communication. Additionally, relationships can become more challenging and more rewarding as time passes. Individual marriage counseling appointments may be appropriate for you. We offer pre-marital counseling, and many couples prefer to be proactive (the best time for couples counseling is before you need it; the second best time is now).

Do you Feel Stuck?

Are you tired of feeling stuck in a relationship that lacks joy and fulfillment? Do you long for a happier future with your partner but aren’t sure how to get there? Look no further than Columbus, Ohio, Marriage Counseling at Cardinal Point Counseling, the key to unlocking the potential for transformation in your relationship. We dedicate ourselves to helping couples reignite the spark, rebuild trust, and create a solid foundation for a lasting and fulfilling partnership.. Our evidence-based approach combines the latest research in counseling with years of experience helping couples overcome their challenges.

Through individual and couples therapy sessions, we provide a safe and supportive space for open communication, understanding, and growth. Don’t let the strains of everyday life take a toll on your relationship. Take that first step towards a happier future today by scheduling a session for Columbus, Ohio, marriage counseling. Together, we can help you navigate the obstacles and create the fulfilling relationship you’ve always dreamed of.

Videos About the Couples Therapy Experience


See above for a video explaining Cardinal Point Counseling’s relationship therapy.

For couples therapy to work, it typically requires each person to work on themselves and the relationship (and not just try to “fix” the partner). It goes both ways.

It is Normal for the Spark to Go Away

Couple Sparks Of Happiness

Are you feeling more like roommates than partners? It’s a common experience as relationships evolve over time. When couples first fall in love, their brains are filled with bliss, and the little annoyances seem insignificant. However, as days turn into years, those once cute habits can become major sources of contention. And if you have kids, the joy of having a larger family also brings added stress to your relationship.

This can lead to feelings of disconnection. In fact, some couples may even resort to cheating, especially given the ease provided by the internet and people spending more time outside the home for work. But there is hope! Here’s the good news: a marriage therapist in Columbus, Ohio can help address these concerns and guide you toward rekindling that spark in your relationship.

Remember, it’s never too late to seek professional assistance. With the help of a therapist, you can work on building a stronger connection with your partner. Reach out to our marriage therapist in Columbus OH today for support!

Love is everything it's cracked up to be... It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, your risk is even greater."

There Is Hope for Couples

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 We’re proud to offer the Gottman Method, a research-based approach backed by over 45 years of study. When combined with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Ellyn Bader’s Developmental Model, and other techniques, we create a personalized approach just for you. We understand that simply talking through problems may not be enough without utilizing a proven methodology.

However, the most vital aspect is the therapeutic relationship you build with your counselor. We believe in creating a safe and supportive space where you can openly express yourselves. Even couples on the verge of divorce can benefit from discernment counseling. These methods have helped many couples repair their relationships and rediscover what they once had.

Our sessions focus on improving communication and interaction skills, understanding each other’s perspectives, rebuilding trust, finding ways to repair after conflicts, rekindling romance, and learning how to compromise. It’s about getting to know one another again in a positive light.

If you’re feeling disconnected or stuck in your relationship, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you every step of the way on your journey towards revitalizing your connection.

"Studies show that, in the hands of a good counselor, marriage counseling is successful 70 - 80% of the time"

Discernment Counseling

Couples on the Brink of Divorce

In some relationships, one or more members may have at least one foot out the door. About 30% of couples who come to counseling are in a scenario where one person wants to stay in a marriage or lifetime commitment, and the other is leaning out the door. This special type of therapy differs from traditional couples counseling and deals with couples with mixed agendas. Discernment Counseling is usually what is called for under this scenario. Discernment Counseling is one to five sessions and is about helping you make an informed and confident decision to either keep things as they are, divorce or separate or put divorce off the table for a while as you both commit to working as hard as you can and promising to each other to attend longer-term couple therapy.

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Common Couples Counseling Fears

Many folks realize that their relationship might have a few quirks or room for growth, but the idea of couples therapy can seem a bit intimidating or even scary. It’s like treating a physical injury – the sooner you address it, the better the chances of healing. Just like preventative care can reduce the likelihood of future issues, taking a proactive approach to relationships can work wonders. And I get it; taking that first step, scheduling an appointment (and showing up :)), can be the toughest part. But hey, within about four sessions, most couples can tell if it’s making a positive difference.

Common Fear – Talking Will Make Things Worse

Let’s address a common fear – that talking about problems will only make things worse. That’s why we provide a safe space to allow you to move at your own page. The first session or too is mostly about celebrating the strengths of your relationship, negative cycles you may experience, and understanding your goals. If you’re curious, there’s an assessment ($39) from the Gottman Institute that can help identify your relationship’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, and suggest specific interventions. This assessment is backed by over 45 years of research. Also, it’s usually a good idea to have at least one individual meeting early on for some uninterrupted time to share your story and help me understand your background in more detail.

How Long Will Counseling Take?

Now, the duration of therapy can vary based on your needs, but for optimal results, it usually falls within the range of 6-20 sessions (yeah, there’s quite a range). Some couples might need less (like pre-marriage counseling or discernment counseling), while others might take a bit longer – up to a year – to fully heal. The key is to go at a pace that feels right for you and your relationship.

Our Process

We Improve Your Health With My Full-Range Therapies

01. Initial
Assessment

Although assessment is an ongoing part of the process, we start by getting to know each other.

02. Setting
Goals

We will work together to set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound) goals.

03. Implementation
of Therapy

Implementation of some therapy starts in the very first session and continues along the way.

04. Continuous
Evaluation

Outcomes are continuously evaluated and adjustments are made as necessary.

About our therapies

Take care of your Relationship! Explore Some of my Methods

I offer a variety or combination of scientifically proven methods and techniques. See the “Specialties” menu for more areas like communication, sex, infidelity, and more.

EFT

Proven Emotionally Focused Therapy

Since you are a mammal, you have powerful emotions. Accessing them in a safe way can help break negative cycles.

Gottman

The Effective Gottman Method

A more cognitively focused and structured form of therapy.

Sex Therapy

Help with Intimacy

From emotional connection, to sexual function to desire issues.

Discernment

Do you want to do the work your relations needs?

Does at least one partner have a foot out the door? Try this brief therapy to decide if you want to give the relationship your all.

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Frequently asked questions

The following are the most commonly asked questions.

Do you have current availability?

Yes, we have some current availability. Availability is typically within one to two weeks.

Are appointments available in person and via TeleHealth?

Yes, in-person appointments are available in Columbus (Dublin), Ohio. Telehealth is also available to anyone in Ohio.

Do you take insurance?

The short answer is no. Please see the fees menu for details. We can give you a Superbill to send to your insurance company for out-of-network benefits (but we cannot guarantee they will pay). When working with couples, we treat the entire relationship as the client. The insurance model wants a primary client with a diagnosed mental illness that becomes the focus of treatment. We do not support this model when treating couples. We do not believe insurance allows us to treat couples as we like, so we do not take it.

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