Couples Counseling for Partners in Committed Relationships

It happens all the time—Somewhere, somehow, things got off track in your life or relationship, and you need some help to get it back in balance. There will never be a better time to start the healing process, reconnect with your partner, and learn to thrive together. 

Is Your Relationship Struggling? There is a Solution.

If you're struggling to find comfort, reassurance, and intimacy in your relationship, you're not alone. Studies show us that as much as 70% of couples in the U.S. are in distress at any given point. Even more alarming? Standard couples therapy has only a 30% success rate. 

(Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology)

0%of couples in the United States are in distress.

What Can EFT Do For Your Relationship? Start Thriving, Together

Using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques, your couples therapist will help you identify negative patterns that are sabotaging your connection, disrupting your ability to engage in a healthy way, and causing unnecessary stress in your lives.

Our couples counseling sessions help you learn to:

  • Stop Negative Reactive Cycles

  • Connect & Be Vulnerable with Each Other

  • Understand & Empathize with Your Partner's Emotions

  • Resolve Old Issues That Keep Coming Up

  • Feel Safe & Secure in Your Relationship

  • Create a Stronger Bond of Love & Connection


"HMT gave us a second chance, created the space each of us needed to work with each other again, and gave me the breathing room that I needed personally."

healed Client

"The HMT workshop reinforced the book and provided excellent video examples (behavioral examples) and the opportunity to discuss general partner dynamics as a group. Carol and the support therapists did a great job!"

A Happy Client

"Going through the HMT "process" has helped my husband and I communicate more effectively. Knowing what the demon dialogue does to us & how to stop our dance has been pivotal to us really letting each other in"

happy client

“Dr. Conrad is very professional and compassionate. We worked together as a team and she helped me heal in ways I never thought possible. As a result of therapy I am able to enjoy life to its fullest. I highly recommend Dr. Conrad.” 

A Satisfied Client

"We simply can’t recommend working with Dr. Carol enough! Our marriage had been struggling for a long time, and we went into counseling skeptical (but hopeful) that things could be different. After the Hold Me Tight workshop and hard work together with Carol, we are happier in our relationship, closer than we thought possible, and even better parents. We are eternally grateful to Dr. Carol and EFT; we know the tools we learned have saved our marriage!"

Hold Me Tight Couple

"Dr. Conrad was engaging and encouraging to us. she helped make the workshop a little easier to participate in. The topics at time were emotionally charging, but she was supportive."

refreshed client

"I think EVERY couple should do this!"

satisfied client

"If you are open, I guarantee you will learn how to create love and trust in this workshop!"

A happy client

The HMT was a great place to open up and really explore our relationship & feelings in a safe & encouraging environment."

Hold Me Tight Couple

"Well worth the time!"

A Satisfied Client

"HMT helped us find the core of our relationship difficulty."

Hold Me Tight Couple


The Results Speak for Themselves EFT is Widely Accepted as the Gold-Standard for Couples Therapy. Here's Why:

Couples go from distress to resolution.
Show significant improvements in emotional awareness

But What About After Therapy?

Emotionally focused therapy is so effective, most couples who have been studied continue to see improvement in communication and intimacy long after therapy has concluded.

Frequently Asked Questions About Couples Counseling

For some people, to even consider couples counseling feels like the relationship has already failed. In reality, going to therapy with your partner can serve many purposes and help all couples—those who are happy and those who are on the rocks—feel safer and communicate better. 

Have More Questions?

What should I look for in a couples therapist?

Not all therapists and couple’s therapy approaches are created equal. Getting a “deal” or low fee therapist is not necessarily a good idea unless you know what their training is and if they are under supervision of a skilled supervisor. In fact, according to a leading and well known marriage therapist, William Doherty, couple’s therapy with someone who has not had extensive training specifically in doing couple’s therapy can actually be a hazard to the marital relationship!

According to Doherty, one of the “dirty little secrets” about couple’s therapy is that it is the HARDEST therapy to learn to execute well! The trained clinicians at the Couple and Family Institute of Tri-Cities know the challenges and are prepared! Every therapist that works with couple’s at CFIT are required to receive extensive EFT training and specific EFT supervision. We use the most essential and rigorous techniques such as videotape review in supervision, continual training, and “bug in the ear” support to continually advance our skills so every couple receives the most cutting edge treatment available at a price they can afford.

What if my partner isn't willing to try therapy?

We have many tools that can help one partner make a difference in their relationship, even if the other partner chooses not to participate. 

Does insurance cover couples counseling?

It's always a good idea to check with your insurance provider before seeing any health professional. Many insurance plans do not cover couples counseling, so please be aware of your policy before scheduling. 

What should I expect from a couples counseling session?

Your EFT trained provider will form an alliance with each of you and as a couple that will bring safety to the session. Your therapist will not blame or shame you regardless of what has happened in your relationship, but will help you understand the impact you have on one another. The work of EFT happens right in the session between you and your partner, and within you, not on your own doing paperwork.

EFT is an experiential therapy. You won’t receive skills training on how to talk to each other, you won’t receive assignments and papers to keep you busy, we know from the research that the cognitive approach is not as effective as an experiential approach.

You will receive modeling and support to talk to each other on a different level as your provider will invite you to share key emotions and newly developed understanding with your partner. You will be invited to experience and express your deeper emotional fears and needs, understand what gets in the way of the closeness you long for, and your therapist will help shape experiences that will change the way you interact with each other.

The EFT therapist uses powerful interventions that are shown in research to be highly effective in helping couple’s access and share deeper emotions by reflecting, validating, encouraging, and engaging in a safe and experiential way. You will feel held, seen, and supported as you and your partner find new ways of interacting that bring love and connection back into your relationship.

Ready to Begin Your Healing Journey?

Over the past 30 years, many research studies continue to prove the effectiveness of EFT and its ability to transform the lives of couples and individuals alike. Whether you're new to therapy or you've tried every method in the book, everyone can benefit from this transformative practice.