What to Look for When Seeking the Best Virtual Marriage Counseling

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Seeking the best virtual marriage counseling can be an effective way for couples to address relationship challenges and strengthen their bond. However, with numerous platforms and providers available, it's important to know what to look for when choosing the best virtual marriage counseling service, and how to determine the difference between a general practitioner and a Relationship Specialist. This article outlines key factors to consider during the selection process to ensure you find the most suitable and effective counseling option for your needs.

Qualifications and Expertise of Therapists

When seeking virtual marriage counseling, it is crucial to assess the qualifications and expertise of the therapists. Look for licensed professionals who specialize in marriage and relationship therapy (known as Relationship Specialists) and have experience dealing with the specific issues you and your partner are facing. Confirm that the therapist holds relevant academic credentials and, just as important, actual training working with children, families, and couples. Read on.

One important factor to consider is whether the therapist offering “marriage counseling” or “relationship counseling” attended an educational program where they actually received significant (if any) training in relationship, marriage, and family counseling. Remember, you can become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist if you pass a national Marriage and Family Therapist exam even if you have never worked directly with a couple.

So how do you pass the test if you’ve never worked with couples? You memorize study materials related to couples counseling. The test tests whether you know how to answer the questions on the test, not whether you are experienced working with couples.

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In fact, you don’t even have to be a Marriage and Family Therapist. In most states, if you hold at least a masters degree in social work or counseling, and you’re licensed in that state, you can offer marriage counseling; again, even if you’ve never received academic training or had real-time experience working with couples.

So, you need to ask questions of your prospective counselor: Did your master’s degree or doctoral degree program include specific training working with couples, including supervised internships specializing in working with couples, children, and families? And, how many years of experience have you had working professionally with couples? If the answer is ten plus years, that’s a bonus.

Approach and Techniques

When seeking the best virtual marriage counseling experience, it’s helpful to know that each counseling provider may have a different therapeutic approach. Research the approach used by the platform or therapist to determine if it aligns with your values and preferences. Common approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), emotionally focused therapy (EFT), or solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT). Consider your personal needs and communication style when evaluating the therapeutic approach. A seasoned Relationship Specialist is likely to have been trained in multiple theories allowing that Specialist to utilize a wide variety of tools from a wide variety of schools of psychology.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Ensure that the virtual marriage counseling platform prioritizes privacy and confidentiality. Look for platforms that utilize secure and encrypted communication channels to protect your personal information. Check if the platform adheres to legal and ethical guidelines regarding client confidentiality. Privacy is crucial for fostering trust and open communication during counseling sessions.

Accessibility and Flexibility

Consider the accessibility and flexibility of the best virtual marriage counseling Relationship Specialist. Evaluate factors such as appointment availability, session duration, and response time from the therapist. Look for therapists that offer flexible scheduling options to accommodate your work or personal commitments. Additionally, assess if the platform provides various communication channels such as video calls, phone calls, or instant messaging to suit your preferences.

User-Friendly Technology and Interface

The virtual marriage counseling platform should have a user-friendly technology interface that is easy to navigate. A well-designed platform will enhance your overall counseling experience by allowing seamless communication with the therapist and easy access to resources or additional materials. Consider platforms that offer intuitive interfaces and reliable technical support to ensure a smooth counseling process.

Specialization and Experience leads to the Best Virtual Marriage Counseling

It is essential to choose a virtual marriage counseling provider that specializes in couples therapy. Platforms that focus specifically on relationship counseling often have therapists with extensive experience in dealing with common relationship issues. These therapists possess the knowledge and skills necessary to address the unique dynamics and challenges that couples face.

Client Reviews and Testimonials

Research client reviews and testimonials to gain insight into the experiences of other couples who have used the virtual marriage counseling service. Genuine feedback from previous clients can provide valuable information about the effectiveness, professionalism, and overall satisfaction with the counseling provider. Look for consistent positive feedback and consider any potential concerns raised by previous clients. But, keep in mind that it’s often unethical for a therapist to ask for a review, so reviews aren’t going to give you the full picture. Other things to consider are whether the therapist has published an book, or audiobook, an article or articles, appeared on local or national television, radio, or print.

Cost and Insurance Coverage

Consider the cost of virtual marriage counseling and whether it aligns with your budget. Research the pricing structure of different platforms, including subscription plans, pay-as-you-go options, or packages. Additionally, check if your health insurance covers virtual counseling services, as some providers may accept insurance reimbursement.


When seeking the best virtual marriage counseling, it is essential to consider several factors to ensure a positive and effective counseling experience. Assess the qualifications and expertise of the therapists, the therapeutic approach used, and the platform's commitment to privacy and confidentiality. Look for providers that offer accessibility, flexibility, and user-friendly technology interfaces. Additionally, consider specialization in couples' therapy, client reviews, and the cost and insurance coverage options available. By carefully evaluating these factors, couples can find the virtual marriage counseling service that best meets their unique needs and fosters growth and improvement within their relationship.

As a Relationship Specialist, Steven Cohn, PhD, works with marriages and couples from all over Oregon including these cities, towns, and suburbs: Portland, West Linn, Dunthorpe, Pearl District, Bethany, West Hills, Irvington, Lake Oswego, Alameda, Bend, East Moreland, Salem, Ashland, and Medford.

And these Oregon zip codes: 97034, 97219, 97212, 94501, 94502, 97229, 97840, 97451, 97106, 97068, 97221, 97140, 97035, 97036

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