Couples Therapy Online: Improve Your Relationship With Counseling

Medically reviewed by Paige Henry, LMSW, J.D.
Updated May 17, 2024by BetterHelp Editorial Team

A fulfilling and healthy relationship with your spouse or partner can be an enormous source of strength. However, neglecting your connection can cause it to wither imperceptibly until communication problems start to arise. If you’re experiencing relationship issues, you’re not alone. Most couples have problems at some point in their relationship, and many decide to try couples counseling or marriage therapy with licensed marriage and family therapists. Online relationship counseling and in-person therapy are options that may help to improve communication skills and foster healthy romantic relationships. Below, we’re examining potential reasons for seeking couples therapy, outlining the benefits of online relationship counseling, and discussing the best online therapy platforms.

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Reasons to seek couples therapy

While each couple is unique, there are some common reasons that couples decide to pursue relationship counseling. These include communication problems, mismatched relationship goals, mental health challenges, intimacy concerns, financial problems, fear of infidelity, and parenting disagreements, among others. 

If you see cracks appearing in your marriage and you cannot effectively handle the problems between the two of you, seeking professional counselors, such as a marriage counselor or family therapist, may save years of unhappiness and heartbreak. Doing nothing, on the other hand, will rarely cause problems to go away and can even cause relatively minor irritations to grow into something much more serious, like mental health concerns. Online counseling and in-person couples therapy are available options to address these issues.

Even if you don't notice serious problems, family therapy or couples counseling services may help improve communication and make your relationship even stronger. Better communication between you and your partner can help to effectively address problems long before they become serious burdens. The basis of family therapy or online relationship therapy is usually not two people talking to a therapist but two people learning how to talk with each other with the help of a relationship coach.


Why choose online marriage counseling

Online therapy is a convenient, effective method of addressing relationship challenges. If you are concerned about going into a therapist's office, or if you think your partner wouldn't be willing to go, you might try online relationship counseling services, which research shows to be just as effective as in-person couples counseling. The best online couples therapy comes with many benefits, including flexibility of scheduling and the convenience of a virtual therapy session. Many licensed family therapists' practices only run during certain hours on weekdays, sometimes making it difficult for not one but two people to regularly find time in their schedule for traditional therapy appointments. 

Online couples counseling, by contrast, can be done at any time from home via text chat, phone conversations, or video sessions. This form of couples therapy may be especially helpful for long-distance couples who spend time apart due to work or other obligations. You don't need to be at the same location to receive online couples therapy services.

Even if you and your partner are in different states, you can both connect with your licensed marriage counselor at the same time at a time that works for both of you. With online counseling platforms like Regain, you can both use in-app messaging with your therapist anytime throughout your week, and they’ll get back to you as soon as they are able. This means that you can both express any thoughts, questions, or concerns as they arise instead of waiting until your next therapy session to address them. Regain therapists are dedicated to helping you and your partner start living a healthier and more fulfilling life using a variety of therapies and techniques, including Imago relationship therapy, narrative therapy, and solutions-focused therapy.

How online relationship therapy helps

Even before you're married, engaging in online couples therapy can help bring you and your partner closer together as a lifelong process founded on open and appropriate communication. While there might not be a single way to best achieve this, premarital counseling often identifies things you can both do better, as well as behaviors or relationship patterns to start avoiding. Don't hesitate to seek counseling, and with options like online premarital counseling, it's easier to connect with a professional counselor. 

Online therapists can support clients from anywhere in the world. When you connect with your therapist using an online therapy platform, you can choose between phone, chat, or live video sessions. In addition, online therapy services and online couples therapy platforms are often more affordable than in-person therapy with licensed therapists. With an online therapy service like BetterHelp or Regain, you typically pay a monthly subscription fee instead of paying per session, which may be more cost-effective than working with an in-person therapist—even one who accepts insurance.  

Emotionally focused therapy

An online therapist may guide you through emotionally focused therapy (EFT), which tends to focus on attachment and emotions. EFT may help people understand not only their own emotions but also those of their partner. Some couples participate in EFT through couples group therapy, which may help them learn from other couples. 

If you’re interested in exploring EFT individually, you can discuss it with your own therapist. If you decide to pursue individual therapy, you might search for a mental health professional who accepts insurance. Individual therapy may only be covered if you experience a mental health disorder, but it may be worth asking about coverage. If you don’t have insurance coverage, you might ask about financial assistance or consider virtual couples therapy platforms, which tend to be more affordable than in-person therapy without insurance. If you need more than counseling, such as medication management, you can speak with a psychiatrist. 

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If you are experiencing relationship challenges, you and your partner don’t have to face them on your own. With Regain, you can be matched with a licensed therapist with training and experience in couple’s therapy. If you prefer, you can also try individual therapy through either Regain or BetterHelp. On both platforms, all therapists are licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, or licensed clinical social workers. If you don’t find a good match, you can always switch therapists if needed. Take the first step toward a healthier relationship and reach out today.

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