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Couples Counseling Can Help Build Stronger and Healthier Relationships


Colleyville, TX, USA - There are many challenges in committed relationships. Many couples hope for the best and try to just work things out as they go along. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Susan Martinez, offers a better plan. She recommends couples invest in their relationship.

One of the biggest challenges in the field of couples counseling is that couples wait too long to seek help. Problems become entrenched and there are numerous emotional injuries that have occurred over time resulting in pain, distrust, and resentment.

Susan Martinez, MA, LMFT Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist recommends a “couples checkup” for prevention and wellness and says couples who bring mindfulness to their relationship and actively work on it experience less distress and more satisfaction in their relationship. One tool she uses in her private practice is Prepare/Enrich for couples counseling, premarital counseling, and marriage counseling.

As a Certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor, Susan customizes the program so that it is faith or non faith based and suitable for cohabitating couples, engaged couples, newlyweds, or married couples. It is helpful for those who are experiencing distress as well as those who are not. The assessment identifies strength and growth areas as a couple to help individuals understand themselves and their partner better and create a deeper, healthier relationship and sustain it over the years to come. The program typically involves 4-5 sessions for premarital clients or those not in distress and extra sessions for those who are in distress.

Almost three million couples have participated in the Prepare/Enrich program. Many clergy and licensed counselors and therapists are qualified to counsel couples and use the Prepare/Enrich program, when appropriate.

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)  has a directory of Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists at Prepare/Enrich has a directory of certified counselors at

“It takes one to improve a relationship,” says Susan Martinez, MA, LMFT. “I like to work with the couple when possible. At the same time, individual counseling can help the relationship. Therapy can really help the individual, the couple, and the entire family even if just one person attends counseling. If that person is motivated to change things about themselves to improve their relationship, they can affect change in the family system, even resulting in improved child behavior.”


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