Team Members

 Kim Bowen, LPC & Founder/CEO of The Marriage Place

Kim opened The Marriage Place in Richardson, Texas in 2013 because she has a heart for Bowen_Web_9383those who feel hopelessly unhappy and stuck in their marriages.  Kim was the one who wanted out of her marriage and for years she built up resentment and anger at her spouse.   To read more of her story click here.

Kim knows from experience how having a bad marriage counselor can hurt your chances for survival so she has spent years training with the top experts in the marriage counseling field and has brought that training back to her team members.  The Marriage Place has become known for its exceptional work with even the toughest of cases.  This is the place where other therapists refer their clients when they can’t do anything more with them.  We are proud of that reputation and we are here to help you have a more satisfying, loving relationship.

Many people contact us and want to know if we can work with them even though they live in another state or country.  To help reach this long distance population we offer coaching over phone or Skype.  Please check out our coaching division here for more information on how to work with us even if you don’t live in the Dallas area.

Patty Evans, LPC

patty evansCouples go to marriage counseling because they want to make things better. But sometimes a couple has to learn to deal with deeper issues that can have an adverse effect on a marriage, like addiction, emotional trauma or physical abuse. If this sounds like your situation, Patty can show you how you can recapture friendship and love even in the most difficult marriages. Patty is trained in Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS), an approach designed specifically to help people overcome the damaging effects of trauma.

As your counselor, Patty travels alongside you, guiding your steps, helping you discover what is possible for your marriage. Patty’s formal training, mentoring, and life experiences from 31 years of marriage will empower you to make whatever changes are necessary to connect deeply with yourself and your spouse.

David J. Bryan, M.A., LPC Intern

susan rutledgeMarriage is always a work in progress, though the journey for each of us has its ups and downs. Sometimes it’s a casual walk hand-in-hand and sometimes it’s a grueling grind through the mud. David has experienced both of these extremes in his own 22-year marriage and has compassion and wisdom for those who are disillusioned, disconnected and questioning. In a relationship that was deeply impacted by childhood abuse, trauma, addiction and dysfunction, David and his wife learned to restore intimacy and communication through their own on-going efforts to find health and healing. A catalyst for change in the family dynamic was the diagnosis of his oldest son with High Functioning Autism (otherwise known as Asperger’s Syndrome), OCD and ADD. After years of living in an empty relationship, he now understands the loneliness and pain of this prison as well as the keys to freedom and a fulfilling marriage.

Whether it is confronting personal demons such as trauma or addiction, improving your connection with your spouse or rescuing your marriage from the brink of divorce, David can help you find solutions and hope. He can teach and equip you to effectively fight for transformation in your marriage. Marriage can be far more than just conflict, more than feeling criticized daily, more than roommates sharing a home, more than feeling emotionally abandoned, more than feeling trapped and destined for marital misery. If you want to fight for something more and discover a purpose and passion in your marriage, David would be privileged to be your guide on this journey.

Sam John, LPC

sam-jSam has a passion for marriage. He knows how it feels when one or both individuals want to walk away from a relationship because it seems hopeless. His passion is fueled from his personal struggles in the early years of his own marriage. When asked why he fights for marriages he stated “I understand the pain and disappointments that come when a couple’s expectations of their marriage aren’t being met. I also know, firsthand, how things can change for the better if you are willing to look at yourself in the mirror, own up to your own part in the marriage, and be willing to love your spouse and the marriage in a different way.”

Sam’s insight and passion motivated him to pursue his career in counseling. Whether you’re struggling to communicate your heart to your mate, considering divorce, constantly fighting and engaging in verbal warfare, falling out of love or just needing some guidance to make a good relationship a better one, Sam wants to be your advocate and guide for change. The possibilities for your relationship are endless if you decide to try something different. Are you ready to stop doing what is not working and find a way to transform your current situation to a new place of love, understanding and hope? Then Sam is your guy!

Susan Rutledge, LPC

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Do you have young kids at home that demand so much of you? Or have your kids left the nest and you realize your spouse feels more like a roommate than a lover? If you have put all your time and energy into being a good parent, you are probably noticing your marriage could use some TLC. You need to call Susan! Married for over 30 years, Susan is mom to four sons so she knows first-hand how exhausting and chaotic home life can be. She also knows how to help you reconnect with your spouse in ways that will rejuvenate you and give you more energy to handle the busy life you already have.

Susan’s work also focuses on clients struggling to cope, heal and move on after infidelity rocks the foundation of their relationship. She helps couples regain their footing after the initial trauma of discovery, explore what, if anything, made the relationship vulnerable to the affair (either physical or emotional), and then determine the best path for moving forward.  Some research estimates that approximately 60-75% of couples faced with infidelity decide to stay married. Let Susan help you build a relationship that is stronger than it ever was before.

Lauren Guenther, LPC

lauren-gIf you are planning to get married, you probably already know that half of all marriages fail. You don’t have to feel threatened by those statistics. Lauren specializes in helping young couples transition into healthy, long-lasting marital relationships. Lauren can show you what habits you need to put in place now so that your marriage will thrive as you grow and mature together. Whether you are engaged and planning a wedding or you’ve been married a few years and realize things could be going better, Lauren can help you navigate through the doubts, fears and conflicts that keep couples disconnected.

Lauren also does a lot of work with teens. If you are a parent, you understand how worrisome it can be when you notice your child is going through a tough time. You don’t have to figure it out alone. Let Lauren equip your teen with healthy tools that will keep them moving forward in life.