Questions & Answers

What are your fees?

It depends! We offer different types of services and levels of experience depending on your situation and to meet your needs. If you give us a call, we will be happy to go over fees with you!

We’ve tried marriage therapy before and it wasn’t helpful. Why should we try again?

Truly, we understand because we’ve been there and done that and have had clients with similar experiences. The quick answer is you keep trying till you find something that works. Your relationships are too important to settle for less. At The Marriage Place, it is our passion and our mission to do everything we can to help you improve your relationship and your life.

What if I want to come in for couples therapy, but my partner does not?

Great question—come anyway! Let us show you how you can still save your marriage even if you are the only one who wants to stay married. We can teach you how to turn your partner’s attitude from “I’m done!” to “Let’s give this one more try.” Let us show you how.

Do you work with anyone besides couples?

Absolutely! We work with couples and individuals. The goal of therapy is always for you to feel better and to learn new tools to help you cope with whatever life brings.

What if I want to work on my marriage but my spouse wants out?

The answer needs to be: We can help you do just that! In fact, we have coaches that specialize in Marriage Rescue. You can learn more about our Marriage Rescue program here.

Why therapy? Shouldn’t I be able to make things better on my own?

No doubt you have already tried many ways to make things better. Therapy is like getting tools for your toolbox. If you wanted to build a house, you would need a whole set of various tools in your toolbox. These tools are acquired through our life experiences and what we have learned from others. But say one day you need to build an addition to your house. You realize you need a new tool that isn’t in your toolbox. Therapy can give you the new tools you need. Counseling can be a very effective way to add tools you need to cope with changes, stresses or difficulties life brings. No one’s toolbox comes completely equipped. There are times when we all can benefit from learning new skills. Even therapists go to therapy!

Are you going to tell me to leave my partner or tell me what to do?

The only time we ever tell a couple they should consider separation is if either partner is being seriously threatened in some way. The truth is, we hate divorce. That’s why our name is The Marriage Place. We think our society has been putting out the wrong messages on love and commitment. We are huge advocates for the marriage relationship. But sometimes, a couple comes in and one of them is being abused sexually, emotionally or physically by the other. When this happens, we may (depending on the severity of the abuse) recommend the couple separate and for each to do individual counseling before trying to work on their relationship as a couple. Our job as your therapist is to help you sort out your thoughts and feelings so you can decide what is best for you!

What if there has been an affair? Can therapy help then?

Absolutely! We won’t sugar coat this and tell you it will be easy, but it is possible to rebuild the foundation of the relationship and learn to trust each other again. An affair causes significant damage to the partner who was not unfaithful. There has to be a lot of damage control and repair work done before moving forward together. We suggest Shirley Glass’s book: NOT “Just Friends”: Rebuilding Trust and Recovering Your Sanity After Infidelity.

Some friends of ours went to marriage therapy and got divorced! Can you guarantee we will get better and not worse?

Oh how we wish we could! The truth is, sometimes therapy does make things more stressful in the beginning. We often tell our clients it gets harder before it gets better. Think about it…you are going to be stirring the pot and bringing up issues that may have been ignored for some time. You are going to be learning new skills that will bring about change and any change (positive or negative) is stressful. But therapy does work and we’ve seen couples come in and make amazing progress.

Therapy is expensive. How can I justify spending so much?

Therapy is expensive. That’s why we’re committed to keeping it focused. But think of it this way. The average cost for a divorce in the US is $15,000. Therapy is much cheaper! It is an investment in your future. But the greater question is how can you not justify spending money on therapy if it means having a healthy, vibrant marriage? People spend thousands of dollars on health clubs and diets and prescription meds for their other needs. Don’t let your emotional and mental health be less important. If you knew you would be happier, more fulfilled, and more connected after therapy wouldn’t you go for it? What’s stopping you? Call us at (972) 441-4432 and let’s talk about it.

Do you take insurance?

We are an out-of-network provider. We will provide you with the appropriate documentation to submit to your health insurance company. Mental health insurance benefits vary depending on your particular insurance coverage, but many of our clients are reimbursed at a fairly high rate. To determine if you have mental health coverage, check with your insurance company to find out answers to the following questions:

  • How much does my plan pay per therapy session for an out-of-network provider?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

What you need to know about insurance:

  • Health records may not be confidential once insurance gets involved.
  • Before any services are covered, someone needs a mental health disorder diagnosis and in most cases this diagnosis can be used against you when getting certain jobs, future health insurance or life insurance benefits, as well as possible legal/court issues.
  • You are responsible for paying the full fee. Any reimbursement you receive is between you and your provider.
  • ********Don’t forget MSA’s. If you have tax-free money deducted from your paycheck for Medical Savings, you can use that to pay for therapy.
  • ********Please note that insurance will not cover counseling couples intensives. To be submitted for payment, sessions must be 90 minutes or less.

What if I have more questions?

You can always contact us by phone or email if you have additional questions.

How do I get started?

Excellent! We know that seeking counseling may not be easy, and we want to make the process as easy for you as possible. You can call our office at (972) 441-4432 to schedule an appointment, or you can complete the contact form and we will contact you.