Rescue + Repair

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Goal-focused sessions that will allow you to:

  • Work on your relationship from the comfort and privacy of your home (or location of your choice) in a schedule-friendly format.
  • Partner with a therapist or certified relationship coach who is invested in your relationship and will customize a plan just for you.
  • Gain a clearer understanding of what happened to get you where you are today and how to stop habitual, self-destructive patterns that will keep you stuck there.
  • Build solid relational skills to improve all of your current and future relationships.
  • Acquire the tools you need to manage your stress, anxiety, and fear.
  • Leverage the collective experience of an entire team of pro-marriage experts.

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Meet The Online Team

Kim Bowen

LPC & Founder/CEO

Kim opened The Marriage Place in Richardson, Texas in 2013 because she has a heart for those 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.

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.

David J. Bryan


Marriage 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 24-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.

Elsa Davis


Elsa is dually licensed as both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is passionate about working with couples and advocating for marriage. Elsa enjoys working with couples in all stages of their relationship - from dating to the golden years, from the introduction of children to an empty nest. She is also motivated to help couples navigate difficult life events such as emotional disengagement and relationship traumas including infidelity or mental health disorders.

Elsa graduated with honors in her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy program and is now approaching nearly a decade in practice. She has been extensively trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), one modality designed to help couples heal from past or current distress. Elsa and her husband have been married for 12 years and have 4 children. She has learned not only through her training, but also through her own marriage, how both difficult and rewarding marriage can be, as they too have successfully weathered their fair share of marital ups and downs. Elsa is bilingual and offers therapy both in English and Spanish.

Patty Evans


Couples 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.

Sam John


Sam 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!

Mary Potenti


Relationships are important---Individuals are wired to seek connection, making relationships vitally important to our well being. Mary's therapeutic work focuses on supporting young adults to long-term couples with relationship challenges and life stage/transitional issues. She will help you identify new patterns of interaction and communication and give couples the tools they need to help them heal, work though trauma and build closer, more satisfying relationships. Mary has extensive experience in helping couples who parent special needs children, recognizing the extra care and sometimes stressors that go with that role. She also enjoys working with blended families. Mary holds certifications in both trauma and addiction work and has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Mary is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in practice for more than 16 years. Contact Mary to begin your journey towards a healthier relationship.

Other specialties include certification in trauma treatment, work with blended families, plus guidance in overall healthier coping tools and life skills addressing mood disorders such as depression or anxiety. Mary secured a certification in alcohol and other drugs (AOD), worked at both inpatient and outpatient settings, plus has been contracted by dozens of schools to assist youth with their emotional and behavioral needs, including transition into college. Mary is a licensed marriage and family therapist; Contact Mary to begin the transformation and healing process.

Susan Rutledge


Married for over 30 years and a mom to four kids gives Susan the unique insight into how parenting can leave marriages in need of more TLC. She can help you reconnect with your spouse in ways that rejuvenate you and give you energy to handle the busy life you already have with solid communication skills at the core of it all. 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.

Brunna Merrill

LPC Intern (Supervised by Kim Demetri, LPC-S)

For as long as she can recall, Brunna felt the calling to help cultivate healthy marriages and families. Her experience in her own marriage further fueled that passion. When Brunna first married, like many, she had the fairy tale vision of what marriage would be. She believed nothing would ever make her want to divorce the man of her dreams. Just a few years later though - and after their fair share of major life storms - she found herself so unhappy in her marriage that she seriously contemplated calling it quits. Thankfully, her story doesn't end there.

She and her husband sought help from a trusted counselor who believed in marriage and who helped them breathe life back into their relationship, a relationship where they now each feel cherished and enjoy spending time together. Brunna loves helping her clients do the same. She has done extensive study on temperament and recognizes we are each born with temperament tendencies (In other words, 'why you do what you do') that influence how we show up and engage in relationships. Helping clients recognize, understand, and manage their own temperament tendencies provides the foundation for her work. Brunna also has a special interest in working with couples who are navigating the unique challenges of blending families. In addition to English, Brunna is fluent in Portuguese.

Bonnie Estes

Certified Relationship Coach

Bonnie Estes is a certified life coach who graduated from Coach U, an institution accredited by International Coaches Federation in 2005 and one of the top US coaching institutes.
She has years of experience helping clients meet their goals of a more fulfilling life and has worked with a long list of well-known coaches in the field.

Bonnie is the author of Know Thy Self – Engage Others, a personal development workbook that helps master what Bonnie calls Ego Behaviors. She believes ego behaviors can be one of the blocks that keep people from life success. The tool has been well received by counselors, coaches and clients.

In January of 2014 Bonnie joined The Marriage Place because she shares Kim’s vision for helping to change the world’s view of marriage.

Michael Popovici

Certified Relationship Coach

Michael’s marriage of more than thirty-four years and raising six children with his wife, combined with mentoring and training from counselors, coaches, and ministry leaders, brings discernment and understanding of the challenges confronted in a marriage. Michael’s first marriage ended in divorce with consequences brought about by his own behavior. From that experience, he realized the necessity for change in his thinking and his behavior.

With compassion, wisdom, and experience he engages each person and couple, helping them to realize the reality of who they are and how they show up in their relationships. He helps his clients realize what their relationship can be and helps them get there so they realize greater intimacy and connectedness.

Sara Snyder

Certified Relationship Coach

Sara is a strong believer in the value of marriage and working to keep your relationship alive through all stages of life. Married for more than 39 years, she and her husband have moved together through both pleasant and difficult seasons. Especially during the last 5 years, they have weathered multiple waves of loss and grief. Sara has a heart for people that are hurting, and is especially gifted at listening for what is beneath the surface. Many years of practice walking alongside those who have been brought into her life, along with her training as a Life Coach make her a person who can help you find a way through the hard places.

Susan Rice

Certified Relationship Coach

Susan believes in the sanctity of marriage which, for her, means treating your spouse and relationship with the utmost respect and having the willingness to work both individually, and as a team, to keep your marriage on track. She recognizes the vital importance of focusing on your own role in the relationship, understanding it is the only thing actually within your control. Susan is passionate about building relationships with her clients and in turn, helping her clients foster, rebuild and restore relationships with their loved ones.

Susan is a warm and empathetic listener and brings to her clients more than 25 years of diverse experience working with both families and children. Susan has been married to her husband and best friend for almost 17 years and they are the parents of two teen-aged children. She's served on the Board of Directors of Hope International since 2005.

How It Works


Book A Session

Call or email us and we will answer your questions, book your first appointment and process your payment. This call will help us determine if your situation is best suited for a coach or counselor to work as your marriage expert. You will also be given instructions on how to use Zoom, our video conferencing tool.


Blueprint for Success

Prior to your appointment, you will complete a detailed assessment which includes a lot of important questions to help us better understand your relationship. Your coach/therapist will review it and build a customized plan that will morph and expand as you continue to work together. If you and your partner are both participating in the session, you’ll each complete a separate assessment.


Begin The Work

The first 1-2 sessions are designed for you and your coach/counselor to get to know each other. Together, you will review the assessment and plan to ensure they reflect the full dynamics of your relationship. You’ll also identify which areas need the most attention. The relationship with your coach/ counselor is vital for your growth and improvement so we want to make sure you both feel the partnership is a good fit.


Becoming Self Aware

Whether you are working alone or with your spouse, you will quickly learn that most of your struggles have come from trying to change each other. The only way to improve a marriage is to focus on what you can change….YOU. Your coach/therapist will help you deep dive into your contributions to the relationship and take immediate action to begin to repair the damage.


Aquire New Skills

Next, you will learn powerful skills and tools that will help you heal past wounds and improve communication with each other as you move your relationship forward. If you are working alone to save your marriage because your spouse wants out, you will follow a very structured plan that we outline here.


Build A New Relationship

With your coach/counselor’s continued guidance, you will build the relationship you envision using the new skills you’ve learned during this process. Together, you will map out an aftercare plan to ensure the changes you make stick for the long haul and that your relationship is prepared to thrive.

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