Relationship Problems?
Don't Wait until it's Too Late.

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 According to Recent Research, the following signs are proven symptoms of relationship deterioration
that are associated with a greatly increased probability of breakup or divorce:

1) Feeling Distant
2) Increase in Arguing or Negativity
3) Lack of Affection
4) Increase in Anger, Hostility and/or Sarcasm
5) Avoidance of Each Other; Stonewalling
6) Trust Issues (affairs; hiding cell phone/texting; suspicious absences)

If You're Having One or More of the Signs Listed Above,
Be Sure to Take Some Action Soon to Improve Your Situation.

To learn more about how we can help you, call:

(248) 546-0407 (Royal Oak)
(734) 953 4123 (Livonia)
(734) 953-4123 (Ann Arbor)  

send an email to

or text us at 248 795-5145 

Services available in Royal Oak, Livonia and Ann Arbor.

The main problem for most couples is a lack of skills:
often in the areas of communication, anger management,
commitment, conflict resolution and/or intimacy skills.

You may not know how to successfully resolve ongoing
hurts/resentments; betrayal of trust; affairs; cheating or other infidelity-related issues;
verbal abuse; anger; and/or distance/lack of closeness in your relationship.

The good news? These skills can be taught to motivated couples.


In our 20+ years of experience, the actions which result in the
most effective and longest-lasting results are:    

Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling and/or a Couples Workshop

Services available in Royal Oak, Livonia and Ann Arbor.

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Since 1992, we have helped hundreds of couples
- dating, engaged, or married -
solve their relationship problems
and create healthy, fulfilling, loving relationships.

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(248) 546-0407 (Royal Oak)

(734) 953 4123 (Livonia)
(734) 953-4123 (Ann Arbor) 

send an email to,

or text us at 248 795-5145

or click on one of the links below to make an appointment
or learn more about how we can help you:

Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling   Individual Therapy

Premarital Counseling   Family Therapy

Anger Management One-Day Workshop
Individual & Couples Therapy Available Now for Anger Management Issues

Services available in Royal Oak, Livonia and Ann Arbor.

Passage to Intimacy Couples Workshop: A PAIRS Program
-Next Program Meets on Saturday, October 3, 2015-


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Regarding Couples' Therapy:


Length of therapy: at the Relationship Institute, specific goals are set at the beginning of therapy, and couples are expected to do homework to establish healthy relationship patterns and practices in their daily lives. Because of this, therapy or counseling is usually time-limited and ends when your relationship goals have been met. Of course there are some more complex situations which require a series of goals and resolutions that take place sequentially over time. All of this can be discussed and clarified during the initial evaluation session with the therapist. Because we have specialized in relationship issues for over twenty years, we have almost certainly dealt with any relationship or couples' issues you may have.

Choosing a Couples' Therapist: the unfortunate fact is that many psychotherapists perform Couples' Therapy who have not been trained to do so. We have found through experience and research that the most effective couples' therapy combines skill-building with feedback and insight on communication patterns and processes, along with regular homework assignments. Couples' sessions where the therapists merely referee arguments tends to not produce any long-lasting changes in relationship patterns. So when you're choosing a couples' therapist, be sure to ask them how active and directive they are in their sessions. Finally, you should also ask your therapist how many couples' or marriage counseling sessions they do every week. If it's less than 5-10, they are doing couples' therapy as a minor sidelight, not as a main thrust of their practice and they may not be as experienced in working with this modality.

Insurance: yes we can take many different insurances. To see if your insurance will cover our services, please call our office staff at (248) 546-0407 during daytime hours. Please do not email or ask "What insurance do you take?" because we take over 18 different types - it's MUCH more efficient if you can just tell us the one that you have, and we can tell you if we take that one. Thank you.

Since 1992, We Have Helped Hundreds of Couples Solve Their Problems
and Create Healthy, Fulfilling, Loving Relationships.


(248) 546-0407 (Royal Oak)
(734) 953 4123 (Livonia)
(734) 953-4123 (Ann Arbor) 

send an email to

or text us at 248 795-5145 

to make an appointment or learn more about how we can help you.



The Relationship Institute serves the online community, as well as communities in southeastern Michigan, including: Detroit Royal Oak Troy Birmingham Southfield Warren Sterling Heights Bloomfield Hills Huntington Woods Farmington Novi Northville Ann Arbor Southgate Utica Macomb Oakland Wayne Berkley Ferndale Pleasant Ridge Plymouth Lathrup Village Livonia Clawson Clarkston Auburn Hills Beverly Hills Waterford St. Clair Shores Grosse Pointe Rochester Dearborn Inkster Wixom Walled Lake and Wyandotte
We provide marriage counseling, relationship therapy, family therapy, couples counseling, premarital counseling, singles and couples workshops, family counseling, child therapy, teen counseling, parenting guidance, help with ADD, ADHD, divorce, relationship advice, as well as help with dating, love and communication.


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Relationship Institute
27172 Woodward Avenue
Suite 200
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
(248) 546-0407