Creating Healthy Relationships Since 1992

Creating Healthy Relationships Since 1992


Couples/Marriage Counseling

We have temporarily transitioned to online Video & Phone Therapy sessions.  And good news: most insurances will pay for teletherapy just like in-office sessions.

UPDATE: We now have a limited number of openings for IN OFFICE SESSIONS,
only in our Royal Oak and Northville locations.

Call 248 546 0407 to set up your video or phone session –
or IN OFFICE SESSION (only in our Royal Oak and Northville office locations).

You can also text us at 248-795-5145.


It’s important to see if your relationship might need marriage / couples counseling. 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.

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. For more information about how couples / marriage counseling can help you resolve your relationship challenges, please call our main office at (248) 546-0407 or email us  . We can take almost any insurance for your sessions. And we cover the Metro Detroit area, with offices located in Royal Oak; Northville and Ann Arbor


For over 25 years, we have been helping ALL couples create healthy, loving relationships – whether they are dating; engaged; married; or separated. We welcome couples of ALL lifestyles and orientations to our services.


At The RELATIONSHIP INSTITUTE Couples Therapy is based on the model of a ‘Conscious Relationship’ – a stable, fulfilling and passionate relationship between committed partners

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For premarital counseling, we offer traditional Couples Counseling, as well as a unique 5 session program called PREP. Click below to learn more about the details on the PREP program.

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Since 1992, we have helped over 1,000 couples – dating, engaged, or married – solve their relationship problems and create healthy, fulfilling, loving relationships.


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.


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.

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