African American Counselors in Georgia

November 19, 2013 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Black Therapist in Georgia


Allison Jones, MFT Intern - Atlanta, GA 30326

“Failure to plan is planning to fail.” While I’m all for planning the weddings of our dreams, I am a firm believer that we must plan the marriages of our dreams as well. As a Marriag

Dr. Kendall & Myra McKnight-Atlanta, GA, 30309

Dr. Kendall and Myra McKnight, MA, Ph.D. Atlanta’s Influential Master Relationship Coach Expert, Infidelity Recovery Specialist, Talk Show Host, Relationship Columnist for The Divine Voice Magaz

Angelique L Burke, MS, EdS, LPC, East Point, Georgia 30344

Because first deciding to engage in therapy, and then taking the first steps, is often challenging and may be overwhelming, it is with non-judgmental admiration and honor that I accompany individuals,

Damaris Solomon Johnson, LMFT, Atlanta, Georgia 30326

“The tiny seed knew that in order to grow it needed to be dropped in dirt, covered in darkness, and struggle to reach the light”- author unknown. I have grown to appreciate the value in th

Vanessa Jackson, LCSW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

My practice is based on narrative therapy principles and honors the wisdom and creativity of the individual seeking consultation in development of a recovery plan. I believe that recovery from emotion

Porsha Jones, LMFT, Atlanta, GA, 30305

I provide an open, caring and safe environment for you to discuss your most private difficulties and challenges your are currently facing. I focus on building a positive therapeutic relationship to pr

Socrotiff Carruth Michael, MA, LMFT, LPC - Atlanta, GA 30319

Reaching out for help, often time is not easy; whether you are an individual, couple or family; however, it can be the best decision you can make for your life and your relationship. Having a safe pla

Does Marriage Counseling Work?

Before you decide whether marriage counseling will save your marriage, you may find yourself asking, does counseling even work?’ Well, the fact of the matter is that marriage counseling actually does work. Most of the common problems many African American marriages face can be  fixed though intense counseling. Here’s how:

1. Avoid Harsh Start- Ups

Your counselor will teach you how to reconnect as a married couple without any residual ill feelings. You can learn how to begin each argument in ways that minimize harm and negativity. Most arguments that begin with harshness often end badly.

However, with help from your counselor, you will be able to start your arguments cordially and with a motive that is mutually beneficial to your partner and yourself. This way, should you ever disagree with your spouse, you will know how to start the discussion calmly, respectfully and in a civil manner.

2. Reaffirm the Friendship

Your African American marriage counselor will also check whether the both of you are making successful repair attempts’ to remedy the relationship. These include attempts made to de- escalate the tension with a view to resolve differences.

Most unhappy couples are too steeped in negative feelings to notice when one partner actually wants a peaceful resolution to the conflict. The best counselor will revive and divorce- proof your relationship by helping you understand each other both while fighting and while on good terms. This way, you will improve your communication, which will ultimately lead to an improvement in the nature of your conflicts – from destructive ones to useful ones that build each other up.

3. Rekindling the Love

The other way marriage counseling aids a failing relationship is by compelling you to spend more time together- either alone or in the counseling office. The strongest marriages spend some extra time every week engaged in activities that strengthen the marriage. This time is enough to make all the difference in the substance and quality of the marriage. You can spend time:

a) Connect in the Morning: Learn something about what your partner has planned to do for the day.

b) Connect in the Evening: After you get home, talk to your spouse about the happenings in your day. Chatting helps you de- stress and re- connect to your partner.

c) Appreciate and Admire: On a daily basis, tell your spouse that you love them and appreciate everything they do for you. Be as specific as possible.

d) Intimate Affection: To bring back the magic, hold hands, kiss, cuddle, spoon and do things that show affection. The more time spent in affectionate situations, the happier the marriage will be.

e) Date Weekly: This is non- negotiable. If there are kids in the picture, get someone to babysit. Own the time and do not let anything distract you from your spouse. Spend the time talking and reconnecting.

Finally, listen to what the counselor has to say about your relationship. They know more about the improvements that you are making than you do and can give you useful hints to improve even further. Overall, you can be sure that African American marriage counseling in Atlanta works.

  1. Monlecia Stewart said on June 14, 2016 4:30 am:

    I am in the Birmingham, Alabama area & I would like some young African American Christian couples to participate in a marriage seminar/retreat. I’m not sure how to go about getting this together. Please help!