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Couples Therapy

Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist located in Houston, TX
Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW
Couples Therapy

Couples Therapy services offered in Houston, TX

Couples therapy can help you avoid the pitfalls that derail relationships, overcome your conflicts, and strengthen the love and intimacy you share with your partner. Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW, offers couples an environment where they can safely look within. She serves as your guide, gently helping you explore individual and shared challenges while opening new paths that restore a healthy relationship. Couples can overcome their challenges. Couples therapy can strengthen the love you share and the deeper connection you desire to build. To learn more, call the office in Houston, Texas, or book an in-person or teletherapy appointment online today.

Couples Therapy Q&A

When would I need couples therapy?

Couples often seek therapy after disagreements escalate and they can’t resolve a major conflict. Many wait until their relationship is on the brink of separation or divorce, but the best time to schedule counseling is before tempers flare or issues get out of hand. Healthy relationships also benefit from counseling.

Couples therapy can help you navigate:

  • Communication challenges
  • Blended family issues
  • Partner conflicts
  • Disagreements over money
  • Conflicting parenting styles
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Problems controlling anger
  • Mental or emotional abuse
  • Infidelity and loss of trust


Phyllis also offers premarital education and helps couples prevent separation or divorce with resolution therapy. 

Does my partner need to come to couples therapy?


You may be surprised to learn that you can go to couples therapy alone. If your relationship is in trouble, there’s still hope, even if only one person attends counseling sessions.


Therapy gives you the tools necessary to work through the conflict and work toward understanding and respect. A change in one person directly affects their partner, forging a new path and helping them reconnect. 

What should I expect during couples therapy?


Phyllis guides you through couples therapy, listening as you talk about your conflicts, fears, hopes, and goals. As she guides the conversation, she helps you explore the problem and learn how to work together to resolve the issue.


During therapy sessions, couples learn:


  • Negotiation skills
  • Listening skills
  • Assertiveness
  • Fair fighting
  • Positive, respectful communication
  • How to make a point without anger
  • How to navigate change


Many couples need to learn ways to talk with each other rather than at each other. No matter what challenge you face, Phyllis helps you find new insights to enhance your relationship. 

How does couples therapy help before problems arise?


Everyone has personal needs, values, and ingrained habits that affect their relationships. Seeking couples therapy shortly after entering a committed relationship or before getting married allows you to prevent future conflicts by working through your individual differences.


During couples therapy, you explore major life issues that commonly divide couples, identify areas of disagreement, and learn to communicate in proactive ways that prevent problems from festering.

Couples find harmony, connection, and a new path forward when they seek therapy with Phyllis Tonkin, LCSW. Don’t wait for conflict to get out of control; call the office or book an appointment online today.

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