A good couples therapist?

female and male cardinals by flickr user noshaKathy emails:

I was wondering if readers of your blog had any recommendations for couples/marriage counselors. My husband and I would like to work out some major communication issues. I have trusted AOA reader recommendations for so many things, and this is one of those areas where I'd like a solid recommendation. I looked and didn't see any posts on AOA about this. Thanks so much for the help.

Know of a good therapist or counselor you can suggest to Kathy? Please share.

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Comments

Kim Ploussard at Albany Lifeworks has been phenomenal in helping my spouse and me improve our communication methods with each other and work on our relationship. She is concerned with helping the couple stay together and how to improve the relationship, and your relationship with others as a whole.

http://www.albanylifeworks.com/Therapists/Kim%20Ploussard.html

It's also really nice to have an unbiased 3rd party's opinion.

UAlbany has a training clinic that provides a range of services, including couples therapy. The therapists are all advanced students who are supervised by licensed PhDs. They don't take insurance, but they work on a sliding scale.

http://www.albany.edu/psc/about_us.php

Give Rocco a call at (518) 786-8012, I believe that's the number. I wouldn't be who I am today without him... no really, that's an endorsement.

I have been seeing Angela McCrea for several years. I first went for couples/marriage counseling, but have used her just for my own well-being for quite some time. I can't endorse her enough. She's fantastic. She works privately out of an office at Pinnacle Health on McKown Road in Guilderland (right around the corner from Stuyvesant Plaza). The best way to reach her is angelamccrea@gmail.com, and please don't hesitate to use my name for reference if you'd like. She accepts just about every type of insurance plan, as well.

Therapy is still kind of viewed as shameful in our society, but it's such a helpful tool to have at one's disposal. You're already a step ahead if you are actively considering utilizing it. Good for you!

If you have one, reach out to your Employee Assistance Program for counselors that will be free to low-cost. I was shocked at the pricing of couples counseling (and learned that daytime rates are often cheaper than evenings). I also learned that there is often a wait list for popular counselors, so a counselor through an EAP is a good place to start. Finally, if you have a particular issue, look for a counselor that may have experience with that issue. And if a counselor is not a good fit, don't hesitate to switch to a new one. Best of luck.

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