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.

photo: Flickr user nosha (cc)

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.

Say Something!

We'd really like you to take part in the conversation here at All Over Albany. But we do have a few rules here. Don't worry, they're easy. The first: be kind. The second: treat everyone else with the same respect you'd like to see in return. Cool? Great, post away. Comments are moderated so it might take a little while for your comment to show up. Thanks for being patient.

The Scoop

Ever wish you had a smart, savvy friend with the inside line on what's happening around the Capital Region? You know, the kind of stuff that makes your life just a little bit better? Yeah, we do, too. That's why we created All Over Albany. Find out more.

Recently on All Over Albany

Happy Thanksgiving!

We hope you're enjoying the holiday -- in whatever shape it's taking for you. Thanks for being part of AOA this year!... (more)

Holiday markets 2014

Many people will be out and about doing holiday shopping over the next few weeks. If you're looking for something a little bit different --... (more)

Lark Street's Hot Dog Heaven closing

A piece of Lark Street history closes its doors for good on Sunday. Hot Dog Heaven, the tiny Lark Street diner where Barbara Lamperella and... (more)

What's up in the Neighborhood

Among the topics in this most recent spin around the Capital Region's online neighborhood: Thanksgiving, media criticism, a fire tower, Cooperstown, moss, the Saratoga restaurant... (more)

Checking out Slidin' Dirty's new restaurant space

I'm a big fan of food trucks, and particularly fond of Slidin' Dirty. So I was over the moon when I heard they were opening... (more)

Recent Comments

I am so very thankful for the wonderful people who wandered in and out of my life over the last few years. They have given me the love and support I need to survive and thrive. Last year at this time I was at my lowest. By the grace of all that is good in my life, I have climbed out and I'm happier than I've been in a very, very long time.

City Line Bar and Grill

...has 11 comments, most recently from Me Too

Holiday markets 2014

...has 1 comment, most recently from julie

Checking out Slidin' Dirty's new restaurant space

...has 7 comments, most recently from Cyril

Drawing: What are you thankful for this year?

...has 46 comments, most recently from llcwine

A look inside The Shop in Troy

...has 12 comments, most recently from misty