How Much Does Marriage Counseling Cost?

How Much Does Marriage Counseling Cost?

The cost of marriage counseling can vary widely by therapist and by location. There is no one set price.

That said, in a recent nationwide survey, the average cost of couples therapy was between $75 and $250 per hour.  Marriage counseling can last 12 sessions (and often longer depending on the specific relationship dynamics), so the expense can be considerable.

Why is marriage counseling so expensive? Marriage and family therapists are highly-trained and skilled experts in dealing with marital and family issues. They have completed extensive education, training and licensure programs that have prepared them for this work. Working with couples is much more intensive than working in individual therapy.

Marriage and family therapists are highly-trained and skilled experts in dealing with marital and family issues.

Is therapy worth it? Yes. Marriage counseling gives you and your partner a chance to heal and grow together and to see the path forward. A divorce is considerably more expensive and you walk away never knowing whether the marriage could have been saved.

So the real question becomes, “Is your relationship worth it?”

So, if you’re paying some or all of the expense out of pocket, what can you do? Don’t be afraid to ask about payment options. Some therapists offer what is known as a “sliding scale” in which fees are based on income. Still others may offer a “package” of sessions at a discounted rate so that you pay less over the course of therapy.

If couples therapy isn’t an option, consider couples workshops. These can be effective for some couples and may be a less expensive option. It may not be ideal, but it may be the start of your healing process.

Written by
Dr. Dawn Ferrara, LMFT