Best of 2012: GoodTherapy.org’s Top 10 Websites for Relationships and MarriageJanuary 25, 2013 • A GoodTherapy.org Announcement
Marriage rates have steadily declined in the United States over the past several decades, and the American Psychological Association states that 40% to 50% of marriages will end in divorce. Marriage may be on the rocks, but few dispute that a happy and healthy marriage can contribute to happier and healthier individuals, as well as better outcomes for the children of such unions.
When relationship conflict inevitably surfaces, whether because of communication problems, differences in values, infidelity, or other issues, it’s important to remember that there are options for struggling couples. If you are experiencing difficulties in your relationship—be it long-term or new, monogamous or polyamorous, heterosexual or same-sex, or any other kind of romantic union—chances are someone else, or another couple, has been through a similar situation. The Internet is an excellent way to connect with other people who have gone to relationship counseling, and to solicit advice about improving or salvaging a relationship.
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As with our previous top 10 lists (depression websites, ADHD websites, and grief and loss websites), we selected the 10 best resources on the web for 2012 related to marriage and couples counseling—GoodTherapy.org excluded—to help people better understand and cope with relationship issues. Among the criteria we used to select our top 10 websites are quality and depth of content, presentation, and functionality.
- National Healthy Marriage Resource Center: The National Healthy Marriage Resource Center is designed to provide high-quality, comprehensive resources on the topic of healthy marriage and relationships. The NHMRC reports on recent research and policy changes, news, and popular topics such as stressors, relationship dynamics, and the effects of different relationship types and cultures.
- Freedom to Marry: An initiative launched by civil rights attorney Evan Wolfson that works to advance marriage equality in the United States, Freedom to Marry provides up-to-date information on same-sex marriage policy changes and news, and strives to educate the public about the importance of marriage equality. Site visitors have access to resources, articles, and other information about LGBTQ issues.
- Smart Marriages: The Coalition for Marriage, Family, and Couples Education: Smart Marriages is an excellent resource for people seeking information about strengthening relationships. From consumers to marriage educators to clergy, visitors can access educational workshops and classes, support groups, and multimedia resources. Smart Marriages also features a blog and provides a member newsletter and information on recent research.
- The Couple Connection: Operated by a leading research organization in England and designed to be a “do-it-yourself” relationship guide, The Couple Connection offers relationship advice in the form of articles, multimedia, and quizzes, and helps you set goals. A counselor-moderated “relationship forum” and one-on-one “listening room” are also provided.
- Love Is Respect: A project of nonprofit Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Hotline, Love is Respect teaches youth and young adults about healthy relationships, dating, and communication. Information about different types of abuse, how to recognize abuse, and how to get help is also offered. Visitors can chat live with “peer advocates” 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- TwoOfUs.org: TwoOfUs.org is a product of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. An expert Q&A and comprehensive news and advice on dating and marriage are offered. Visitors can find videos, interactive quizzes, and a directory of healthy marriage and family programs.
- Talk About Marriage: The Marriage Advice and Relationship Help Forums: Talk About Marriage is a public forum provided by The Family & Marriage Counseling Directory. More than 50,000 members frequent this forum, where topics up for discussion include infidelity and financial problems.
- The Toolbox at LisaKiftTherapy.com: Lisa Brookes Kift, MFT, is a leading educator in the field of marriage counseling. She created The Toolbox at LisaKiftTherapy.com to educate couples on the correlation between emotional health and relationship well-being. The Toolbox offers a wealth of resources and information on mental and emotional health, marriage and relationships, and couples therapy.
- Marriage Gems: A research-based marriage blog run by Lori Lowe, Marriage Gems presents interviews with marriage experts and blog posts about popular relationship issues in a consumer-friendly format. Visitors can also access free e-books for download and other resources for marriage and relationship information.
- Project Happily Ever After: Project Happily Ever After is a blog run by Alisa Bowman that details her personal journey from the brink of divorce to falling in love again with her husband. The site covers topics ranging from affairs to intimacy and answers frequently asked marriage questions. In addition to marriage advice, Project Happily Ever After offers a free e-book, marriage resource links, and a newsletter subscription.
Recommend websites for our Top 10 awards here.
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samanthaJanuary 25th, 2013 at 10:53 PM
it’s always good to be able to talk to someone who has been through a similar situation..sometimes that little help and support can do wonders in helping yourself..thank you for providing so many of these, can be a virtual friend in need.
AngelaJanuary 26th, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Freedom to marry, huh?
I suppose that this is all about same sex couples wanting to get married?
I have to take a look at this and see what I can read on the subject because I have to admit that I am still a little bit on the fence about whather I think that this is okay or not
Frank mJanuary 26th, 2013 at 1:24 PM
Great to see a site dedicated to the issue of marriage of the LGBT community out there..often times we are sidelined and some people even think marriage for LGBT is a joke as a topic to even discuss..but it’s not.everybody has the right and is free to choose his or her own way of life and people would do well to accept this reality.
DALEJanuary 27th, 2013 at 10:51 AM
There is always more to learn about marriage and relationships. There is something for everyone. To see things from others’ perspectives and enrich ourselves would definitely get us a broader picture and help in succeeding in our own relationships and marriage. The sites mentioned here definitely have a lot to learn from.
celenaJanuary 28th, 2013 at 4:00 AM
For those of us who are always working on creating a stronger relationship with our partner or spouse, many of these websites can be so beneficial. Even when there isn’t an evident problem, we can all benefit from reading about how to better support and love one another in a way that is suppportive, and not threatening.
It is often so much easier to find things in life that are negative without being able to see the positive. But I think that these websites give us hope that there are good things out there, we just might have to work a little harder to find them.
Lisa Brookes Kift, MFTJanuary 28th, 2013 at 7:24 AM
A wonderful honor to be included on this list! Thank you!
The Toolbox at LisaKiftTherapy.com
jakeJanuary 28th, 2013 at 10:20 AM
with so many marriages ending in divorce expel should start paying more attention to their relationships and see if they can be good together BEFORE they get married. what I’d also love to see is more people opting for pre-marital counselling. I did and the benefits were immense. it gave me an opportunity to see my partner and even our relationship in an entirely new light.
timothyJanuary 28th, 2013 at 3:48 PM
relationship satisfaction is closely related to general feeling of well being and life satisfaction in fact! it plays a big role in how a person feels about himself too. so it is definitely something that needs close monitoring and care. relationships and especially in a marriage can be the deciding factor as to how things turn out for one in general. taking care of a relationship may well result in a better quality and satisfaction with one’s life!
DebbieJanuary 30th, 2013 at 4:31 AM
I am hoping to get some tips for getting my marriage back on track instead of stuck in the day by day same old.
Lori LoweFebruary 7th, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Thanks so much for including Marriage Gems on your list. All the best to you.
JorgeJune 25th, 2013 at 11:03 AM
It is very sad to see when a marriage ends. Nobody knows when divorce is going to knock your door, but with good communication and patience, marriages can last longer.
LindsaySeptember 2nd, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Every relationship takes a lot of effort to last and stay fresh. Quit frankly my site of choice it relationshipadvisor101.com. Aside from the helpful advice on the site, It feels good to know that i can always write to Krista every time i am faced with problems in my relationship. She has grown to be my friend eventhough i never really met her.
LouCeePeeFebruary 4th, 2014 at 7:12 PM
Every relationship needs extra tlc
MCADecember 8th, 2014 at 4:06 AM
Hey! Great Blog. In my opinion communication is one of the most important parts of a marriage. I think that marriage counseling is something that every couple should try before giving up.
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