Find Relationship and Marriage Counselors in Portland, OR

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Intimate partners may choose to find a marriage and family therapist in Portland for a variety of reasons. For example, couples who experience challenges such as a lack of communication, frequent arguments, money issues, disagreements about parenting, or intimacy issues may seek marriage counseling services. One major benefit of seeking professional help is talking about an issue in a safe, secure environment where each partner can honestly express their feelings about the relationship. But how effective is marriage therapy or couples therapy? Do the marriage counseling services provided by marriage therapists in Portland really work?

The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) has provided data on the benefits of couples therapy and working with a qualified marriage therapist. According to the AAMFT, more than 90% of individuals who work with a licensed marriage and family therapist report better emotional health. Improvements in physical health are experienced by almost 66% of participants, according to AAMFT.

The treatment process may be challenging. For example, it often involves bringing up painful or difficult issues. However, recognizing your personal role in the development of conflicts, and making adjustments in order to reduce negative behaviors may make the results and treatment rewarding. In fact, AAMFT says, according to data on consumer reports, that more than 98% of people who visit a marriage and family therapist rate the services received as good or excellent.

At present, more than 50,000 marriage therapists serve in the United States. Marriage and family therapists in Portland administer couples therapy exercises that may help married individuals and intimate partners learn more effective social skills and reduce feelings of stress and frustration that may have built up within their relationship. The AAMFT reports that more than 1.8 million people in the United States are receiving treatment from a marriage and family therapist at any given time.


  1. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. (n.d.). About marriage and family therapists. Retrieved from