Asheville Couples Therapists

Here’s a directory of referral options for great couples therapists here in the Asheville area! We have many couples reaching out for support with their relationships. We each have our own unique specialties and approaches within the realm of couples therapy, and we want to make sure that you find a good fit for you and your partner.

There are therapists who specialize in certain approaches, such as Gottman or EFT. There are therapists who specialize in treating affairs and addictions. Each therapist is different and we want you to find a therapist that works for you, your relationship, and your presenting concerns.

Take a moment to check out your options. Most therapists will offer a free consultation so that you may have a chance to get to know them and ask questions before you make a commitment.

Click on the therapist’s photo for a link to their website. Congratulations on taking that first step toward your best possible relationship!

Cindy Norton | AVL Couples Therapy

Hi, I’m Cindy, and I love helping couples have amazing relationships! Through Premarital and Relationship Enrichment Services, I help couples to build a strong foundation of friendship and intimacy, learn to manage conflict constructively, and create a life that is full of meaning. I utilize PREPARE/ENRICH and Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my approach, which provides structure and research based interventions to help support couples.

Simon Munro | Simon T. Munro Therapy

I was born and raised in Ireland. I had a long career as a Psychiatrist and have been awarded the highly coveted honor of Membership to The Royal College of Psychiatrists. In the course of my work, I came across new research proving that our happiness depends on a fulfilling intimate relationship. This was a revelation for me! I am passionate about my transition to couples therapy. I practice Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with individuals and couples. This model has the advantage of the latest and highest quality relationship research with an emphasis on Attachment Theory and how it relates to our relationships.

Laura Greenlee | A New Leaf Counseling & Consulting

Dr. Laura Greenlee is a clinician in private practice in South Asheville, who uses an integrated blend of person-centered, attachment, and family systems therapy, with emphasis on the Emotionally Focused Therapy model by Dr. Sue Johnson. Dr. Greenlee has 18 years experience as a mental health clinician, and 20 years as an educator. She has worked with domestic violence offenders in a corrections setting, and she has experience completing child abuse assessments and parenting evaluations. Dr. Greenlee highly encourages couples who are separating to use out of court mediation services when possible. Dr. Greenlee specializes in helping parents develop more effective plans for nurturing, managing, and disciplining children.  

Brian Dugdale | Brian Dugdale Counseling

I am passionate about marriages and helping the client learn how to heal those areas in relationship where they feel stuck. I also love helping folks that are beginning to think about marriage…ie…engaged or thinking about engagement

Karen Batka | EmBodhiWork

Couples appreciate my ability to navigate challenges (addiction, loss, infidelity, blending families, later-in-life love) with warmth, presence, experience and safety. I begin couples therapy by exploring and identifying strengths and resources within each couple member to provide the scaffolding to support deeper work. I have completed extensive training in AEDP for Couples, The Hakomi Method and Collaborative Couples Therapy and our work together is informed and guided by somatic, attachment-focused and experiential practices. Couples are often surprised by and grateful for how swiftly love is restored and lasting transformation can occur!

Steve Morris | Old Fashioned Therapy

I love to help couples, married or living together to learn better ways to communicate and work out difficulties. Helping couples and families for over 30 years, I have found that we all have very little education about how to listen well and say what we actually want.  For various reasons, this gets even more difficult w/ those we love. There are solutions and we will find them together. I tend to specialize in couples that are recovering from substance use problems but also life transition and adjustment to retirement.

A. Barrie Bondurant, PhD, LPC

I enjoy counseling couples at all stages of their relationship. Learning how to improve your interactions can make a huge difference. I integrate Gottman techniques into my couples counseling. I also help couples with communication, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills.

Ed Kizer | Sage Counseling & Financial Services

Financial therapy is a new and growing field which strives to integrate a client’s development of both emotional and financial health. Professionals with training in both areas evaluate a client’s needs and utilize a range of techniques based on experiential therapy, financial planning, dialogue, communication, and behavior change to improve the client’s financial and emotional health.  Integration of these two fields allows clients to progress exponentially faster than working on financial and personal growth separately. With extensive experience in psychotherapy, formal training as a financial planner, and a deep appreciation for money psychology, I am uniquely qualified to provide this service.  My hope is to help you not only crystalize your vision and values but also remove the psychological barriers that may stand in your way.  Financial therapy can occur simultaneously with financial planning so that you will quickly see the results of new understanding and knowledge.

Andrea Bishop | Asheville Success Coaching & Family Therapy

Communication, action oriented and skill building oriented work with individuals, couples, and families. See my website for more information.

Elizabeth Heaney

I often work with couples’ who are looking to access greater intimacy, whether than means sexual intimacy or emotional intimacy. Often, the demands of our daily lives (parenting, work, everyday details and challenges) make true intimacy difficult – but not impossible. Addressing the real challenges of intimacy can give couples’ a renewed sense of fondness, closeness and ease.

Jacqueline Schatz | Asheville Relationship Center

I work with busy, successful people who are not having success at love. I have been helping couples for over 15 years who want real tools to finally fix what is wrong. Communication between you is poor and you are not getting your needs met; the responsibilities and stresses of work, family or children are eroding your once happy partnership. The anger, resentment and hurt between you can feel impossible to bear, impossible to fix.  But, you know that you have to do something. You once had such a beautiful love. It can feel so frustrating if you are successful in other areas. Why is this so hard? I provide couples with real tools and a tailored plan specific to you and your situation. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Andrew Bednarzik | Riverbank Counseling

I really enjoy working with new parents! Sessions include a mix of increasing insight, learning tools, practicing communication and humor. I’ve taught several workshops in town for new parents called “Parents as Partners.” It tends to be a challenging transition for couples and I like the helping them navigate this and find ways to nurture their relationship. 

Tom Adams | Momentum Counseling & Psychotherapy

I work with couples in emotionally-focused ways to explore the real underlying sources of their discord, leading to fundamental shifts in how they communicate with and relate to one another. I also work with individuals who are tired of repeating the same old patterns in their relationships, whether romantic, familial, or professional, and who want to explore new, healthier ways of engaging with others.

Guy Morganstein | Asheville Counseling Center

Relationship counseling is one of my specialties. I have been in the substance abuse and mental health field for over 35 years. I often work with clients using Imago dialogue, and teach basic and advanced communication and conflict resolution skills.

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