Where can I get free online marriage counseling?

Even if you’re totally ready to take that next step and try marriage counseling, you might be put off by how expensive it can be. Therapy sessions can run you hundreds of dollars a month! At the same time, you can usually be sure that you are paying for quality services from an accredited professional. Cheaper options may not be as good, but you are eager to find an alternative. So is there such a thing as good, cheap or free online marriage counseling? We’d like to share with you what we've learned about online marriage services. 

There are four types of online help available for your marriage – CD's and DVD's, e-books and resource pages, live counselors, and Power of Two Online.

CD's and DVD's

Folks advertising marriage counseling services may actually just be selling box sets of CD's or DVD's. These are often videos of live group sessions run by a self-proclaimed “marriage guru.” Some may come with a workbook. These services are far from free online marriage counseling. In fact, they tent to be just as expensive as in-person therapy! On the plus side, you can watch the material over and over and it keep it with you. On the other hand, you will be paying premium price without a therapist who actually knows you and can give you advice specific to your needs.

Example CD/DVD programs:

Program name

What you get

What it costs

Marriage Fitness (www.marriagemax.com)

15 CD's, 7 tele-seminars, a workbook,
some e-mails and a phone call

 $339

Light Your Fire (www.lightyourfire.com)

9 hours of CD's and a workbook

 $119

Marriage Builders (www.marriagebuilders.com)

6 cd's, workbook, and a book

 $195

Downloads and E-mail Series

Other sites offer online info-pages, e-books, articles and/or e-mail series. These may be free or are at least much cheaper than a CD/DVD set. At the same time, simply reading information is not the most effective way to save your marriage. Unfortunately, it’s easy to read it, get inspired for a moment, and then forget it. These resources may be more affordable, and at the same time you may not feel you are getting much lasting out of them.

 Example download/e-mail programs:

Program name

What you get

What it costs

Simple Marriage (www.simplemarriage.net/products/combos)

3 downloadable e-book articles

$34

Dr. Lee Baucom (www.savethemarriage.com)

1 e-book

$47

Live Online Marriage Counseling

Some practitioners are beginning to offer web or phone-based remote counseling. This is great for couples who want the convenience of a therapist making a house call! At the same time, you run into all the problems of a regular therapist. Sessions are very expensive, you have to sit down with your spouse and dish to a stranger about your relationship, and you have to schedule sessions during the therapists’ working hours, which are often when you want to be working too!

Example online marriage counseling options:

Program name

What you get

What it costs

Live Person (www.liveperson.com/experts/professional-counseling/)

Phone-based counseling

$120 and up/hour

So where can I get real free online marriage counseling?

Power of Two Online

Unfortunately, there is not yet a reliable, effective and completely free online marriage counseling option out there. However, Power of Two was developed by a grant from the US Federal Government to be the most affordable, wrap-around and personalized marriage resource available. Power of Two Online is the only fully online program scientifically proven to improve your marriage and costs only $18/month. The program combines the best of all the above marriage help options: the multimedia of CDs/DVDs; the at-your-own-pace digestibility of a marriage book; and the personal attention of your own marriage coach.

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Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant 90-FE-0123. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Servies, Administration for Children and Families.