Counselors on The National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapistssm should be able and willing to answer the following.
“Of the couples you treat, what percentage would you say work out enough of their problems to stay married with a reasonable amount of satisfaction with the relationship?”
“What percentage break up while they are seeing you?”
“What percentage do not improve?”
Answers from the Marriage Therapist
If the therapist say “100%” stay together, this sounds unrealistic and dishonest.
If the therapist reports that less than 70 percent of couples stay together and work out their problems, then this success rate is below average (based on studies of the effectiveness of marriage therapy).
If the therapist won’t answer the question or says that staying together is not a measure of success, then this therapist may not be supportive of marital commitment.