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Reid Doster, LPC, LMFT

Relationship & Couples Counseling
Covington Louisiana 70433

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About Dr. Reid Doster

When couples say they've grown disillusioned with their relationship, I suggest dis-illusionment might not be all bad. After all, the real relationship cannot even begin until the illusion ends.  Who wants to struggle under the weight of an illusion? Sustaining an inauthentic relationship can be tantamount to perpetuating a lie. I help couples become more lovingly truthful with one another, which leads to deepening trust, which is the glue holding everything together.

Couples often complain about their partner not living up to their end of the deal. Yes, there really is a deal, a contract, but the terms of the contract are not written down anywhere. These terms sometimes just float in the air as nebulous assumptions. Expectations can become premeditated resentments.

Couples can start off living the ideal, which turns into an ordeal, and then starts to feel like a raw deal. My job is to help couples negotiate a new deal, not based on who's right or wrong, smart or not-so-smart, good or bad, but figuring out what works for them. That's what I do.

Recently, an exhausted couple poured out their story of years of tug-of-war, locked in a power struggle that got them nowhere. They took a breath, turned to me and asked:  "Dr. Doster, do you think we're crazy." I took a breath and said: "Well, yes, but let me ask you something. Do you think you know how to act sane?"  Bewildered, one responded: "Yes, I think we know how to act sane." "Well, that's all you have to do, just act sane. Can you do that?" I encourage couples to focus on three things -- behavior, behavior, behavior.

If you're ready to become more authentic with one another, focus on what works and feel more sane, then let's talk. It can take forty years to learn how to love each other maturely. My wife and I've been together forty years and maybe we're starting to get it. Eliminate the word "failure" from your vocabulary. It's all feedback. How can it be failure if you learn, change and grow? You would not be reading if this if the pilot light was not still lit. Your relationship was born in hope and that hope is still alive.

During the COVID19 epidemic, I am authorized to provide teletherapy anywhere in the United States. Contact me today by emailing to reiddoster@yahoo.com or texting to (985) 778-6049. I'll send you a questionnaire designed for couples and schedule a free introductory live video session to discuss your goals for counseling.

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  • Business/ Practice Name
  • Dr. Reid Doster LLC
  • Street Address
  • 4 Briar Hollow Dr
  • City
  • Covington
  • State
  • Louisiana
  • Zip Code
  • 70433
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    License Certification

  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • License Number
  • 1124
  • License State
  • LA
  • What type of license/certification do you hold?
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • 2nd License Number
  • 128
  • 2nd License State
  • LA
  • Education

  • Graduate School/University
  • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Highest Degree Earned
  • Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
  • Graduation Year
  • 1975
  • Gender
  • Male
  • Therapy Settings
  • In Office In Home Online Phone

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