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Marriage Friendly Counseling Manhattan

Jim Covington, Marriage Counselor, Manhattan and NYC
Jim Covington
Free consultation, call    (212) 799-1157
251 Central Park West 1A
New York, New York 10024

healing your heart, marriage counciling manhatten and nycOur Services Include:

 -- Unmarried Couples Counseling

  -- Premarital Counseling

 -- Healing from Infidelity

 -- Discernment/Divorce Counseling

  -- Individual Counseling

Growing apart? If you are reading this, it must be because you want to work on your relationship, or save your marriage, right? Good. You know WHAT you want. The only question left is HOW. HOW will you restore and strengthen your marriage? Everyone WANTS to renew their marriage.  But very few people have a clue HOW to go about it.

I am an experienced, licensed marriage and family therapist.  I have been counseling couples and helping with the HOW for over 30 years.  My approach is integrative i.e., I draw from many years of experience and training which includes Emotional Focused Therapy for Couples and the Gottman Method, both of which are renowned for their effectiveness in strengthening relationships. I am also trained in Family Systems Therapy.

So if you and your partner decide to meet with me, in our first session (75 minutes), I will want to hear your story, your respective points of view and together ascertain the patterns/issues that are pulling you apart and damaging your relationship. I strive for connectedness above all else.  Then, If you decide to continue seeing me, this is what I will do in the counseling sessions that follow....I will actively help you learn and experience HOW to: 

  • Stop the arguing cycle (and not allow your arguing to continue in my office!)
  • Stop the distancing cycle by understanding why and how that happens
  • Learn how to communicate, listen to each other and support each other's emotional needs in a trusting manner
  • Feel more emotionally connected and feel that you are truly there for each other
  • Understand your own emotional experiences, as well as you partner's emotions
  • Restore physical/sexual intimacy (see Intimacy )
  • Heal from infidelity  (see Infidelity)
  • Save your marriage!
  • Or help you, if you're seriously thinking about divorce, discern if divorce is truly the right decision to make (see discernment counseling

If what I have written strikes a chord with you and you are interested in seeking my help and guidance for strengthening and saving your marriage, contact me or call now to set up a free 10 minute consultation:    (212) 799- 1157.

The reality is that all human relationships can be difficult at times, including marriage. As someone put it: “choosing a partner is choosing a set of problems.”  Not very romantic, I admit, but true.  And sometimes those problems lead to emotional barriers and sometimes, couples will need professional marriage counseling to break through those barriers and strengthen or cultivate anew the intimacy—the bond-- they still hope for.

If you want to read more about my approach to couples counseling, listen to the video on this page and also check out the About Me page to learn more about my view of marriage and how I work with couples to help restore trust, intimacy and friendship.   

My office address is 251 Central Park West on the corner of 1 W.85th Street, Suite 1A.  I am across the street from Central Park, near the Museum of American History and one block from Columbus Avenue where there are great restaurants.                                     

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Jim Covington, M.Div.,MA, LMFT, specializes in marriage counseling, discernment counseling for couples considering divorce, premarital counseling and individual psychotherapy in the NYC Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn NY areas.  For a free 10 minute consultation, call (212) 799-1157.


I love my work with couples because I strongly believe in our human need for lasting, meaningful partnerships and connections. I also believe in marriage as a vital social institution and as a dynamic opportunity for personal growth.

I am a pro-committment Marriage Friendly Therapist and belong to the National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists.  I believe that nearly all marriages are worth fighting for. Our immediate gratification culture makes it hard for couples to sustain life long intimacy and commitment, but I believe that most couples can succeed if they make saving their marriage their highest priority.

National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists

If you are not yet married and are interested in pre-marital counseling, check that page.

Or if you feel you are actually on the BRINK OF DIVORCE and one of you is ready to throw in the towel, check the “on the brink” page and learn about "discernment divorce counseling."

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