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I’ve been helping couples improve their relationships for more than 30 years. I have a strong conviction that most marriages are worth fighting for and that all marriages should be given top priority. Marital therapy is about change in a supportive environment with a therapist committed to helping you improve your marriage. Almost all relationships need to change in order to grow and flourish. At times, problems arise which may seem overwhelming and too difficult to overcome - when trust has been broken or connection seems lost. I am committed to working with you to ease the process. This means that I may not always be neutral. Rather, I will be honest and I will help you to be honest with each other. I take the stance that nearly all marriages are worth saving and I will promise you that I will give yours every chance to succeed.

My approach is collaborative, supportive, practical, and focused on helping you reach your goals. Fault finding or blaming is not necessary and is often counter-productive. We’ll work to improve communication, increase understanding and support, establish trust and safety, and build positive moments of relating that strengthen your marital connection. I focus on strengths, rather than emphasizing weaknesses. You’ll find that I am supportive and easy to talk with, and that therapy will be thought-provoking, enjoyable, stimulating, sometimes humorous, and at times, challenging.

You can expect me to:

  • Listen respectfully and empathically
  • Ask direct questions
  • Help you articulate your needs to each other in a way that can be heard and validated
  • Give clear leadership and step-by-step guidance about how to do things differently to cultivate and maintain positive emotional connection

Don't expect me to:

  • Sit and nod
  • Agree with you all the time
  • Avoid difficult topics
  • Work harder than you do
  • Perform miracles very often

         If interested,  contact me or call now for a free 15 minute consultation: 212 799 1157.

My degrees are in psychology and theology. I am a licensed New York marriage and family therapist, a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists and I have been trained in multiple approaches to marital/couples therapy and family therapy.

I have completed Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use Gottman Method Couples Therapy in my work.  I have also completed externship training with the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy(EFT) for couples and I have completed training with PREP (Prevention & Relationship Enhancement Program).  When appropriate I employ Solution Oriented Brief Therapy as taught by Michelle Weiner-Davis(see Divorce Busting). And last but not least, my initial training was based on Family Systems, a study of family interactions and how they shape our subjective realities and manner of relating to others.

I also offer pre-marital counseling/education and have received training from the Life Innovations Institute for pre-marital counseling.

I am a member of Marriage Friendly Therapists, an advanced practitioner network featured in USA Today, National Public Radio, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter. The network is listed as a resource by the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network, funded by the federal government, for couples who need marriage counseling. Here's what they wrote: "The National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists was developed to help marriages by linking couples with the most highly qualified therapists in the country."

Jim Covington, M.Div.,M.A.,LMFTJim Covington Marriage Friendly TherapistsOver 30 years of experience.in family therapy

Being a registrant with Marriage Friendly Therapists means that I agree in principle with that organization’s view about marriage and the practice of therapy, as written in their Values Statement. If interested, you may read this values statement at  My Professional Values

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