Couples Counseling

Couples/Marital Counseling

  1. What is couples/marital counseling and can it help me?
  2. Am I eligible for couples/marital counseling?
  3. Can I trust that couples/marital counseling will be confidential?
  4. Who would be our counselor?
  5. How long do we need to wait until we can start with couples/marital therapy?
  6. How much does it cost?
  7. What can I expect couples/marital counseling to be like?
  8. What other services for couples/marital counseling are available at Notre Dame?

What is couples/marital counseling and can it help me?
Couples counseling is designed to assist couples with their relationship problems. It can be used to gain more insight into each other, to learn new and more effective ways of communication, and to learn how to solve problems.

Am I eligible for couples/marital counseling?
Many types of couples can seek counseling at the UCC, including married, single, GLBT, roommates, and housemates. However our couples counseling services are only available to couples composed of two students who are degree-seeking and currently enrolled at Notre Dame. Couples who include non-student spouses or partners are encouraged to seek counseling through The Marital Therapy and Research Clinic on Douglas Road.

Can I trust that couples/marital counseling will be confidential?
The UCC staff is ethically committed to confidentiality and federal and state laws require it. That means that even your attendance in counseling at UCC is kept private and confidential by our staff. The issue of confidentiality is an important one which is always addressed immediately with the couple. Each partner is asked to make a commitment to protect each other by agreeing not to divulge details about the other to anyone else. While we at the UCC cannot provide you an absolute guarantee of confidentiality since we cannot control your partner, our experience shows that couples agree to abide by the ground rules of confidentiality as a part of the commitment to counseling. Several issues do not remain confidential and are based on the issue of protection. If someone appears to be planning harm to self (suicide), harm to others (homicide), or is aware of children or elderly individuals who are being abused, the counselor is legally bound to break confidentiality in order to provide individuals the assistance they need. Click here for more information about confidentiality.

Who would be our counselor?
At your first appointment, you will see a counselor for an intake interview. If couples counseling is recommended, you will be assigned to one of our counselors who has a special interest/training in couples/marital therapy after the intake interview. Some of our counselors are interns or doctoral students in counseling or clinical psychology and work under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

How long do we need to wait until we can start with couples/marital counseling?
The UCC is fully committed to schedule you with a counselor as soon as possible. However, sometimes couples’ schedules have limited available times which can lead to short waiting periods after the initial intake interview.

How much does it cost?
There is no cost for services at the UCC.

What can I expect couples/marital counseling to be like?
Couples/marital counseling will give you the opportunity to examine and improve your relationship with your spouse or partner in a non-threatening and compassionate environment. We are not only committed to your personal well-being but also would like to help you make your intimate relationship work.

What other services for couples/marital counseling are available at Notre Dame?
The Marital Therapy and Research Clinic is a non-profit research, training, and service organization affiliated with the University of Notre Dame’s Department of Psychology. Established as both a research center for the study of marital relations and a training site for graduate-level marriage counselors, the Clinic also provides quality, research-supported psychological services to couples in South Bend and the surrounding community.