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Marriage Counseling Statistics

Due to the fact that different statistics can depict different scenarios, people come to many different conclusions on the divorce rates in the United States.

Marriage counseling’s primary goal is to assist partners in identifying and resolving conflicts in order to strengthen their union. Couples that use it should be able to speak with more compassion and less fear, as well as develop constructive ways to solve problems and handle conflict. Here are the most recent statistics to date.

Marriage Counseling In 2022

  • In research involving 1000 couples, 49% reported going to counseling with their partner in some capacity. (
  • The majority of couples in marriage counseling (57%) were already married for 3 to 5 years. (
  • According to the same study, 52% of individuals who had never tried marriage counseling were willing to do so. (
  • Relationship and marital specialist Dr. John Gottman claims that it might take couples up to six years after difficulties first arise to seek counseling. (
  • Only six months or less are spent in counseling by 55% of couples. (
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  • According to a common belief known as the “7-year itch,” all relationships eventually experience some sort of crisis around year seven, and how those relationships are handled after that point determines whether they will remain married or not. However, research does not support this belief.
  • Research conducted in the 1980s found that divorce rates often peaked at 4 years, not 7. (
  • According to recent studies, the likelihood of divorce increases after 5 years and continues to grow the longer a couple has been together.

Age Of Couples In Counseling

  • According to a 2017 survey, millennials (51%), baby boomers (48%), and Gen X (46%), respectively, were the generations most likely to attend couples counseling. (
  • Couples between the ages of 25 and 30 made up the majority of those receiving therapy (31%), followed by those between the ages of 30-35 (21%). (
  • Female participants married at an average age of 33 in 2021, while male respondents married at an average age of 35. As a result, the average marriage age in the United States is 34 years. There was, however, a difference in average age between those who delayed their wedding (average age: 34) and those who did not (average age: 33).


COVID was most likely a factor in regional differences in average marriage age in 2021:

  • Northeast: Female, 33, Male, 34; Average Age of Couple, 34
  • Mid-Atlantic: Female, 33, Male, 34; Average Age of Couple, 33
  • Midwest: Female, 31, Male, 33; Average Age of Couple, 32
  • South/Southeast: Female, 33, Male, 34; Average Age of Couple, 33
  • Southwest: Female, 32, Male, 33; Average Age of Couple, 32
  • West: Female, 33, Male, 34; Average Age of Couple, 33

Does Marriage Counseling Work?

  • One study showed that 80% of those who made and retained gains over two years and 100% of those who relapsed said that marital therapy had a positive impact on them. (
  • A 1987 study of 34 couples found that 56% remained unchanged or deteriorated two years after counseling. (
  • A 1991 study compared the outcomes of two types of therapy on 55 couples. Between the start of treatment and the 6-month follow-up, 58% to 61% improved.
  • However, once therapy was completed, improvement rates slowed significantly, and between 8% and 14% deteriorated from the end of treatment to the 6-month follow-up.
  • The deterioration continued for the next three and a half years, wiping out the majority of the gains. After four years, 38% of those who had received behavioral marital therapy divorced. However, only 3% of those who received insight-oriented marital therapy divorced. (

Statistics About Marriage Counselors

  • Women make up 62.5% of marriage counselors, while men make up 37.5%.
  • There are over 125,579 marriage and family therapists currently employed in the United States.
  • 75.7% of all marriage and family therapists are women, while 24.3% are men.
  • The average age of an employed marriage and family therapist is 42 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of marriage and family therapists is White (76.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (10.8%), Black or African American (7.7%), and Asian (2.4%).
  • Marriage and family therapists are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The government industry is the highest-paying for marriage and family therapists.
  • Bensalem, PA pays an annual average wage of $74,268, the highest in the US.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • 23% of all marriage and family therapists are LGBT.
  • Pennsylvania is the best state for marriage and family therapists to live in.
  • Marriage and family therapists are 54% more likely to work at private companies in comparison to education companies.
  • White is the most common ethnicity among marriage and family therapists, accounting for 76.6% of all marriage and family therapists. In comparison, 10.8% of the population is Hispanic or Latino, and 7.7% is Black or African American.
  • Marriage and family therapists devote approximately 53% of their practice to marital and family issues, according to a survey of 1,053 participants with a specialty or subspecialty in marital and family therapy. Psychiatrists were down 15%, psychologists were down 27%, pastoral counselors were down 33%, and social workers were down 38%.

Infidelity FAQ

The act of infidelity raises a lot of questions, some that you may be unwilling to speak with us about right yet. That’s okay. To help you find some answers, check out this infidelity FAQ. When you are ready to talk, Couples Academy will be available to listen.

Heal Your Relationship With Couples Academy​

People say that relationships are about sacrifice and compromise, but does that mean you have to sacrifice happiness to make it work? It should not. If you are finding that your relationship has gone cold, couples counseling can revive the passion. Our compassionate team can guide you both towards a more fulfilling relationship or marriage.

Contact Couples Academy today for a free initial discovery call or to schedule your in-person or online marriage counseling in Alpharetta, GA today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ways We Can Help


Last Chance Weekends (LCW) are designed for couples who want results now. The program is created to experience healing, conquer conflict, improve communication, build intimacy and achieve restoration in your marriage


UNEARTHED is a 12-week group coaching program designed for you to reap immense value from structured lessons and challenges, and benefit from the support and accountability of others with whom you can relate and share this personal journey with.


FOUNDRY is a group coaching program designed to develop men to be their best selves. We are forming a brotherhood; a fraternity of legendary men. Men who know who they are, what their purpose is, their role as husband and father. Men who choose virtues over vices.

Moving Forward

This isn’t marriage counseling, this is an invitation to unleash the purpose, passion, & potential that you’ve always known was there. Now there is a clear path that has been carved out for you to take a smoother journey to recovery, fulfillment in your marriage!

The Setting Your Marriage Deserves

With its comfortable accommodations, our home is the perfect place to host your reconciliation. .

Retreat Amenities

Private Marriage Intensive guests are granted the following amenities at no additional cost. It is merely a recognition we bestow on guests who come to restore their marriage. 

Butler Service

We are proud to present to you pre-arrival butler service. Simply send us a list of things you would like in your room upon your arrival. (Some restrictions apply).

Preferred Restaurant Reservations

This exclusive service allows you to select the restaurant of your choice for dinner. (Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance).

Preferred Spa Services

Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate. Take advantage of our massage and body treatments offered at our Eden Spa Relaxation Center. Prepare your mind and body for the intense work.

Fitness Center by Eden

Keep your fitness routine right on schedule during your stay with our free weights, strength training stations, and elliptical & spinning equipment.

Eden Water Springs

The property is a paradise for those who love spending time poolside. It boasts a gorgeous 12-foot pool with a jacuzzi hot tub, slide and waterfall.

Recreation & Fun Zone

Take a break from all the work and clear your heart and mind with an appropriate dose of fun and relaxation. We offer a pool table, air-hockey, Ms. Pacman, foolsball table, etc.

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