If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I’m not shy about talking about the hard times that come with marriage. But I’m also not shy in my belief that coupes can work through those hard times. I believe that most people WANT to have a happy marriage and they WANT to save their marriages even when they get tough…they just don’t know where to turn. So I’ve complied this list of Online Marriage Counseling programs to hopefully help other couples in need.
I say all this from personal experience. There was a time when I too didn’t know to sort out the convoluted mess mine and KP’s relationship had found ourselves in. At the time, we couldn’t afford to go to counseling, let alone afford childcare or time off work in order to attend the in-person sessions. We felt completely stuck.
One day, I stumbled upon a website called OurRelationship.com that at the time was offering free gift cards to couples to test out their online marriage counseling program. Able to be done in the privacy of our own homes, and at our own pace, I brought up the idea to KP and we went through the program together.
I’ll be honest. It was not an overnight magic cure. But, it did get us started in the right direction. It got us talking again. It helped us take steps to communicate without automatically devolving into an emotional, combative fight. And I consider that a huge win for the long run.
Since I first started this blog 3.5 years ago, I’ve been wanting to write a post like this and hopefully get the word out to other struggling couples (especially those who are both financially struggling AND don’t have childcare) about the online marriage counseling programs I’ve discovered. I hope this list can help other marriages too!
Since this is the program that KP and I went through, I’ll start with this one. KP and I did the program back when it was in their testing phase, and while thy still offer their program for FREE, they now only offer their program for couples who meet certain financial considerations.
If you are needing a online marriage counseling program, but don’t have the funds to pay for a program, I strongly suggest starting with OurRelationship.com to see if you qualify for their program.
Time Commitment: 8 hours. It’s recommended to spread this out over the course of a few weeks.
Cost: FREE, however currently only open to lower- and middle-income qualifying couples.
I have been talking to the owners of WeConcile for awhile now. I actually first discovered WeConcile during a phone call with a representative of a DIY divorce website, and reached out to WeConcile immediately afterward. They’ve been perfecting their program for some time now, and I’m SUPER excited that they are finally ready to roll out their online relationship program.
I’m currently looking through the program and plan to write up a more thorough review in the next couple months. But in the meantime, I wanted to pass this program on for anyone who could use it.
Time Commitment: ~6 months, but it’s self-paced and you can go through the program slower or faster as it fits best for you & your spouse.
Cost: $60/mo with an upfront 6-month commitment. After the initial 6 months, you may continue on with the program for however long you & your spouse need and pay month-to-month.
Promo Code: Use THIS LINK and you’ll get $30 off your upfront program enrollment
Trial Period: BRAND NEW! (as of 4/13/18) – the creator of the program emailed me and now anyone who uses my link will get a 30-day FREE trial! I’m so glad they are now offering this! It’s hard to put money into something before trying it, and now you can try out WeConcile first to see if it’s a good fit for your marriage.
My WeConcile Review:
Reclaim Your Marriage from The Dating Divas
If you don’t know The Dating Divas website, they are a very well-known DIY printable date night website. Pretty much, they are the queens of Pinterest. Way back in the day – before I discovered date night subscription boxes – I used several of their free date night printables to plan date nights for KP and I. They have been in the online marriage encouragement space for a long time and recently created a ‘marriage counseling’ program for couples after so many of their readers indicated the need.
Note: While The Dating Divas is NOT faith-based, their materials are still probably a best fit for younger and more conservative couples who are accustomed to structured step-by-step teaching instruction (i.e. church and devotional guides). If you’re non-religious, facing very serious relationship issues, and/or and are looking for something more heavy hitting, another program might be a better fit for you. To get a feel for The Dating Divas courses, or if you’re not sure if this program is for you, I suggest checking out their free workbook “10 Days to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage“, which can be found HERE.
Time Commitment: 10 weeks
Cost: $47/wk, with a 10 week commitment (so $470 total)
Trial Period: A one-week trial period is offered.
Power of Two
I admit that I know very little about this program, having only just recently discovered it and I haven’t had a chance to connect with the owners for more info yet.
Time Commitment: none
Trial Period: A three-day trial period is offered.