Let Erica & Eric “Husband & Wife Team” Setup Your Upcoming Marriage For Success Using Our Unique Co-Therapy Approach

Private Office in Boca Raton. 

Video Sessions Throughout Florida.

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Co-Therapy Experience When Working With Couples...

Eric & Erica Specialize In Helping Couples Of All Backgrounds, Cultures & Ethnicities

'HAPPY SPOUSE...HAPPY HOUSE'

Marriages aren't 50-50, only divorces are. In a healthy and satisfying marriage, you and your spouse EACH needs to give the relationship 100% effort, desire, love, motivation, compassion, and empathy.  Common misperceptions of successful marriages are reflected in the phrases: "2-halves becoming 1" and "Happy Wife - Happy Life." Rather, we view relationships as  2 individuals joining together to form a successful and powerful "Relationship." Mathematically, think of it not as "1+ 1 = 2" but as "1 + 1 = 3." 


Common Issues

Planning for a wedding can be daunting and stressful. Preparing for a marriage can be even more nerve wracking and throw curveballs at couples that they often haven't been prepared to experience. 

According to a survey published in the Journal of Family Psychology, couples with premarital counseling reported higher levels of marital satisfaction and experienced a 30% decline in the likelihood of divorce over five years. 

Couples who are considering entering into a lifelong partnership will want to engage in Pre-Marital counseling so that they can navigate and resolve the many issues that will likely arise in in their marriage. Additionally, Pre-Marital counseling can help sort out any expectations of their relationship and work through any differences that each spouse may have about their role and their soon-to-be spouse's role.

Communications:

Everyone deserves a chance at love. When thinking about the essential ingredients that get blended together, that includes creating a mutually loving and respectful relationship that will fortify over time. In order to obtain that chance of love, it is essential that partners learn how to improve their ability to communicate, set realistic expectations for their marriage and develop healthy and effective conflict resolution skills. It is equally important to help couples establish a positive attitude about seeking help with their marriage as they evolve, especially since its common for conflict to arise throughout the course of their marriage that may be difficult for couples to navigate on their own. Couples often tend to either avoid conflict and wind-up isolating their partner, or they resort to confrontation and face-off with their partner. Either way, Pre-Marital Counseling can teach the soon-to-be married couple how to communicate with intentionality as to further the closeness and bring harmony to the growing relationship.

Defining Expectations & Roles

More often than not, couples enter into a marriage creating a false set of expectations or role beliefs that they had already envisioned their union to look like. Having a carefully laid out conversation about the structure of the relationship can often help in those false beliefs or preconceived notions about just that. It is important to get comfortable with the concepts of household chores and it’s responsibilities, job division and creating a balance that works for both partners, the way the household is set up (i.e. spotless or clutter), needing alone time and creating space for that time, and needing more help with certain projects around the house or wanting more independence. 

Couples often begin a relationship with patterns and behaviors that have pre-existed before they chose to be with their partner. Pre-Marital Counseling can help to identify and correct any of these dysfunctional behaviors, such as compulsive behaviors, control, being stuck in my-way-versus-your-way thinking, etc.

Cultural & Family-Of-Origin Beliefs

Family-of-origin and cultural beliefs affect how the partners understand all the relationships in their lives. It also affects day-to-day behaviors, such as eating, working, and managing money. Differences in cultural expectations can cause difficulties in the relationship. The sooner the couple learns to identify and manage these differences, the better. We can help the couple with their mismatched beliefs through compromise and fleshing out these cultural clashes.

Research demonstrates that shared values are more important than common interests, and couples with the same values have a better chance of staying together. Pre-Marital Counseling helps couples explore the impact of culture, family-of-origin and personal values on the  relationship as the couple begins life as spouses.

Sex & Intimacy

Are both partners equally comfortable — or uncomfortable — when discussing sex? What does each partner expect in terms of intimacy and a sexual relationship? Couples should speak honestly and openly about sex, even if they have chosen to remain celibate until marriage. An ability to discuss these issues without reservations helps lead to a successful marriage. In Pre-Marital Counseling, Erica & Eric help couples to begin or expand upon the difficult conversations surrounding sex and intimacy and the impact of them as soon-to-be spouses.

Finances

Many couples are uncomfortable when discussing their personal finances.  Issues such as the value of money, spending philosophies and budgeting often create conflicts in marriages. In Pre-Marital Counseling, we help each partner to understand their own financial style and philosophy, and then work with the couple explore these issues and resolve any conflict in their financial views and beliefs. Dealing and exploring with these issues before marriage will pave the way for a marriage with less conflict and clearly-defined financial values and beliefs.

A couple's strong bond is special and the foundation of the relationship. Eric & Erica expertly help pre-married couples to identify troubled areas in their relationship before saying "I-Do". We then focus on providing the spouses with techniques and creative interventions to strengthen the core of the relationship. Our goal is short-term therapy focused on measurable outcomes and achievable goals.

Pre-marital counseling can help the couple identify strengths in the relationship as a whole or in each individual partner. A thorough understanding of the stronger aspects of the union helps build resilience and a solid foundation upon which to build the marriage. Conflict resolution skills are critical for a healthy marriage. Pre-Marital therapy offers couples a way to identify potential conflicts and how to develop the skills necessary to get through tough battles. We can provide that reassurance that your marriage will reach the longevity it deserves as you both embark on the path of Discovering your Destiny. 


Why We're Unique

We Are A Happily Married Couple Helping Other Couples To Thrive

Husband & Wife Team:

Eric and Erica are both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. We have been happily married for 22+ years.  We have two teenage children, a boy and a girl, and have been through many challenges in life that often break-up couples and marriages. However, rather than destroy our relationship, we intentionally chose to join forces to focus of the needs of our relationship - and not solely our individual needs - to overcome and conquer those immense difficult and overwhelming situations. As a married couple, we work together with other married couples in our unique and innovative co-therapy format

Balanced Approach:

Our experience working with many couples has confirmed our belief that men and women often have concerns that working only with a male or female therapist may favor the male or female member of the couple unit. We believe that people's perceptions are their reality, and that such perceptions -- regardless if objectively true or untrue -- can inhibit the development of an effective client -therapist relationship (i.e., trust, safety and comfort being vulnerable in sessions). As a husband and wife team, we intentionally ensure that our pre-married couples feel we are fair, non-judgmental, and never "take-sides" against either spouse.

Multiple Perspectives:

Pre-married couple's benefit from our ability to combine individual perspectives about life, marriage, relationships, children, extended families, therapeutic models of treatment and preferred interventions, into a coherent treatment approach. Our goal is to be "a couple helping another couple" nurture, strengthen and grow their relationship and their soon-to-be marriage.

Our Style Is Not For Everyone:

Pre-married couples may desire therapy because they are seeking quick solutions. They want to leave each session with a handout or specific "trick" that they can use when they go home. We don't believe in this "bandaid" approach to couple's counseling. Erica and Eric believe that simply scraping away the scab will not produce long-term lasting change in the couple's interactional patterns of behavior. Rather, we focus on removing the scab, deep cleaning the relational wound of its poisonous bacteria, and then working with the couple to suture the wound back up to grow a permanent and minimally visible scar.  If you want surface-level therapy, we aren't a good fit for you. If you want long-term lasting change, let us help you today.

Eric & Erica vs. Only 1 Therapist

It's a No-Brainer!

Pros

  • Multiple Perspectives
    In Co-Therapy, we combine our unique backgrounds and experiences to provide you with MULTIPLE perspectives & creative ideas
  • Male AND Female Licensed Therapists
    We greatly reduce and very often eliminate the risk that you or your partner will feel "ganged-up" on because of his/her gender. This neutrality helps the therapy experience. 
  • We Are a "Real" Couple With "Real" Challenges
    We've been married for 22+ years. Couples often tell us how they appreciate that we can often instantly relate to their experiences and challenges since we have navigated many challenging times in our relationship.  
  • Minimize "Triangulation"
    This phenomenon occurs when a therapist becomes a "monkey-in-the-middle" between the couple. Co-Therapy avoids this by always refocusing the issues back on the couple

Cons

  • Single Perspective
    ONE clinician will share ONE perspective stemming from his/her own experiences. Greater chance of limited viewpoints & ideas.  
  • Male OR Female Clinician
    Greater risk that the clinician's gender may impact the ability to join with one of the partners. That can often negatively impact the therapy experience.
  • Can a Non-Couple Therapist Relate?
    The vast majority of couple's therapists work alone. We have had many couples  come to us after trying couple's therapy with only one therapist and telling us while they may have liked the clinician, they just didn't "get them."  
  • Increased Risk of "Triangulation"
    Working with couples is challenging. A single therapist is at great risk of being pulled into the couple's "tit-for-tat" patterns and losing the ability to have separation and perspective. 

In the single therapist experience (left image), One Therapist is the only go-between with the couple & the discussion is very limited and restricted.

Co-Therapy with Husband & Wife Team Eric & Erica (right image), allows the dialogue, analysis, and interactions are spread among all 4-people in the room - creating a balanced, interactive and effective environment

Conclusion: Co-Therapy With Eric & Erica Is Best For All Pre-Married Couples!

Who We Are

Experienced And Dedicated Professionals With Life Experience

Eric B. Epstein, Esq., LMFT:

ERIC is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an attorney with 25+ years experience and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. 

NON-JUDGMENTAL, empathetic and experienced therapist specializing in helping Couples, Men and Professionals.  During my life’s journey, I have gone through periods where I felt overwhelmed, stuck or simply confused as to how to open-up and explore my emotions as a man in our society. I understand the challenge that men often experience letting down their guard to freely explore their emotions in their lives and relationships.

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Erica H. Epstein, LMFT:

ERICA is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Family Trauma Professional and Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator. I've earned Masters Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as in Education.

PASSIONATE, experienced and sensitive therapist specializing in working with Teenagers, Adolescents, Women and Millennials.  I accept my clients where they are in life – and do not focus on changing them. It takes tremendous courage to face your fears, address your weaknesses and ask for help, guidance and compassion from another person. Allow me the honor to show you the respect you deserve, and embrace your stories and unique experiences with the goal of helping you reach your dreams, overcome difficulties, and thrive as you traverse life’s paths towards Discovering your True Destiny..

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How much time is left before your wedding before asking for help?

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Affordable Fees

Services Focused On Client's Needs - Not Those Of Insurance Companies

Private Pay Only:

INSURANCE companies use to simply pay bills for services rendered. It was a simple and clear arrangement that generally worked-well for both patients and providers. Insurance companies have morphed into entities that not just pay or reimburse medical bills - but control most of the process of the patient-provider relationship.

AFFORDABLY priced session fees accommodate almost all budgets. We also offer convenient choice of either 50-minute or 80-minute sessions.

CONTROL of the therapist-client relationship, including number of sessions, frequency of sessions, and length of treatment, should be between ourselves and our clients.

CLICK HERE to read further about the reasons why we chose not to accept any insurance and maintain our only focus on the needs of our clients - not the needs of an insurance company.

Statistics

6 Years

The average length of time that couples report waiting before seeking help (Gottman, J.M. 1994)

49%

The percentage of people who say they have attended couple's counseling.(MNU Survey 2017)

12

The median number of sessions attended (65% completed within 20 session).

(AAMFT 2011)

71%

The percentage of couples who found therapy to be helpful to very helpful.

(MNU Survey 2017)

Many Satisfied Clients...

Having them allows for both husband and wife to feel comfortable...

"Eric and Erica are both wonderful!! They opened my eyes up to things I never thought of before and taught me not only skills I can use in my relationship, but in life. Having them both in couples therapy allows for both husband and wife to feel comfortable and feel as if the therapy isn’t one sided. Thank you both for everything!."


Anonymous Couple

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Eric and Erica were such a blessing in our lives and helped us...

"My wife and I were having some challenges in our marriage. I started looking for some counseling or couples therapy, but felt torn between a male therapist and a female therapist. Eric and Erica were such a blessing in our lives and helped us to get our marriage and our relationship back on track. I would highly recommend them to anyone, especially couples!"

A.P. & V.P.

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Our time spent with Eric and Erica strengthened our marriage immensely...

"Eric and Erica make a superb team! To my surprise both Eric and Erica were very understanding and both brought unique insights on various issues that came up. Knowing that we had both a male and female prospective on each issue was invaluable. Our time spent with Eric and Erica strengthened our marriage immensely and we are extremely happy together."

E.A.

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Easy Process To Begin Working With Erica & Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn about our therapy and counseling services, including our unique Husband & Wife Co-Therapy Team approach to couples & marriage counseling.

#4

We will email you and your partner a link to our secure Client Portal where you will fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms and Couple Questionnaire. 

#2

Call, Text or Email Eric/Erica to learn more about how we can help you and your particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy.

#5

Completing our Couple Questionnaire is a simple process which provides us with some basic information about you, your relationship and your views of the problems.

#3

When you're ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help You Discover Your Upcoming Marriage's True Destiny!

Easy Process To Begin With Erica & Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn about our therapy and counseling services, including our unique Husband & Wife Co-Therapy Team approach to couples & marriage counseling.

#3

When you're ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#5

Completing our Couple Questionnaire is a simple process which provides us with some basic information about you, your relationship and your views of the problems.

#2

Call, Text or Email Eric/Erica to learn more about how we can help you and your particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy.

#4

We will email you and your partner a link to our secure Client Portal where you will fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms and Couple Questionnaire. 

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help You Discover Your Upcoming Marriage's True Destiny!

Easy Process To Begin With Erica & Eric...

#1

Review our website to learn about our therapy and counseling services, including our unique Husband & Wife Co-Therapy Team approach to couples & marriage counseling.

#2

Call, Text or Email Eric/Erica to learn more about how we can help you and your particular need and situation. Let us answer all of your questions and concerns about therapy.

#3

When you're ready, we will schedule a date/time for our 1st session. We offer the option of sessions in our Boca Raton office, or via secure video from the comfort of home or office. 

#4

We will email you and your partner a link to our secure Client Portal where you will fill-out our easy to complete Intake Forms and Couple Questionnaire. 

#5

Completing our Couple Questionnaire is a simple process which provides us with some basic information about you, your relationship and your views of the problems.

#6

Congratulations!  You're now ready for our 1st session.  It's normal and okay to feel anxious or nervous. We Will Help You Discover Your Upcoming Marriage's True Destiny!

Confused? Full of Questions?Don't Know Where To Start?

Let Eric & Erica Answer all of Your Questions about Our Co-Therapy Pre-Marital Services