Together Couples Counseling

8894 Stanford Blvd., Suite 103

Columbia, Md.


“We were really struggling with becoming retirees. We thought our marriage might need to end and reached out to you as a last resort; you helped us find the strength in our relationship, find our way through this new stage and feel more like we did when we were first married,” a client recently told Risa Ganel, Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of Together Couples Counseling (TCC).

Ganel, who graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, has been helping clients since 1994, and founded TCC in 2005. “I passionately believe that our relationships have the power to heal the world,” she says. “We are wired for connection, and when our relationships struggle, our families, our communities and the world suffers.”

Many couples complain about communication issues, but that’s just the surface symptom. Navigating modern marriage is complex and understanding the complexity of relationships is at the heart of the specialized training of Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs), making them the ultimate relationship experts. That’s why Ganel hired five other graduates of the College Park MFT program to help more couples than she could by herself.

TCC is expanding to an additional location in the Severna Park area, to support couples and families beyond Howard County, making couples counseling more accessible for people looking to heal and strengthen their connection.

Ganel trained directly for over a year with well-known relationship expert Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, and is currently studying with  Terry Real, author of The New Rules of Marriage and I Don’t Want to Talk About It. She serves as the Chair of the Maryland State Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and is past President of the Middle Atlantic Division of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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