The Benefits of Online vs. Free Marriage Counseling

The Benefits of Online vs. Free Marriage Counseling

July 27, 2021 0 By Stephen Callahan

In every romantic relationship, there comes a point when things need some improvement. (And that’s okay!) Whether you and your partner need to address unresolved issues, or you’re in a new relationship and want to move forward in an intentional way, relationship therapy is a great tool to utilize. 

When you think of therapy, you probably think of scenes from movies where a patient is talking to a therapist while lying on a couch, right? While some forms of traditional therapy still exist, it’s not the only option anymore! There are some completely free options (online quizzes, articles, etc.), but there’s more of an advantage to online therapy or a relationship coaching app (both of which are convenient, cost-friendly, and easily accessible).

Here are a few more benefits of online therapy and relationship coaching apps:


Online therapy works on your schedule. There’s no need to worry about commuting or sitting forever in a waiting room. Online therapy also offers more privacy, since it takes place in the comfort of your home.

Recently, an even more accessible form of therapy has emerged in the form of relationship coaching apps. The app Relish provides the ability to send messages to a relationship coach any time of day, knowing they’ll get a response as soon as the coach is back online. There’s also no scheduling, commuting, or obligation to commit to a certain amount of time per week!


Three or four months of weekly relationship therapy can run around $3,200 and often isn’t covered by insurance. (Yikes!) If you and your partner are interested in therapy, but can’t afford the price tag, a relationship app is a great option. Most charge a yearly subscription and are much more affordable than traditional options. (For example, Relish is $100 for a yearly subscription after a free trial.) The beauty of app technology is it provides different ways to help, from interactive lessons to quizzes and, of course, talking to a real-life relationship coach. 


While differences between you and your partner are often what makes your relationship work, it can be difficult to make traditional therapy work if you’re on two different pages about how to approach it.

A huge benefit of relationship apps is you can navigate them however you choose! For example, one person can focus on completing an interactive lesson each week, while the other spends more time talking to their relationship coach. As long as you’re discussing what you learn with each other, there’s no wrong way to use the app.


Traditional, in-person therapy is often about the therapist-couple relationship. Couples will work on establishing trust with their therapist so that they feel comfortable opening up about difficult and intimate parts of their relationship, which can take time. 

On the other hand, online therapy provides couples with access to an almost unlimited number of potential therapists. No matter where you live, you can get the help you need, which is another benefit of using relationship apps like Relish! They focus more on your wants and needs as a couple and less on the relationship with your therapist. Once you sign up, you’re immediately given helpful lessons, quizzes, and insights specifically tailored for you and your partner.

In the past, many people only considered therapy as a last-ditch effort to save the relationship—but not anymore! Today, couples therapy is being recognized as something even happy couples should pursue as a form of relationship maintenance. Taking the time to learn more about it is the first step towards a happier, healthier relationship!