Military & Veteran Couples in Virginia Beach, Virginia

Strength in Unity: Building Resilience in Military Relationships

Online & in-person. Flexible Scheduling. Evening & Weekend Appointments. Superbills Provided For Insurance Reimbursement.

Has military life impacted your relationship?

If this sounds like you, then you are in the right place.

Maybe it’s the struggle of long distance, or perhaps it’s the long work hours and conflicting schedules. You may be feeling distant, or simply just annoyed at the lack of time together. Perhaps you’re even feeling like you married the military instead of your spouse.

Whatever it is that you’re experiencing, you’re beginning to notice the impact of this on your life:

It may feel impossible now, but you can have a great marriage even while in the military. You can set a positive example for your kids. You can fight less, communicate more, and enjoy each other again. And We can help you get there.
Dr. Elizabeth Polinsky

Benefits of Military & Veteran Couples Counseling

We’ll help through this process, tailoring each step to your unique needs and circumstances, as well as to how much time you can devote to couples counseling. Whether you can do weekly marriage counseling, or can only meet for a weekend-long marriage intensive, we will address your concerns in the time we have. Our approach to marriage counseling comes from my training but also from a place of experience: many of our therapists are military spouses and get that military life is hard and we all just need a little help to make it through the tough times.

What you will learn with us:
In couples counseling, you'll learn how to communicate in a deeper way so you can enjoy your time together and approach military or post-military life as a team.

Our approach to couples counseling with military couples is based on Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), which is the #1 research-validated relationship therapy and the ONLY couple therapy recommended by the American Psychological Association to help improve relationships. In Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) with us, we will do a thorough assessment of your relationship, discover your relationships specific strengths and area’s for growth, and discuss what makes for emotionally secure relationships.

Because military and veteran life is unique, there may be times that we break away from the EFT model in order to address some military or veteran specific challenges that you may be facing as a couple. This may include more solution focused techniques and practical things you can do to navigate military and post-military life together.

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We'll Explore:

Online & in-person.
Evening and weekend appointments Available.

Online & in-person sessions tailored to you for a flexible, personalized experience

Clinic Hours

Do you qualify for Reimbursement?

We have partnered with Mentaya to help clients use their out-of-network benefits to save money on therapy. Use this tool below to see if you qualify for reimbursement for our services.

Frequently Asked Questions

The first few sessions will be spent getting to know one another, and making sure you and your therapist are both clear about what you are hoping to get out of the experience. You’ll talk lot about feelings to help you get clarity and work through any painful feelings keeping you stuck. Your therapist will also help you clarify what you want out of relationships and how to communicate clearly about your needs. Through this process you’ll be learning tools to use in your day-to-day life. If needed, your therapist will offer referrals to other disciplines, such as psychiatry, primary care, etc. Most of all, your therapist will hold space for you to have all of your experiences versus just trying to work through them on your own.

We do a type of marriage counseling called Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) which is the #1 research-validated relationship therapy and the ONLY couple therapy recommended by the American Psychological Association to help improve relationships. In Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with me, we will do a thorough assessment of your relationship, discover your relationships specific strengths and area’s for growth, and discuss what makes for emotionally secure relationships. We’ll deep dive into:

  • Discovering the interactional pattern you have been caught in that keeps you feeling distant in your marriage
  • Exploring the underlying emotions and longings that are at the heart of the cycle you are stuck in
  • Changing your communication to be effective and clear communication
  • Rebuilding trust in the relationship, especially if there has been a betrayal of some kind
  • Enhancing your sexual satisfaction so you can reconnect in an intimate way
  • Building a secure relationship bond in your marriage
  • … and so much more!

We meet with clients weekly and each session lasts for 60 minutes. It is hard to know how long therapy will take as many things impact how quickly progress can be made. Ultimately it is up to you how long you are in counseling. We will only continue if you are feeling that the therapy is helping you.

Our clinic has a 48-hour cancellation policy in order to allow us to pay our therapists for their time. If you miss your appointment or cancel in under 48-hours, you will be charged the full amount of the session.

The exception is Dr. Elizabeth Polinsky who only works with clients who are willing to be videotaped for training purposes. She works with clients on a weekly basis and has a reschedule only policy. We are happy to provide more information about this should you wish to work with her.

We do not take insurance and are not connected with Military One Source or the VA. All providers are out-of-network providers, which means that they do not bill insurance. We are happy to offer you the necessary paperwork (superbill) to file with your insurance provider for possible partial or full reimbursement. ​Please know that not all insurance plans offer reimbursement and that some may have a deductible or an allowable amount. It is best to call the number on the back of your insurance card and speak to a representative about what your specific benefits are. In addition, insurance companies typically only reimburse if the client has a diagnosable mental health condition. Your provider can talk this through with you at any time.

Medicare: Communicate & Connect Counseling does not participate in any health insurance plans, HMO plans or panels, and cannot accept Medicare in any form. Clients of Communicate & Connect Counseling cannot attempt reimbursement of services through Medicare. Services provided by Communicate & Connect Counseling are not covered under Medicare and no Medicare payment will be made or accepted for any reason.

  • $75 per hour with Masters Level Student Interns
  • $125 per hour with Masters Level Therapists under Supervision (Residents in Counseling, Residents in Marriage and Family Therapy, and Supervisee’s in Social Work), and Doctoral Level Student Interns
  • $175 per hour with Masters Level Independently Licensed Therapists (LPC, LMFT, or LCSW) and Doctoral Level Therapists under Supervision
  • $200 per hour with Masters Level Specialty Certified Therapists (LPC, LMFT, or LCSW)
  • $225 per hour for Doctoral Level Independently Licensed Therapists (LPC, LMFT, or LCSW)
  • $250 per hour for Doctoral Level Specialty Certified Therapists (LPC, LMFT, or LCSW)
  • $300 per hour for Dr. Elizabeth Polinsky, LCSW, LMFT, Clinic Founder and Director 

Click on the button below to book your initial 20-minute free consultation. You’ll chat with your selected therapist to see if they are a good fit for your needs. If so, they will book an intake session where they can get to know you and your concerns more in depth.

How to Get Started

As a group, we are committed to a non-judgmental experience. We all look through a lens that honors what makes us human. We are relational beings, hard-wired to connect. What makes us different is where we want to be especially open, curious and never presume that we are experts. We welcome all, including sexual orientation, age, race, disability, ethnicity/national origin, gender identity and religious/spiritual affiliation. 

Book a Complimentary Consultation

Use the link below to book a 20-minute zoom consultation. Get your questions answered and make sure it's a good fit!

Get the support you need.

Work with your therapist to develop and practice relationship skills. Together you’ll develop the habits you need to feel close and connected in your relationships.

Feel satisfied and secure again.

You'll feel emotionally safe and satisfied in your relationships again, that way you'll be ready to handle whatever life throws at you. 

Your First Step Towards Healing

You don’t have to keep feeling lonely in your relationships.

We can help you feel close, comfortable, and connected again. 

283 Constitution Drive, Ste. 600

Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462 United States

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