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Richmond VA

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Our Richmond therapists are solution-focused, offering individual therapy , couple therapy & marriage counseling.

Our Richmond therapy office creates the ideal environment in which to work on your life issues. We offer a solution focused approach to counseling, assisting our clients in building a roadmap to create a happy life. What sets our Richmond therapists apart is a down-to-earth approach to individual therapy, marriage counseling or couples counseling.

Perhaps for the first time in their lives, individuals can find a safe place to explore issues and develop a better understanding of their situation. Most people struggle from time to time, weather with depression, anxiety or relationship challenges that keep repeating no matter how hard they try to change them. Our expert therapists can offer perspective and a game plan to make positive changes in their life.

Couples can benefit immensely from couples counseling. Your therapy sessions can be a safe place to talk, without blame or hurtful words, which can lead to healthy communication and deeper understanding. Your therapist will help you create tools and skills that will help you heal, connect, and find a way to be happier with each other.

Our counselors are practical and tools-based, offering direct feedback about your situation. This counseling approach enables us to help you find clarity and help you get back on your feet.

Kimberly Pulley, LCSW
Introduction to Individual Therapy
It is important to note that everyone runs into challenges, from time-to-time. It is normal to need extra support when you feel overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and/or confused. Our Richmond therapists have years of experience helping clients address issues and develop “workable” solutions. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, whereby you share your thoughts and feelings and we listen, explore, ask questions and offer valuable feedback in a safe and trusting environment. The therapeutic process can be a profound learning experience for clients, who need a little extra help resolving their issues. We teach empowerment and self-awareness through a solution-focused therapy approach. Our Richmond therapy offices have licensed professionals, who have not only helped numerous people acquire clarity in their lives, but also helped them create a road-map that leads them to health, happiness, peace and success.

Video Transcription
Hello, my name is Sevin Philips. I’m the Founder of the Relationship Counseling Center in Richmond, VA. This video will answer some questions that will help you decide if we’re the right therapists for you and it also will give you a lot of good information, especially if you’re a first-timer, that I think will be very helpful. We work on relationship issues, that’s our specialty. We work with couples and individuals.

When couples come in, we create a safe environment for you to work out your relationship to get clear about what is really going on between you two. This added clarity can be very healing. Most importantly, we are experts in giving you the kind of communication skills and tools that you need to treat each other better and maintain your relationship.Something that sets us apart is that other than being licensed therapists, we also are old enough to have enough life experience to back up the skillsets that we have. Couples often find that we’re very down-to-earth. We’ve very interactive, we give a lot of feedback; we’re not just listening to you each and every session. We’re active participants helping you improve your relationship. With our help, we will develop relationship goals. This is very important for you to do because you can track how you’re doing in couples counseling. Of course, you’ll know when it’s time to end therapy because you’ve achieved your goal.Sometimes people come in who are not in a relationship. Perhaps you’re dating and you want to make a different choice, find the right partner, and maybe not make the same mistake over and over again. We have a lot of experience in this. Sometimes people come in who are married, who are in a long-term relationship, but they come in by themselves. They want to get really clear about something, they want to know what they can do in their relationship to improve it; it’s also a very helpful thing to do. Of course, we specialize in marriage counseling and couples therapy, and you can come in any time.One of the first steps is really to give me a call. I could answer question you might have, and if everything feels good, I’ll have the therapist in Richmond, VA call you immediately. It’s a great way to get to know them before you meet them in person. They might ask you a little bit about why you’re coming in. in addition, they’ll tell you all the times that they can see you, both day and night. We usually can get people in within 24 to 48 hours.

Something to keep in mind is if you have any out-of-network coverage – you can verify that with your insurance – we might be able to give you an invoice so you can get some money back. If you have any flex spending, health savings accounts – these are all ways that sometimes people pay for therapy.

If you haven’t noticed, we have a lot of videos and articles on our website. It’s really great to watch them. First of all, it’s free information giving you advice probably on issues that you currently are working on or have. Most importantly, it’s a great way to get to know who we are, what kind of therapists we are, what kinds of advice we give.

If you like to take the next step, give me a call. Thank you.

Video Transcription
Hello. My name is Sevin Philips, and I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist, and I’m the founder of our center in Richmond VA. I’m here to help you make a decision if we are the right therapist for you, and whether or not therapy is the right choice for you in your life right now. I’m also going to give you some practical information that I think everyone should know about how to help pay for therapy.

Every human being from time to time runs into challenges in their life, we don’t always know the answer, and it’s a very healthy thing to do to reach out and ask for help. We all need help from time to time, and I just want to give you permission to do so. I think a lot of us don’t think it’s okay, it’s a sign of weakness, or that there’s something wrong with us. And actually asking for help doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with us at all, it just means we’re stuck and we could use some extra help finding the right kinds of strategies to move forward in our life because the ones we have aren’t working.

If you reach out and ask for help to a licensed professional, it’s a great way to really take the next step. It’s different than family or friends. It’s one place in your life where it gets to be just about you. You don’t have to worry about our feelings or about your relationship with us. We’re here to help you and that’s what we do. We’ve helped hundreds of people. We have a lot of great tools and skills that we have helped people use, and so we can help create something, a roadmap for you to move forward in your life.

You’re probably going to come in and share your thoughts, your feelings, your opinions about your life issue, and we’re going to get to know you. And through that dialogue, which is a very comfortable way to do therapy, we’re also going to open doors to help you have more clarity about what’s happening in your life. I often find clients have epiphanies from time to time, and it’s a great relief to understand what’s been happening in your life.

Beyond understanding it, though, you want to move forward and create things in your life that help you overcome any challenges that you might have. We are solution-focused therapists, so ultimately, we’re going to create a roadmap to help you move forward.

A great way to find out who we are is to watch some of the videos on our website, or read some of the articles. You probably could find an article that is related to something that is going on in your life which can be very helpful, and get to know the kinds of advice that we give.

The best thing I could suggest, though, is to pick up the phone. Reach out and one of our lovely receptionists will pick up during regular hours and you can ask them any basic questions. And if everything feels right, you can talk to the therapist immediately and talk to them on the phone, get to know them. That’s a great way to start feeling comfortable to know if this person is the right person to help you. Tell them a little bit about what’s going on in your life, have a little bit of a conversation to see if you feel comfortable. And if you feel comfortable, make an appointment.

Help paying for therapy, one thing you can do is if you have insurance, you can call them and you can ask them if they have what’s called out-of-network coverage. And if you do, we can give you an invoice, and you could submit it and perhaps get some money back. You might have an employee benefit, something like flex spending where you can use those dollars to help pay for therapy, and we can give you an invoice.

I hope this was helpful. And if you’d like to take the next step and really find out if we can help you, give us a call. Thank you so much.

Indulge in Great Food and Great Company in Richmond, Virginia

Truth-be-told, much of Richmond’s allure comes from its historical presence and its beautiful rural landscape, and while that is all true, Richmond, contrary to popular belief, is also a hub for trendy wine bars and cozy restaurants perfect for a romantic rendezvous with your sweetheart. Moreover, couples can find a variety of romantic venues, if they take the time to look around for them. What is there to do for couples in Richmond? Well, there are museums, art houses, innovative restaurants, riverfront events, and mystical gardens. And, let’s face it, sometimes, couples need a little/a lot of help when it comes to rekindling lost love or impressing each other with unique, fun, and/or romantic experiences. And, while some restaurants tickle your taste buds, and please your tummy, they simply do not ease your mind or tug at your heart. Well, if that is the case, you are in luck, because these “couple activities” will not only wow your sweetie, they will also open up the channels of communication, so you can get back to the place when all was good, happy, exciting, and love-filled in your relationship. Are you ready? I thought so!

Listed below are some fabulous activities that you and your partner can do to revitalize your relationship:

Mamma Zu

Have you heard of Mamma Zu? No? Well, it is time that you were introduced to this hidden treasure. It has well been established that Italian food sparks love and happiness in those, who indulge in it. It also sparks a little weight gain, but that isn’t always a bad thing, especially if it is the result of being happy and in love. So, if you are trying to rekindle the love you once felt for your partner, before you make any hasty decisions, take your sweetie on a date to Mamma Zu. Why? Well, because this restaurant offers great food, and a unique Italian experience. It is also cozy, which is always good for talking and cuddling, and it is located in a quaint little brick building.

And, ask any of your friends, who have visited this awesome place what they thought of it, and
I’m sure they will tell you how delicious and romantic it is. And, for the ultimate experience, order the spaghetti-a-la-crab from the chalkboard menu (FYI: the chalkboard menu selections change frequently) or the Gorgonzola pasta or eggplant parmesan from the menu, and make yourself comfortable at one of the rustic wooden tables. With the restaurant’s flickering candles and homemade pasta, you will rediscover the magic of love. Just make sure you get there early, because this place is so captivating that you may have to wait a while to get a seat!

Comfort Restaurant

Just like the name alludes to – the Comfort Restaurant is the place you and your partner need to go, if you need to be comforted. In fact, in a little over a decade, this restaurant has become a leader in Richmond’s dinning arena – as the best place to go for good old-fashioned “comfort foods.” What is so great about this homey abode? Well, it is slightly country and completely “Southern.” But, best of all, it offers the best lick-your-lips-barbeque-ribs and down home country cooking in all of Richmond, and maybe, all of Virginia. So, if you are looking for a low-key, wooden-booth way to spend quality time with your sweetie, then this restaurant is the one for you.

Just don’t forget to try one or two or three of these mouth-watering entrees and/or sides: crispy fried catfish, mouth-watering macaroni and cheese, unforgettable barbeque pulled pork, old-fashioned grilled cheese sandwich, deluxe pimento cheese sandwich, homemade meatloaf, cheesy squash casserole, out-of-this-world mashed potatoes, and/or crunchy fried okra. And, by chance you still have room in your tummy for dessert, try the restaurant’s spin on banana pudding Crème Brule or the mason-jar mousses. Oh and don’t forget to sample a few of the 70 bourbons and/or the variety of whiskeys offered at this down home country restaurant.

Belle Isle

Have you thought about adding some romance in your relationship by making a trip to the Belle Isle? Have you heard of it? If not, I understand, people can live in a place for decades and still not know all of the treasures their city offers. Well, Belle Isle is located in the middle of a river, and it is approximately 1-mile in total. It is also a hot spot for locals. Why? Well, because its flat rocks provides an excellent place to sunbathe during the summer months. And, Belle Isle is a really good spot for couples with communication problems. Why? Well, because it takes a while to even get to this precious gem.

Wait…What? To even get to Belle Isle, you and your sweetie have to walk over a foot-bridge that is suspended in the air. The foot-bridge bridge actually hangs over the river. And, guess what? The river’s breeze causes it to sway from side-to-side as you walk over it. Fun? Yes! Exciting? Double Yes! Romantic? Triple Yes! You and your partner are bound to find plenty to do…and talk about while visiting Belle Isle, such as: people-watching, while sitting on one of the isle’s many benches, getting your heart racing on one of the many hiking trails, taking time out to appreciate the overabundance of sweet-smelling honeysuckles, and/or exploring the historic mills, mines, and the massive hydro-electric plant. Open your mind and heart to the Isle and you and your partner will feel closer than ever!

Edgar Allen Poe Museum

Has your relationship lost some of its “zest” because you keep doing the “same old things” all of the time? If so, it is time to do something different, unexpected, or dare I say odd! Well, if you are looking for a way to put the “thrill” back into your relationship, the Edgar Allen Poe Museum is anything, but ordinary. And, in case you did not know Edgar Allen Poe’s “hometown” was Richmond, Virginia not Boston, Massachusetts, which was his birth place. Why do I say that? Well, Poe grew up, married, and amassed a literary following in Richmond, not Boston. Therefore, The Poe Museum provides insight into the place Poe called “home” during the early 19th century – Richmond. The museum highlights (through picture, relics, and poems) Poe’s life and career “ups and downs.” And, as I have mentioned before, learning new things together is an excellent way to reconnect and find things that you do share in common. So, why not think outside-of-the-box and do something extraordinary – together?

References:

Belle Isle. (2015). Information page. Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/richmond/belleisle.html

Comfort Restaurant. (2015). Information page. Retrieved from http://www.comfortrestaurant.com/richmond/richmond_index.html

Edgar Allen Poe Museum. (2015). Information page. Retrieved from http://www.poemuseum.org/

Mama Zu. (2015). Information page. Retrieved from http://www.yelp.com/biz/mamma-zu-richmond

Wikipedia. (2015). Richmond, Virginia. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richmond,_Virginia

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  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy
  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sexual and Emotional Disconnect
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fighting and Defensiveness
  • LGBTQ Adults
  • Life & Career Transition
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Richmond Therapist Locations

Relationship Counseling Center
5700 Old Richmond Ave, #G30
Richmond, VA, 23226

Phone: (804) 823-9117

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Contrary to popular belief, my hubby and I don’t have a perfect marriage, but who does, right? There were/are several issues we needed/need assistance with; one of which was/is a nagging problem for quite some time. We’ve had several sessions with him and every time our sessions ended I felt some breakthrough had occurred, no

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Trying to find good couples counseling can be a daunting task.  Our relationship is important to us so we don’t just want your average run of the mill therapist.  I stumbled onto the Relationship Counseling Center website and found a large selection of videos about relationships issues, many where spot on for our relationship.  I

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