Marriage counseling


Who Am I?

My name is Derrick Javan Hoard and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working out of Seattle, Washington.  You can click here to verify my licensure as well as click the button at the bottom of the page to be taken to my Psychology Today Profile.  I love helping couples learn to communicate effectively and stop fighting over stupid things.  

What is wrong with my marriage?

No matter what your individual issues are in your relationship, every problem in every relationship comes down to ineffective communication. Who's to blame for it is the reason most people wait until its too late to seek therapy. Because we are unable to effectively communicate we have to tell ourselves stories about why our partner behaves the way they do.  Most often, those stories are not good ones. 

How Do I help?

I help by providing a neutral space for you to negotiate the rules and expectations of your relationship. I guide and instruct the process toward effective communication. Effective communication is more about how you say what you say rather than the words you actually use.  The flow of water rather than the water itself. 

how many sessions?

This depends heavily on the amount of resentment in your relationship as well as the way in which you and your partner frame your problems.  Most couples stay with me on average 3 to 7 sessions.  Therapy is over whenever you are able to guide yourselves through the process of effective communication. 

Do both partners need to attend?

No, not necessarily. I only need the most motivated partner. If you are currently reading this alone, then that is you. 

Free Consultation

I offer financial scholarships where I will subsidize up to 70% of the cost of therapy for those in financially difficult situations. To qualify you must attend an initial consultation and verbally request a scholarship  My hourly rate is $200 per hour. I do not submit claims on your behalf, but I will take care of the paperwork for you to submit your own insurance claims.