Relationship Counseling - How it Works

What type of relationships and people do you work with?

I have worked with many different types of relationships and people of different backgrounds. It is not so much the type of relationship that defines who seeks my services, but more whether they are attracted to my approach and area of focus.

Marriage and Romantic Relationships

People who are married or in some other romantic relationship are the ones I have most commonly worked with. I have worked with both couples of the same gender and opposite gender. I am also open to working with people across the gender spectrum, including trans, and I have previously worked with nonbinary individuals. I have also worked with people in polyamorous relationships with more than two people.

Adult Family Relationships: Parents and Adult Children/Adult Siblings

The next most common type of relationship with which I have worked is adult family relationships, such as parents with adult children or adult siblings. For instance, it is not uncommon these days for adult children and their parents to have conflict and trouble communicating and to want to improve their relationship. Adult siblings can experience similar challenges.


I have occasionally worked with people who are close friends and are experiencing challenges in their friendship. Like romantic relationships, close friends can demonstrate a remarkable level of commitment towards one another; also, like romantic relationships, they can experience challenges and conflicts with which they need support.

Racial and Cultural Backgrounds

I have worked with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds, including Black, White, Hispanic, and various Asian backgrounds, and also interracial relationships. As a sociologist, most of my training has focused on differences in cultural backgrounds due to race and ethnicity. Many approaches to counseling have been predominantly developed by and used on White Americans and Europeans. I am aware of this fact, and I work with clients to adapt my approach to better address the needs of people from different cultural backgrounds. You can also read more about my commitment to diversity here.

The other person will not come—can I come alone?

Investing in Relationship Counseling

People are often eager to get started and want to know how long it will take and how much money it will cost. Counseling is both a short-term and long-term investment. In the short term, it takes both time and money. In some situations, people make even longer-term commitments to counseling. However, even smaller investments of time and money can produce long-term results.

Transforming just a single issue can dramatically impact your relationship and life. Imagine being able to transform that one issue you frequently argue about or cannot seem to move past. While changing one issue will not magically fix all your problems, imagine how much time will be saved from doing so and the stress and distress you can spare yourself. Imagine what a difference that could make in the quality of your relationship and your life. Such a transformation can occur even with smaller investments of time and money. More about how much of a financial and time investment is necessary in a moment.

How We Work Together in Relationship Counseling

  • We start with a free 30-minute phone or Zoom consultation to see how best to work together.
  • Next, we start with an initial two-hour session, where we will begin working immediately and lay the foundation for future sessions.
  • People often see some improvements quickly, even with just a few sessions. Of course, there are no quick fixes, and more significant and lasting change occurs over time.

Frequency of Sessions

More than Just Talking

Session Arrangements

  • Initial Session with Two People (two hours): $300
  • Weekly Sessions with Two People (90 minutes): $250
  • Initial Session with One Person (two hours): $200
  • Weekly Sessions with One Person (90 minutes): $125
  • Saturday and evening appointments are available, but fill quickly.

(In a situation where relationships involve more than two people, such as adult children with both parents or polyamorous relationships, the price will need to be discussed.)


Most insurance does not cover relationship counseling. Consequently, I do not work with insurance companies. Some insurance companies might be willing to reimburse some of the cost, but you must check with your provider.

Virtual Sessions through Zoom are Available

  • Virtual sessions can work well for some situations and can also be combined with in-person sessions when it fits with your situation.
  • Virtual sessions also enable me to work with other Texas residents not located in Dallas.
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What is your approach to relationship counseling?

Conflict and Challenging Situations as Scenes in a Movie

There are very “technical” descriptions of theories I use to approach conflict and challenging situations in relationships, but sometimes metaphors and analogies help.

Think of every interaction and conflict as a scene from a movie. Every movie scene has characters, a setting, and a script. The characters are you and the other person in the relationship, and just like in a movie, you are both influenced by the setting—your environment, situation, or circumstances. The script is how you both communicate, the words you use and the actions you take.

Now, just like an actor has a backstory that influences how they play their role, each of us has our own “backstory”—our personal history, culture, and societal influences—that guides how we behave in the scene. These backstories often shape our motivations, that is, why we act the way we do.

If you are unhappy with how your “scenes” are playing out—if the conflict is too intense or too frequent—changing the scene can often be as simple as tweaking the “script” (your communication), changing the “setting” (your environment or circumstances), or understanding and adjusting your “motivations.”

Even a small change in one of these areas, perhaps made by just one person, can drastically alter the course of the scene. For example, choosing a different location for a difficult conversation, making subtle changes in language, or understanding what drives your actions or the other person’s can transform a heated argument into a constructive conversation. It is all about changing how the scene plays out.

General “Theory” to My Approach

Psychology and counseling often focus on how people feel/think or alleviating psychological symptoms. I acknowledge that feelings are a very important part of the process, and it is important to get in touch with them and discuss them; at the same time, being aware of one’s feelings and discussing them will not necessarily create change...


About Me

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H. Scott Clemente 
Sociology, PhD
Psychology, Master's 
LPC Associate, TX#91193
Mark Cagle, LPC-S 

If you find it difficult to navigate conflict in your relationship, you are not alone—every relationship experiences conflict at one point or another. My name is Scott, and much of my work has been dedicated to helping others understand and work through conflict. If you are seeking help with conflict in a relationship, you might be surprised to learn that the curriculum required to become licensed as a counselor or psychologist, even at the PhD level, has no required training in conflict. Of course, not all counselors need this type of training. At the same time, if you are seeking help with a relationship, I want you to be able to decide whether that type of training is important to you. After all, conflict is one of the most common complaints in relationships.

My journey with the subject of conflict began with my own life...

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About Socio-Logic

Socio-Logic’s office is designed to provide a comfortable atmosphere for people to sit and talk. The office is located in Lyndon Office Plaza, in the Lake Highlands area, about 20 minutes northeast of downtown Dallas. You can find out more about the location on Google Maps.

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values for me and are at the foundation of my Socio-Logic practice. I recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of each individual, understanding that everyone's life experiences, identities, and perspectives enrich our shared human experience.

I am aware of the profound impact that systemic racism, discrimination, and other forms of social injustice have on members of historically marginalized communities. I understand that these injustices can significantly affect the mental and emotional well-being of individuals, and I am dedicated to addressing these critical issues within my practice.

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