Marriage Counseling Works, A Sit Down With Public Figures Tory & Teri Smith
Today, counseling can save and strengthen a marriage. The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists reports an overall success rate of over 90%. The success of couples therapy and other factors contributes to a decreasing divorce rate in the United States. We sat down with marriage counselors, Tori and Teri Smith. They not only run a practice together but they are happily married and helping others through the joys and struggles of married life.
Tory and Teri have been in practice since 2016 and are National Board Certified Marriage and Relationship Counselors who specialize in individual, couples, and family therapy. Their practice, I Forever Will Christian Marriage Counseling, LLC areas of expertise are infidelity, intimacy therapy, anxiety, communication, depression, and trauma therapy.
Their therapeutic approach is to provide support and counseling to help their clients effectively address personal and life challenges. They offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client.
In addition to the love that they share for one another, they also share a passion for helping others. After years of counseling clients, Tory & Teri were led to provide an edutainment format to reach more individuals and couples via radio and TV mediums.
The award-winning show, Love In Black with Tory & Teri is Houston’s Hottest marriage and relationship radio talk show. Since 2018, the shows have focused on in-depth discussions of positive love, dating, and relationship topics! The ‘Black’ in Love In Black is a financial metaphor meaning, to keep your love in the positive!
Their show is aired on Praise Houston 92.1 FM and 102.1 HD2 in Houston, TX, which is part of RadioOne, and according to August 2021 Nielsen Ratings currently holds the highest number of show ratings for Saturday broadcasting.
These public figures have an amazing story and we have the honor of learning more about it.
Can you briefly walk us through your story, how your relationship started and how you got to where you are today?
Our relationship started out on a foundation of being open, honest, and transparent. Normally in the beginning of any relationship, you oftentimes are introduced to each other’s representatives. Even though you don’t intend for that to happen, people try to impress each other with the person that they think the other person wants to see.
For some reason, we were so taken by each other that there was never a need to be pretentious in any way. This connection was sincerely genuine and divinely purposeful.
After we bled on each other and assessed our past relationships, we both knew what we wanted from our next marriage. We were done with dating that led to nowhere and we weren’t going down that road again.
Therefore, we entered into our marriage intentionally, purpose-driven, and we had a vision and a plan.
All we wanted to do was to start a Marriage Ministry at the church, but unbeknownst to us, God had a much larger plan!
Three radio shows and a TV show later — here we are!
What inspired the both of you to share the story about your marriage?
Honestly, we were asked. We have been practicing for seven years and once we became media personalities the focus turned to us and we were requested by the producers of our show to share our story on our shows and the request for interviews grew from all corners of the market.
With you being National Board Certified Marriage and Relationship Counselors how much of your skills are practiced within your own relationship?
Now? Daily! In the beginning, we were still in our feelings as we were starting our private practice. However, we continued to press and do our work. We developed a ‘marital mindset’ that is what we affectionately call it. This requires emotional attunement. To have that, one must be open to going higher in their matrimonial maturity. Which is “dying to self daily.”
As we began to help one couple at a time and help Individuals, we were reminded of areas we needed to address. Over and over, we were reminded that we possess the skills, the knowledge, and the ability to make the right choices to “WIN as One” in our own marriage.