Couples COunseling center

Meeting the needs of couples at every stage of relationships.

Couples Counseling Center – CHERI TIMKO

Our Mission

We believe that a healthy and satisfying marriage is key to having a great life. We are dedicated to teaching the skills to have a great marriage for all couples. We use research-based methods of counseling and psychoeducation so you get the best results.  Our purpose and goal is to reduce the divorce rate in the region and beyond.

There are many routes to the destination of having a great relationship, and our job is to help you find one that works best for you. 

Our mission is to reduce the divorce rate and help all couples have great relationships.

Cheri Timko Therapist


Cheri Timko, M.S., LPC, GCT, ALPS
Lead Psychotherapist, supervisor, and trainer

I will work to help you improve your relationship as long as you want me to. My job is to provide a roadmap of how to improve things and to instill hope that things can really get better. I am thoroughly committed to helping every couple have a great relationship. Each couple is unique and has different needs. When those are met, you really can have a great relationship with your current partner.

I love the challenge and creativity necessary to find the right tools to help each couple work through their issues. I am constantly reading and learning new skills to teach to clients. If you work with me during two different time periods, I will have instituted new ideas into counseling, so you will be exposed to new tools and techniques.

My strengths are:

• the ability to look at a problem from several perspectives
• the desire to tear a problem apart and find good solutions to fix it
• lots of training focusing on relationships from the perspective of individuals and couples
• 20 years specializing in helping couples find their way to having great relationships.

Traditional bio info

I grew up in the DC/Baltimore area. I received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.S. in psychology from the University of Baltimore. My family and I moved to the Fairmont area in 2009. I live with my husband of 20 years and three children.

In 2011, I established Timko Counseling Services, LLC.  In 2022, the practice was renamed the Couples Counseling Center to better describe our mission. This was my second successful private practice counseling business. 

I bring 20 years of private practice experience as well as 30 years of overall mental health counseling services to the community.

A lifelong learner, I have extensively studied the work of several prominent relationship experts in Counseling including the following:
– John and Julie Gottman
– Brene Brown
– Harriet Lerner

I am certified in Relationship Enhancement and am the only Certified Gottman Therapist in West Virginia. In addition to running Timko Counseling Services, LLC, I homeschool my children, raise chickens, and am a traditional foodie.


Courtney White, provisional MFT
Couples Psychotherapist

Courtney chose to pursue couples counseling when he saw how dramatically a successful partnership can impact every other relationship that it touches. After completing his undergrad in Psychology at Alderson Broaddus University, he earned his master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is now proud to display his provisional license while he finishes his supervised hours under the experienced guidance of Cheri Timko, LPC, a recognized couples expert.

Raised in Birmingham, England, Courtney moved to the United States to play soccer and to attend university. He enjoyed it so much that he stayed, moving to West Virginia and joining Couples Counseling Center. When he’s not helping couples change the dynamics of their relationships, Courtney enjoys coaching soccer and spending time outdoors.

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We know that you want to have a great relationship. Some of us were lucky enough to grow up in families who modeled great relationship skills. Most of us did not. We have to figure it out as we go. Sometimes this works out. Other times we need a wise guide to help us learn what we are missing.

Couples Counseling

Need help working with your spouse or significant other? Want to rekindle the love and closeness you used to have? New couples and long-term partners can use various tools and techniques to help them reconnect with the most important people in their lives. Click the link below to find out more.

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Individual Counseling

You want good relationships with others who accept you and love you for who you really are. If life has not worked out that way, if you have experienced more than your fair share of heartbreak, you could benefit from learning how to bring your best self to your relationships so you can get what you need from them.

Couples in Crisis

Counseling for couples whose marriage is in trouble. Are you worried that you are headed toward divorce and want to fix it fast before things go too far? This is the counseling you and your spouse need to get things back on track. Schedule a free phone consultation to get started right away.

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