About WMMC

West Michigan Marriage Center is a not-for-profit organization solely dedicated to building secure relationships and helping struggling couples heal.

A problem worth solving

According to a host of sociological and psychological research studies, a united family is not only the best environment for raising healthy and happy children but also provides the educational, financial, and emotional support our society needs to thrive.

By contrast, divorced adults and their children bear a myriad of consequences. There is a significant drop in their ability to be productive at work, school, or their community. They have a much higher likelihood of engaging in high-risk behaviors. Findings from The Heritage Foundation report that children of divorce are more likely to commit crimes, run away from home, be suspended from school, smoke cigarettes, abuse alcohol or drugs, carry weapons, have fist fights, and experiment with sex by age 11.

For the first 18 months following divorce, between 77 and 83 percent of mothers and their children live in poverty. State and federal government spends around 150 billion dollars per year to subsidize and sustain single-parent families. It’s estimated that our nation’s 1.4 million divorces in 2002 cost taxpayers more than 30 billion dollars.

"If family is the building block of society, and marriage is the foundation of the family, then services that skillfully restore struggling marriages and prevent young marriages from failing are of paramount importance."

Hope starts here. 

We know how to rekindle love, nurture connection, and create moments of bonding simply by helping couples talk with each other
in a deeper, more vulnerable way.

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An effective solution...

Pivotal research over the last 50 years exploring relational attachment and bonding has revealed critical insights into the foundational reasons why marriages fall apart. Out of this research, Dr. Sue Johnson developed the most empirically validated model for healing relationships in existence - Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).

For the first time in history, we have a detailed and effective road map that outlines exactly why marriages die and how to bring them back to life. All of WMMC’s marriage services are built directly from the principles of EFT and all our therapists have extensive training and experience in this modality.

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe… dark… motionless… airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”  

- C. S. Lewis

We all long for loving connection and we all fear facing life alone. When we risk letting ourselves be fully known and present with our spouse, the innate design of attachment naturally begins to work in our favor.

We instinctively begin to move closer, see deeper, and soften toward each other’s pain. This movement creates a safe space where couples automatically begin to trust, heal, and reconnect with each other.

A healthy marriage is the cornerstone of a healthy family, healthy children, healthy schools, healthy workplaces, healthy communities, and a healthy nation.

This is exactly why WMMC focuses all its services on creating healthy relationships…because every marriage deserves hope!

The WMMC Story

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The vision for WMMC first began in Colorado Springs when our founders, Scott and Betsy Nuismer, were just coming out of a long season of pain and uncertainty in their marriage. Addiction, loss of a career, shattered trust, and infertility left their marriage on the edge of a knife. Over the next 5 years, they dug deep into themselves, had many hard conversations, and learned to be rigorous in their honesty and vulnerability with each other. Through time and hard work, they slowly rebuilt the secure bond between them.

As darkness gave way to light, a passion to help other marriages suddenly burst into flame inside Scott and Betsy's hearts. They wanted every struggling couple to experience hope and healing. They felt a strong pull to move back to West Michigan and start a counseling practice that would offer high-quality marriage services to all couples...no matter what corner of society they live in.


At first, the thought of moving back to West Michigan was scary. Scott and Betsy both loved living in Colorado. They loved the mountains. They loved the sunny winters. They couldn't imagine leaving the dear friendships they had built over the last 8 years.

Waves of resistance, excitement, fear, and confidence washed over Scott and Betsy as they began the process of uprooting a life they loved and diving into a new and purposeful adventure.

It didn’t take long, however, before Scott and Betsy were overwhelmed by evidence that going back home was the right move to make.

Since the day they moved back, Scott and Betsy have worked together with a singular focus - and you are seeing the evidence of that here. WMMC is a safe place for all struggling couples…because every marriage deserves hope!

Because every marriage
deserves hope–yours too.

Marriage is the foundation of family and family the foundation of society.
There is no cause more worthy than the restoration of your marriage.

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