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106,635 people sought marriage counseling help in Virginia in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a marriage counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Marriage counseling

What is marriage counseling?

Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy and relationship counseling, helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. Thriveworks marriage counseling in Abingdon, VA is led by licensed professionals — often licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) — who are experts in their field and best-equipped to help couples. Some examples of common focuses within Marriage counseling include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

How does marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling works by helping couples identify and better navigate their unique challenges. Following an initial assessment of the couple in terms of strengths and needs, the therapist would then discuss their therapeutic goals and any possible approaches or ways of working together as therapist and couple.
Couples attend sessions together, whether they meet in person or by video. In addition to regular marriage counseling sessions, each partner may also be asked to attend a few individual sessions to supplement their progress. This will allow their counselor to get to know each individual better, assess each of their personal needs, and develop the very best treatment plan moving forward.

Is marriage counseling conducted in person or online?

Marriage counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does marriage counseling last?

On average, couples attend marriage counseling for 12 weeks. However, marriage counseling may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples’ needs, the challenges they’d like to work through, and the pace of their progress. Marriage counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Abingdon, VA work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

For many years the divorce rate in the US has remained very high – according to recent estimates as many as 40%-50% of all marriages fall apart. Many couples experience problems such as betrayal, incompatible sexual expectations, faltering communication or development of gradual indifference and disinterest towards one another. Often couples find themselves incapable of addressing and solving these serious problems alone. In such cases counseling for couples is often the best course of action, allowing spouses to avoid divorce or separation, or helping them end their relationship on good terms.

It is true that many people might initially feel apprehensive about the idea of marriage or couples counseling, hoping to deal with their relationship problems privately. The benefits of such therapy are nonetheless indisputable in many cases. Many couples find that conflict resolution is easier to achieve under the guidance of a counselor who has no connection and no preconceived ideas about their relationship. Couples and marriage counseling therefore allows them to gain some perspective and become better communicators.

Inside A Marriage Counseling Session

The first thing anyone considering starting couples or marriage therapy has to recognize is that no simple answers will be given. A counselor is to act as an objective observer and is not to dictate what should or should not be done. He or she is there to help partners decide on their own what is the best course of action for themselves and for their relationship.

Couples and marriage counseling focuses on helping couples improve their communication skills and address their conflicts in a constructive manner. Participants will usually learn how to control their emotions, listen to one another, negotiate and avoid conflict escalation. It is generally accepted that for this type of therapy to be most effective both spouses or partners have to attend; in some cases, however, it might be that one party refuses to participate or decides to join the therapy at a later stage.

Relationship Difficulties – When to Seek Help?

Couples and marriage therapy are often regarded as a last resort, reserved only for those who are facing an imminent risk of divorce or separation. It is true, however, that many couples decide to attend counseling for very different reasons: for example, to prepare together for life as a married couple (premarital counseling), to build a stronger bond with each other or to address issues that could potentially lead to conflicts in the future. Whether a couple is facing some very difficult challenges, or has to confront some minor problems, professional counseling is often the way to go forward.

At Thriveworks Bristol our professional couples and marriage counselors offer support to people at various stages of their relationships, often having to deal with very particular problems. Thanks to our extensive experience we understand how to look after our clients – we tailor our counseling sessions to the individual needs of every couple. We encourage you to reach out to us now to arrange your first couples or marriage counseling session.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Virginia therapists and counselors accept 31 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at Abingdon
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

5.0 Thriveworks Abingdon reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Read more I highly recommend Trish! She is very helpful, kind, compassionate and excellent at getting down to the roots of the problem. I have made more progress with her than I have with multiple therapists in several different cities. P.S--EMDR therapy sounds totally crazy, but it has significantly helped me. Give it a try!
Bristol Mar 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Read more Dr Mike Pilcher took me under his wing and coached me through one of the biggest decisions of my life...opening a new business. At one point...well more than once...I felt like pulling my hair out and his calm demeanor and no BS approach really helped me get focused and confident. I was able to really pour on the steam and my business is doing well as a result. Dr. P is a great counselor and a man I respect. Call him...I still do to this day.
Bristol Mar 2017
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Abingdon is located in the same building as Caris Healthcare. Across Russell Road NW is Empire Ford Used Car & Truck Center 2, and A Step Ahead salon, as well as All Things Custom and Sunshine Sewing & Screen Printing. Down the road is Figaredo’s restaurant and Northgate Pharmacy. We are located right near Porterfield Highway and Route 19, as well as Route 58.

Phone number

(423) 556-3873

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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