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4,361 people sought couples therapy help at Alexandria in the last year

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

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Our therapists in Alexandria are booked, but we have 95 other therapists in VA available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Couples therapy

What is Couples therapy?

Thriveworks Couples therapy helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. It 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 couples therapy include:

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

How does Couples therapy work?

Couples therapy 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 couples therapy 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 Couples therapy conducted in person or online?

Couples therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does Couples therapy last?

On average, couples attend couples therapy for 12 weeks. However, couples therapy may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress.

Need more help deciding?

Everybody longs for the perfect relationship, one without conflict. But we’re only human, which means that the perfect relationship does not exist—and so, we need to wish for proper conflict resolution instead. But again, because we’re human, we can’t simply wish something into existence; we need to work at it. Sometimes that means working with a professional, or in this case, a couples counselor who has dedicated their time and energy into learning how to help couples improve their relationships.

“Couples wait an average of six years of being unhappy with their relationship before getting help.” –John Gottman

Don’t wait for the problems in your relationship to resolve themselves. Be proactive and get the help that you and your partner need to create (or maintain) a happy, healthy relationship. Work with a couples counselor or psychologist at Thriveworks Alexandria today. These professionals have impressive skillsets that enable them to help you and your partner manage or resolve the issues that plague your relationship, whether that be jealousy, infidelity, poor money management, or something else entirely. The couples counselors at Thriveworks Alexandria are ready to step in and make a life-changing difference.

What Challenges Can Couples Counseling Help to Resolve?

No two relationships are the same, as no two people are the same. Each has its own dynamic, its own strengths, and—of course—its own weaknesses. For this reason, couples counselors are trained to help couples tackle a wide range of potential issues. We mentioned a few above, but here’s a more comprehensive list of the problems couples counseling can help two people address:

  • Miscommunication
  • Jealousy
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Poor money management
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Different visions for the future
  • Power struggles
  • Opposing political views

These are common relationship issues, and therefore, common topics in couples counseling. If you and your partner are struggling with miscommunication, lack of intimacy, or another problem (on the list or not), consider working with a couples counselor or psychologist at Thriveworks Alexandria. It’s important that you and your significant other tackle issues as they arise (or better yet, have a plan for resolving issues before they occur). If you don’t, your relationship will continue to suffer.

How Does Counseling Help Couples?

You probably aren’t convinced that couples counseling can help if you don’t know how it works! As we mentioned previously, every couple is different. Your couples counselor will first get to know you, individually and as a couple, so that they can best understand what the issue is and how it should be confronted. Then, they will come up with a customized plan for helping the two of you to progress in each session. This progress will likely involve talking about the issue at hand, analyzing your communication skills, exploring different emotions, and increasing respect for each other.

Sometimes, couples counseling can involve trial and error. If they see that one technique isn’t working for you and your partner, they’ll implement a different strategy. This process will continue until you find the right therapeutic techniques that prove effective in your relationship. Your counselor at Thriveworks Alexandria wants to help you find success. They’ll utilize their expertise and experience to help you create a more harmonious relationship.

Schedule Couples Counseling at Thriveworks Alexandria

Are you and your partner struggling to communicate? Is your relationship suffering from financial strife or a power struggle? Whatever the issue may be, a couples counselor at Thriveworks Alexandria is happy to step in and help. They are equipped with the tools needed to help you and your partner find happiness again.

Here at Thriveworks, we strive to offer the best possible mental health services we can. That means that we are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, flexible scheduling opportunities, and effective treatment:

  1. Exceptional customer service: To book an appointment, all you have to do is call. A scheduling specialist will pick up the phone and (without first putting you on a waiting list) set you up with the right provider as soon as possible.
  2. Flexible scheduling options: If you prefer the normal weekday, daytime appointments, we’ve got those for you. But, if you have other responsibilities that make that impossible, we also have evening and weekend appointments available.
  3. Effective treatment: Counseling at Thriveworks works. We partner with the very best providers, all of whom impress us with their skills, experience, and daily success.

Do you want to work with a couples counselor at Thriveworks Alexandria? Call us today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting you and helping you enjoy a happy, healthy relationship again.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Alexandria therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Alexandria
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

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I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Read more I was very satisfied with first session/consultation with my therapist. I feel confident she will address my needs and look forward to working with her.
Marjorie Feb 2024
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At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Read more At 75 years old and still learning is wonderful. My counselor is simply an outstanding individual and human being. The "bank is closed", I understand more clearly by my counselor who, have been instrumental in " breaking down some walls" in my forward motion and healing from the pain
Horace Feb 2024
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Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Read more Bank closure is fundamentally when a financial institution goes bankrupt; however, parents can't go into bank closure for their children, family, and friends. Nevertheless, parents do close their bank (hearth) to minimize disrespect, abuse, and abundant misuse of LOVE. So I closed my life to abuse, disrespect, and misuse of ❤️
Horace Jan 2024
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I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Read more I am very happy with my therapist, I would give him 5 Stars but I am handicapped and the facility I go to has No Handicap access, No ramp or elevator and is on the third floor of a three story building.
Ed Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Read more My therapist, Dee Jacobi Edwards, continues to help me deal with my individual struggles in life so that I can achieve peace in dealing with life situations. She is a wonderful therapist.
Louisa Dec 2023
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★★★★
Love our therapist.
Heidi Dec 2023
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My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Read more My daughter's dad and I had a few sessions with Dee Jacobi-Edwards and she was great. She was very neutral and honest with both of us when it came to our disagreements and downfalls. She was also extremely patient with us throughout our sessions. I would absolutely recommend Dee.
Alexandria Mar 2021
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I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Read more I have been battling anxiety and depression for years, and Mary Alice Fields has helped me finally find some relief. She is dedicated to helping her clients live their best possible life, and she has helped me gain some peace in my life. I know she has help countless others, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who suffers from depression or anxiety issues.
Alexandria Jan 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Alexandria is located off Colvin St between Sweeley St and Roth St. We are located next door to the Alexandria Police Association and across the street from NACCAS (National Accrediting Commision of Career Arts and Sciences).

Phone number

(703) 936-6214

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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