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1,053 people sought marriage counseling help at Athens in the last year

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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 Athens, GA 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 Athens, GA work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

Divorce rates in Western cultures are nowadays very high and the United States are by no means an exception – between 40% and 50% of all American marriages end in divorce. Conflict-free relationships are a rarity and most people will experience troubles within their partnerships at some point in time. Whether spouses are hoping to prevent a divorce, part ways in an amicable way or simply work on improving their relationship – marriage therapy is often the right step forward.

Consider: You and your partner have been struggling to communicate recently. Maybe you’ve always had difficulty understanding each other’s emotions but it’s gotten worse these past few months. You argue about where to eat, what time to leave for work in the morning, and even who should feed your dog in the morning. 

This constant arguing has been driving a wedge between you two. Now you lack intimacy and connection and you just want things to get better. You both decide to talk to a marriage counselor about your struggles. In just a few short weeks, you see a great improvement in your communication skills. 

Maybe you and your partner need someone to delegate the arguments you’re having or perhaps there is some unresolved trauma you need to work through. A marriage therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Athens, GA can be the answer you’ve been looking for. 

If you and your loved one want to improve your marriage, consider reaching out to our office. Our team of mental health professionals is readily available to offer you guidance and support. 

When Should You Seek Professional Help? 

A decision to go to marriage therapy is difficult and many married couples might be unsure when it is appropriate to seek professional support. Here are some good reasons to do so:

  • Your relationship is ridden by some serious problems and you and your partner have reached a stalemate. These might include betrayal, sexual incompatibility, dysfunctional communication, an inability to reconcile core values and life expectations (e.g. having children) or financial issues.
  • Something less dramatic is gradually damaging your relationship – for example, you have grown indifferent towards one another or you engage in constant petty arguments that regularly escalate into bigger disagreements.
  • You have come to realize that the enduring conflict within your marriage has started to seriously affect your and/or your partner’s happiness, as well as physical and mental health.
  • Many couples find that resolving their conflicts is easier under the guidance of a counselor who has no connection and no preconceived ideas about their relationship. Marriage therapy allows them to gain some perspective on their problem and become better communicators.

Marriage Therapy: What Is It, What Is It Not?

Marriage therapy is a form of psychotherapy designed to help married couples improve their communication, resolve their conflicts, and work towards a happier relationship. This type of therapy will not provide ready-made answers and solutions to marital problems – a counselor is an impartial intermediary who is not to simply tell the spouses what to do. The aim of marriage therapy is to allow partners to reach conclusions of their own.

A typical marriage therapy session will last between 45 and 90 minutes and both spouses will be invited to attend, although at times a counselor may choose to see each of the partners separately. Most therapists will focus on teaching their clients how to control their emotions, become better listeners, communicate with each other in a constructive manner, and avoid conflict escalation.

Marriage Therapy At Thriveworks Counseling in Athens, GA

Experienced marriage therapists at Thriveworks in Athens offer support to people at various stages of their marriage and facing very different problems. Thanks to our depth of experience, we understand that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to successful marriage therapy. We tailor our sessions to ensure that you and your partner’s individual needs and expectations are met in the best way possible.

Finding a solution to your marital problems is possible – Thriveworks in Athens is there to help. Give us a call today to arrange your first marriage therapy session. We look forward to working with you on this journey. 

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 Athens therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

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Jill is very understanding, listens very well and offers reasonable and easy to do exercises and things to try. I feel very comfortable with her.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Athens is located at the intersection of North Chase St and Prince Ave. We share an L-shaped building with several other businesses including Ankle & Foot Centers of America. If you kept traveling west on North Chase, you’d pass Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital on your left.

Phone number

(706) 898-3276

Languages spoken by GA providers

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