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2,526 people sought marriage counseling help at Baltimore in the last year

Discover how starting 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 Baltimore, MD 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 Baltimore, MD work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

It is estimated that between 40%-50% of all marriages in America end in divorce. The reasons for divorce are diverse and specific to an individual couple’s situation – often the reasons will be irreconcilable and divorce may prove to be the only option. However, in many cases divorce stems from conflicts that can be resolved through conversation, mutual understanding and professional guidance aimed to help couples regulate their emotions. Experts who collected and analyzed data on decades’ worth of divorces identified that one of the primary reasons for divorce was the lack of reconciliation after an argument. These situations lead to a rise in persistent resentment and unhappiness in relationships.

Marriage counseling at Thriveworks Baltimore can help facilitate and promote communication required to resolve these problems and help repair a relationship. But therapists do recognize that not all relationships can be repaired and at times help to facilitate an amicable separation and reduce the damage to a family during the divorce process.

Challenges In Relationships

There are many different challenges and struggles that arise during relationships – communication problems, adultery or being sexually unsatisfied, among many others. These challenges can arise very early in a relationship and are often not dealt with. Research suggests that partners in relationships facing such challenges will not seek marriage or couples counseling until they have been unhappy for six years on average. Unfortunately, this can often lead to resentment that is severe enough to prevent full reconciliation. It is always recommended that couples seek professional marriage counseling sooner rather than later.

How Can A Counselor Help?

Marriage and couples counseling is not a simple fix that will restore and heal all of the problems within a relationship. A couples counselor will aim to educate the participants on how to regulate their feelings and respond reasonably to intense emotions. They will also teach them how to communicate their thoughts to one another, how to listen effectively and empathetically to their partner and generally develop the skills necessary to resolve conflicts early and prevent a rise of a lasting resentment. Importantly, a counselor will not provide simple solutions to a couple’s problems, but will guide the partners to working out the solutions themselves.

At Thriveworks Baltimore our professional couples and marriage counselors offer support to people at various stages of their relationships and with very different problems. Thanks to our extensive experience we understand how to best help our clients – we tailor our couples and marriage counseling sessions to the individual needs of every couple. So please, 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 Baltimore therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • 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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Self-pay costs at Baltimore
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 Baltimore reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Candace is a supportive, caring, insightful therapist who truly listens!
Baltimore Dec 2020
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★★★★★
In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Read more In these tense and uncertain times, it’s really helpful to be able to talk to someone who I know shares similar experiences, can understand where I’m coming from, and can help me understand how to do the best I can to improve myself in my circumstances. Tia is a great listener with a gentle, calming demeanor. She knows how to laugh and how to really listen. She’s really helped me through some tough times and encouraged me throughout. Don’t know what I’d do without her!
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Had a great experience. Would come back again.
Baltimore Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a supportive therapist that is passionate about mental health. She is professional, ensures patient confidentiality, and complies with HIPPA laws. She provides a safe place to process emotions and not feel judged.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Read more I recommend Sharlene Sylvester for your therapy needs. After searching for just the right fit, Sharlene checked all the boxes including making me feel heard and comfortable.
Baltimore Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Read more Sharlene Sylvester is a great therapist. I recommend her highly. She is supportive and knowledgeable. Book your appointment now!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Read more As first-generation immigrants we have a touch time raising kids in US. Being caught between two different cultures, our teenager daughter intuitively rejects parents' culture and is often unrespectful toward parents and her sibling. But we as parents have no relatives in US for counseling. Talking to Sandra has been very helpful as she instructed us how to communicate with our confused teenager, how to guide her through the difficult time. Thank you, Sandy!
Baltimore Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Read more I highly recommend Sharlene, she is compassionate and thorough. I'm confident that you won't regret meeting with her.
Baltimore Jul 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks in Baltimore, MD is located off of Hamill Rd, between the Baltimore Country Club and Jones Falls Expy. We share a building with Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland and Fresenius Kidney Care Cross Keys, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Falls Rd & Hamill Rd SB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(410) 724-1848

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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