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960 people sought marriage counseling help at Bastrop in the last year

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

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Susan Farris

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What is your go-to approach for couples/marriage counseling?

My approach for helping people in couples/marriage counseling is not to think of the relationship as a separate entity that clients are trying to “protect.”

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

The tools that I teach in couples/marriage counseling are giving each other affirmation, positive communication, and how to have a healthy argument.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling?

I know that a couple is making progress through how they interact with each other during a session, such as where they sit and who they are talking to during the session.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement couples/marriage counseling?

Couples can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling by taking the time to have structured dialogue on a daily basis.

What should someone do to prepare for starting couples/marriage counseling?

In order to prepare for their first session of couples/marriage counseling, clients need to identify what they would like to see different about their relationship and how they can actively make that change.

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

Need more help deciding?

Before you get married, you’re both excited about the idea of til-death-do-us-part. They call it the “honeymoon phase,” where you’re completely crazy about each other and spend as much time one-on-one as you possibly can. It’s wonderful.

At some point, you start to spend more and more time apart. You get on each others’ nerves. You nitpick. You argue. You shout and slam doors. You spend a night (or several) on the couch. You resent one another. The person you once loved more than any other human being in the world has become the person you least want to be around.

How does this happen?

Relationships are hardly ever easy. It’s two completely different egos competing existing in the same space. Two lives stitching into one. You wash the dishes a certain way, and your partner is a little slower to get to it. One of you loves television, and the other wants to spend more time outdoors. Even deciding where you want to share a meal together can sometimes be an all-out debate. And that’s just the little things.

The truth is that many couples enter into marriage without ever having taken the time to seek the necessary skills to make such a commitment truly work. When you do anything new and important in your life (e.g. studying for a career, preparing for a race), you seek training and knowledge. When it comes to marriage, one of the most significant relationships in your life, why would you not take the same approach?

If you’re marriage has become something other than a rewarding, loving partnership, then it’s time you stop pretending everything will fix itself. It never does. Marriages require hard work, commitment, active communication, honesty, and so much more than warm and happy feelings.

Thriveworks Bastrop Marriage Counseling is here to equip you with relationship-saving knowledge. We’ve worked with couples of all kinds and with a range of issues — even those who simply want to make their already great marriage better than ever.

For What Reasons do Couples Seek Marriage Counseling

You once were thrilled at the idea of spending the rest of your life with this person, but now just getting through the day without irritating each other seems an impossibility. In big and small issues, you serve as each other’s combatant rather than each other’s teammate.

Or, perhaps things are not so actively bad. You simply just don’t speak to one another any more. You don’t identify with the person on the other side of the bed as your other half, simply “other.” Perhaps you’re numb to it at this point. Perhaps you’re distraught.

In any case, things just aren’t as great as you’d like, and you want that to change.

Unhappiness in a marriage can come from many places. Some common sources include:

  • Financial hardship
  • Health concerns
  • Infidelity
  • Infertility
  • Intimacy and commitment issues
  • Family drama
  • Loss of income
  • Moving to a new city
  • Having your first child
  • Psychological concerns
  • Substance abuse

Divorce is becoming all to common place. For some people it’s the way out of a legitimately awful situation, and in others it’s an expensive way of not dealing with your problems and simply carrying them with you to your next relationship.

Marital Problems can Often be Solved

Regardless of how long you two have been arguing or somehow distancing yourselves from one another — recognize that there is a problem, and then decide that fixing an issue is so much less painful than letting it fester and grow. Do you want things to stay the way they are (if not worsen), or do you want your relationship to continually become more and more satisfying?

Being honest with yourselves about the fact that you need outside help to resolve your issues is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of good judgement. It’s a sign that you still love one another and want a more fulfilling life together.

Contact us today if you want to improve your relationship. Our counselors are highly qualified professionals who have helped many couples overcome their marital problems.

Let’s create new opportunities for you two to enjoy each other.

Your marriage can bring your fulfillment and joy. Let us help you find the way.

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 Bastrop therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

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Self-pay costs at Bastrop
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 Bastrop reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have to say hands down Sheena is the best all around at skillfully helping those she works with to find peace and closure as well as the right healthy perspective needed
Read more I have to say hands down Sheena is the best all around at skillfully helping those she works with to find peace and closure as well as the right healthy perspective needed
Bastrop Jul 2022
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★★★★★
Trustworthy and reliable! Always felt like a priority with the services. Thank you!
Bastrop Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Kris Fredericksen has helped me immensely over the past couple of years. I have progressed in leaps and bounds since I first started attending sessions with her. I have had a traumatic childhood, stage 4 cancer, and was in an abusive relationship with an extreme narcissist. After that relationship, my self-esteem was almost non-existent. Shortly after that relationship I started having sessions with Kris. Since then, I have become more stable in life and very successful in my career. I still see Kris and will continue to as life will continue to have its ups and downs. I know I can rely upon Kris to help me take on and learn from anything that comes my way. Life is a great big learning lesson and sometimes you just need someone to give you the right perspective to help you understand, to cope and to grow. Kris is the highly trained professional that I needed and still need to help me continue on that path.
Read more Kris Fredericksen has helped me immensely over the past couple of years. I have progressed in leaps and bounds since I first started attending sessions with her. I have had a traumatic childhood, stage 4 cancer, and was in an abusive relationship with an extreme narcissist. After that relationship, my self-esteem was almost non-existent. Shortly after that relationship I started having sessions with Kris. Since then, I have become more stable in life and very successful in my career. I still see Kris and will continue to as life will continue to have its ups and downs. I know I can rely upon Kris to help me take on and learn from anything that comes my way. Life is a great big learning lesson and sometimes you just need someone to give you the right perspective to help you understand, to cope and to grow. Kris is the highly trained professional that I needed and still need to help me continue on that path.
Bastrop Oct 2017
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★★★★★
This office is set up professionally. It is welcoming and quiet. No waiting is very nice. has a great reputation.
Read more This office is set up professionally. It is welcoming and quiet. No waiting is very nice. has a great reputation.
Bastrop Mar 2017
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★★★★★
Thrive is a great service and my counselor is excellent. Having found this place is making a huge difference in my life and how I am approaching things. Service has been friendly and helpful, as far as administrative side. I would highly recommend Thrive to anyone.
Read more Thrive is a great service and my counselor is excellent. Having found this place is making a huge difference in my life and how I am approaching things. Service has been friendly and helpful, as far as administrative side. I would highly recommend Thrive to anyone.
Bastrop Mar 2017
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Where to find us

Getting here

The Bastrop Thriveworks office is located on College Street which is the feeder road of Highway 71E close to the downtown area, between Highway 95 and the Colorado River. It is housed in the Bastrop Professional Building nestled between Advanced Pain Care and Austin Retina in Suite E.

Phone number

(512) 601-5809

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
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