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I am a licensed professional counselor with 13 years of work experience empowering clients to cope with their issues and live their best life.

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As an advocate in the mental health field, my goal is to help those who are struggling with any form of obstacle and help them reach their desired goa... As an advocate in the mental health field, my goal is to help those who are struggling with any form of obstacle and help them reach their desired goal to reach their highest potential. Read more

Jami Dumler

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

My go-to approach for helping people in couples/marriage counseling is building insight around their personal attachment history, improving communication and conflict resolution skills, and identifying then shifting negative cycles or the negative “dance” couples have become stuck in.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • Self-awareness: Understanding your own attachment history, triggers, why you engage the way you do in times of stress, etc.
  • Communication skills: Improving skills of reflective listening, vulnerable emotion-focused communication, and healthy conflict resolution/confrontation.
  • Improving cycles in times of stress: Learning the negative “dance” or cycle you and your partner get stuck in and creating goals or small changes to shift the cycle to engage in a more positive way when times of stress or disagreement arise.

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

I know a couple is making meaningful progress in counseling when they are able to first catch the negative dance they did and unpack it in a session after the fact. Then they make further progress when they improve their ability to call out the cycle in the moment and try new tactics learned in session before finally being able to engage in the new cycles with minimal moments of old cycles arising.

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

Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling by spending quality mindful time together, making daily time to communicate (15-30 minutes), and working on their own individual self-care and mental health.

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

To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, you can think about past relationships/childhood attachments and common struggles you have in the relationship. You can identify points you both agree you'd like to be addressed, find a calm/quiet space to hold sessions, and make sure you carve out weekly time to accommodate your ongoing therapy commitment together.

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

Need more help deciding?

You had a special bond with your spouse from the very beginning. During that first date, you smiled at each other from across the table and were smitten ever since. Just a few years later, the two of you sealed the deal: Mr. and Mrs., together forever.

Today, there’s still no question that you love each other to the end. However, your relationship has been different lately. When you first tied the knot, the two of you spent more time together than you did apart—that’s how you both liked it. But now you’re lucky if you see each other for more than a couple hours a day, as you’re both busy with work and with the kids. And when you do get lucky enough to spend a little quality time together, something’s missing: that on-fire connection, that intimacy.

The good news is that you don’t have to sit on the sidelines and watch the fallout of your marriage. Instead, you can take action: you can seek marriage counseling at Thriveworks Bethlehem. If your relationship is lacking that intimacy, if you and your spouse are struggling to connect, or the two of you are could use a little professional guidance in another area of your relationship, consider working with one of our counselors. They have the qualifications, the experience, and the compassion to help you achieve your relationship goals.

What Is Marriage Counseling? How Can It Help?

Marriage counseling is designed to help a couple work through whatever it is that’s causing their relationship strain. While these challenges vary greatly from person to person, here are some questions that commonly guide the course of marriage counseling:

  • What are our biggest issues and which are most important?
  • Are we happy together? Do we want to stay together?
  • How do each of us truly feel about our relationship?
  • Do our visions for the future align?
  • Are we both willing to change to improve our marriage?

These questions will help you and your partner, as well as your counselor, understand exactly what’s wrong in your relationship and what your goals in therapy should be. Once these issues and goals have been identified, then a treatment plan can be determined.

Who Can Benefit from Marriage Counseling?

At Thriveworks, we believe that everybody can benefit from working with a mental health professional—and every relationship can benefit from receiving some professional guidance. That said, if you and your partner are experiencing any of the following issues, you’re in good company, as these topics are often discussed in marriage counseling:

  • Trust or jealousy issues
  • Failure to communicate effectively
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Financial stress
  • Visions for the future

This is the short list of issues discussed in marriage counseling. If we’re being honest, the marriage counselors at Thriveworks Bethlehem have a wide range of capabilities. They’ve put in the time and the effort to acquire the skills it takes to help you succeed on your therapy journey. Why? Because they truly care about your wellbeing and your happiness, which is impacted greatly by the state of your relationship with your spouse.

Meet With a Marriage Counselor or Psychologist Today

Are you and your spouse struggling to connect on a deeper level? Is the foundation of your marriage threatening to break at the seams? If you think you and your spouse could find any kind of value in meeting with a marriage counselor, reach out to us at Thriveworks Bethlehem today. Our providers are the best of the best, as their education, experience, training, and caring nature enables them to help you and your relationship.

To get set up with one of our counselors, all you have to do is give us a call at 484-241-2848. One of our scheduling specialists will work with you to schedule an appointment with a counselor who can best help you. Or, if you’d prefer, you can book online. Either way, you can expect the following from your soon-to-be provider:

  • Flexibility: We offer flexible appointments, which includes weekend and nighttime sessions. Our providers understand that weekday, daytime appointments just don’t cut it sometimes!
  • Professionalism: As mentioned previously, our counselors and therapists are the best of the best: they’ve gone through extensive training to provide high quality care to all of their clients.
  • Compassion: Finally, the providers at Thriveworks are compassionate, as they truly care about your wellbeing and seek to help you improve your marriage.

If you’re ready to get started, we’re ready to help. We look forward to hearing from you and getting to work soon!

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 Bethlehem therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS | Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Pennsylvania | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Bethlehem
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 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
So far I have had good experiences with the clinicians and the management.
Susan Feb 2024
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My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Read more My experience with Thriveworks and the Counselor I was assigned to has been good so far. The Counselor is I had hoped, compassionate and intelligent. I am looking forward to continuing with her.
Susan Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Read more Kenneth Fulton has been my psychologist for over a year and a half. He has brought meaning back to my life, after losing my mother in February 2020 and dealing with covid. I can never put into words what his counseling has done for me. I went from a very dark place back into the light again. He's the greatest at what he does. I could go on and on about this counselor but that would take too long. Thank you Ken for everything you've done.
Bethlehem Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Read more Through my sessions with Lora I’ve been able to stop doubting myself and my capabilities. My life has changed drastically for the better through her teachings and spot-on feedback. I started seeing Lora because I was going through a tough breakup and not only were we able to acknowledge the toxicity of that relationship, we were also able to tackle my productivity issues at work and I have since completely turned my career around. I feel as though I’ve been running with a ton of weight on my shoulders and Lora was able to guide me on how to liberate myself from all of these burdens and run freely! Thank you Lora, don’t know where I’d be without ya!
Bethlehem Feb 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Read more I worked with Christiana for nearly four years in a clinical setting. In our agency, she was known as a compassionate counselor and was very sought-after by clients because of her caring nature and ability to hold clients accountable when needed. Her solid clinical skills made her a colleague I could always count on for solid feedback and a very thorough way of addressing client needs. She was able to look at clinical issues from multiple perspectives and with a real sense of fairness and respect for the client. Christiana is a rare find in this field!
Bethlehem Jul 2019
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★★★★★
Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Read more Throughout my first job I have had a lot of stress. Christiana has helped me battle through my mental obstacles and become a better human being.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Read more I've known Camille Mackey many years and she has always cared for/helped people. She is a wonderful and very compassionate therapist. I feel very comfortable talking to her.
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Read more Christiana is great! She is easy to talk to , ask the right questions to help me figure out how to get through my difficult time with my anxiety. I would recommend her to anyone looking for someone to just talk to or to help get through tough times!
Bethlehem Mar 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethlehem is located off of Linden St, just north of Bethlehem Memorial Park. We currently share a building with Our Serenity Therapeutic Massage, and our office is neighbored by Purevon. The closest bus stop is Easton at Jennings, and parking is available in our parking lot at the front of the building. If you have trouble finding our office, please reach out to us! We'll be happy to provide specific instructions.

Phone number

(484) 246-8486

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
  • Mandarin
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