Birmingham Marriage Counseling

Marriage Counseling in Birmingham, MI—Detroit Marriage Counselors

The first date. Laughing. Holding hands. The first kiss. Popping the question. The vows and “I dos.” The romantic getaway. The first argument. The dead air. The ever-growing walls of resentment …

Does this progression sound familiar? You start out in a marriage so excited to spend your life with the person you’ve fallen in love with, but something happens along the way, and your soulmate becomes your arch-nemesis.

The reality is that many soon-to-be spouses enter into a “Till death do us part” contract without really understanding the commitment and communication necessary for overcoming the myriad of obstacles that litter the road of marital bliss. Seemingly insignificant disagreements grow into fights. Never getting resolved, the sour into resentful feelings, and resolution seems impossible.

Voices raise. Doors slam. Emotional boxing matches leave everyone in rough shape.

Physical attraction is great, and is often the inciting factor in a romantic relationship. But in order for the relationship to be healthy and potentially life-long, you’re going to need a stronger foundation than infatuation.

Reciprocated appreciation and respect, collaboration, open communication — these are just a few of the crucial ingredients necessary for a long and satisfying marriage, no matter what your background is. You can’t close your eyes and feel it out. It takes intention. It takes awareness and understanding.

Who Can Benefit from Thriveworks Birmingham Marriage Counseling?

You love your spouse — you really do — but you can’t imagine things lasting if things keep up the way they are. And you’re right. But you stay together for the sake of your children or out of fear of social embarrassment. You and your spouse can barely consider yourselves friends anymore. You’ve not been unfaithful, but don’t really see how that would make any difference. How could possibly this feel any worse?

You take turns either falling asleep with tears drying on your cheeks or not really sleeping at all. A brief argument in the morning over a household issue sends the both of you off to work stewing and giving too much attention to perceived emotional wounds. Restitution doesn’t even cross your mind.

Does any of this sound in any way familiar? Not exactly the milk and roses you were promised.

Discontent in marriage can come from many places. Some common sources of marital tension include:

  • Chronic financial struggles
  • Failing health
  • Infidelity, whether emotional or physical
  • Struggling to have children
  • Complications with kids, in-laws or other family members
  • Loss of steady income by one or both spouses
  • A recent move
  • Psychological issues
  • Substance abuse

Your problems might be recent or they could be ages old. The duration doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you understand that many couples have gone through what you’re going through now; periods of unhappiness are certain in a marriage. Many couples, however, have sought out a counselor for help (individually or as a couple) and are ever-grateful for doing so.

If you’re interested in putting your marriage back together, that’s a great sign. You have to want it for it to happen. You also have to believe it can happen. Acknowledge that you need help, and immediately go find it. If you’re in the Detroit area looking for marriage counseling, consider finding this help at Thriveworks Birmingham.

Can My Marriage Get Better? How?

If you’re having a hard time believing that the potential for things to get better exists, do not be alarmed. Your inability to see the path to a better relationship is likely linked to the reason why things are so off-center anyway.

The trained counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Birmingham marriage counseling in Oakland County have not only have the combined benefit of experience and an objective point-of-view, they’ve also accrued a number of techniques and practices that have been proven, when implemented, to dramatically reshape relationships.

A few beginning steps that you will take at Thriveworks Birmingham marriage counseling:

  • Acknowledging the imperfections within your relationship
  • Acknowledging that neither spouse is without fault or flaw
  • Recognizing that help is needed in order for things to change and improve
  • Learning how to communicate more effectively
  • Active listening techniques
  • Anger management
  • Teamwork techniques
  • Being more intentional about including one another in decisions, however small
  • Increasing the frequency and quality of the time you spend together

The above list might seem like a tall order. You might think you and your spouse don’t have what it takes. That’s a totally understandable (and expected) way for you to feel. You’re in a behavioral pattern that you don’t know how to break out of. A professional, experienced counselor, however, can help you identify repeat responses and other possible approaches. Figuring that out on your own is nearly impossible. Let us help you create a new climate in your home.

Thriveworks Birmingham Marriage Counselors in Oakland County Can Help

The couples and marriage counselors at Thriveworks Birmingham Counseling and coaching, just outside of Detroit, are experts in the field. Many have been featured by trusted news publications and media outlets such as Mashable, CNN, The Boston Globe, NBC, Bleacher Report, Cult of Mac, Counseling Today, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling and many more. Let our experienced clinicians put their skills to the task of revolutionizing your marriage.

Call us today, and we can get you an appointment this week, if not within 24 hours. We operate on a strict “zero waiting list” policy: we pick up when you call (no matter the day or time), and will make sure to get you with a clinician who can meet your needs when you need them met — not weeks after playing phone tag.

But perhaps you’re hesitating to call. For the sake of your happiness and the happiness of those around you, please do call. You and your spouse deserve to give your relationship a real chance. Remember back when you first got married and how exciting that time was. Times have changed, but you’re still the same people you were then, just more knowledgeable and experienced. Your problems won’t fix themselves, and deciding to end the marriage often only makes matters worse.

Most insurance providers accepted!”

Thriveworks Birmingham marriage counselors near Detroit, MI have the skills and experience to help you heal — you just have to want to heal. Let’s work together to restore unity in your home.

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

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People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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    Beverly Hills, MI 48025

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