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Starting Couples & marriage counseling

What is couples & marriage counseling?

Couples therapy and marriage counseling, also known as relationship counseling, helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. Some examples of common focuses within couples therapy and marriage counseling include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

What type of therapy is used in couples therapy?

The types of therapy used in couples and marriage counseling include:

  • The Gottman Method
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Emotionally-focused therapy (EFT)
  • Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)
  • Strength-based therapy

What kind of therapist is best for couples?

At Thriveworks, Couples & marriage counseling is led by licensed professionals — often licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs) — who are experts in their field and best-equipped to help couples.

What is the Gottman Method of couples therapy?

The Gottman Method of couples therapy is a research-supported approach designed to enhance relationships by bolstering the bond between partners, resolving conflicts, and fostering shared meaning in their relationship through comprehensive assessments and tailored interventions that improve communication, trust, and the overall health of the partnership.

How to tell if I need couples therapy?

If you’re facing persistent relationship problems, communication breakdowns, or unresolved conflicts that are impacting your emotional well-being and happiness, Couples & marriage counseling may be beneficial for you.

Should every couple go to couples therapy?

While marriage and couple’s counseling is typically recommended for couples who are experiencing persistent or severe relationship issues, any relationship can benefit from attending these sessions.

Is couples & marriage counseling conducted in person or online?

Marriage and couples 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 couples & marriage counseling last?

On average, couples attend marriage and couples counseling for 12 weeks. However, couples & 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.

How much does couples & marriage counseling cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

Throughout your life, you’ll have many types of relationships. Your relationship with your parents and family, bonds with good friends, associations with acquaintances and coworkers, and the list could go on! Many of the relationships you form in your life can bring nurturing and joy, pique your interest, or feed your mind and imagination. But few relationships will bring you as much intimate connection and love as the relationship you have with your partner or spouse.

A close romantic relationship can inspire you, lift you up, and give you a safe space where you can be yourself and feel deeply loved. When your relationship is strong, happy, and healthy, you may feel that you could conquer the world together. But if your relationship is breaking down, at a standstill, or even going up in flames, it can feel like your whole world is crumbling.

All relationships go through rough patches sometimes and none are without their fair share of challenges. Even the most perfectly matched couples disagree from time to time, and conflict can arise over seemingly small issues. But if you and your partner are arguing often or feel like your relationship is at a crossroads, it’s okay to ask for help and pursue counseling with a couples therapist or counselor.

Couples counseling can help you resolve a wide variety of issues that may be testing the strength of your relationship. Whether you’re facing a major complication like infidelity, a tough life transition, or simply having a hard time communicating lately, a licensed marriage and family therapist at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL can help you work through your differences and reconnect.

What Are Common Reasons Couples Seek Out Relationship Counseling?

Relationships require effort, plenty of patience, and lots of nurturing. Even with all the right components, problems may still arise. Couples counseling can help you smooth over the rocky parts of your relationship and highlight the components that make it stronger.

Some common reasons couples seek couples therapy include:

  • A breakdown in communication
  • Jealousy or trust issues
  • Major life changes
  • Child behavioral issues
  • Mental health problems
  • Divorce or separation
  • Intimacy issues or sexual dissatisfaction
  • Conflict resolution
  • Financial, religious, or political disagreements

There are many ways couples therapy can improve your relationship, whether it is fixing what is broken, restoring what has been lost, or taking the next big step in your journey together. Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL can connect you with an experienced couples therapist and guide you through the peaks and valleys of your partnership.

Benefits and Takeaways of Couples Counseling

Marriage and couples therapy is not only for couples in crisis. It also helps couples overcome short-term issues, resolve conflict, and improve their relationships significantly over time.

Therapy sessions will lead you to understand each other on a deep, meaningful level and show you how to effectively communicate your thoughts, emotions, and desires. This understanding can build (or rebuild) a solid partnership based on mutual respect and help you peacefully resolve any future issues that arise.

Some of the ways couples therapy can improve your relationship include:

  • Restoring trust and respect for one another
  • Building strong communication and active listening skills
  • Identifying underlying issues and resolving them
  • Learning how to solve problems and navigate conflict
  • Facilitating a safe space for open expression
  • Improving mental health and stability
  • Restoring your “spark” or heightening intimacy

Couples counseling can also indirectly improve other relationships in your life. The communication skills you learn during therapy sessions can help you convey ideas and connect more effectively with coworkers and improve your performance at work. Many clients find that therapy also helps them work out the kinks in their family relationships and restore damaged friendships.

If you and your partner are looking for a way to revive your relationship or work through a difficult life experience, a couples therapist or counselor at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL can show you where to begin. You can book your first appointment online or by calling our friendly scheduling staff for more information on how to get started.

Book a Couples Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL

You and your partner both deserve to feel loved, respected, and understood. At Thriveworks, our couples counselors can help you forge and maintain that meaningful bond.

Thriveworks makes it easy to schedule couples therapy sessions and offers appointments that work around your busy schedules. Appointments are available seven days a week, even in the evenings, and we also make cancellations a breeze.

We also provide online counseling opportunities for those days when your schedules just don’t match up and make in-person visits impossible. You can choose to snuggle up on the couch and connect with your therapist by phone or video chat. Our moderated discussion boards also give you the opportunity to connect with other couples, share your concerns, and find helpful advice.

If you’re ready to take the next step in bettering your relationship, consider pursuing relationship counseling with a licensed therapist at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL. We’re ready to provide the support you need to thrive together.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
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Our Birmingham therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama | 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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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Birmingham is located at 400 Office Park Dr Suite 308, Birmingham, AL 35233, off of US Hwy 280.

Phone number

(205) 729-7554

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