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3,707 people sought couples therapy help at Boston in the last year

Discover how starting therapy with a couples can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Good news! We have 38 therapists in Massachusetts available for an online or in-person session.

Starting Couples therapy

What is couples therapy?

Thriveworks Couples therapy helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. It 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 couples therapy include:

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

How does couples therapy work?

Couples therapy 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 couples therapy 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 couples therapy conducted in person or online?

Couples therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does couples therapy last?

On average, couples attend couples therapy for 12 weeks. However, couples therapy may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples’ needs, the challenges they’d like to work through, and the pace of their progress.

Need more help deciding?

Relationships are not easy. Anyone who has been in a relationship for any amount of time will probably agree. But sometimes, it’s harder than it should be. The fighting, the screaming, the slammed doors, the loneliness, the isolation; these things do not need to be part of your relationship. All couples go through difficult times, but when there is more sadness and anger than there is happiness and peace, something needs to change. You and your partner deserve to work on your relationship and explore the possibility of a better life.

Couples counselors and psychologists at Thriveworks Boston can help you and your partner determine what problems exist in your relationship. This is not always an easy first task. Each person sees every disagreement differently. Agreeing on the problems that need work will take time. If you reside in the greater Boston area, an experienced counselor can help you with this important undertaking. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (617) 671-1264.

Do We Need Couples Counseling?

There are many reasons why couples experience difficulties. These can be caused by a number of different situations and circumstances. Some of these may include:

  • Infidelity
  • Addictions
  • Loss of job
  • Death in the family
  • Trouble with children
  • Financial problems
  • Extended family dynamics
  • Theological or religious differences
  • Difficult or opposite work schedules
  • Anger issues
  • Personality differences
  • Psychological or medical problems

After reading this list, you may feel disappointed because your specific issue was not addressed. This does not mean that you will not benefit from couples counseling. In fact, some of the most difficult problems in relationships are so complex, it is difficult to put them into words. The problems in your marriage or relationship may have been festering for years or even decades. The difficulties in your marriage may seem like part of the very essence of your relationship. It may be difficult for you to imagine any other way of interacting with your partner.

Perhaps when you read the list above, your issue immediately popped out. You felt such relief that you could put your thoughts into words. You may not be able to convince your partner that your relationship needs work. You feel lonely and isolated even though you share a bed with another human. Perhaps the issue that you and your spouse are working through is so huge, you feel there is no way to get past it. Without serious work and effort on your relationship, this is probably true. But with real time and energy spent together as a couple, you may be able to move into new, happier places that you only dreamed possible.

How Can Couples Counseling Help Us?

An educated and trained couples counselor will help you and your partner identify your most pressing issues, and then help develop a plan of action. There are many different techniques that a skilled therapist can employ to help you improve your relationship. Some of these methods may include:

  • Identifying problem areas
  • Improving communication techniques
  • Resolving past issues and hurts
  • Developing and practicing healthy communication patterns
  • Identifying underlying psychological problems
  • Treating mental health issues
  • Working on addiction problems
  • Creating mutual respect
  • Journaling and sharing thoughts and feelings
  • Creating opportunities for focused and intentional family time
  • Fostering intimacy

Usually, a blend of methods and techniques will be needed to help a couple work through long standing issues. Changing unhealthy patterns of behavior is not easy, but it is possible. A skilled therapist will not be shocked by whatever issues you and your spouse bring to the office. We are understanding and skilled professionals. At Thriveworks Boston, our licensed, experienced couples counselors have both the patience and the clinical tools to help you and your partner.

You and your spouse may have discussed your problems with all of your friends and relatives. Or perhaps you and your partner seem like “the perfect couple” and no one knows what you have been experiencing. Even if you have shared your issues with every one you know, there is no comparison to the skilled and calm environment of a trained therapist’s office. It is a neutral zone where problems and fears can be openly and honestly shared.

Schedule a Couples Counseling Appointment at Thriveworks Boston

Thriveworks counselors and psychologists are leaders in their field. We are very selective in choosing our therapists and find those with the best talent and experience. We pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list for appointments. We have appointments available immediately, usually within 24 hours. We respect that you and your partner have not come to the decision to contact us lightly, and we want to be available to you when we are needed most. We are simply a phone call or message away.

Perhaps you have looked at this page many, many times. You have tried and tried to convince your spouse that your marriage needs help. Perhaps you are considering walking out the door, leaving your relationship and never coming back. Maybe you are staying “just for the kids.” You deserve more. Your partner deserves more. You owe it to your relationship to work as hard as possible as a couple and see what can happen.

Our doors are always open and our phones are always on. We would be honored to walk with you on this journey of healing. Call Thriveworks Boston couples counselors at (617) 671-1264 and get your relationship back on track.

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 Boston therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Boston
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

4.7 Learn about verified reviews
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For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Read more For the past year my mental, emotional and physical health has been restored. By God's providence, I connected with a psychiatric nurse practitioner at your agency. She skillfully assessed my situation and quickly prescribed much needed medication. I was at an all time low. Because of her expertise, compassion, and support, my life was renewed. So incredibly grateful to have my life back again.
Lillian Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Read more I have had a wonderful experience using Thriveworks. The website is easy to use and getting into the Zoom meeting is seamless
Erynn Feb 2024
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★★★☆☆
It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Read more It was very difficult getting my account up. I believe that happens because when we initially signed up i made the account but it’s under my spouse insurance. After fixing the problem my not his account reflects our current therapy sessions. We get emails and text but when we sign into the thrivework accounts we can’t see the billing cycle to pay or see out upcoming session. Neither one of our accounts display update and current account information. And we have called a few times to get it right and it’s not working . My therapist and agency is splendid
Isoke Feb 2024
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★★★★★
My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Read more My limited time speaking with Marissa has been very help full. She has been very attentive to my needs.
Gary Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Read more I had the pleasure of working with Francesca about a year ago. Francesca is a versatile, and imaginative clinician. She takes an individual approach to every client and their situation. Her commitment to your growth and healing is of paramount importance to her. You'll be in great hands with her!
Boston Jan 2020
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★★★★★
As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Read more As a former colleague of Francesca Bjork's, when we worked together as educators of young children, I can highly recommend her as an insightful, caring, and knowledgeable counselor. She always seems able to pinpoint the crux of a matter, and help her clients (and coworkers) find the best path. In more than a few instances, when I was faced with a difficult situation, she was always willing to help in any way she could, whether as an ear to listen, an advocate, or a problem-solver. I am glad that she has found a base at Thriveworks, and is able to use her talent to help others.
Boston Nov 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Boston is located at the corner of Emerson Place and Blossom Street, inside the Emerson Place Apartments building. We are located on the opposite side of Route 3 from the Charles River and Lederman Park. Across the street, on the opposite side of Blossom Street, you will find the Mass General Hospital complex.

Phone number

(617) 397-3951

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Urdu
  • English
  • Creole
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