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45,738 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

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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?

Relationship issues, while highly stressful, aren’t uncommon amongst married couples. Counseling can be vital in resolving your issues, so we suggest seeking the help of a Thriveworks in Brookline, MA marriage counselor or couples therapist as soon as possible. After all, partners who choose to seek help earlier on are more likely to overcome their differences than those who wait until even small issues turn into much bigger problems.

Weathering the Highs and Lows Together in Marriage Counseling

Even the most committed couples will have highs and lows over the years. Despite the fact that you’re in love, it’s unreasonable to expect you’ll always agree on everything. Sometimes you’ll be able to resolve your differences together, but at other times you might feel stuck, like you’re unable to work through them. You know what’s bothering you, but not how to fix it. If this sounds like what you’re currently going through, Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA marriage therapy might be a great idea. “Any couple can benefit from marriage counseling,” says Corey Bisceglia-Kane, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at our Brookline office. “Couples often seek counseling to improve communication or get out of longstanding negative patterns or when experiencing a life transition (marriage, children, new living environment, new job).”

Quite often, couples will put off seeking help because they’ve been able to work things out together in the past. They might also only be bothered by one problem in an otherwise great relationship and think their issues aren’t bad enough to require therapy. Unfortunately, if left unresolved, even small issues can start to make great relationships feel bad, so why delay any longer? The support of a couples therapist can really help get you back on track.

Common Relationship Issues Discussed in Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling

Do you feel like you’re the only couple experiencing your particular issue, or that you must be the only husband or wife who feels the way you do? It’s not unusual to think like this, and you may be surprised at the recurring themes that often trouble many couples.

Have you found yourselves disagreeing over any of the following matters?

  • Fighting about how to spend or save money
  • Disagreeing about how to raise kids
  • Not communicating effectively with one another
  • Struggling with intimacy issues
  • Worrying about a partner who works too much.

Or, is what’s troubling you something completely different? A professional at Thriveworks in Brookline, MA couples counseling may not have dealt with your particular set of circumstances before, but their wealth of wisdom and expertise can help address your concerns in a safe, positive and non-judgmental way, whatever you’re facing.

How Brookline, MA Marital Therapists Can Help

In a survey conducted by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, more than 93% of American couples who attend therapy reported feeling it was effective in helping them move forward in their relationships, leaving them better equipped to deal with any issues that may occur the future. “Marriage counseling offers a space for couples to talk about their relationship issue,” Bisceglia-Kane explains. “Each person is given a chance to share their perspective and the goal is to have each participant feel better heard and understood by the other. Many relationship challenges are often a result of miscommunication or misunderstanding so this is an opportunity to work towards increasing understanding of the other person. The Gottman Method is often utilized to teach couples how to improve their satisfaction in the relationship and ways to better handle conflict when it arises.”

Furthermore, of those surveyed, 97% of couples said they considered attending counseling a success. With such great odds, might marriage counseling or couples therapy be worthwhile for you and your spouse?

When Divorce is the Best Choice

Occasionally, despite making efforts to address their issues, couples find that their relationship has broken down beyond repair. While no one says, “I do” expecting that one day they might get divorced, the fact is that separations happen.

Some sources are quick to mention that 50% of American marriages end in divorce, which can be discouraging for those who are working to improve their relationship or are contemplating leaving it. Don’t let these types of statistics get you down, though. This statistic has actually remained constant for about 30 years now; what has changed is our willingness to be open about relationship issues and divorce. Lately, we’re more willing to admit when things aren’t working, or feel empowered to leave a relationship if that’s the healthiest option.

Could divorce be on the cards for you and your spouse? If so, you may still want to consider working with a marriage therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA. We can help facilitate healthy discussion during this difficult time, working to end your marriage in as respectful and positive a manner as possible. This is excellent if you’ll be co-parenting children, as it will make future interactions easier. Alternatively, you may be in counseling with the intention of giving your marriage another try, and realize that divorce is actually the right answer. We can provide pragmatic, sensitive support to aid you in moving on as individuals in a way that aims to minimize contention.

Whether you’re looking to restore happiness to your bond or would like to move on from your marriage, we can provide direction and guidance to help you on your journey.

Connect with Thriveworks in Brookline, MA Marriage Counselors

Remember, couples that enter therapy or counseling earlier to address their issues have a far higher success rate of working things out. If you feel you and your husband or wife could benefit from some new tools to improve your happiness and communication, connect with us at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA couples counseling and marriage therapy.

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 Brookline therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Brookline
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 Brookline reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Read more Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Brookline Dec 2020
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★★★★★
My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Read more My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Brookline Oct 2018
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★★★★★
Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Read more Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Brookline Jul 2018
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★★★★★
We are off to a good start.
Brookline Jun 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Brookline is at the corner of St Paul Street and Beacon Street. We are across the street from the Public Library of Brookline, and next to Mass General Brigham Urgent Care.

Phone number

(617) 958-5912

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Farsi
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