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1,382 people sought couples therapy help at Cambridge in the last year

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

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Good news! We have 53 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.

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Did you wake up bleary eyed from another late night fight?
Do you dread hearing your spouse come home from work?
Do you spend meals eating in silence?
Does your life remind you of a bad reality show?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, perhaps you and your partner could benefit from couples counseling. Problems in a relationship can seem to pop up out of nowhere. With other couples, problems can actually define the essence of the relationship.

Oftentimes, small disagreements occur and couples can move past them quickly and easily. However, other times these same disagreements keep coming up, day after day, week after week, month after month. No matter how many times you discuss them with your spouse, you cannot come to a compromise. Couples counseling can help you and your partner work through this problem and come to a workable mediation for both members.

In some relationships, both people feel a consistent lack of respect and lack of joy. There is no element of fun and no spontaneity. You started out feeling light and happy with this person, and now you cannot remember why you even stay together. You have been with this person for so long, you cannot imagine your life any other way, even though are know there are many problems in your relationship. Couples Counseling with a skilled caring counselor or psychologist can help you find the happiness that you had on your first date.

Why Do Couples Go To Counseling?

There is no reason to feel shame in making the decision to pursue counseling as a couple. In fact, it can signal a level of respect for the relationship in choosing to spend time working on it together. A skilled counselor can recognize a true commitment to changing unhealthy behaviors and patterns of interaction.

Problems in a relationship can arise from many different causes. These may include:

  • Financial problems
  • Loss of job
  • Selling a home
  • Life transition such as retirement or unemployment
  • Difficulty with children
  • Serious medical problems
  • Death of a loved one
  • Emotional or psychological problems
  • Addictions
  • Infidelity
  • Lack of trust
  • Miscommunication

Help is available for whatever the cause of the problems in your relationship.

Perhaps one of the issues on the list immediately resonated with you. Or possibly you cannot identify one single problem, but you know your relationship needs help. You may be hesitant to address your concerns with your spouse or partner. In the safe environment of a counselor’s office, it can be easier to discuss your worries.

Feeling unhappy in a relationship can be very lonely and troubling. Going to sleep angry, or even alone in the bed, can be very painful and difficult. You may have to deal with a great deal of anger and resentment in your home, yet go to work every day and act as if everything is fine. This cycle can be exhausting and overwhelming, but it can change.

How Can We Change Our Relationship?

Couples counseling can help teach you and your partner new ways of interacting. Breaking unhealthy habits of behavior and communication can be very difficult, but possible. The first step in any change process is acknowledging the need for assistance. From that point, a counselor can help facilitate a new way of interacting and working together as a couple.

Some of these methods of change may include:

  • Identifying problems
  • Recognizing the most important problems for each partner
  • Creating safe boundaries for discussion
  • Teaching active listening
  • Establishing honest and clear communication
  • Creating trust
  • Healing painful hurts from the past
  • Establishing or fostering intimacy
  • Dealing with addictions, medical problems, and psychological issues

This list may seem entirely overwhelming. Negative patterns of behavior are not easy to change, especially when trying to do so alone. You may desperately desire to change your unhealthy behaviors, or you are unsure whether your relationship can be saved. A Thriveworks counselor can help you and your partner identify what problems need addressed immediately, and can create a plan of action in creating the type of relationship you either used to have, or have always wanted.

Thriveworks Cambridge Couples Counselors, Psychologists Are Here To Help

Thriveworks Cambridge Counselors are prepared to take on the problems that you and your partner are experiencing, whether big or small. You do not have to walk through this alone. We have licensed experts in the field of Couples counseling that can help you and your partner identify the source of your problems. Our trained and licensed marriage counselors are experts in their field. Our counselors have been featured in many reputable news outlets and publications, such as The Cambridge Globe, Counseling Today, Psychiatric Times, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and many others.

We can help you create the relationship that you deserve. Whatever the source of the issues in your relationship, both partners deserve to have respect and happiness, whether together or apart. Discovering the best path for the future of your relationship would be our honor. We have the skills to help you develop new, healthy ways to deal with these problems.

Maybe it seems like a dream to be happy in your relationship. Maybe you remember a time when seeing your partner made you smile, instead of feel anxious. Maybe you have searched for help many times, or this is the first time you have really admitted to yourself that you need help. We are here for you, in whatever situation you find yourself.

We do not have a waitlist and we have appointments available immediately. Thriveworks Cambridge Couples Counselors can help you and your partner create the healthy, loving, and respectful relationship that you both desire.

Contact us to schedule your first session at 617-553-4653.

Cambridge Locations

Thriveworks Boston Counseling and Psychotherapy
872 Massachusetts Ave, Ste 2-2
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-395-5806

You can also request an appointment online:

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Thriveworks Counseling
929 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 103
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-553-4653

You can also request an appointment online:

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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 Cambridge therapists and counselors accept 26 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 Cambridge
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

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All the people of thrive works have been great my doctor is awesome Dr. Lal
Anthony Dec 2023
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I am so pleased with my decision to see Rebecca at ThriveWorks in Cambridge. She is compassionate and understanding, but also pushes me to feel confident I can make changes in my life that are needed most. I feel so supported. Feeling grateful that I took a leap to try Rebecca!
Read more I am so pleased with my decision to see Rebecca at ThriveWorks in Cambridge. She is compassionate and understanding, but also pushes me to feel confident I can make changes in my life that are needed most. I feel so supported. Feeling grateful that I took a leap to try Rebecca!
Cambridge May 2022
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Rebecca Rodriquez is a true professional. I have found her to be trustworthy and truly helpful. She demonstrates kindness, compassion and strong clinical knowledge in her therapeutic approach. I highly recommend her to all. She has been extremely helpful to me.
Read more Rebecca Rodriquez is a true professional. I have found her to be trustworthy and truly helpful. She demonstrates kindness, compassion and strong clinical knowledge in her therapeutic approach. I highly recommend her to all. She has been extremely helpful to me.
Cambridge Apr 2022
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I have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Rodrigues for a long time. She is a thoughtful professional, mindful clinician and highly respectful to her clients.
Read more I have had the opportunity to work with Rebecca Rodrigues for a long time. She is a thoughtful professional, mindful clinician and highly respectful to her clients.
Cambridge Apr 2022
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Arielle has been an incredible help in my life and I can’t thank her enough for it!
Cambridge Jun 2021
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I've had the pleasure of working with Alicia at her previous job. She is an incredible clinician who's knowledge, leadership, and compassionate made her an excellent supervisor and therapist.
Read more I've had the pleasure of working with Alicia at her previous job. She is an incredible clinician who's knowledge, leadership, and compassionate made her an excellent supervisor and therapist.
Cambridge Jan 2020
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I had been unable to make an appointment with a therapist for a long time. Everyone had a three month waiting list. I took a chance and made an appointment here. I love Hannah, she’s excellent, and I’m glad I found Thriveworks. It’s too soon for me to weigh in on the additional services Thriveworks offers but it seems good!
Read more I had been unable to make an appointment with a therapist for a long time. Everyone had a three month waiting list. I took a chance and made an appointment here. I love Hannah, she’s excellent, and I’m glad I found Thriveworks. It’s too soon for me to weigh in on the additional services Thriveworks offers but it seems good!
Cambridge Nov 2018
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Hannah Fulkerson has been a great help in creating a dialogue between myself and my wife. Thank you.
Read more Hannah Fulkerson has been a great help in creating a dialogue between myself and my wife. Thank you.
Cambridge Aug 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cambridge is located off of Massachusetts Ave, on the north side of the Charles River. Our office is in the Cambridge Tower next to Apollo Travel and Tours, Tanjore, and Cambridge Premier Realty. The closest bus stop is Massachusetts Ave opp Lee St. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Phone number

(617) 380-4651

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Creole
  • French
  • Japanese
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