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1,965 people sought couples & marriage counseling help at Charlottesville 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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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?

Every relationship goes through good and bad seasons. There might be months at a time where you feel completely happy and fulfilled in your relationship. Then, suddenly something changes. And in the next few months that follow, you feel unhappy and unfulfilled, instead.

It’s normal to experience these ups and downs. There are many factors that can impact the state of your relationship on any given day. For example, relationship issues like poor communication and disagreements in parenting can throw you off. On the other hand, stress at work or in other areas of life can negatively affect your relationship with your partner or spouse, too.

Remember that these moments of turbulence are normal. And follow this recognition with the proper action steps. If you are experiencing problems in your relationship that you haven’t been able to resolve with your partner, consider talking to a couples therapist or marriage counselor. Similarly, if your relationship feels off and you aren’t sure why, consider talking to a professional. 

There are many reasons to talk to a mental health professional. If you think you could find value in talking to a professional who specializes in relationships, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Charlottesville, VA. We can set you up with a couples therapist or marriage counselor right away.

Reasons to Seek Out Relationship Counseling

As we just stated, there are many reasons to talk to a therapist. On the other hand, there aren’t many reasons not to. If you think your relationship could benefit even slightly from the guidance and support of a relationship professional, schedule an appointment.

Let’s talk about some of those reasons people decide to talk to a couples or marriage counselor. A big reason is they are encountering major problems in their relationship and they haven’t been able to resolve them successfully. For example, common relationship issues are:

  • A dissatisfied sex life
  • Financial challenges
  • Differing styles of parenting
  • Opposing views (such as, politically)
  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity

If you and your partner have encountered any of these issues, couples therapy can help you work through them properly. Now, couples therapy isn’t just for those who have serious problems they haven’t been able to resolve. It’s also for those who…

  1. Are going through a tough time together. For example, they are grieving the loss of a loved one.
  2. Would like to be proactive in preparing their relationship for potential challenges in the future.
  3. Want to improve a weaker area of their relationship. For example, they’d like to improve their communication.

Thriveworks Counseling is happy to help any couple willing to devote their time and energy to therapy.

How Do Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling Work?

Couples therapy and marriage counseling focus on helping couples improve their relationships. As with most forms of therapy, your therapist will want to get to know you before they offer a plan for treatment. 

Your couples counselor might ask to have a session or two with you and your partner separately, so that they can assess your individual needs and goals. This, combined with a session or two together, will help them best understand what your relationship needs.

Then, they will likely pull from different types of therapy and therapeutic techniques, including:

  • The Gottman Method, as developed by John Gottman
  • Emotionally focused therapy
  • Solution focused therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

Your Thriveworks couples therapist will always have your best interest in mind. They’re there to help you through difficult conversations, improve your problem-solving skills, and maintain a happy, healthy relationship with your partner or spouse.

Schedule Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Charlottesville, VA

If your relationship is in trouble or you’d simply like to improve it, consider scheduling an appointment for couples therapy or marriage counseling. Our couples counselors can help couples who have been dating for a few months, couples who have been married for 50 years, and every couple in between.

To get scheduled with a relationship counselor at Thriveworks in Charlottesville, VA, just call our office. Our scheduling team is here to help you find a convenient appointment time that works for both you and your partner’s schedules. 

We look forward to hearing from you and helping you soon. 

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 Charlottesville therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • 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

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My therapist is absolutely awesome. Doris is thoughtful and caring, and focused on my needs. She remembers practically everything we’ve discussed about my issues, my history, members of my family, and of course the therapeutic issues we have discussed. Her ability to know me and make a meaningful connection is comforting and productive.
Read more My therapist is absolutely awesome. Doris is thoughtful and caring, and focused on my needs. She remembers practically everything we’ve discussed about my issues, my history, members of my family, and of course the therapeutic issues we have discussed. Her ability to know me and make a meaningful connection is comforting and productive.
Robert Feb 2024 verified review

Where to find us

Getting here

We share a building with Charlottesville Title Agency, Wilkinson Wealth Management, and the office of Martin Wren, personal injury lawyer. Our building is at the intersection of Locust Ave and E High St. There is also a USPS Collection Box at this location. On either sides of the street is Children Youth and Family Services and CFA Institute.

Phone number

(434) 443-6493

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