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12,775 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in Colorado 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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Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +7 more

Seeking to bring a depth of understanding to the profound journey of self-discovery, I extend an inclusive invitation to embrace and explore all emoti... Seeking to bring a depth of understanding to the profound journey of self-discovery, I extend an inclusive invitation to embrace and explore all emotions. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Sex Therapy, Women’s Issues, +7 more

I am dedicated to creating a safe and affirming space for individuals on their journey toward holistic well-being.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Military / Veteran, Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, +14 more

As a working mother, I understand the multitude of challenges women currently face on a daily basis.

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What is your go-to approach for couples/marriage counseling?

Kayla: My go-to approach for helping people in couples/marriage counseling are Gottman-based approaches. Gottman maps it out beautifully, starting at the foundational skills and working up to conflict resolution and appreciation.

Samantha: My go-to approach for couples/marriage counseling combines Gestalt and ACT. I find the best benefit in this blend because it addresses both emotional insight and behavioral change. Gestalt's focus on present-moment awareness complements ACT's emphasis on mindfulness and values clarification. This integrated approach fosters self-awareness, mindfulness, and alignment with shared values, leading to deeper connection and lasting change in the relationship.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

Kayla: I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • Learning to listen: This seems easy, but individuals can often get in their own heads rather than attempting to see the other person's side of the story
  • Love maps: This is a great tool to reconnect with your partner and learn to be friends again

Samantha: I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • Effective Communication Skills: Teaching couples techniques for active listening, using "I" statements, and expressing emotions constructively to enhance understanding and reduce conflict.
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies: Providing strategies for managing disagreements, negotiating compromises, and finding win-win solutions to conflicts that arise within the relationship.
  • Emotional Regulation Techniques: Teaching couples how to identify and regulate their emotions in heated moments, including deep breathing exercises, mindfulness practices, and grounding techniques.
  • Couples Dialogue: Introducing structured communication exercises such as the Imago Dialogue or the Gottman-Rapoport Intervention to help couples engage in productive, empathetic conversations and deepen their connection.
  • Attachment Exploration: Exploring attachment styles and patterns within the relationship to understand how past experiences may be influencing current dynamics, fostering empathy and promoting secure attachment.
  • Values Clarification: Assisting couples in identifying and articulating their individual values and shared goals, helping them align their actions with their values to create a more fulfilling relationship.
  • Behavioral Change Strategies: Collaborating with couples to set actionable goals for behavior change, using principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to promote committed action towards building a stronger relationship.
  • Love Banking: Introducing the concept of "love banking," where couples consciously invest in positive interactions and expressions of love and appreciation to build emotional reserves and strengthen their bond.
  • Emotional Ego: Exploring the concept of emotional ego and its impact on relationship dynamics, helping couples recognize and manage their own and their partner's emotional triggers and vulnerabilities.
  • Homework Assignments: Providing couples with structured activities or reflections to complete between sessions, reinforcing learning and encouraging ongoing practice of new skills and strategies.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling?How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling?

Kayla: I know a couple is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling when a couple shows more appreciation in sessions through words and nonverbals such as light touching.

Samantha: I know couples are making meaningful progress in counseling when they demonstrate the following:

  • Improved Communication: The couple shows an enhanced ability to communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully with each other, even during difficult conversations or conflicts.
  • Increased Empathy and Understanding: Both partners demonstrate a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, feelings, and needs, leading to greater empathy and compassion within the relationship.
  • Effective Conflict Resolution: The couple employs constructive conflict resolution strategies, such as active listening, compromise, and problem-solving, resulting in the resolution of conflicts with less hostility and more understanding.
  • Enhanced Emotional Connection: There is a noticeable increase in emotional intimacy and connection between the partners, characterized by more frequent expressions of affection, support, and appreciation.
  • Alignment with Shared Values and Goals: The couple demonstrates alignment with their shared values and goals, making joint decisions that reflect their mutual aspirations and priorities for the relationship.
  • Behavioral Changes: Both partners actively engage in implementing behavioral changes and practicing new skills learned in counseling, demonstrating a commitment to personal growth and relationship improvement.
  • Increased Relationship Satisfaction: The couple reports higher levels of relationship satisfaction and overall happiness, indicating that they feel more fulfilled and content in their partnership.
  • Resilience in the Face of Challenges: The couple exhibits greater resilience and adaptability in navigating challenges and setbacks, demonstrating the ability to bounce back from difficult situations with strengthened trust and connection.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement couples/marriage counseling?

Kayla: Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling by doing things they did at the beginning of their relationship to identify why they first got together.

Samantha: Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling with going to individual therapy and practicing mindfulness in order to recognize their own emotional triggers. Additionally couples should engage in activities together, such as date nights, shared hobbies, or attending relationship workshops or retreats: any opportunities for bonding, communication, and creating positive memories.

What should someone do to prepare for starting couples/marriage counseling?

Kayla: To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, you can write down a few issues in the relationship, ranked from the most impactful to the least impactful, to better identify a priority list for yourself and the counselor.

Samantha: To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, reflect on your relationship goals, gather relevant information, and coordinate schedules with your partner. Approach the process with openness, honesty, and a willingness to be vulnerable. Manage expectations and understand that progress takes time. Keep in mind the counselor is not going to take sides or keep secrets from the other partner.

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.

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 Colorado Springs therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | GHI BMP

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado Medicare Advantage

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Colorado | PPO - HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Colorado Springs
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

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Colorado Springs can be found off of Mark Dabling Blvd at the end of the Pike's Peak Research Center, just past Adobe Hospice. Our building is located just west of Pulpit Rock Park, and we share a building with Helix Semiconductors, First Affirmative Financial, SocialSEO, and others. The closest bus stop to us is 5510 N Nevada. 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

(719) 257-7199

Languages spoken by CO providers

  • English
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