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2,717 people sought couples & marriage counseling help at Columbia 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?

All relationships face highs and lows, both positive and negative spells – and yours, though unique, does, too. The place you and your partner inhabit emotionally is most likely not where you started, nor is it written in stone for your future. Take a moment to consider how the health of your relationship might improve with couples therapy.

Are you like Maggie and Chris? They married young, right out of college, and it wasn’t long before they began to question their commitment to each other. Maggie still wanted to see what life could offer her as an independent, single young woman, while Chris wanted to travel the world. Wanderlust led to resentment in just three years of marriage for the college sweethearts. Or perhaps your story resembles that of John and Liz, who simply stared at each other over the dinner table, unsure what to do after their last son moved away to college. They hardly knew each other after twenty years of raising kids; both were overwhelmed at starting a new phase of their life together. (803) 477-3736

Couples Counselors in Columbia, SC

It’s possible you more closely identify with the attraction of opposites in Tiffany and Brian’s home. While both are dedicated parents, their child-rearing philosophies come from different schools of parenting. Brian was expected to wear a collared shirt to dinner, while Tiffany never had a curfew, growing up. Now that their daughter is a rebellious 16 year-old, they’re finding it difficult to reach common ground, given their opposing approaches.

How satisfying is the current state of your relationship? In some cases, couples come to us seeking professional guidance for specific situations—problems getting along, infidelity, parenting, trust issues. In others, couples choose to see a therapist because they feel the relationship is incomplete, or missing something. Sometimes, they come because they want more of a connection and greater intimacy.

Nothing great was ever accomplished without hard work. If the thought of discussing the personal details of your relationship drains your energy or causes anxiety, you’re perfectly normal. With some of our clients, one partner is ready for therapy and the other apprehensive; however, we’ve learned through years of field experience that making a commitment to change is, by far, most effective and fruitful when guided by a professional.

We’re ready when you are. Making an appointment is your first assignment. So, why Thriveworks couples therapy in Columbia? Our couples and marriage therapists assess the needs and goals of both partners and the relationship by listening to your story first. A licensed couples counselor will offer you new tools to use as you navigate through your specific concerns to land in a place of resolution and understanding. Without telling you what decisions to make, our couples and marriage therapists facilitate conversation to expand your sense of self, including your family history and unique relationship dynamics. That’s how real change happens.

“Change doesn’t happen overnight, but we believe it can be achieved sooner and with more promising results when it happens within the support system of counseling. Thriveworks therapists specialize in a variety of strategies to get to the root of your particular challenge.”

Get to know us

Thriveworks Couples Counseling in Columbia, SC helps couples improve the quality of their relationships. Our marriage therapists in Columbia, SC can help you improve your relationship, overcome past hurts, and set a course for a healthier future – together. Whether you’re looking for marriage therapy in Columbia, SC, marriage therapy in Lexington, SC or marriage therapy in Irmo, SC – we can help! Take the first step toward healing your marriage or relationship today!

A Space to Be Yourself

A sense of safety and transparency are requirements for couples therapy to be successful, so Thriveworks couples and marriage therapy in Columbia, SC provides a safe and easy environment to talk through the positives and negatives of your situation.  We understand that it may not be an easy task to make time in your busy schedule. Our couples therapists are available during day, evening, and weekend office hours. And getting relationship help may be more affordable than you thought. We accept most major insurance plans, too. 

Call us today to schedule your appointment at Thriveworks Couples Counseling in Columbia, SC.  With no waiting list for an appointment, there’s never been a better time to improve your relationship.  (803) 477-3736

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 Columbia therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue of South Carolina Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located on Executive Pointe Blvd off of Bush River Rd, just northwest of Interstate 20 on the north side of the Saluda River. Our building is neighbored by The Steele Law Firm; S.C. Press Association; and Thomas, Watson & Company. The closest bus stop is Bush Woodland WB. If you have trouble finding our office or have any questions about how to get here, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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(803) 573-9453

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