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5,456 people sought couples therapy help at Durham in the last year

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As a woman of color with a background in trauma, I understand that when people face trauma and loss, it can feel like their lives are coming undone.

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

My approach to couples/marriage counseling is to create a safe and supportive environment where both partners feel heard and understood. I use a variety of techniques to help couples identify and address underlying issues and patterns that contribute to relationship difficulties. My approach is collaborative, empathetic, and solution-focused, striving to empower couples to overcome challenges and build a fulfilling and resilient relationship.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • Communication skills – building an understanding of how to accurately convey a message to your partner to improve mutual understanding.
  • Conflict resolution – finding a way for two or more parties to reach a peaceful resolution.
  • Emotional and physical intimacy – improving feelings of closeness, sharing personal feelings, and personal validation.
  • Alignment – gaining clarity on mutual goals and aspirations.

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

I know when a couple is making progress when they are able to navigate challenges more effectively, strengthen their bond, and cultivate a more fulfilling and satisfying relationship.

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

To supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling, clients can create a weekly or monthly family meeting. During this meeting, they can discuss their feelings about their relationship, any patterns they've noticed in the previous weeks, upcoming events, and common goals they would like to achieve. This is a great way to keep the lines of communication open and work together towards a stronger and healthier relationship.

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

To prepare for your first couples or marriage counseling session, you can take the following steps:1. Reflect on goals and concerns: Take some time to reflect individually and as a couple on what you hope to achieve through counseling. 2. Clarify expectations: Have an open and honest discussion with your partner about what you both expect from counseling. Discuss your hopes, fears, and any reservations you may have. 3. Be open-minded: Approach counseling with an open mind and a willingness to explore new perspectives and strategies. 4. Commit to the process: Recognize that couples/marriage counseling requires time, effort, and commitment from both partners. 5. Practice empathy and communication: Make an effort to practice empathy and active listening in your interactions with your partner. 6. Manage expectations: Understand that counseling is not a quick fix and that progress may take time. Be patient with yourselves and each other as you work through challenges and setbacks.7. Consider individual therapy: In some cases, individual therapy alongside couples counseling can be beneficial, especially if there are underlying personal issues or traumas that need to be addressed.8. Take care of yourselves: Prioritize self-care and maintain a healthy balance in your life outside of counseling. By taking these steps to prepare for couples/marriage counseling, you can lay a strong foundation for a successful therapeutic journey and meaningful growth in your relationship.

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.

Need more help deciding?

Disagreements can take a toll on your relationship, but even the closest couples will have them throughout the years. Despite relationship issues being common, though, those who experience them can attest to the fact that they’re not any less stressful.

If you and your spouse or partner are struggling to resolve your differences, seeking help from Thriveworks Counseling in Durham, NC may be the answer. Our counselors and psychologists can facilitate discussion in a sensitive and respectful environment that enables you to come to an agreement and move forward positively with your relationship.

The Common Relationship Issues

Did you know that many couples disagree about the same types of things? While each pair’s circumstances are unique, there are often common themes when it comes to relationship struggles. These often include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Disagreeing about how to raise children
  • Arguing about finances and one another’s spending or saving habits
  • Feeling unhappy about a partner’s job loss or tendency to overwork
  • Having a different outlook on the future
  • Worrying about the possibility of infidelity
  • Struggling to get along with a partner’s extended family or friends.

Enduring the Ups and Downs

Of course, every relationship will have its ups and downs throughout the years. You’ll be going along just fine and an issue will pop up that throws a monkey wrench in your happiness.

This is normal, and often you’ll fix the issue together and move ahead. But, if you’re feeling like you’re starting to experience more of the “downs” than the “ups” it may be a good time to seek outside support in the form of couples counseling.

Reluctance to Seek Help

Often, partners hesitate to seek couples therapy. They might disagree about one issue but otherwise have a strong bond with each other. If this sounds like you, don’t let that problem fester until it makes everything else feel bad! Seeking guidance and support from trained couples therapists in Durham can help you come to an agreement and move ahead together, stronger than ever.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you and your spouse are considering couples therapy to address a matter. Your future happiness may depend on it, and our counselors and psychologists would be honored to facilitate your resolution.

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 Durham therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Durham
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

4.8 Thriveworks Durham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Read more Mindi Perry has extensive education, experience, techniques, etc. Mindi was my supervisor a few years ago. She would help me as we did Family Therapy and I was learning from her. I never left a session without being amazed. She cares deeply for the well-being of others, she does not judge, and she is the best listener I have ever met! She is truly authentic and genuine which is why you will feel completely at ease within moments of meeting her. She’s kind and funny but not at anyone’s expense. Simply put, she’s just a great human. You will be glad you have her in your corner.
Durham Nov 2021
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★★★★★
I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Read more I worked with Abena Bediako as a Victim Advocate when she was the contract CIT clinician at our local police department. She is very knowledgeable in every aspect of therapy and crisis intervention. She is tremendously receptive to your needs and ideas, and always provides great insights when problem solving. Abena is very easy to work with and always encouraged my creativity in developing community outreach projects that addressed the needs of special populations within our community. Abena is a wonderful person to work with and makes you comfortable in addressing problems by encouraging you to be part of the solution.
Durham Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Read more Madina has been so helpful to me in working through anxiety! She’s very straightforward, and has allowed me to see patterns that have really impacted how I’m living in the world, and to start to challenge them. I can honestly say that I have changed more in the year I’ve been seeing her than in decades of previous therapy experiences. She is an exceptional mental health professional!
Durham Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Read more Anthony has been the most helpful counselor I’ve met. I’d definitely refer friends and family to him.
Durham Dec 2019
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★★★★★
Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Read more Dr. Lundy proved to be everything I had heard about her abilities to connect, relate and counsel individuals who had been broken during life's journey. She maintained her professionalism throughout our sessions even when I was a total wreck. She was a Godsend and I thank her for all she has done to help me.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Read more I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and have had the pleasure of working alongside Giles Christman. Giles is an outstanding therapist, which his clients can attest to- but what I'd like to provide feedback on is what clients don't see. Giles goes above and beyond to identify resources for each client's need(s), including assisting the client in overcoming any barriers in accessing those resources. Giles exemplifies a holistic, compassionate therapist- I highly recommend him to assist you on your wellness journey.
Durham Sep 2019
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★★★★★
I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Read more I have been speaking with Dulcie for a few months now and i have found her advice and coaching to be extremely helpful. Since I have started working with Dulcie i have found myself to be able to identify situations and reasonably work through them in a better manner. I would recommend her services to anyone in need of life guidance.
Durham Jul 2019
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★★★★★
"Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Read more "Dr. Dee" listened and helped me through what I felt was the most difficult time in my life...divorce. Her guidance and words of encouragement inspired me to continue to be strong and move forward. Thanks for much Dr. Dee!
Durham Jul 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Durham is located off Fayetteville Road, in the Sutton Station shopping center, next to Regional Pediatrics. We currently share a building with Nantucket Grill and Bela Trio Day Spa. Parking is located in front of the building and around the complex.

Phone number

(919) 642-4903

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
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