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9,721 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in California in the last year

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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?

We’ve all seen the same story play out in a romantic comedy: two people meet, fall in love, have a misunderstanding, resolve that misunderstanding, and live happily ever after. But anyone who’s experienced the real-life pains and joys of a relationship knows that misunderstandings don’t always resolve themselves so easily.

Relationships are built over days, weeks, months, and years. They take time to cultivate and grow, and that process can often leave you or your partner feeling emotionally drained and vulnerable.

Despite the time and energy you put into your relationship, you and your partner might find that you simply aren’t seeing eye to eye. Perhaps you disagree over little things, like whose turn it is to cook or walk the dog. Or, maybe you’re dealing with a bigger concern such as a life-altering illness or financial troubles.

Whatever is going on in your relationship, seeing a licensed relationship therapist or counselor can provide insights and techniques that revive, repair, or reinforce your relationship. Our licensed marriage and family therapists at Thriveworks in Fairfield, CA, are eager to help you and your partner resolve conflict and improve your relationship. Call our office today to get started.

Reasons to Visit a Couples Therapist

When some people hear the words “couples therapy,” their minds automatically turn to infidelity. But therapy for couples and spouses covers a wide range of topics that affect the couple as a unit and as individuals.

Here are a few of the reasons our clients decide to work with a mental health professional:

  • Improving communication
  • Parenting styles
  • Child behavioral problems
  • Divorce and separation
  • Financial concerns
  • Life planning
  • Physical and mental illnesses
  • Blended families
  • Conflict resolution
  • Loss and grief
  • Shared or separate trauma
  • Physical, mental, and emotional abuse
  • Issues with intimacy
  • Differing political or religious views
  • Long-distance relationships
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation

Many of our clients find that couples counseling improves their relationships and helps them grow closer to their partner. If you want to work with a couples therapist or counselor, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA, today.

What Can Couples Counseling Teach Us?

Marriage and family therapy is designed to help you and your spouse or partner resolve conflict through dialogue and active listening. While your exact form of treatment may vary depending on your needs and wants, all relationship-based therapy or counseling focuses on creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for you and your partner.

Your therapist or counselor might introduce therapeutic techniques such as journaling, extended gazing or hand-holding, role reversals, and other practices that ask you and your partner to engage with each other. Your therapist might also practice different kinds of therapy such as family therapy, talk therapy, or narrative therapy. The Gottman Method — which focuses on conflict resolution, empathy, respectfulness, and other traits — may also be used.

Many couples also complete out-of-session assignments together. This “homework” might include participating in a shared hobby, exercising together, or setting up specific times to talk about concerns. These assignments can help you integrate things you learn about during your sessions into your life, or they could help prompt discussions in future sessions.

No matter where you’re at in your relationship, working with a counselor or therapist from Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA, can help you solve your problems and grow closer as a couple. Consider reaching out to our office to set up your first appointment,

Meet With a Licensed Marriage and Couples Counselor in Fairfield, CA

If you’re facing a difficult situation with your partner or simply want to strengthen your bond, consider scheduling an appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CA. Our licensed mental health professionals can set up a compassionate space for you to work through any difficulties you’re facing together.

We offer weekday, weekend, and evening sessions to help you find a time that will work for both of your schedules. If scheduling a time where you can both come to an office is difficult, we also offer convenient online appointments over the phone or video chat. Online sessions can be an excellent option for busy couples or people in a long-distance relationship.

Some of our new clients can see a couples therapist or counselor within just 24-48 hours. We also offer a flexible cancellation policy; you can reschedule at a more convenient time whenever you need to.

Beyond world-class therapists and counselors, we also provide Q&A support for your therapy-related questions, access to counselors between sessions via email and phone, and a counselor-moderated community discussion forum. These resources can help you make progress between sessions.

Working with a counselor or therapist could be the first step toward a happier and healthier relationship. Call our office at Thriveworks in Fairfield, CA, today to set up your first appointment.

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 California therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Fairfield is located in Highland Corporate Center on Hilborn Rd. There are several car dealerships nearby including Fairfield Subaru and Fairfield Chevrolet.

Phone number

(203) 433-6647

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