Image of a therapist and client in a counseling session.

1,231 people sought marriage counseling help at Germantown in the last year

Discover how starting marriage counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Meet with a provider as soon as this week

1 therapist available at Germantown
View all Germantown providers

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS, +20 more
Coping Skills, Infidelity, Self Esteem, Stress, Career, +4 more

As a young woman of color, I have a broad range of experiences that can contribute to building a strong connection with clients.

Starting Marriage counseling

What is Marriage counseling?

Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy and relationship counseling, helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. Thriveworks marriage counseling in Germantown, MD 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 Marriage counseling include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

How does Marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling 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 marriage counseling 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 Marriage counseling conducted in person or online?

Marriage 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 Marriage counseling last?

On average, couples attend marriage counseling for 12 weeks. However, 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. Marriage counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Germantown, MD work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

When two people join together as one through marriage, they promise to love one another through everything—yes, everything.  The thing is, marriage isn’t always a walk in the park. Conflict is inevitable, whether they are dealing with a crisis or a conflict that is preventing them from communicating or maintaining intimacy, couples counseling can help.

The statistics for divorce are daunting.  However, divorce is not the only option for couples who are struggling.  Many couples are learning new and healthier ways to relate, and they are working with a marriage or couples therapist to do so. Each issue—big and small—can be explored with the help of a professional therapist who can help couples navigate the ups and downs.

The counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Germantown know that marriages can get shaky.  They work to help you get your marriage back on track. Consider working with a marriage therapist at Thriveworks Germantown in Montgomery today.

Who Needs Marriage Therapy?

With life gets busy, it’s easy to put your marriage on the back burner.  The kids have soccer practice, work is overwhelming, and your book club meets tomorrow (you haven’t even read this week’s chapter yet).  With so much going on, issues can arise, and you might fail to address them which can cause these issues to grow in severity.  Some of the most common issues married couples experience include:

  • Communication problems
  • Unsettled or destructive arguments
  • Parenting frictions and challenges
  • Jealousy
  • Painful pasts (prior to marriage)
  • Adultery/Infidelity
  • Overloaded schedules/consistent high stress
  • Uncertainty about the future

Do any of these conflicts sound familiar? A marriage therapist can help. Remember: marriage therapy and couples counseling do not constitute shame. Many couples choose to seek this kind of support to create and maintain the best possible relationship.

How Can Marriage Counseling Help?

Marriage counseling can help couples in many ways.  No two couples are the same, and different plans of action are established for each couple in their pursuit toward a happier, healthier relationship.  Marriage counseling can help facilitate that process of growth.  A few ways counselors at Thriveworks Germantown facilitate that process include:

  • Providing neutral space for dialogue. When couples are passionate over an issue they are discussing, it can escalate quickly.  A neutral space for discussion can allow for the issue itself to take priority.
  • Setting expectations and timelines for change. Some issues need to be handled sooner than others.  How do people set the boundaries for urgent and less urgent issues?  Counselors at Thriveworks Germantown can guide the change process.
  • Identifying toxic patterns. John Gottman completed a study on marriage longevity.  He used four indicators to determine whether a marriage was headed for divorce.  They are contempt, stonewalling, defensiveness, and criticism.  These are toxic patterns of relating that can be identified and replaced with healthier patterns.
  • Developing conflict resolution skills. If toxic patterns have infiltrated a relationship, each partner may need to learn new ways of relating to one another.  At Thriveworks, we have experienced counselors that can lead couples through exercises that teach them how to attack the issue, instead of each other.

This last example is a staple of something called the Gottman Method. The Gottman Method is a specific approach to couples therapy, which focuses on helping couples develop these conflict resolution skills as well as better understand each individual’s needs, work through existing conflicts, and grow their admiration for each other. This approach to couples therapy proves to be an effective strategy for many couples, as it helps to strengthen the entire foundation. If you’re interested in this type of care, just let us know when you call to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to set you up with one of our marriage therapists who has Level 1 Training in the Gottman Method.

Call Thriveworks Germantown in Montgomery County for Marriage Help Today

Marriage is a lifelong, up and down, beautiful commitment.  It’s the joining together of two people through love.  When two lives become one, conflict is bound to happen.  We want you to receive the assistance and healing your marriage needs.

At Thriveworks Germantown, we have a “no waiting list” policy and new clients can have their first appointment within 24 hours.  We want to help you, and we’re ready.  We accept most insurance plans and offer flexible hours, with evening and weekend availability.

If you are ready to take a step toward a healthier marriage, call Thriveworks Germantown in Montgomery County today at (240) 949-6808.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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 Germantown therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

Show more
Self-pay costs at Germantown
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 Germantown reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
It's extremely difficult to confront yourself and take steps to change especially when you feel "comfortable" doing what you have been doing for sometime even, if your actions have resulted in symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Shani knows how to see past the obvious and get to the core of the issue empowering you to work through tough emotions. Shani does so in a very reassuring manner and calming tone. It's challenging work but Shani's knowledge of CBT techniques have delivered great results and relief from anxiety and depression.
Read more It's extremely difficult to confront yourself and take steps to change especially when you feel "comfortable" doing what you have been doing for sometime even, if your actions have resulted in symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Shani knows how to see past the obvious and get to the core of the issue empowering you to work through tough emotions. Shani does so in a very reassuring manner and calming tone. It's challenging work but Shani's knowledge of CBT techniques have delivered great results and relief from anxiety and depression.
Germantown Nov 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
My wife and I have been having counseling sessions online (due to COVID) in Germantown. We counsel and get couples therapy from Janet Hawkins Pope. She is a well experienced and excellent counselor. We are very pleased with her. My wife and I highly recommend her not just for couples but for any type of counseling. The counseling sessions and the engagement has been very helpful to us and my family during these tough times.
Read more My wife and I have been having counseling sessions online (due to COVID) in Germantown. We counsel and get couples therapy from Janet Hawkins Pope. She is a well experienced and excellent counselor. We are very pleased with her. My wife and I highly recommend her not just for couples but for any type of counseling. The counseling sessions and the engagement has been very helpful to us and my family during these tough times.
Germantown Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I signed up with Thriveworks at the recommendation of my daughter. We have been thrown quite a few challenges the past few years and especially in recent months. On my first session with Janet I felt a warmth and a connection that usually takes much longer to achieve. She is open and friendly, encouraging and offers guidance. I find that I look forward to our sessions and reflect back on them as well. The additional resources that Janet has provided have been invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone having a tough time these days should reach out to Thriveworks Germantown.
Read more I signed up with Thriveworks at the recommendation of my daughter. We have been thrown quite a few challenges the past few years and especially in recent months. On my first session with Janet I felt a warmth and a connection that usually takes much longer to achieve. She is open and friendly, encouraging and offers guidance. I find that I look forward to our sessions and reflect back on them as well. The additional resources that Janet has provided have been invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone having a tough time these days should reach out to Thriveworks Germantown.
Germantown Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I started seeing Janet in February of this year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The counseling she’s provided me has helped me tremendously in all aspects of my life including my marriage. Janet has played a big part of the growth in our marriage. Thank you Janet!!
Read more I started seeing Janet in February of this year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The counseling she’s provided me has helped me tremendously in all aspects of my life including my marriage. Janet has played a big part of the growth in our marriage. Thank you Janet!!
Germantown Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Janet is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! She is extremely flexible and easy to reach. I look forward to speaking with her and have surely benefited from it. I have, and will continue to recommend Thriveworks and specifically Janet! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in for our benefit. I highly recommend Janet's services!
Read more Janet is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! She is extremely flexible and easy to reach. I look forward to speaking with her and have surely benefited from it. I have, and will continue to recommend Thriveworks and specifically Janet! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in for our benefit. I highly recommend Janet's services!
Germantown Sep 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Janet in our couples counseling. She has helped us improve our communication, problem-solve reoccurring problems and empowered us to work together as a team!
Read more My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Janet in our couples counseling. She has helped us improve our communication, problem-solve reoccurring problems and empowered us to work together as a team!
Germantown Aug 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I had a few issues that I wanted to talk through, and Janet Hawkins Pope was a good ear and offered sage advice. I only needed four sessions, but that helped me find peace of mind and clarity on the issues that were bothering me. Thank you, Janet!
Read more I had a few issues that I wanted to talk through, and Janet Hawkins Pope was a good ear and offered sage advice. I only needed four sessions, but that helped me find peace of mind and clarity on the issues that were bothering me. Thank you, Janet!
Germantown Aug 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Thriveworks offers convenient virtual appointments without having to schedule weeks in advance. Janet has provided tools and guidance to help improve communication between my husband and I which has strengthened our relationship. I truly appreciate the work she continues to do with us.
Read more Thriveworks offers convenient virtual appointments without having to schedule weeks in advance. Janet has provided tools and guidance to help improve communication between my husband and I which has strengthened our relationship. I truly appreciate the work she continues to do with us.
Germantown Aug 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

6 photos

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Germantown is located in Executive Park Circle on Executive Park Ct. To find our building, turn either left or right (depending on your direction) into Executive Park Cir. from Wisteria Dr., and turn at the third cross street. Our building is across the street from Germantown Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and Seneca Dental Care, and shared by Potomac Nephrology, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Wisteria Dr. & 17941.

Phone number

(240) 266-9148

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Shown in ET

Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm

Shown in ET