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8,796 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in Illinois 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?

The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote, “It is not a lack of love but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Love can sometimes be a one-trick pony, but genuine friendship demands mutual respect and understanding. Maybe the greatest marriages and intimate relationships have both friendship and passionate love in equal measure. But both friends and lovers have falling outs from time to time. Fortunately, there’s a way to talk through differences in a safe, nonjudgmental environment.

Licensed relationship counseling at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL can facilitate deep, honest, and sincere conversation about the things that matter most to an intimate couple. Thriveworks marriage and family therapists use compassion, expertise, and gentle guidance to explore difficulties and strengthen existing bonds. All kinds of diverse couples seek marriage counseling to work through issues both minor and major. Marriage and family therapy can tackle acute problems, but it can also be a way of maintaining what’s already working well. Every couple is unique, and treated as such at Thriveworks. 

What Is Couples Counseling? How Does It Work?

Couples counseling can utilize different approaches based on the client’s unique goals and the therapist’s best clinical judgment. The mental health providers at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL who specialize in helping couples might use any of the following methods:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Collaborative couples therapies
  • Emotionally focused therapy (EFT)
  • Person-centered therapy
  • Strength-based therapy 
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Gottman method (pioneered by John Gottman)
  • Substance abuse or addiction counseling
  • Structural family therapy
  • Depression counseling
  • Anxiety therapy
  • Mindfulness

These therapies often have similar aims, to uncover deeper truths about what partners are feeling and to find areas of compatibility, not conflict.

Does Couples Counseling Really Work?

If both partners are ready and willing to put the effort in, they will most likely be satisfied with the results of couples counseling. First of all, it’s usually brief, accomplishing the couples’ goals in 12 sessions or fewer. Second, it’s focused on solutions. The therapists at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL start by finding out what each partner wants from therapy. Goals can run the gamut, but here are some common examples:

  • To resolve conflicts
  • To work through unique relationship issues 
  • To reduce household tension 
  • To stop repeating the same argument 
  • To establish healthy boundaries
  • To manage anger
  • To improve rapport
  • To express sexuality 
  • To confront alcohol abuse or addiction
  • To heal after infidelity
  • To identify individual mental health conditions that are affecting the relationship
  • To process trauma together
  • To grieve and cope with loss together
  • To manage life transitions
  • To cope with empty nest syndrome 
  • To support each other through infertility
  • To ultimately improve their relationship

Partners don’t always have the same goals, but a skilled therapist can help find overlap and make sure everyone’s needs are heard and met. 

What Are Standard Couples Therapy Exercises?

There are a lot of inventive ways to conduct sessions in marital therapy, including games and exercises. For examples, therapists at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL can assign “homework” like the following:

  • State of the union meetings, where couples meet routinely to talk about their relationship
  • Wishlists, where couples write down their individual needs
  • Regular gratitude, where couples are told to express appreciation for each other
  • Love letters, where couples write letters to each other to remember why they connected

What Should I Look for in a Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor?

The great benefits of couples therapy can only be accrued with a qualified counselor. You need to check a few basic boxes before you select the person you and your partner want to work with. For example:

  1. The therapist should offer affordable rates. (At Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL, providers accept most health insurance plans and offer competitive self-pay rates.)
  2. The therapist should have experience treating couples similar to you. (Thriveworks therapists treat a broad range of couples from diverse ethnic, gender, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.)
  3. The therapist should facilitate sessions that are comfortable and convenient. (Thriveworks relationship counselors can hold sessions in-person at the modern office in Hoffman Estates, or meet with clients virtually, through secure online counseling sessions.)

Strengthen Intimate Bonds with Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL

Marriage counseling is a way for couples to learn how to see issues from each other’s perspectives. The lessons learned in therapy with a skilled therapist can endure for a lifetime. They can even be passed down to children through the modeling of healthy communication skills, effective boundaries, and more. 

Schedule your session quickly and easily online — or call us for matching assistance, if you’d prefer. You can look forward to the following benefits:

  • Meet with your therapist quickly and easily via video — or, meet with them in person
  • Get affordable mental health care covered by insurance
  • Experience therapy that works — get evidence-based therapy from expert relationship counselors

We look forward to helping you and your loved one!

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 Hoffman Estates therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners IPA

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Kane County

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | HMO - Essential Health Partners Silver Cross

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois BCBS | PPO

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois- Telepsych

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Choice Care (Humana)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Hoffman Estates, IL is located off of W Higgins Rd. We currently share a building with Quest Diagnostics and Bedrose Pediatrics, and East Branch Poplar Creek runs on the backside.

Phone number

(224) 267-9477

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