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1,743 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in Iowa 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?

Think back to how you felt when your relationship was new. Can you remember feeling excited and enamored, with the anticipation of your next date building up to a boiling point? Frequent calls, texts, or emails were exchanged relentlessly until you saw each other again. Maybe small favors or big surprises kept you on your toes and eager for more of one another.

For many people, those thrilling experiences and emotions tend to fade as relationships progress. This is not always a bad thing, as things like stability replace surprise, comfort replaces mystery, and love replaces infatuation. But sometimes, the comfort of a relationship may turn to complacency, and you and your partner forget to care for your relationship along with yourselves and your family.

Long-term relationships require plenty of nurturing and attention and should be tended to regularly to continue growing in a happy, healthy environment. However, even all of the nurturing in the world doesn’t change the fact that relationships all have ups and downs, and it won’t be sunshine and rainbows all of the time.

If your relationship feels stuck, neglected, or has taken a dramatic turn for the worse, consider working with a couples counselor or therapist at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA. One of our licensed marriage and family therapists can help you sort through the specific issues that are bothering you and help you find ways to strengthen your relationship.

Why Do Couples Pursue Relationship Counseling?

Your relationship doesn’t have to be falling apart for you to benefit from marriage and family therapy. A couples therapist can help mediate disagreements and resolve conflict, but they can also help you create clear lines of communication and strengthen your connection to one another.

Some common reasons people seek out couples counseling include the following:

  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication difficulties
  • Mental health issues
  • Trust issues or jealousy
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce or separation
  • Behavioral problems in children
  • Differing parenting styles
  • Stress outside of the relationship
  • Premarital counseling
  • Blending families
  • Financial issues or disagreements

If you and your partner are struggling with any of these challenges or other issues, a mental health professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA, can help you clear the air. You can schedule your first therapy session online or call our helpful scheduling team for more assistance.

What Are the Benefits of Couples Counseling?

Many couples find that couples counseling resolves their immediate issues and improves their relationships and mental health in the long term. Over several therapy sessions, you and your partner will gain valuable skills and tools that can be used to maintain a positive, healthy relationship in the long run and may even extend to other parts of your life.

When you begin couples counseling with a licensed marriage and family therapist, you’ll begin by learning how to actively listen and understand one another on a deeper, more meaningful level. Understanding and empathizing with your partner leads to more efficient problem solving and conflict resolution, reducing friction and discord in your relationship. You can use these skills throughout your relationship to prevent problems before they even arise.

Couples therapy can provide powerful tools to help build and maintain quality relationships in all areas of your life. These skills may also help improve your relationships with other family members, enhance your connection with friends, and work more efficiently with coworkers. When your personal and professional relationships feel stable and healthy, this often leads to a general sense of wellbeing and contentment.

The mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA, have helped couples from many walks of life overcome difficult life challenges, process grief together, and restore their relationships with respect and compassion. If you’re ready to take the next step in improving your relationship, consider reaching out to our office today.

Booking Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA

At Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA, we know that maintaining a loving, healthy relationship can be a lot of work. That’s why we make it easy and convenient to get the support you need in helping your relationship thrive. We accept many insurance plans and also offer the following benefits to all of our clients:

  • Online counseling opportunities
  • Weekend and evening appointments
  • Email and phone access to providers between sessions
  • Counselor-moderated community discussion boards
  • Exclusive online video content
  • Flexible cancellations

If you are struggling in your relationship, a counselor at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA, can show you and your partner how to get back on track. Relationships aren’t meant to be easy, but you know yours is worth the journey. Couples counseling can provide the boost you need to find your way back to one another and regain control of your relationship. You can thrive together – Thriveworks can help.

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 Iowa therapists and counselors accept 19 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Midlands Choice

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Oscar Health

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Iowa City is located off Hwy 1 West between Mormon Trek Blvd and Westport Plz. Our office is located in the same parking lot as Proctor and Gamble, Napa Auto Parts and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

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(319) 600-6837

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