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656 people sought couples & marriage counseling help at Joliet 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.

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The philosopher Lao-Tzu once stated, “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Strength and courage are definitely traits that you need in large amounts if you want to make your intimate relationship work. You also need a host of other qualities, like persistence, patience, and compassion. And that’s because love is challenging, especially over the course of many years. Love requires maintenance and perseverance. It also requires great skill and wisdom. You have to be understanding of your partner, but you also have to understand yourself. 

The licensed couples therapists and marriage counselors at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL are trained to help couples get the most out of their partnerships. They might be licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), psychologists, counselors, or social workers. Their job is to help improve relationships through honest feedback, healthy behaviors, and effective communication. Whether you’re a married couple, a couple who’s thinking about marriage, long-term partners, or past partners who are coparenting, relationship counseling at Thriveworks might be the avenue for problem solving that you’ve been looking for. 

Uninsured residents of Joliet can access Thriveworks’ mental health services here, while residents with insurance can schedule an appointment here (where any out-of-pocket expenses will be covered).

Why Is Relationship Therapy Important?

Relationship therapy is important to help couples deal with crises, problems, and life transitions, but it’s also important just for relationship maintenance. When partners feel ignored or undervalued, relationships can suffer. When partners have a hard time speaking up about their own needs, relationships can suffer. When couples mistreat each other, or cheat on each other, or don’t spend enough time together, fissures can begin to appear. There are countless occurrences that can weaken relationships, and they don’t all have to come from the outside. Sometimes the deepest problems come from within, as when someone doesn’t feel that they can be their true self in a relationship.

Couples counselors at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL can help couples address all of these issues and more. Sometimes people need a kind, compassionate ear to help them work through their problems. Sometimes they need professional insights into what’s really going on beneath the conflicts and the confusion. Marriage therapists can act as arbiters, mediators, guides, supporters, and cheerleaders, depending on what’s needed in a specific relationship. Their key objective is to help couples achieve their own goals.

Does Couples Counseling Really Work?

Most couples who try a few licensed marriage and family therapy sessions to address their problems leave counseling with enhanced relationship satisfaction. They might seek marriage counseling for help with a single issue, and after a dozen sessions or so walk away with extensive knowledge about the following topics in relationships:

  • Healthy boundaries
  • Anger management
  • Emotional regulation
  • Positive coping skills
  • Rapport building
  • Intimacy
  • Conflict de-escalation
  • Alcohol abuse or addiction recovery
  • Infertility issues
  • Parenting or blended family issues
  • Trauma
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Grief and loss

Exceptional marriage counselors always seek to learn more about their clients, but they also important useful information that can be applied to oneself and often to all one’s close relationships, not just romantic ones.

What Is It Like to Go to Couples Therapy?

Couples therapists at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL work with couples at their own pace, meeting them where they are, so couples therapy isn’t the same for everyone. In time, you might increase your understanding of your relationship issues through discussion of real life elements like the following:

  • Financial concerns
  • Sexual expectations
  • Attachment styles
  • Traumatic backgrounds
  • Parenting philosophies
  • Financial goals
  • Mental health conditions
  • Individual values
  • Underlying beliefs

Professional counselors can use a variety of approaches to help couples achieve their goals, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), emotionally focused therapy, the Gottman method (pioneered by John Gottman), collaborative couples therapies, and a variety of couples exercises and games that can help break the ice during in-person therapy or online couples therapy. 

Achieve Your Relationship Goals with Couples Therapy at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL

The licensed couples counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Joliet, IL are available to help new clients with their relationships needs. 

Great therapy is never a one-size-fits-all solution. Counselors need to tailor their approach to each individual, couple, and family who walk through their door. At Thriveworks, you and your partner will receive individualized treatment that will directly address your issues and help resolve your problems. You and your partner can find ways to reconnect and be real with each other through counseling at Thriveworks. We look forward to helping you.

Uninsured residents can access Thriveworks’ mental health services here, while residents with insurance can schedule an appointment here (where any out-of-pocket expenses will be covered).

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 Joliet 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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Hear from our clients

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I had 6 or 7 sessions with Nancy Fredricks. A lovely lady. However, I had to end my sessions with her. I started becasue I was going through a depression,which was not normal for me. I had never had councelling on my own before. I'd had marriage councelling, but never individual councelling. Nancy did not ask a lot of questions or offer much in the way of practical solutions. Also, Nancy spends a lot of time scratching her head. I'm not sure what her condition is, but it is very distracting to watch during a therapy session. I'm not saying that talking to Nancy didn't help me. But it was not offering enough of a value that I would continue on with it. I wish her a lot of success in the future.
Read more I had 6 or 7 sessions with Nancy Fredricks. A lovely lady. However, I had to end my sessions with her. I started becasue I was going through a depression,which was not normal for me. I had never had councelling on my own before. I'd had marriage councelling, but never individual councelling. Nancy did not ask a lot of questions or offer much in the way of practical solutions. Also, Nancy spends a lot of time scratching her head. I'm not sure what her condition is, but it is very distracting to watch during a therapy session. I'm not saying that talking to Nancy didn't help me. But it was not offering enough of a value that I would continue on with it. I wish her a lot of success in the future.
Linda Jan 2024
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Absolutely unbelievable..I would never on my life have thought that the therapist needs a therapist for her own issues with dealing with people and client feedback. I'm very disappointed with nancy Frederick. She is no where qualified to act as a financial advisor or medical doctor and give unprofessional and non solicited advice.
Read more Absolutely unbelievable..I would never on my life have thought that the therapist needs a therapist for her own issues with dealing with people and client feedback. I'm very disappointed with nancy Frederick. She is no where qualified to act as a financial advisor or medical doctor and give unprofessional and non solicited advice.
Anthony Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I'm so grateful for your help with my son's situation.. he is doing very well. He is happy after every appointment, he feels different and his mind is changing. I don't have the words to say thank you for everything...
Read more I'm so grateful for your help with my son's situation.. he is doing very well. He is happy after every appointment, he feels different and his mind is changing. I don't have the words to say thank you for everything...
Julian Jan 2024
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Joliet is located on Essington Rd., in the Silver Cross Professional Building. This building is right near Rock Run Trail.

Phone number

(779) 243-5677

Languages spoken by IL providers

  • English
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