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Genevieve Wicks

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What is your go-to approach for couples/marriage counseling?

My go-to approach for helping people in couples/marriage counseling is identifying communication patterns such as defensiveness or stonewalling that interfere with conflict management and increasing active listening skills.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • Expressing emotional needs as complaints rather than criticisms
  • Focusing on solvable problems versus unsolvable problems that are due to personality or lifestyle preference
  • How to have stress-reducing conversations where partners actively listen and validate

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling?

I know clients are making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling when they report increased positive interactions.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement couples/marriage counseling?

Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling by reading anything by Drs. John and Julie Gottman.

What should someone do to prepare for starting couples/marriage counseling?

To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, recall what attracted you to your partner initially.

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?

Are you struggling with a particularly frustrating relationship issue? As stressful as they can be, they’re actually not uncommon. However, that doesn’t make them any more pleasant to deal with.

If you’re feeling stuck trying to achieve resolution, pursuing couples counseling, couples therapy, or marriage counseling is a wise idea to help you move ahead with the issue you’re facing. In fact, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists suggest pursuing couples therapy as soon as possible for a better chance at a happy outcome! The good news is that you are in the right place. Thriveworks CLexington, MA has marriage counselors and couples therapists on staff who are ready to help you. Just call in to schedule your first appointment.

How Can Couples Counseling Help Us?

Even the strongest of relationships are bound to experience ups and downs as the years pass by; it would be almost unnatural to expect that you’ll never feel stress or have a disagreement!

Regardless of how much you and your husband or wife love one another, you won’t always see eye to eye. It’s challenging to raise children, juggle careers, manage finances and address health issues while maintaining good communication, keeping the spark alive and attempting to make special time for each other and yourselves!

Sometimes the pressures and stresses of modern life are easy to tackle; at other times, you may be well aware that you have a problem, but feel clueless about how to solve it. That’s actually one of the main reasons why couples seek help from Thriveworks Lexington, MA marital therapists. 

Common Issues Discussed in Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling

In our experience, many couples disagree over surprisingly similar issues, though of course, the circumstances are unique to every partnership. As such, it’s easy to feel like you’re the only ones going through these issues.

A few of the matters that the professionals offering Lexington VA marriage therapy are skilled at addressing include:

  • Disagreements over earning money and managing budgets
  • Differing opinions on how to raise children
  • Stress from relationships with extended family members or friends
  • Career issues, overworking, and job loss
  • Worries about possible infidelity on the part of a spouse.

When you see one of our marital therapists, the professional you meet may not have dealt with your exact circumstances before, but their background and expertise can certainly be applied to help you out, whatever your situation.

Every couple Can Benefit from Couples Therapy

All too often, couples will hedge on whether they really need to see a counselor for the issue they’re facing, because their relationship might be great otherwise. Even in these circumstances, we’d certainly suggest seeking the advice of a marriage counselor or couples therapist who can help you resolve your differences. Soon, you’ll be able to get back to reveling in your love and reform your united bond for the future.

Unfortunately, some couples will hesitate and let a little issue grow out of proportion, until virtually all the other aspects of their life are tainted by it. We recommend doing yourselves a favor and seeking some professional support; don’t wait until one challenge spoils an otherwise happy partnership!

How Can a Couples Therapist Help with Divorce Recovery?

While many couples who attend marriage therapy, find a resolution, and leave feeling better equipped to address any issues together in the future, other couples have a different outcome. Counseling is an excellent resource, but it’s not a miracle cure for every marriage. Sometimes, divorce is the best option.

There’s a popular misconception, that lately, more people are simply giving up on their marriages and seeking divorce in greater numbers, In fact, the rate of divorce in America has stayed relatively the same for approximately 30 years. What has changed is our attitude about it; there is far less stigma and more acceptance that divorce can sometimes be the healthy way forward.

Whether you’ve already made the decision to divorce or the realization it’s the right choice comes later, Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA can still help. Discussing your relationship and divorce with a marriage and family therapist can often help make your separation less nasty and more respectful—to yourselves and one another. This is especially beneficial if you’ll be sharing parenting duties or dividing property. We understand that the choice to divorce can be stressful, challenging and even scary; we’re here to listen, provide support and guide you through the process.

Schedule Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Lexington, MA 

Did you know that after attending marriage counseling, more than 97% of couples surveyed by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists report having a successful resolution of their issues? Of those couples, 93% report feeling like they’re better prepared to deal with any future disagreements.

If you’re keen to resolve your issues and move forward, then now is a great time to consider Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA couples therapy and/or marriage counseling. Whatever it is you’re facing in your relationship, we’re here to help.

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 Lexington therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Lexington
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

5.0 Thriveworks Lexington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Read more Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Lexington Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Read more Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Lexington Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Read more Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Lexington Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Read more I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Lexington Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Read more Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Lexington Jan 2019
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★★★★★
I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Read more I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Lexington Apr 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Lexington is located off of Massachusetts Ave. We share a building with other businesses, including Clay Oven and Limited to Endodontics. Our office is on the second floor. Across the street is a post office.

Phone number

(781) 386-0443

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Farsi
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