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9,721 people sought marriage counseling help in California in the last year

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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 Long Beach, CA 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 Long Beach, CA work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

In one of the most famous wedding scenes of all time, Princess Buttercup approaches the altar with Prince Humperdink. The priest begins, “Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today. Marriage, that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream… and love, true love, will follow you forever… so treasure your love.” The Princess Bride has entertained audiences for decades with its absurdity, and perhaps, nowhere else in the movie is it more on display than in this scene. Anyone who has been in a marriage knows that many times, marriage is no blessed arrangement and is often not a dream. In fact, it is normal for spouses to disagree, annoy each other, and even argue. That is one of the many reasons that marriage vows generally include a promise to love “in good times and bad.” All marriages will face some bad times, and more and more, spouses are going to marriage counseling to help them get back to the good times.

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.”
—Barbara De Angelis

The little things add up within a marriage. Everyday interactions are the foundation to a healthy relationship, and when life gets busy or when tension goes unresolved, it is easy for the relationship to lose its way. Spouses can find their way back to each other, and while marriage therapy is not an easy-fix, it is often helpful. Marriage counselors are relational experts, and they are often trusted guides for spouses as they are seeking to improve their marriage.

The professionals at Thriveworks Long Beach have worked with many spouses who are ready to improve their relationship. Sometimes, the marriage is under pressure from stressful circumstances. Sometimes, each spouse needs to make personal changes for the sake of the relationship. The marriage therapists at Thriveworks Long Beach have worked with many different couples who are facing many different challenges.

When Should Spouses Start Marriage Therapy?

When spouses have facing difficulty, they may wonder, Is this the kind of issue we should go to marriage therapy for? There is no right answer to this question. In many ways, if one or both spouses are wondering if marriage counseling may help, it probably would. There are not specific criteria or signs that a couple should to go to therapy, but here are a few of the reasons spouses have reach out to Thriveworks Long Beach for marriage counseling…

1) Someone has committed adultery.

    • If one or both spouses have cheated, it may be time to reach out for help. You or your spouse may want to reconcile. Putting a marriage back together after an affair is a difficult process, but many have done so. You or your spouse may be ready to end the marriage. This is also a normal outcome after adultery. In either case, a skilled marriage therapist can usually guide you through the process in way that is healthy and respectful.

2) One or both spouses are trying to change each other.
In a healthy marriage, spouses accept each other for who they are and do not focus upon who they are not. Each partner takes responsibility for their own personal growth and improvement. Tension can rise when this process gets out of order. When one spouse tries to change the other or when both spouses are trying to change each other, they are most likely experiencing frustration, shame, and disappointment. The truth is that many times the spouse does need to change, but there are better ways to go about it. Marriage therapists often work with spouses, helping them take responsibility for their own growth process and letting go of control over their significant other’s growth.

3) Arguments occur constantly.
Healthy couples disagree. Happy spouses often differ. These arguments can even become intense, but happy, healthy spouses also know how to conflict about a problem without attacking each other. They also know when to let an issue go. Relational experts say that healthy marriage have five positive interactions for every negative one. When this ratio is off balance, spouses may feel like they are arguing all the time because negative interactions are more potent than positive ones. Marriage counselors often teach spouses how to argue well.

4) Arguments never happen.
Just as arguing too much can be a problem, so can never disagreeing. This can signal two serious relational problems. First, it may mean that spouses have argued so much that they have given up. They are weary of disagreeing so they avoid the conflict and avoid each other. Second, it may mean that one spouse is dominating the other. If one person’s opinions, thoughts, and feelings are always primary, then the other can easily give up their own personal opinions, thoughts, and feelings. Both are difficulties that can harm a marriage, and both are issues that marriage therapists see often.

Appointments for Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks Long Beach

If you are ready to start marriage counseling, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Long Beach. When you contact our office, you may be meeting with your therapist the following day. We do not keep a waitlist, but we do offer weekend and evening appointments. We also work with many different insurance companies and accept many different insurance plans. Let’s work together for a healthier relationship. Call Thriveworks Long Beach today.

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 Long Beach therapists and counselors accept 15 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

  • MHN

  • Multi Plan PHCS

  • Quest Behavioral Health

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Self-pay costs at Long Beach
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

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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.
Read more 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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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Long Beach is located just off Interstate 405, at the corner of E Spring St and N Temple Ave. We currently share the building with Synergy HomeCare and Coast Tickets, among other businesses. Across the street, on the opposite side of Temple Ave, you will find Total Equipment Rental.

Phone number

(562) 307-8993

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