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I am passionate about assisting individuals and couples who wish to improve their relationships and achieve their personal goals through the counselin... I am passionate about assisting individuals and couples who wish to improve their relationships and achieve their personal goals through the counseling process. Read more

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As a therapist, I consider it a great honor and responsibility to listen and share in the thoughts, feelings, and life experiences of others.

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Carelon, +18 more
Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, ADHD, +6 more

As a counselor, I am excited to work with my clients on their goals and to help them increase overall functioning to where they are able to move forwa... As a counselor, I am excited to work with my clients on their goals and to help them increase overall functioning to where they are able to move forward in life and have the skills needed to handle challenges and symptoms. Read more

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am a female who understands the importance of being relatable and creating a safe place to explore feelings and emotions.

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Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +6 more

I enjoy forming open and empathetic relationships with my clients and walking with them through their path to healing and actualization.

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues, Life Transition, Relationships, +4 more

As a clinician who has had the opportunity to work with a variety of people, I understand that each individual and their needs are unique.

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I am here to support and guide you through the counseling process.

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Starting therapy can be really intimidating; I'm honored you're taking the first step with me.

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I wish to help all my clients to feel heard and empowered.

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By practicing integrative psychiatry to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. Lear... By practicing integrative psychiatry to treat the whole person, not just the symptoms, I want you to feel comfortable, welcomed, safe, and heard. Learning how to master your emotions and understand how things impact you is key to finding strength and moving forward in life. Read more

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As a married mother of two who works daily to manage chronic medical challenges, I can empathize with the unique level of support that life demands.

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I am looking forward to meeting with you to assist you in the healing process.

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Everyone has the right to be heard.

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Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +7 more

As an experienced therapist, I will work to provide a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable environment for clients to achieve their therapeutic goals.

Starting Premarital counseling

What is Premarital counseling?

Premarital counseling is a type of therapy that helps couples prepare for and build a happy, successful marriage. Premarital therapists at Thriveworks in Lynchburg, VA can help couples develop essential communication skills, identify potential conflict areas, and learn how to manage their specific relationship issues.

How does Premarital counseling work?

When you and your partner begin premarital counseling, your counselor will want to get to know you both as well as your relationship. In order to accomplish this, they will ask questions around the following:

  • Common interests and activities
  • Marital expectations
  • Budget and Finance
  • Children and parenting
  • Intimacy

If there is a particular area that they feel needs to be explored further (for example, you note that you and your partner have very different spending habits and views on money), they’ll guide the conversation in the given direction.

Is Premarital counseling conducted in person or online?

Premarital counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and through Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does Premarital counseling last?

Generally speaking, Thriveworks premarital counseling in Lynchburg typically lasts for 8-10 weeks. This, however, can vary depending on the counselor’s approach as well as the clients’ preferences and needs. For example, some couples might request additional sessions to work through problem areas that they’ve identified in their relationship, pre-wedding.

Need more help deciding?

Planning a wedding is a very exciting time. Buying the dress, choosing the wedding party, making guests lists and seating arrangements, deciding on honeymoon plans and gift registries; the list goes on and on!

To add to all of the decisions that need to be made, the couple also begins to meet more members of their partner’s family, as well as distant friends. Sometimes family members have very strong opinions on how the wedding should go, who should be included and who should pay for certain services.

Even the happiest and most stable of couples can get overwhelmed in these circumstances!”

Premarital counseling can give you a neutral third party location to discuss any issues that may arise during the wedding planning. Also, it is your chance to discuss what the marriage will look like after the wedding: We cannot stress enough how important this is.

Where will you go for holidays? Who will take out the trash? Will you have children? How many? Surprisingly, many couples in the midst of planning a wedding have not fully discussed many of these important issues of marriage and joining two lives together. Naturally, you will not agree on all of the decisions that need to be made. By discussing them ahead of time, however, you can come to agreements, make compromises and avoid potential conflict in the future.

When choosing an officiant for your wedding, some will require that you undergo premarital counseling before they perform your wedding. Sometimes, you will conduct the premarital counseling directly with the officiant, and in other cases you will have your choice of where to have the counseling done.

If you have the choice, considering Thriveworks is a wonderful option. We are experienced and skilled in walking couples through this exciting and important time of preparation for wedded bliss.

When Should We Begin Premarital Counseling?

There is no right or wrong time to begin a relationship with Thriveworks Lynchburg Premarital Counseling. Couples can benefit from these sessions whether they’ve been together for five months or 50 years.

When you are planning a wedding, new and surprising issues arise that neither member of the relationship may be prepared for. Also, some couples worry that if they partake in premarital counseling, it absolutely means that they must get married. This is certainly not the case. We can help couples figure out if marriage is the right step for them. Sometimes, at the end of our time with a couple, everyone has agreed that marriage is not in the best interest of anyone at that time. If that is the case, we can help both members of the relationship to move forward, or to continue to work on their relationship, with the goal of a possible wedding in the distant future. We have no hidden agenda. We want whatever outcome is best for you.

There are so many issues to discuss when building a marriage (and, possibly, a new family together). Taking the time to learn more about marriage and the upcoming issues proves the level of care you have for your relationship.

The professionals at Thriveworks Lynchburg Premarital Counseling will help you and your partner discuss many of these in advance, including:

  • Common interests and leisure activities
  • Role expectations
  • Communication styles
  • Religion and worship attendance
  • Household duties and expectations
  • Budget and finance
  • Children and parenting styles
  • Public or private Education
  • Sexuality and Intimacy
  • Needs for space and privacy
  • Where the family unit will reside
  • Finances and debt
  • Occupations and careers
  • Holiday expectations and travel
  • Relationships with extended family and in-laws

The list itself may seem overwhelming! But these are issues in marriage that are not possibility, but certainties. There is no way around dealing with them in your life together at some point, and it’s better to discuss and prepare for them before you’re in the thick of it — when emotions and stress can be high.

Imagine this scenario: It is one week before Christmas and each spouse is planning to spend the holidays with their immediate family, as usual. The problem is that one spouse’s parents live in Florida while the other spouse’s family is in Maine. They have (individually) promised their parents they will be there. Can you imagine how stressful this situation is for all involved?

Why wait until the last minute to discuss these important issues?”

Some of these items may not seem critical, but each one represents a potential source of conflict. Discussing them early with a neutral third party is one of the least stressful ways to approach these decisions. Let Thriveworks Lynchburg Premarital Counseling be your trusted third party.

Premarital Counseling: Essential for the Couple, Important for the Individual

We all know the horrible statistics on marriages lasting in this country. If those trends remain true and almost half of all marriages are destined to dissolve, why not give your relationship every fighting chance before it even starts?

It is not easy to join together two sets of preferences, habits, sleeping patterns, eating patterns, work schedules and families. Blending together children from previous relationships, and even pets, can make the transition even more stressful. Premarital counseling simply helps you navigate these waters and be prepared for whatever life throws your way.

Even when the person performing your wedding does not require premarital counseling, the benefits to both the relationship and the individuals are innumerable.

Many studies have shown that premarital counseling is helpful for the relationship and can reduce fears and separation anxiety. However, we also believe that counseling in general is helpful for both members of the relationship. Being in an open and honest environment where communication is encouraged can help foster growth and emotional health for all involved.

As with most types of therapy and counseling, some of the benefits include:

  • Confidence and assertiveness
  • Patience
  • Avoiding dependency and co-dependency
  • Having realistic expectations of others
  • Contentment
  • Developing coping skills
  • Improving communication skills

Again, there is no need to worry that participating in something known as “premarital” seals the deal for following through with a wedding. We have helped many couples that are unsure of what their next step is in their relationship. Oftentimes, one member of the relationships is absolutely sure that they want to get married, and the other has concerns about this big step. These concerns may lie in issues from childhood or past relationships, and we can help unpack that and figure out what is the cause of the fears regarding marriage.

We are trained professionals that will not only help you have open communication, but will also guide you and offer our best advice and help.

Why Choose Thriveworks for Premarital Counseling?

Choosing Thriveworks Lynchburg for your premarital counseling should be an easy decision. We are experts in our field. We are educated and experienced leaders in the community. Our counselors have been featured in many reputable news outlets and publications, such as The Boston Globe, Counseling Today, Psychiatric Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, and many others.

We are ready to put our expertise to work for you.

We respect that it may not be easy to make the decision to seek premarital counseling. Even if it required by the person performing your wedding, we know that you have choices. When you conducted the search that brought you to our page, you were most likely inundated with choices. We respect that when you call us, you have chosen us, right at this moment. For that reason, we do not operate on a waiting list. We want to be ready when you are, and usually have appointments available within 24 hours for new clients.

We are ready when you are.

To reserve your initial session, click the button below. We’re looking forward to getting to know you!

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 Lynchburg therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Lynchburg
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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My therapist has helped me a lot and I'm going to continue with my session to approve myself even more
Read more My therapist has helped me a lot and I'm going to continue with my session to approve myself even more
Natasha Feb 2024
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It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Read more It was so difficult to find a therapist my daughter liked. So glad I made the initial call to Thriveworks. She was matched to a therapist that she finally talks to! She liked her so much that now my oldest daughter and I use her therapist as well. We love Lora!
Shannon Feb 2024
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It been comforting talking to someone who understands what you are going through.
Holly Jan 2024
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Lynn Lemmon is a wonderful therapist! I feel so comfortable with her!
Amy Dec 2023
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Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Read more Kim is the absolute best counselor! She is very kind and caring and adapts to whatever works best for you personally. She does not use the typical counselor answers or “by the book” responses. She talks to you like you are a real person. She always make me feel like the things that I am going through are important and the feelings are valid. She provides a completely judgement free zone to talk about anything that is needed. She understands that things take time and she does not force you to talk about anything. She allows you to process in your own time. She has a way of working with me that allows me to fully trust her. Kim has a heart of Gold! You can tell throughout your sessions with her that this is more than just a job for her. You feel legitimately cared for by her. You can tell that she genuinely wants to help you to move through the things that are holding you back in life. She’s very encouraging and reassuring. Her genuine compassion and encouragement helps me feel like I am actually important and deserving of growth. I would highly recommend Kim as your counselor if you are looking for someone who will make you feel valued and heard and not like you are just another name on their client list! She has definitely made a huge impact on my life!
Lynchburg Jul 2022
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Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Read more Working with Dr. Tiffany Stephens has been so helpful! She is very approachable, easy to talk to, and genuinely cares about concerns and circumstances. She can help think through problems and works toward a better outlook and teaching real skills that help toward calmness and strength in the midst of complicated issues. She helps teach courage to be vulnerable in the moment, so I can learn patterns and work at replacing them with more healthy ones— her style of preparing clients to approach things differently makes all the difference when difficulty arises. I feel safe and confident (but not tight and overly-clinical) when talking with her. I absolutely recommend working with her if you are working toward a better you!
Lynchburg Dec 2021
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Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Read more Dr. Tiffany Stephens is an amazing therapist. She is engaging as well as empathetic. I highly recommend Tiffany for anyone looking for a highly skilled and compassionate therapist.
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Read more Bryan Hunsley has been a great help in providing counseling to myself and my husband! He begins our ZOOM sessions on time. Bryan is great at his job in that he is easy to talk to and nonjudgmental. His feedback is even tempered (appropriate, positive and welcoming), plus clear and easy to understand. My husband and I feel that Bryan provides sensitive care and treats us both with ultimate respect! He is flexible in that he can easily switch gears according to the urgency of our needs for any particular session and is quick to offer any needed support between sessions. He provides a professional high quality of care that is also relaxing and informative. I am more than satisfied with his services being provided and find myself looking forward to the next session! Bryan has and continues to strengthen our marital wellness with his superb counseling expertise!
Lynchburg Sep 2021
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Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Lynchburg is located on Jefferson St. in the heart of the downtown area. The James River runs directly behind our building, which we share with Zola’s Beauty Studio and Stimulus Adverstising and Web Design.

Phone number

(434) 771-0495

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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