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1,353 people sought couples therapy help at McKinney in the last year

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Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, APEX Memorial Hermann, +36 more
Domestic Abuse, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, +10 more

l understand how families struggle with their loved ones in their quest for living purposeful and meaningful life


APEX Memorial Hermann, ARIA | Covenant Management Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +13 more
Behavioral Issues, Addiction, Relationships, Anxiety

I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and a goal of progress as opposed to perfection.

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Blaine Stephens

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

My go-to approach for helping couples in marriage counseling is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and Gottman therapy. I prefer this approach because it integrates practical techniques from CBT to address unhelpful thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to relationship distress. Additionally, I find the Gottman method beneficial because it provides research-based strategies to enhance communication, strengthen emotional connection, and navigate conflicts effectively. By combining these approaches, I can tailor therapy to address both the cognitive and emotional aspects of the relationship, leading to more meaningful and lasting change.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

In couples/marriage counseling, I teach the following tools:

  • Communication skills training: Teaching effective listening, expressing needs, and assertiveness to improve communication patterns within the relationship.
  • Conflict resolution techniques: Providing strategies to manage and resolve conflicts constructively, such as active listening, compromise, and problem-solving.
  • Cognitive restructuring: Helping partners identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to relationship distress, promoting more balanced and realistic perspectives.
  • Emotional regulation skills: Teaching methods to manage and express emotions in healthy ways, reducing emotional reactivity and promoting empathy towards each other.
  • Relationship enhancement exercises: Utilizing Gottman therapy techniques, such as the “Love Maps” exercise and “Emotion Coaching,” to deepen the emotional connection and strengthen the foundation of the relationship.
  • Behavior change strategies: Implementing behavior modification techniques to reinforce positive interactions and break negative patterns, fostering mutual respect and understanding.
  • Homework assignments: Assigning tasks for couples to practice newly acquired skills outside of therapy sessions, promoting integration and application of therapeutic tools into daily life.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling when:

  • They demonstrate improved communication skills, such as active listening and expressing empathy towards each other.
  • There is a noticeable reduction in the frequency and intensity of conflicts, and they are able to resolve disagreements more constructively.
  • Both partners show increased understanding of each other's perspectives and needs, leading to greater empathy and validation within the relationship.
  • They report feeling more connected and emotionally intimate with each other, as evidenced by increased affection, trust, and shared experiences.
  • There is a willingness and commitment from both partners to work collaboratively towards the goals identified in therapy, demonstrating an investment in the relationship's growth and development.

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

Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling with:

  • Regular practice of communication and conflict resolution techniques learned in therapy during day-to-day interactions.
  • Engaging in joint activities that promote emotional connection and bonding, such as date nights or shared hobbies.
  • Reflecting individually on personal thoughts, feelings, and goals for the relationship, and discussing them openly with their partner.
  • Reading books or articles on relationships and communication skills to gain additional insights and perspectives.
  • Participating in self-care activities to manage stress and maintain individual well-being, which can positively impact the relationship dynamic.
  • Seeking out additional support resources, such as support groups or workshops, to further enhance their understanding and skills in strengthening their relationship.

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

To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, you can:

  • Reflect on your goals and expectations for therapy as an individual and as a couple.
  • Take some time to identify specific issues or challenges you'd like to address in counseling.
  • Consider what communication styles or patterns you and your partner may want to work on improving.
  • Discuss with your partner any concerns or anxieties you may have about starting therapy together.
  • Be open to the process and willing to actively participate in the sessions by listening, sharing, and practicing new skills.
  • Arrive on time for your appointment and bring any necessary paperwork or documents requested by the therapist.
  • Approach the session with a mindset of curiosity and readiness to explore new perspectives and possibilities for your relationship.

Starting Couples therapy

What is Couples therapy?

Thriveworks Couples therapy helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. It 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 couples therapy include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

How does Couples therapy work?

Couples therapy 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 couples therapy 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 Couples therapy conducted in person or online?

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

How long does Couples therapy last?

On average, couples attend couples therapy for 12 weeks. However, couples therapy may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress.

Need more help deciding?

At Thriveworks in McKinney, TX, we know that every relationship is going to have good times and bad. But relationships aren’t ultimately about being perfect; they’re about building a strong foundation through healthy communication and mutual respect.
Schedule a session for you and your partner today at Thriveworks McKinney—call us at (469) 949-3896 or book online to get started today.

Do We Need Couples Therapy? 

It will be up to you and your partner to decide if you can benefit from talking to a provider. If you’re unsure of whether or not you need assistance with your relationship problems, there are common indications that may warn of unhealthy dynamics between couples, including: 

  • Arguments that last for hours or days 
  • Avoidance of  physical touch or sex 
  • Lying and other forms of emotional manipulation
  • Passive-aggressive comments or abusive behavior 
  • Inability to respect each other’s boundaries
  • Cheating 

Our relationship therapists and marriage counselors are committed to helping to preserve the bond that couples share. Seeking a mental health professional’s assistance with your shared difficulties is a proactive method of preserving your relationship. Being open to talking about the tough issues you’re facing together can help your couples therapist or marriage counselor get a better understanding of your situation and how they can help. 

How Can a Therapist or Counselor Help Us? 

Couples in relationships can benefit from the impartial guidance offered by a therapist or counselor at any stage in their relationship’s development. That’s because relationship-based therapy or counseling helps to reinforce respectful communication and the need for compromise. At Thriveworks in McKinney, TX, our couples therapists and marriage counselors can assist partners to: 

  • Establish healthy boundaries
  • Rekindle sexual intimacy together  
  • Help both partners manage anger or anxiety 
  • Highlight the importance and need for compromise
  • Rebuild trust after infidelity or dishonesty 

Relationship counseling is designed to benefit both of you by: 

  • Using feedback from both partners to establish healthy boundaries for communication 
  • Rebuilding trust by working through tough issues like infidelity or verbal abuse
  • Rekindling intimacy by exploring physical aspects of your relationship
  • Highlighting the importance and need for compromise with your therapist

We understand that sometimes, only one of you may be interested in contacting us for mental health assistance. Instead of viewing counseling or therapy as an obligation, it can be helpful to view your sessions as a chance to prioritize your relationship. 

Schedule a Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling Session at   Thriveworks in McKinney, TX

From our team of scheduling specialists to our couples therapists and marriage counselors, Thriveworks in McKinney, TX has the expertise to help you reach new heights in your relationship. While our romantic relationships can be a source of deep satisfaction and companionship, unchecked negative dynamics can destroy the connections we share.

If your relationship could benefit from the support of a mental health professional, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (469) 949-3896 to schedule your first session. 

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 McKinney therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McKinney is located in the same building as Center of Pelvic Excellence, Genesis Back & Neck, Landry Odom of Allstate Insurance, and Peggy S, Breeding CPA PLLC Tax Services. We are near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and Cascades Drive. We are also near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and S Custer Road, and near this intersection is a plaza which contains Texas Pediatric Dentistry, Play Street Museum McKinney, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe, All About U hair Salon, Stonebridge Cleaners, and Stonebridge Ranch Dentistry.

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