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1,446 people sought couples & marriage counseling help at Media in the last year

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Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Carelon, +20 more
Domestic Abuse, Behavioral Issues, Women’s Issues, Sexual Abuse, Anxiety, +2 more

As an Asian-American Christian woman, I understand the unique issues of identity exploration and intersectionality from a minority perspective.


Aetna, Carelon, First Health Network, +17 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Sexual Abuse, Bipolar Disorder, +7 more

Are you experiencing sadness, grief or anxiety? Do you experience emotional pain from the traumatic events in your life? If so, I can help.

Barbara Thomas

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

My go-to approach for helping people in couples counseling is emotionally focused therapy (EFT). I prefer EFT because it focuses on the process and underlying emotions for communication and conflict. It provides a relational focus and communication enhancement skills that help each individual grow in their self-awareness and relational awareness.

What tools do you teach in couples & marriage counseling?

I teach the following tools in couples/marriage counseling:

  • active listening (listening to listen and not respond)
  • I statements (ownership and communication skills)
  • challenging assumptions (challenge negative perspective)
  • reduce polarized language (reduce the use of always, never, you statements)
  • safe words (pause in argument to revisit when not triggered)

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

I know a couple is making meaningful progress in couples/marriage counseling when they begin to talk more openly with I-statements and utilizing active listening without escalated arguments. Couples may even begin to notice their perspective shift and highlight their own empowerment, have increased awareness of their triggers, and acknowledge their part in the communication cycle. Additionally, we will set goals for the relationship and work towards a concrete amount, for example increasing communication skills or decreasing escalated interactions. I always like to preface that progress is not linear and will be an ongoing tool during treatment to challenge assumptions and relational triggers.

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

Clients can supplement their time in couples/marriage counseling with daily check-ins and reflections with their partner, scheduling bonding time for each week, and practice communication skills outside of session. Clients can always seek individual counseling as an additional resource to target individual needs that may arise during couples counseling.

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

To prepare for your first couples/marriage counseling session, you can gain a clear idea about the goals for your relationship and a timeline of your relationship. Also it helps to create a space in your home that feels comfortable and private for couples sessions.

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?

Is marriage counseling effective? Is couples counseling effective?

Who you decide to marry is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life. When you decide to get married, you believe that you have found your life partner, someone who you can build a future with. You hope to make everything for the wedding and marriage as perfect as possible. You spends months preparing for the moment that you will say, “I do.” However, after the wedding and honeymoon, the realities and complexities of your lives together begin. Marriage is an amazing union of two individuals, however like everything in life, marriage has its peaks and valleys. Marriages can and will be affected by numerous issues. Everything from work, children, finances, and family can add stress to the relationship and affect the marriage. When breakdowns happen, that’s when couples counseling can help.

When should I seek marriage or couples counseling?

First and foremost, you should seek couples counseling as soon as possible to prevent breakdowns that can occur when bad habits form leading to hurt feelings that are hard to overcome and can often leading to a breaking point. If you are concerned about repeating past mistakes, you could benefit from couples counseling. If you are concerned about the role your families may be playing on your life, you may benefit from couples counseling. If communication, trust, or infidelity have become an issue and you are feeling stuck in your relationship, then you could benefit from couples counseling. At Thriveworks Counseling, in Delaware County, Media, PA, we have experienced couples counselors who can help.

Does couples counseling work?

Couples counseling is very effective, particularly when both partners are ready and committed to working on the relationship. At Thriveworks Counseling, we will help you identify what your other needs are, any past hurts or fears that are affecting you or your partner individually, any behavioral patterns that are damaging your relationship, and help you to improve your communication skills and conflict resolution skills. We will help you decide how you define a successful and happy marriage or relationship, and help you to improve trust, affection, openness, and communication.

Same and next-day appointments!

We also know how difficult it can be to get an appointment with a qualified therapist or counselor who accepts your health insurance. Many practices don’t even answer the phone, much less call you back if you leave a voicemail. At Thriveworks, we always answer the phone and typically are able to offer same or next-day appointments.

We accept insurance!

We accept most major insurance plans and typically offer appointments within 24 hours of your initial call.

Convenient location

We are conveniently located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, at 600 N Jackson St, Suite 300, Media, PA, 19063, and are accessible by public transportation via SEPTA Regional Rail, Trolley, and bus. We also offer ample free parking.

Call 610-808-9923 to schedule an appointment, or fill out a contact form and we’ll call 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 Media therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Amerihealth Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

  • Geisinger Health Plan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Media is located off of N Jackson St, and our building is in the center of Cooper St., W 6th St., W 7th St., and N Jackson St.

Phone number

(610) 557-1991

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
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