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Stacey Gray

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

When helping couples in counseling, I find the best benefit in helping the couples recognize that the relationship is actually the client, and that the goal of counseling is to improve the relationship as a whole, not one particular individual.

What tools do you teach in couples/marriage counseling?

When working with couples in counseling, I prefer to use some of Gottman's techniques as well as teaching communication strategies. When working with couples, I have often used the analogy of the “dance” of a relationship. It takes two people to learn new skills and “steps” to be able to work more effectively together. I focus on how each individual has their own separate role in helping improve the relationship and ultimately the outcome.

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

When working with couples, I can tell that the clients are making meaningful progress when they are both able to provide examples of the progress each one is individually making with changing behaviors. Having the couples provide examples of what had been helpful and where they need to continue to grow as a couple is another way of assessing overall progress.

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

It is important for couples to spend time together, intentionally connecting emotionally outside of therapy sessions. I recommend to many of the couples I have worked with that monthly dates as well as intentional time at least once a week, checking in with each other emotionally, is an important part of ongoing progress.

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

To prepare for the first couple's counseling session, I suggest the client prepare a few notes about what is most important to them and what they want to get out of couples counseling. It is also important to remember that the couple's session is about helping the two individuals work together more effectively and not “fix” their partner.

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?

Who are the most important people in your life? Our guess is that your significant other claims a spot in the top 3 (at the very least). Our significant others are the people that we choose to experience life with. These are the people that we share in our happiness, our excitement, our accomplishments. If we’re being real, these are also the people we fight with the most and even despise sometimes, too. Because nobody’s experience in life is all good—as we well know, there are both ups and downs.

Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.”

–Carroll Bryant

The special thing is that sometimes it’s the tough stuff that ends up bringing us closer together. Now, that’s not to say that working through the tough stuff is a piece of cake. Settling arguments and resolving other challenges can be difficult. And sometimes, it takes the help of a marriage counselor or couples therapist.

If you believe that your relationship could benefit from marriage counseling or couples therapy, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Nottingham, MD. Our office is located in the White Marsh area, and our team would love to meet with you. We have both in-person and online counseling appointments available, please choose whatever works best for you.

How Do Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy Work?

Couples therapy and marriage counseling are virtually the same thing. Marriage counseling, though, can better describe this journey for married couples! That said, both of these therapies are designed to help couples work through their problems and strengthen their relationship. Now, therapy often looks different for every couple. This is because couples therapists and marriage counselors design the journey around what that couples needs or hopes to achieve:

  1. Specific needs: As we just said, therapists design treatment around what the given couple needs! This might mean addressing trust issues for one couple and improving communication for another.
  2. Unique goals: In addition, couples bring unique goals to counseling that are specific to their relationship. This might mean better understanding each other’s needs for one couple and improving intimacy for another!

As you can probably tell, our needs and our goals go hand in hand. They are both important, and your couples therapist or marriage counselor will be sure to treat them as such when they design a plan for treatment.

Does It Really Work?

Some couples are hesitant to begin couples therapy because they doubt the process. They wonder if it truly works. We’ve seen the benefits that our clients find in couples therapy and marriage counseling, but you don’t have to take our word for it. 525+ couples were asked about their experiences in couples therapy, and here’s what they had to say:

  • 1% reported having excellent or good experience in couples therapy
  • 4% reported feeling satisfied with the relationship help that they received
  • 1% reported getting the help that they were looking for

If you feel encouraged and empowered to discover your own benefits in couples therapy, reach out to us at Thriveworks Counseling. We can set you up with one of our skilled and compassionate relationship experts right away.

Do Our Issues Warrant Couples Therapy?

Here’s the thing: Any couple can pursue couples therapy. There are no requirements that they must meet before they can schedule an appointment with a couples therapist. On that note, you don’t have to be struggling with super challenging issues to receive or benefit from therapy. Couples on both sides of the aisle—those with severe issues and those with small areas they’d like to improve—can find value in couples therapy.

Now, that said, there are common relationship issues that might serve as a red flag and suggest that you reach out to a counselor for help. These issues include infidelity, lack of trust, financial challenges, disagreements in parenting, lack of communication, differing values, and so on. Often, these issues serve as major hurdles, and it might be wise to get a counselor’s help if you haven’t been able to work through them.

Schedule Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy at Thriveworks Counseling in Nottingham

If you and your partner are in Nottingham, or more specifically the White Marsh area, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling. We can help you work through your specific challenges and/or reach your unique goals for your relationship. We can provide this help onsite as well as online. Choose whatever works best for you two! To schedule, just give us a call or visit our online booking page.

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 Nottingham therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
Read more I tried to call billing; I missed an evening telehealth appointment because of a widespread power outage from the massive storms of 1/9/2024. Offshore personnel had no idea what I was talking about; they said they were in the Phillippines, and in addition the language barrier was quite severe. Health professionals here are wonderful to work with; however, technical or financial issues are difficult to straighten out. I gave up and will just deal with the treating persons here.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Nottingham is off of Belair Road and Blakely Avenue. We share a space with Driscoll Tax Group and are down the road from Wells Fargo and Chick-fil-A.

Phone number

(410) 862-4262

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • Cantonese
  • English
  • Mandarin
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