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800 people sought couples therapy help at Royal Oak in the last year

Discover how starting couples therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our therapists in Royal Oak are booked, but we have 46 other therapists in MI available for an online or in-person session.

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?

In romantic comedies and princess movies, love is easy. Girl and boy meet. They are swept off their feet. They might face a few obstacles like crazy in-laws or jobs in different cities or an evil sorceress, but within 2 short hours, they are together forever. If only real-life were so simple. Anyone in a committed relationship knows that being a couple is much harder than Hollywood or Disney have displayed. The truth is that real-life couples do not always have their happily-ever-after. In fact, being annoyed or frustrated or overwhelmed within a relationship is normal. Every couples goes through difficult phases. It is common. There are no fairy God-mothers to save a couple, but many couples are getting the help they need through couples counseling.

Couples therapy does not offer a magic formula for happiness, but counselors are often relationship experts who can help partners work together in a healthier, happier way. Many of the problems that couples face are typical relationship challenges, and they have solutions.

“I have my own high standards for what I want in a partner and how I want to be treated. I bring a lot to the table. I’m not talking about material things but what I have to offer as a person – love and loyalty and all the things that make a good relationship.” —Jennifer Lopez

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Oakland offer couples therapy, and they have helped many partners establish a better relationship. When partners are willing to change, they can often ease the tension in their relationship and relate to each other on a deeper level.

What Does A Happy Partnership Look Like?

Movies and TV can set unrealistic expectations for what a happy relationship looks like. For real-life couples, establishing a healthy connection requires a lot of time and effort. What does that time and effort look like practically? Here are a few ways that happy, healthy couples relate to each other:

1) Secrets are not a part of the relationship. Instead, each partner is free to be themselves fully: When couples keep secrets, they are hiding from each other. They may be hiding a mistake or a character flaw or a weakness or any number of things. It is natural to want to hide, but partners know each other fully—in their strengths and weaknesses, in their successes and failures. Healthy, happy couples know each other fully without fear or shame. Their relationship is built, not on perfection, but on acceptance and love. The courage to be vulnerable with one another help a couple increase their intimacy.

2) Each partner maintains their unique individuality within the partnership: When individuals form a committed relationship, that relationship should not erase their unique needs, personality, interests, and responsibilities. Each partner should maintain their own thoughts, feelings, choices, and actions. Self-care and personal growth should still be important to each partner. Being a couple does not minimize being a responsible, capable individual.

3) Partners respect each other’s differences: By the very fact that a couple is made of two distinct individuals, there will be difference and disagreements within a relationship. This is normal. A republican can be in a relationship with a Democrat. A Catholic can be in a relationship with a Protestant. A Chicago Cubs fan can be in a relationship with a St. Louis Cardinals fan. The key is respecting each other’s freedom to be different. When partners refuse to shame, mock, or put each other down for being different, they can use their differences as opportunities to love each other more.

4) They prioritize their time together: Ok, ok, you may be thinking, “of course!” But think about how modern life works. Calendars fill up. Busy is the new normal. If couples do not prioritize their time together, they drift apart. Happy couples are often willing to tell other people “no” so that they can say “yes” to more time with their partner. Happy, healthy couples want to be together, and they adjust their lives so that they can be together.

5) They publicly and privately support each other: Healthy couples are also allies. They have each other’s best interest in mind, and they support each other. Partners do not let other people speak poorly about each other. Instead, they know each other’s goals and dreams, and they do what they can to help each other accomplish those goals.

6) They are willing to make sacrifices: The idea that healthy couples share a 50-50 workload is common but false. The reality is that healthy couples help each other and do not keep score. Both partners sacrifice. Both partners receive. Sometimes, one may receive more than the other, and at other times, the dynamic can reference. Happy couples give to one another without keeping track.

Scheduling an Appointment for Couples Therapy at Thriveworks Oakland Counseling

If you and your partner are going through a harder season, know that every couple does. Many go to couples therapy to get their relationship back on track. There is no guarantee, but skilled therapists can often help partners find a way forward, whatever that may mean for them. Thriveworks Oakland Counseling is ready to help. We have appointments for couples counseling available. When you contact our office, know that you and your partner may be meeting with your therapist the following day. We also offer weekend and evening sessions, and we accept many forms of insurance. Call today for your appointment.

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 Royal Oak therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • ASR

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan

  • Blue Care Network of Michigan Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at Royal Oak
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

Hear from our clients

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Highly recommend Thriveworks. My provider literally saved my life.
Ashley Feb 2024
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When I met with Jillian Kraydich I was in awe with her professionalism and exceptional bedside manor. Our meeting started on time and I felt comfortable right from the start. She was patient, understanding and overall a great help for me. She took the time to get to know me over the course of a few meetings and always allowed me to talk about whatever was on my mind without interruptions or judgement. I have spoken with a few other therapists in the past but they did not allow me to speak as freely as Jillian did. I would highly recommend her for the numerous reasons I stated above.
Read more When I met with Jillian Kraydich I was in awe with her professionalism and exceptional bedside manor. Our meeting started on time and I felt comfortable right from the start. She was patient, understanding and overall a great help for me. She took the time to get to know me over the course of a few meetings and always allowed me to talk about whatever was on my mind without interruptions or judgement. I have spoken with a few other therapists in the past but they did not allow me to speak as freely as Jillian did. I would highly recommend her for the numerous reasons I stated above.
Oakland Aug 2022
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Carolyn Nicholson was our school counselor and I worked with her for several years. She has an innate ability to quickly form relationships with people of all ages, including our students and staff members. Carolyn is insightful, enthusiastic, and compassionate in her work. Her intuition and discussion techniques enable people to explore their past experiences and perspectives. Also, those abilities guide others as they navigate journeys through their life experiences and self reflection. Carolyn Nicholson is a compassionate, inspiring, and trustworthy counselor!
Read more Carolyn Nicholson was our school counselor and I worked with her for several years. She has an innate ability to quickly form relationships with people of all ages, including our students and staff members. Carolyn is insightful, enthusiastic, and compassionate in her work. Her intuition and discussion techniques enable people to explore their past experiences and perspectives. Also, those abilities guide others as they navigate journeys through their life experiences and self reflection. Carolyn Nicholson is a compassionate, inspiring, and trustworthy counselor!
Oakland Feb 2021
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Carolyn offers a thoughtful and compassionate perspective to life and Our reactions to situations where our emotions can take over. It’s important to look at our lives through various lenses, depending on the circumstances. Carolyn offers a fresh insight to how to respond with loving kindness, both towards ourselves and towards others, and to move forward.
Read more Carolyn offers a thoughtful and compassionate perspective to life and Our reactions to situations where our emotions can take over. It’s important to look at our lives through various lenses, depending on the circumstances. Carolyn offers a fresh insight to how to respond with loving kindness, both towards ourselves and towards others, and to move forward.
Oakland Feb 2021
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Kelly kellerman is a great counselor, I appreciate her very much
Oakland Nov 2020
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Ann Dadah has been my sounding board for a long time! Ann is completely professional, keeps my confidence, sincerely listens to me, respects my thoughts and gives me insights that have been very helpful. I recommend her highly!
Read more Ann Dadah has been my sounding board for a long time! Ann is completely professional, keeps my confidence, sincerely listens to me, respects my thoughts and gives me insights that have been very helpful. I recommend her highly!
Oakland Aug 2020
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Mike is one of those people who is professional but down-to-earth at the same time, so that he's easy to talk to. You can tell, too, that he's not going to judge you...He's a really compassionate guy. All good qualities in a therapist. I recommend him!
Read more Mike is one of those people who is professional but down-to-earth at the same time, so that he's easy to talk to. You can tell, too, that he's not going to judge you...He's a really compassionate guy. All good qualities in a therapist. I recommend him!
Oakland Oct 2019
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After seeing Angel I realized that some people still care. Angel was so understanding and empathetic. She is easy to talk to and provides clear coping techniques. Angel is the person to whom I refer my patients.
Read more After seeing Angel I realized that some people still care. Angel was so understanding and empathetic. She is easy to talk to and provides clear coping techniques. Angel is the person to whom I refer my patients.
Oakland Sep 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Royal Oak is located right off the corner of the intersection of S. Main and E. 3rd St., just east of Centennial Commons Park. Starbucks and Freshii are on either side of us. Parking can be found on the street or two blocks west at the Center Street Garage, and the closest bus stop is at 11 Mile Rd. and Main.

Phone number

(947) 217-2743

Languages spoken by MI providers

  • Russian
  • English
  • Spanish
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