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670 people sought couples therapy help at Phoenix in the last year

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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?

The drama of being in a relationship is well-documented in VH1’s top show Couples Therapy. Each season, six couples move into a home and work with a team of therapists. Each episode, the couples go through different exercises meant to test their relationship, and audiences wonder which couples will split up and which will stick together. 

The show’s popularity can be attributed to many factors, but one of which is that anyone who has been in a long-term, committed relationship understands what these celebrity partners are going through—the tension, the disagreements, the fighting and more. Being a couple is hard work, and difficulty is normal. Another thing audiences can relate to is the need for couples counseling.

“Every couple has ups and downs, every couple argues, and that’s the thing—you’re a couple, and couples can’t function without trust.”
—Nicholas Sparks, At First Sight

No couple is immune from the rollercoaster that being in a long-term, committed relationship brings. All relationships have difficulties, but many of these challenges can be overcome. Sometimes, partners have lost trust, but trust can be rebuilt. Sometimes, couples have different priorities, but priorities can be re-evaluated. Couples therapy and marriage counseling are not a silver bullet or a quick-fix. 

However, when couples face challenges, it does not always signal the end of the relationship. Sometimes, difficulties are actually opportunities for partners to grow. Skilled couples therapists can often show them how.

Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ offers couples counseling and marriage therapy, and we have worked with many couples who are not celebrities—they are ordinary people who want a healthier, happier relationship. We have guided many partners back toward a path forward.

Common Strains in Relationships

When couples experience tension, often they are facing a common relational problem. Many couples experience very similar difficulties within their relationship, and that means, couples therapists are often able to help. These common strains also have common solutions. What are common issues that can drive a wedge between partners?

  1. Arguments about Each Other’s Family – This issue is so common, that is often fodder for movies and TV shows. Think about the wild success of Meet the Parents—the movie struck a nerve because it is often hard to relate well with a partner’s family. Couples often disagree about which holidays to spend where, what role extended family will play in their lives, and more. It is an emotionally charged topic, and partners can be driven apart when they disagree about each other’s family.
  2. Differing Expectations – Partners never agree perfectly, and when differing expectations are stated and respected, they rarely become a problem. However, when each partner is pull the relationship in a different direction, the result is tension. This tension can take different forms. It can look like one partner trying to change the other. It can look like one partner keeping secrets from the other. However, the different expectations manifest, a skilled therapist can often help partners verbalize their expectations and respectfully disagree when necessary.
  3. Challenges with Communication – Empathy, vulnerability, personal responsibility, and openness are bedrocks of good communication, but they are also difficult skills to master. That is why couples often struggle with their communication. The good news is that these skills can be learned and/or developed. When partners’ needs are not being prioritized, when feelings are not expressed, when problems are minimized, often poor communication is a culprit. Skilled therapists often work with couples on how they communicate.
  4. Distrust – Cheating and lying can destroy trust in an instant. Missing an important date, not following through on a promise, showing insensitivity can slowly erode trust. In both instances, trust can be rebuilt, but it is never an easy process. Re-establishing trust takes time and effort and consistent effort. Skilled therapists often work with couples who are experiencing distrust.
  5. Difficulty with Intimacy – Intimacy is often associated with a couple’s sexual relationship. While it certainly includes this aspect of the relationship, it includes so much more. Intimacy is any way that a couple connects in a meaningful way. Intimacy can be physical, but it can also be social, emotional, spiritual, and more.

Why Start Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling?

As you read through the list of common struggles that couples face, did you recognize anything? Maybe you did. Maybe you and your partner are struggling with something that is not on the list. Many couples are reaching out for help as they face difficulties with their relationship. Experienced counselors can usually help couples in a number of ways, but two of the most important include…

  • Establishing a timeline for adjusting the relationship. Some adjustments need to be made now. Others can wait. Skilled therapists can often help couples prioritize which changes will help them the most.
  • De-escalating the conflict. All too easily, partners attack each other instead of the problem. In the heat of the argument, the conflict escalates. Experienced therapists can de-escalate the conflict and teach couples healthy conflict resolution skills.

Meet with a Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor at Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix, AZ

If you and your partner are considering meeting with a couples therapist, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling in Phoenix. Our professionals have worked with many couples, and we are ready to meet with you. 

When you contact our office, you may have your first appointment the following day—many new clients do. Weekend and evening sessions are offered. We also accept many different insurance plans. Call our office for your appointment.

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 Phoenix therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Brittany C is a wonderful therapist. She is insightful and offers useful and practical suggestions. I really am thankful to have such a good therapist.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Phoenix is located at 1110 E. Missouri Ave. #340, Phoenix, AZ 85014 between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets.

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