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9,721 people sought couples & marriage counseling help in California in the last year

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

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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?

The author Maya Angelou once wrote, “Love recognises no barriers, it jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination, full of hope.” Love definitely encounters major hurdles in its lifetime, not least of all is the fact that people who love each other have unique psychological profiles–and unique baggage. People in intimate partnerships were raised in different households, had different formative experiences, have different mental models for what relationships should look like, etc. It’s a wonder that anyone can get together and stay together! But they do! And the large number of relationships that weather storms may be due to the support of professional relationship counselors.

The licensed couples therapists and marriage counselors at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA know how to identify a couple’s strengths and weaknesses–and help them find a balance between constructive conflict and harmony. In just a few sessions, Thriveworks therapists can give couples the strategies they need to solve practical problems and enhance their bonds of intimacy. 

How Can Couples Counseling Help Us?

Couples counseling can help intimate partners in numerous ways, but often a couples therapist or marriage counselor at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA will want to find out in your first session what you’d like to accomplish in therapy. Couples arrive with all kinds of motivations, including:

  • I want to feel loved.
  • I want to feel appreciated.
  • I want my kids to have a healthy model for a relationship. 
  • I want to get our spark back.
  • I want to improve our communication.
  • I want to stop having the same fight over and over again.
  • I want to save our marriage. 
  • I want help recovering from my affair or my partner’s affair.
  • I want a better sex life.
  • I want to talk about my partner’s addiction to drugs, porn, or alcohol.
  • I want to stop fighting about my in-laws.
  • I want him/her to be more emotionally available. 
  • We need help healing after a death or trauma.

A couples therapist can also identify areas where one individual in the relationship could benefit from solo counseling. 

How Do I Find a Couples Therapist or Marriage Counselor?

When you begin looking for a couples therapist or marriage counselor, you should first make sure that the person is licensed in your state. You can look for an LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist) tag after their name, for example. Thriveworks in Riverside, CA makes this part of the search process easy, because all of our marriage therapists are fully licensed. 

You and your partner should also ask yourselves what kind of experience or expertise you’re looking for in a therapist. For example, if you’re a lesbian couple, you may want to look for a Thriveworks therapist who specializes in LGBTQ couples. 

You should also find out upfront if the marriage counselor is affordable. Is Thriveworks couples therapy affordable? For most people, the answer is yes. Thriveworks therapists accept most health insurance so couples get premium care with fewer out-of-pocket costs. 

You can also consider the expense of not getting marriage therapy. Is someone hiding their spending from the other partner? Can you afford to separate and rent different apartments? Couples therapy can often help clean up financial issues and save people money in the long-term by improving well-being at home.

Finally, find out if your couples therapist or marriage counselor can meet you online and in-person. It’s often nice to have both options. The first is convenient, but the second can feel more intimate, depending on your mood. You can also try a hybrid model. The couples therapists and marriage counselors at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA can meet you in-person at the office, or virtually via our secure telehealth video conferencing software. 

How Long Does Marriage Counseling Take?

Marriage counseling is highly effective and solution-focused, which means that most couples accomplish their goals in fewer than 12 sessions. But couples therapists at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA have found that some couples benefit from regular “maintenance” in their relationship, and those couples may continue to see their counselor for years. Numerous celebrity couples have opened up about their long-term marriage therapy, for instance:

  • Barack and Michelle Obama
  • Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
  • Pink and Carey Hart
  • Gabrielle Union-Wade and Dwyane Wade

Get Your Spark Back with Marriage Counseling at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA

Whether you want to reignite your spark or work through a short-term crisis, Thriveworks in Riverside, CA has a marriage counselor who can support you and your spouse in your love journey. When you call the Thriveworks office, our highly trained staff can match you to an exceptional counselor that you and your partner will both agree on. You may be able to meet with them for your initial therapy sessions within 24-48 hours.

Don’t hesitate to give your relationship the TLC it deserves with a Thriveworks marriage counselor. 

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 California therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Blue Shield of California Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan

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We are at the intersection of Magnolia Ave and Beatty Dr — we share a building with Vigo, Lana Auto Sales, NutriMost, LACA Group, New Day Institute, Jason Dsouza, American Realty, and others. Across the intersection and slightly at a diagonal is a Papa John’s Pizza and West Coast Luxuries shoe store, as well as Riverside Scooters and Best Food Pizza Inc. Nearby is also Magnolia Wheel Alignment & Brake Center, Ideal Cleaners, Hair by Daryl, Alin Party Supply, and FitOne Foundation.

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