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763 people sought marriage counseling help at Salem in the last year

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

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Starting Marriage counseling

What is marriage counseling?

Marriage counseling, also known as couples therapy and relationship counseling, helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. Thriveworks marriage counseling in Salem, MA 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 Marriage counseling include:

  • Jealousy
  • Trust issues
  • Infidelity
  • Opposing values
  • Different visions for the future
  • Disagreements in parenting
  • Lack of trust
  • Financial distress
  • Sex issues

How does marriage counseling work?

Marriage counseling 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 marriage counseling 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 marriage counseling conducted in person or online?

Marriage 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 marriage counseling last?

On average, couples attend marriage counseling for 12 weeks. However, 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. Marriage counselors and therapists at Thriveworks in Salem, MA work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

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Salem Marriage Counseling—Counselors and Therapists in Salem, MA

Marriage is the ultimate commitment. It’s a promise to stand by your partner’s side through all of life’s challenges. If you’re on this page, you’ve likely already made this commitment and might even be questioning it—especially if you and your spouse are struggling to work through a conflict or see eye-to-eye. If this is the case, you’ve come to the right place.

Call our office today at (978) 637-8213 to schedule your session today.

How Can Marriage Counseling Help?

Thriveworks Salem Counseling is here to reassure you that marriage counseling can help. It can help you and your spouse work through current challenges, prepare for future ones, and make informed decisions about your relationship’s future. In some cases, couples may decide they are better off apart, and a marriage counselor can support them through an amicable separation.

What to Expect in Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling is a form of psychotherapy where both partners are encouraged to attend sessions together. However, in some cases, one partner may be hesitant or refuse to attend, and the counselor may find it beneficial to meet with each person separately.

The primary goals of couples and marriage counseling are to educate participants and provide them with tools to manage relationship conflicts. Skills and techniques taught include:

  • Emotional control
  • Improved listening skills
  • Negotiation techniques
  • Conflict de-escalation

Sessions typically last between 45-90 minutes, depending on the therapist and the needs of the participants. There are no strict guidelines on how long couples should attend counseling; some may see improvement in a month, while others may require more time.

Are We Better Off Apart?

If you and your spouse are at a crossroads, you might wonder if marriage counseling is worth the effort. It’s important to know that salvaging a relationship at all costs is not always the best course of action. Sometimes, parting ways amicably is the best conclusion for a couple.

Marriage counseling can help couples decide whether reconciliation is possible or if ending the relationship amicably is the best option. A knowledgeable therapist can facilitate both scenarios and help lessen the chances of permanent fallout following a separation.

Work with a Marriage Counselor at Thriveworks Salem Counseling

At Thriveworks Salem, we believe that seeking professional support from a couples therapist or marriage counselor is always a positive step. It shows that both partners are willing to work toward a happier future, irrespective of the final outcome.

Call Thriveworks Salem Counseling at (978) 637-8213 to get started.

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 Salem therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

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

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Salem
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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The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Read more The therapist at Thriveworks ( Stephen Medina) is absolutely fantastic. He is very well educated and is able to get me to open up.
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Read more Outstanding from first call to assigning me a therapist for my particular needs. I would recommend them to anyone. My therapist is top notch!
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Read more My therapist, Stephen Medina is professional, caring, smart and is very good at gaining my trust. He is highly skilled in PTSD. I am starting to feel whole again.
Sharron Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Celine is very compassionate and professional
Debra Dec 2023
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Salem is located in McIntire Historic District on Washington St. where it intersects with Lynde St. We share a building with MassHire North Shore Career Center - Salem, Koto Grill & Sushi, and other businesses.

Phone number

(978) 637-8213

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
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