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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?

Relationship issues can take many forms. Everyone who enters a partnership brings their personal tastes, opinions, values, and upbringing with them. Healthy relationships acknowledge and celebrate these differences. But differences can sometimes lead to tension.

Consider the following situations:

  • Audre and Tiffany met through a mutual friend a few months ago. They both love bookstores, watching murder mysteries, and spending weekends at the beach. Audre wants Tiffany to move in with her, but Tiffany has been burned by a quickly evolving relationship in the past.
  • The Paulsons have been married for twenty years. Friends and family think their relationship is perfect. But lately, the pair find themselves bickering constantly. Now that their son is off at college, they’re considering spending more time apart.
  • Sam and Kyle both have kids from a previous relationship. They desperately want to get married, but Sam’s youngest daughter acts out whenever they spend family time together.

These couples have unique experiences, but one thing is true for all of them: they’re facing a turning point in their relationship. Negotiating these challenges could be easier if they consulted a mental health professional familiar with strategies that resolve conflict, strengthen relationships, and bridge communication gaps.

Do you need help nurturing your relationship? Consider working with a marriage and family counselor from Thriveworks Counseling in San Jose, CA. Call our office today to get started.

Reasons People Meet With Relationship Counselors

Couples therapy or counseling can help with a myriad of issues. You don’t have to feel estranged from your partner to visit a mental health professional together. Sometimes, a neutral third party can help you examine and clarify the parts of your relationship that are in need of rejuvenation.

Common reasons couples seek out therapy or counseling sessions include:

  • Coping with a shared loss
  • Trust issues
  • Intimacy concerns
  • Infidelity
  • Household responsibilities
  • Communication difficulty
  • Divorce or separation
  • Major life transitions
  • Differing parenting styles
  • Financial hardship
  • Opposing political views
  • Failure to compromise

Problems can arise at any time in a relationship, whether you’ve just made a commitment to someone or been married for decades. No relationship is perfect. And it’s completely fine if your concerns aren’t reflected in the list above. A trained couples therapist or counselor will listen closely as you and your partner explain your particular obstacles, needs, and goals.

How Couples Therapy and Marriage Counseling Work

Maybe you’ve attended individual therapy or counseling sessions in the past. Perhaps this is your first time reaching out to a trained counselor for assistance. Maybe you’ve tried working with a professional in the past, but it didn’t meet all of your expectations.

There’s no need to worry. A licensed marriage and family therapist at Thriveworks Counseling can walk you through steps of couples therapy or counseling. Many find that therapy or counseling improves their relationships, just as visiting a doctor can improve your physical health.

Therapy or counseling sessions for partners may involve:

  • Narrative therapy: This method asks couples to write down or voice their view of events, which frequently reveals that no single narrative can encompass their shared experience. Contradictions and inconsistencies, when shown, may help you find a new way forward in your relationship.
  • Solution-focused therapy: This short-term practice aims to improve a particularly pressing issue in a relationship. Rather than dwell on a problem, couples are prompted to create solutions with guidance from their provider.
  • Emotionally-focused therapy: This technique focuses on recurring reactions to disagreements that affect your relationship. Many therapists use EFT to help couples form healthy habits that allow for more secure attachments.
  • Positive psychology: A therapist may ask you to identify and focus on positive moments and interactions as they occur in your relationship. The ability to notice these happy times in the present, rather than in hindsight, can lead to more positive perceptions of your time together. Positive psychology typically uses daily journaling techniques.

You may also emerge from therapy with actionable takeaways, such as strategies for remaining calm and compassionate when new conflicts arise in your relationship. Therapy or counseling can offer tools for dealing with sudden tragedies, money woes, and challenging in-laws alike.

Couples Counseling Sessions at Thriveworks in San Jose, CA

Consider working with a trained and compassionate counselor at Thriveworks Counseling if you’re having an issue in your relationship. We have many appointments available throughout the week, on the weekend, and during the evenings. If you and your partner can’t make in-person sessions, we also offer virtual appointments over the phone or through video chat.

Additionally, at Thriveworks Counseling in San Jose, CA, you can access your provider between sessions using text or email. We pride ourselves on accepting many different forms of health insurance and offer flexible cancellations.

More advantages of working with Thriveworks include:

  • 24-hour Q+A with a life coach
  • Exclusive video content
  • Appointments within 24-48 hours

Do you think working with a couples counselor or therapist could improve your relationship? Use our online booking tool or call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in San Jose, CA.

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 San Jose therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Shield of California | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • Imperial Health Plan Medicare Advantage

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry San Jose is located in Bascom - Forest on Forest Ave where it intersects with Clarmar Way. We are in the same building as Peninsula Oral Surgery San Jose. And just before you reach us, in a separate building, is Communications Workers-America. There are also houses behind us.

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(669) 238-4947

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