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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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Our therapists in Sunnyvale are booked, but we have 11 other therapists in CA available for an online or in-person session.

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?

There’s a reason that wedding vows don’t just mention the best. They also mention the worst. In a wedding ceremony you usually pledge to love someone in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer. Because everyone knows that marriage and intimate relationships always contain downs with the ups. And often it’s how you deal with the non-peak moments in your love life that can define how well you will endure together in the long-term.

Couples therapists and marriage counselors at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA are fully licensed and expertly equipped to help couples navigate all moments of their relationships, whether two people are in the throes of conflict, or they just need a supportive, guiding hand to help them communicate a little better. Sometimes people can be so emotionally involved in their relationship that they can’t see the forest for the trees. Sometimes they can be blind to the obvious because they’re so deeply attached. And other times they need help identifying their maladaptive thought and behavior patterns modeled after their own parents’ relationship. 

Whatever the current status of your intimate partnership, marriage therapists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can help you shine a light on what’s wrong–and what’s right–in your relationship.

How Can My Partner and I Benefit from Couples Therapy or Marriage Counseling?

There’s an infinite number of reasons why a couple might seek therapy, and those reasons don’t have to be based on acute, dramatic conflict. When you have your initial appointment with a licensed marriage counselor at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA, they’ll probably want to know what your goals are for the sessions. Here are some potential couples therapy objectives that you might relate to:

  • I want to model healthy relationships for my kids.
  • I want to get our spark back. 
  • I want to stop fighting all the time.
  • I want to feel safer and more secure in my relationship.
  • I want to be able to trust him/her again.
  • I want to feel less angry at him/her. 
  • I want to have more/better sex.
  • I want to feel appreciated.
  • I don’t want to get divorced.
  • I want to be a better partner.
  • I want to be able to open up emotionally without him/her getting defensive.
  • We want help healing after a traumatic event.

When you come to a couples therapist, it’s important to remember that their role isn’t to assign blame or identify who did what to whom. A marriage counselor’s role might be to act as a moderator, a challenger, a neutral observer, an educator, a support system, and a healer. They’re trained to see the perspective of both parties and help find real, practical solutions to problems or misunderstandings. They can also help identify when one spouse might need extra support, for instance from a substance abuse counselor or a depression counselor, mental health services which Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can also provide.  

Can We Meet with Our Couples Therapist Online?

The licensed counselors at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can meet with couples online as well as in-person. Sometimes it can be more convenient to schedule sessions virtually so all parties don’t physically have to be in the same place at once. If one partner is reluctant to meet, online counseling might seem like a less intimidating option because you can meet with your therapist in the comfort of your own home. You can also schedule the session for evenings or weekends so you can avoid taking time off work. Online appointments are secure and HIPAA-compliant, using the latest version of Thriveworks telehealth technology. Your health insurance policy may even cover the sessions. 

Perhaps best of all, many of the modern, problem-solving techniques that marriage therapists can use to address relationship difficulties can easily be adapted for online counseling. For example, the guided practice of “reflective listening,” where you and your spouse learn to use “I” instead of “you” statements, works just as well online. 

Treat Your Marriage to a Couples Counseling Session at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA

Think of marriage counseling as a mutual gift you can give you and your partner. Together, in couples therapy at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA, you can learn problem-solving techniques that may serve you for the duration of your love bond. With the compassionate support of our licensed therapists, you may find that you become better partners, and better people.

When you call to schedule an appointment at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA, you’ll usually meet with your therapist within 24-48 hours of booking. Our appointments begin early or on-time 97% of the time. And you’ll benefit from our ultra-flexible cancellation policy. You can also access your therapist by phone or email between sessions.

Call today to learn more about Thriveworks’ many benefits. Our marriage therapists are standing by and ready to help you and your partner develop the skills you need to fulfill your vows.

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 Sunnyvale 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

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Magellan

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Getting here

We share a building with the dental office of Dr. Satinder R. Singh. We are at the intersection of W Freemont Ave and S Mary Ave. Across the street is an Arco gas station, Country Gourmet American Bistro, and De Anza Square Shopping Center.

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(408) 741-9636

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