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577 people sought couples & marriage counseling help at Waltham in the last year

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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?

Marriage and Couples Counseling in Waltham, MA—Counselors and Therapists at Thriveworks

Courtney and Tanner are high school sweethearts. It started out as a fluke date night but turned into a 10-year adventure. Today, they are celebrating another anniversary—although, it doesn’t feel like a celebratory, happy, or loving day. How could it when Courtney and Tanner have barely spoken a word to each other? They’ve only talked about who would drop the kids off at school and who was in charge of making dinner.

Flash forward a few weeks later: Courtney decides that it’s time to do something about their indifference toward each other. Hopeful, she convinces her husband to join her for couples counseling. After just a few sessions, she can feel their connection building again. There’s a spark—something they haven’t felt in years.

“Commitment requires a willingness to sit

with unresolved conflict matched with a strong resolve to soften your hearts together.”

–Sevin Philips

If you and your partner or spouse are experiencing problems in your relationship—such as a lack of connection, communication issues, or different visions for the future—couples counseling or marriage therapy can help you too. All couples run into their fair share of difficulties; even the strongest of the strongest relationships struggle. Fortunately, though, you can overcome the challenges that you face. And a marriage or couples counselor at Thriveworks Waltham can help you do so.

What Is Couples Counseling? How Does It Work?

Couples counseling helps couples overcome challenges in their relationship and/or learn tools to overcome challenges that may arise in the future. These challenges often include:

·      Communication errors

·      Financial stress

·      Visions for the future

·      Infidelity

·      Lack of intimacy

Your counselor or psychologist will work with you and your partner to confront the challenges that appear in your relationship. While the counseling approach can vary from counselor to counselor (and depending on your unique situation), often, couples counseling focused on identifying present issues, making healthy changes that will improve relationship satisfaction, and outlining a clear plan for moving forward as well as determining where the couple wants to be in x amount of time.

The Stages of Relationship Development

Research shows that healthy relationships grow and change over time, going through various stages of development. These stages are not always linear, but typically occur in the same order. You have probably experienced many of these stages yourself. Each stage has its own unique benefits and challenges. Some of these relationship stages include:

  1. The Romance Stage:This first stage is also called the infatuation stage and is probably the one you’re most familiar with. This is the stage glamorized by Hollywood as the pinnacle of your romantic aspirations. Here the relationship is easy, as you get to know your partner and focus only on the positive aspects of their personality.
  1. The Power Struggle Stage: After some time together, however, you begin to see more of your partner’s flaws you previously ignored. This stage of a relationship often sees couples break up and look for more compatible mates, only to repeat the romance/break up process again and again.
  1. The Stability Stage:If you work through the power struggle with your partner, you begin to accept them for who they are. In this stage, you truly know that your partner is different from you and may not always see things the same way. You both have created clear boundaries and learn respect for one another.
  1. The Commitment Stage:This stage sees you and your partner create a balance of love, belonging, fun, togetherness and freedom. In this stage, there are fewer struggles inside the marriage, though the stresses of the world may still press in.
  2. The Co-Creation or Bliss Stage:This stage sees you and your partner as more than just two individuals. The two of you have chosen to be a team moving through the world, providing support for one another. This stage is what most couples seek.

Our professional therapists, psychologists, and counselors in Waltham and across Massachusetts have worked hard to gain a knowledge and understanding of the different stages in a relationship. Through education and practical experience, they learned that each stage can cause unique stresses on a couple, stresses that might separate you and your partner. Unless you resolve your differences in a healthy way and deal with the stress in your relationship, you may keep repeating the same struggles over and over without making progress.

Scheduling a Couples Counseling Session at Thriveworks Waltham

Without the skills to navigate the various stages of your relationship, you can find yourself stuck, frustrated, and unhappy. To help you learn how to move forward, our couples counselors will first meet with you to determine where you are in your relationship and help you pinpoint some of the challenges you and your partner need to address. Once they’ve determined this, our therapists can help you map out how to proceed. Relationships aren’t always easy, but if you put in the effort, your romantic life can improve.

If you’re ready to get started with couples counseling at Thriveworks Waltham, just give us a call at (781) 309-9149. A scheduling specialist will help you schedule a session with a provider who can best help you and at a date and time that best fits your schedule. We look forward to beginning this important work and meeting you soon!

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 Massachusetts therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

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

  • 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 Waltham
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

5.0 Thriveworks Waltham reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Read more Brandon is a very kind and trustworthy counselor. He is dedicated to helping each person he sees and is very empathic to their needs. His caring and compassionate nature help put his clients at ease. He can help guide you through any difficulties you maybe facing.
Waltham Nov 2019
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You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Read more You can tell within a short time of meeting Brandon that he cares about people and has the experience to help others with various needs. His patience, listening ear, and knowledge make him an exceptional counselor and person. You can tell he loves his job of helping his clients.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Read more Brandon Ellis is hands down the best counselor if you’re looking for someone who knows their stuff! His knowledge and expertise surpasses anyone I know. Brandon’s very approachable and easy to talk to. He cares about all of his clients and will work with you till you’re well. Please consider Brandon Ellis if you want a real expert.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Read more Janan is a wonderful compassionate therapist who makes you feel heard and respected. She offers many ways to help with your problems like anxiety and depression that you can use every day.
Waltham Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Awesome/with 5 being the best.
Waltham May 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Read more Kristen is a knowledgeable and compassionate therapist. She is dedicated to her clients and she easily develops positive rapport with them.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Read more Kristen is an empathic and caring therapist. She really takes the time to understand her clients and her therapeutic style makes her clients feel validated and understood.
Waltham Apr 2019
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★★★★★
I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Read more I am really glad I attended my sessions under Janan! She is a very helpful therapist and every time our session was finished I would leave feeling better about myself and would look forward to the next one! Seeking help is a very important step and I highly recommend Janan as your therapist.
Waltham Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Waltham can be reached by taking exit 43B on I-95, and following 2nd Ave to Bear Hill Road. We are located in the same complex as Eastport Real Estate Services. We are next door to Boston Engineering.

Phone number

(781) 905-8487

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