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1,746 people sought couples therapy help at Washington in the last year

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

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Starting Couples therapy

What is Couples therapy?

Thriveworks Couples therapy helps couples work through their specific relationship issues. It 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 couples therapy include:

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

How does Couples therapy work?

Couples therapy 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 couples therapy 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 Couples therapy conducted in person or online?

Couples therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you and your partner.

How long does Couples therapy last?

On average, couples attend couples therapy for 12 weeks. However, couples therapy may last longer or shorter, dependent on the couples' needs, the challenges they'd like to work through, and the pace of their progress.

Need more help deciding?

Do you and your spouse ever struggle to connect? Are you always arguing about nonsense? Is there room for improvement? If the answer is yes, to any of the above, couples counseling can help. Couples counseling at Thriveworks Washington, DC (Metro Center) is led by skilled, caring professionals. They are experts on relationships and they are ready to help you make important strides toward a happier, healthier dynamic.

“Couples counseling gets many couples back together. But not all, and not always. For your own sake and that of your children, however, I recommend it—I almost insist on it—as the first step for anyone unhappy in a relationship.” –Laura Wasser

If you and your partner (or spouse) no longer feel that spark, you argue constantly, or you just don’t maintain a “perfect” relationship, you may think that it’s time to call it quits. But the reality is that there are steps you can take to improve your relationship tenfold. Thriveworks Washington, DC is here to help you make these improvements and move forward together.

How Does Couples Counseling Work?

Your Thriveworks Washington, DC couples counselor will ask you and your partner about your needs and goals for couples counseling. Then, they will work to customize a treatment plan that’s right for you.

One benefit is that your provider can offer helpful tips and tools for building a better relationship. For example, they might offer the following tips to implement and save your relationship:

  1. Learn how to communicate: One of the most common reasons relationships break down is due to a failure to communicate. When you’re both shut down your options to rebuild a relationship are slim to none. Open up, discuss the issues with your partner. It’s important that you’re honest and that you allow your spouse to be honest as well.
  2. Move into action: Discussing your problems is part of the equation but it’s not enough in and of itself. Don’t stop when you start to feel better. Come up with solutions and a clear plan for actions you can take to deal with the issues you’ve uncovered.
  3. Keep your expectations in check: It’s not reasonable to expect that you’ll repair your relationship overnight. It’s common to take a step back for every step forward you take. Work hard not to be discouraged. Keep on the right path and it will get both easier and better.
  4. Stay on the right track: When you start to see improvement remember that you must still continue to work. Resolving some of your problems will bring relief but keep in mind that not talking about what was going on is part of the reason you got into this situation in the first place. Stay proactive and deal with problems as they arise.
  5. Keep a positive attitude: You do need to discuss the issues in your relationship but you should also discuss what you love about your marriage or relationship. Don’t focus solely on what isn’t working—take the time to talk about what you appreciate about each other. This simple step will make it easier to get things back on the right track.

Your Thriveworks Washington, D.C. couples counselor will guide you on the important journey to a happier and more fulfilling relationship. Their skills, training, and experience will enable them to empower you in your unique relationship.

Work with a Couples Counselor at Thriveworks Washington, DC

As you work to save your relationship or marriage, you must work together. If one of you feels that you’re doing most of the work then they’ll become overwhelmed. Be open to talking things through together and stay on track as you begin to make progress. Remember why you want to stay together.

If you are ready to schedule an appointment, give Thriveworks Washington, DC (Metro Station) a call at (202) 221-8410. We are ready to help you when you’re ready 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 Washington therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Washington
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 Washington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
Read more I’ve really been helped by Thriveworks. I have a wonderful counselor who has been able to arm me with resources and knowledge surrounding my mental illness so I can be more prepared against my own future thoughts or environments. I’ve been able to request a different psychiatrist when one was not entirely a correct match for me, and I always get great positive feedback and respect from my mental health care professionals. It seems like they actually want you to have a good match with someone and will help you along the way.
DC Dec 2021
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★★★★★
As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Read more As an educator of students with a variety of special needs, I can attest to Sam's pedigree as a counselor. He is a skillful communicator, a staunch advocate for his clients, and he demonstrates an uncanny ability to remain calm and knowledgeable despite every and any difficult situation. Sam has been an invaluable resource to me in understanding the underlying conditions and trauma that provoke certain behaviors in children. In short, he has made me a better teacher!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Read more As the mother of a son with behavioral challenges finding an advocate to join your team is essential. Sam, my son’s therapist, came into our lives and changed our lives. We is extremely competent, caring, committed, tenacious and firm, unrelenting as an advocate and therapist for my son. He has also encouraged me and assured me of my successes. Everyone NEEDS a Sam...he’s available!
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Read more I've known Sam for many years and I can honestly say he truly cares. If you have Sam on your side, he'll give you the shirt off his back if you need it. He is hardworking, ethical and completely committed to his clients and their wellbeing.
Washington, D.C. Jun 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry DC is located on Wisconsin Ave near the waterfront. We currently share a building with Core Architecture and Design, Quarterlife Center, and Window Wears.

Phone number

(202) 932-7587

Languages spoken by DC providers

  • English
  • Creole
  • French
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