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2,882 people sought marriage counseling help at Winston-Salem in the last year

Discover how starting 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 Winston-Salem, NC 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 Winston-Salem, NC work with their clients to create goals, decide on ideal timelines, and establish treatment plans.

Need more help deciding?

Something in the marriage is different. You’ve noticed it over the past few months, but it may have started sooner. You are having a hard time saying what “it” even is. Maybe it is the constant fighting Maybe it is the anger that rises more easily. Maybe it is the coldness you feel toward your spouse and from your spouse. What has changed? How can this marriage get back to where it was? Or how can they move forward if that is what needs to happen? Being married often is idealized in movies, but the reality is that marriage is hard. That is why so many wedding vows include a promise to love “for better or worse, in good times and bad, for richer or poorer, in sickness and health.” The reality is that many spouses reach out for help during those times of poverty, sickness, and difficulty. It is okay to struggle. It is ok to get help. Marriage therapy has helped many spouses address the problems in their relationship and move forward toward a better future.

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.”
—Barbara De Angelis

Many first marriages end in divorce—40 percent, and the rates rise for second and third marriages. Many other spouses choose to stay in the marriage and work through the difficulties. There is no right or wrong choices. Only those within the marriage can decide. However, there help and support for the journey. Marriage therapy has provided the support many spouses need to establish a better relationship with their spouses—regardless of what that relationship looks like.

The marriage therapists at Thriveworks Counseling in Winston-Salem know that it can be hard to work at your marriage. We have worked with many couples, and we have helped them work toward a better relationship.

Should We Go to Marriage Counseling?

When spouses are having a hard time connecting, they may wonder if now is the time to reach out for help. There is no right or wrong time to start therapy. Different couples will choose to start therapy at different times. A few of the reasons some spouses have started marriage therapy include…

1) One or both spouses have cheated: Affairs can destroy a marriage. They introduce pain and distrust. They are a crisis point for many marriages. Some spouses choose to continue with the marriages. Others know they want out. Many do not know what they want. Marriage therapy is a great place to explore options with the guidance of a relational expert. If spouses want to continue in the marriage, a skilled counselor can often guide that process. If spouses want a divorce, a skilled counselor may also guide that process.

2) One spouse wants to change the other: One foundational principle of mental health is that people cannot change others—they can only change themselves. This is particularly true when it comes to spouses. When one spouse is trying to change the other, they will not succeed. Instead, they often introduce disappointment, frustration, and shame into the relationship. A better way is for each spouse to take full responsibility for their own personal growth. Marriage counselors often teach spouses how to set these vital boundaries.

3) These is too much tension in the relationship or there is no tension in the relationship: All couples disagree and argue. Tension in the relationship can be a sign of a relationship’s health when it is in the right proportion. Sometimes, relational experts talk about the golden ratio—happy couples often have five positive interactions for every negative one. Both are important. Couples should feel the freedom to disagree. They should also have the skills to address the issue, resolve it, and move forward so that they are not arguing all the time. Many times, spouses learn these skills in marriage therapy.

Scheduling an Appointment at Thriveworks Winston-Salem for Marriage Therapy

If you or your spouse are considering going to marriage therapy, know that Thriveworks Winston-Salem has available appointments. Marriage counseling is not a quick fix for relational problems, but there are ways it may tangibly help. A few of the ways marriage therapy may help include…

  • Pinpointing toxic behaviors. As insiders in the relationship, it can be difficult for spouses to see if they are relating to each other in unhealthy ways. Toxic behaviors can destroy a relationship without either spouse understanding what is happening. Marriage therapy often helps spouses raise their awareness of the unhealthy ways they are interacting.
  • De-escalating the hostility. When spouses attack each other instead of the problem, the hostility can overwhelm them. The tension needs to be brought down to neutral so that problems can be solved. Marriage therapists can often teach spouses healthy conflict resolution skills.
  • Prioritizing change. Making some adjustments will help couples more than others. Some changes take time while others need to happen now. Marriage therapy often helps spouses prioritize which changes to make and when.

Are you ready to meet with a marriage therapist? Thriveworks Counseling in Winston-Salem is ready. When you call our office, you may have your first appointment within 24 hours. We offer evening and weekend sessions, and we accept many forms of insurance. However, we never put our clients on a waitlist. We know that working at your marriage is difficult. Scheduling counseling should not be. Call today.

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 Winston-Salem therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Carolina Behavioral Health Alliance (CBHA)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Winston-Salem
Talk therapy

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Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

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Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

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Hear from our clients

4.8 Learn about verified reviews
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Clifford Feb 2024
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My Therapist Sara M. is an amazing Therapist. She is an excellent listener, coach, and is very attentive to the needs of the patient. I was able to connect with her in ways that I have not been able to connect with prior therapist. I am truly grateful to have found Thrivewoks and their referral to Sara M.
Read more My Therapist Sara M. is an amazing Therapist. She is an excellent listener, coach, and is very attentive to the needs of the patient. I was able to connect with her in ways that I have not been able to connect with prior therapist. I am truly grateful to have found Thrivewoks and their referral to Sara M.
Gloria Feb 2024
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Customer service was horrible! All I simply wanted to do was update my insurance and the process was extremely frustrating
Read more Customer service was horrible! All I simply wanted to do was update my insurance and the process was extremely frustrating
Shereen Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Suzanne is an excellent therapist. She is professional, listens intently and cares about my well being. I could write much more, and suffice to say that she’s simply the best!!!
Read more Suzanne is an excellent therapist. She is professional, listens intently and cares about my well being. I could write much more, and suffice to say that she’s simply the best!!!
Sandra Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Great experience with Suzanne Hillin
Clifford Dec 2023
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★★★★★
I’ve worked side-by-side with Suzanne Hillin on the frontlines of addiction, trauma, and serious mental illness for several years. Her knowledge of her profession runs deep, as well as her warmth, care, and concern for her clients. She’s the counselor you’ll want in your corner when facing any kind of challenge life throws your way.
Read more I’ve worked side-by-side with Suzanne Hillin on the frontlines of addiction, trauma, and serious mental illness for several years. Her knowledge of her profession runs deep, as well as her warmth, care, and concern for her clients. She’s the counselor you’ll want in your corner when facing any kind of challenge life throws your way.
Winston-Salem Jan 2022
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★★★★★
Suzanne gave creative ideas for situations to be applied. She showed care and concern. I have recommended her to others.
Read more Suzanne gave creative ideas for situations to be applied. She showed care and concern. I have recommended her to others.
Winston-Salem Dec 2021
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★★★★★
Kysha Duncan is an awesome therapist. She shows empathy and compassion, as well as professionalism. She's a therapist that you don't mind talking to about anything because you know you won't be judged. She has her own unique way of empowering you towards your journey of healthy mental health.
Read more Kysha Duncan is an awesome therapist. She shows empathy and compassion, as well as professionalism. She's a therapist that you don't mind talking to about anything because you know you won't be judged. She has her own unique way of empowering you towards your journey of healthy mental health.
Winston-Salem Mar 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Winston-Salem is located off Country Club Rd between Greenwich Road and S Stratford Rd, in the Highland Plaza building. Across the street you will see the Winston-Salem Fire Station and we currently share the building with PNC Bank.

Phone number

(336) 203-8853

Languages spoken by NC providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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