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Thrive Counseling Center
Therapy for Individuals, Couples & Family

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Couples Counseling

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At Thrive Counseling Center we strive to be transparent about the process of counseling.

We know that counseling is something that a lot of people feel hesitant to talk about, and resistant to share their experiences, which can lead to confusion and a lot of unknowns about the process. Especially if this is your first time considering working with a therapist.

Our goal is to demystify the counseling process and help you understand how counseling works.  

Below are some of the most common questions we are asked and some answers to get you started.  If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact us by email, or give us a call. 

Couples Counseling

Man and woman touching foreheadsIf your relationship with your partner is struggling, there’s a good chance you both could benefit from couples counseling in Auburn, WA.

It’s normal for couples to go through occasional “lulls” or difficult times, but if your relationship’s been struggling for a while, working with a couples therapist can probably help. 

Benefits of Couples Counseling

Common benefits of couples counseling in Auburn, WA include:

  • Improved communication flow between partners 
  • Dedication or rededication to the success of the relationship 
  • Feelings of clarity or improved focus regarding the relationship
  • Deeper feelings of physical/emotional connection
  • Stronger ability to express wants and needs 

Relationship or Marriage Help

Couples counseling can help your marriage or relationship if you feel stuck or like you are at a roadblock with a particular issue. We offer couples counseling in Auburn that is diverse and unique to you, which means that no two couples experience the same sessions and that no two sessions are the same. We can help you and your partner address common relationship issues that have to do with:

  • Finances
  • Sex and physical intimacy 
  • Children
  • Work
  • Stress management 
  • Household duties 
  • Achieving goals
  • Upcoming milestones such as children moving away or retiring from a job 

Couples counseling provides you and your partner with a safe space to discuss your issues and work through problems before they become too challenging.

Contact Our Auburn Counseling Office

To speak with a couples counselor near Auburn, call us at (206) 567-7267 today!

Absolutely! At Thrive Counseling Center, we work hard to provide much-needed support to neurodiverse adults and their families. For many neurodiverse adults who are in a romantic relationship, this also means offering couples counseling

Partnerships with two neurotypical individuals face different challenges and roadblocks than partnerships where one or both partners have neurodiverse minds. Our counselors understand this, and we choose to offer neurodiverse couples therapy in Federal Way and online for people who want to strengthen their communication skills and have healthier, happier relationships. 

If you, your partner, or both of you identify as neurodiverse, there is a place for you here in our counseling office. 

Neurodiverse Couples Counseling in Federal Way

Our counseling sessions can help you and your partner:

  • Embrace the neurodiversity in your relationship rather than hiding it or feeling ashamed
  • Both learn how to advocate for yourselves and ask for what you need in a neurodiverse relationship
  • Express your feelings in a way that both partners can understand and process
  • Learn to be patient with one another when situations are more challenging than they might be for a neurotypical couple

Contact Our Counseling Team Today

If you’ve been searching for “neurodiverse couples counseling near me” in Federal Way, we can help. Our counseling team is accepting new clients and can schedule couples counseling for you and your partner either in-person or via telehealth, depending on which is more comfortable and convenient for you. 

To get started, please call us at (206) 567-7267 or send us a text at (206) 659-1153 today.

This is one of the most common questions we are asked. Your goals will primarily determine the length or number of sessions of counseling in Federal Way. Some goals take longer than others to achieve. 

Let’s see if we can break it down for you a little more…

The patterns or dynamics you are struggling with now didn’t happen overnight. Chances are you have been feeling this way for some time, or have struggled with a challenge for a while.

Profile of man staring off into distanceIt doesn’t take as long to discover new options and heal as it took to get to where you are now, but we can’t change everything in a week or two. 

Number of Counseling Sessions in Federal Way

Typically, we will recommend a minimum investment of 6-8 sessions to really make headway with what you are struggling with. After that, we continue for as long as counseling at our Federal Way office feels useful in helping you meet your goals.  

Contact Our Federal Way Counseling Office Today

Have more questions about if counseling might be helpful for you? Please give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email. We are always happy and determined to help you reach your goals, and we welcome any questions you may have. 

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Just as you have a medical doctor who helps you protect your body and who can care for you when you get sick, you can also have a team of mental health professionals on your side to help you care for your mind. 

Importance of Mental Healthwoman getting counseling from female therapist

Keeping yourself mentally healthy is just as important as keeping yourself physically healthy, and a mental health counselor in Federal Way, WA can assist you if you’re struggling.

Mental health counselors, also known as therapists, can:

  • Provide a safe space where you can discuss sensitive issues in your life or seek help when you are struggling 
  • Offer counseling services for couples and families in addition to individuals 
  • Help you learn healthier, more effective ways to manage your stress or cope with challenges in your life 
  • Create a sense of accountability for your behaviors if you’re struggling and want to get back on track 
  • Validate the way you are feeling and help you process your emotions more productively 

Counseling professionals get into their line of work because they genuinely care about people and their wellbeing. Our mental health counselors in Federal Way are licensed, trained individuals who want to help you get into a better headspace and improve your quality of life.

Contact Our Federal Way Therapy Office

If you have questions about counseling in Federal Way or are curious about how seeing a therapist might help you, please call us at Thrive Counseling Center by dialing (206) 567-7267 today!

Premarital counseling is therapy for couples before they tie the knot. During these counseling sessions, couples can discuss essential aspects of a marriage, including financial planning, decision-making processes, family relationships, and much more. 

You and your partner may talk about if you want children or not and define other expectations for your marriage. All questions and topics are welcome, and there’s nothing off-limits. Usually, premarital therapists ask couples to explore specific issues, dig deep, and revisit previous impressions about marriage before they walk down the aisle. 

man and woman smilingCommon Topics in Premarital Counseling Sessions

Here are some common topics you and your partner may explore during premarital counseling in Federal Way:

  • Your Marriage Expectations and Values
  • How Your Past Impacts Your Future Together
  • Plans for Resolving Future Conflicts
  • Money Management and Finances
  • Avoiding Issues with Intimacy 
  • Fostering Healthy Communication
  • Having, or Not Having, Children

Whatever your therapy goals may be, we can discuss that in our sessions and create an individualized plan for you and your partner.

Premarital Counseling in Federal Way 

Are you and your partner looking for a way to learn more about each other before marriage? Please get in touch with our team today to schedule a therapy consultation with one of our premarital counselors. We look forward to meeting you and helping you prepare for your marriage. 

Woman looking at cellphone during virtual therapy in federal wayHere’s the thing, it’s likely that the secret you are thinking about is part of what’s getting in the way of you both feeling connected and on the same page in your relationship. 

We will discuss with you in the first session (if you are coming in as a couple) that we can’t do our job effectively if we are put in the role of secret-keepers throughout your counseling with us. 

That being said, if there is a secret that you are holding that you are fearful of disclosing to your partner, counseling is a really good venue to get the support you need to share the secret.

Chances are, it’s going to come to light eventually.

How Counseling Can Help 

Counseling can often help minimize the fallout, and help you share in the most productive way possible.

With the help of your therapist, you can disclose what’s going on for you in a way that has the potential to bring you both closer together instead of drive you apart. We respect how hard this process is, and certainly would work with you before we did a disclosure session with the two of you.

Contact Our 98003 Therapy Office

Are you ready for some help in getting your relationship back on track?  You can schedule online with one of our therapists now, give us a call at 206-567-7267, or send us an email.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a specialized therapy approach that focuses on restructuring unhelpful, unhealthy, and untrue thoughts.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) aims to help individuals in counseling identify how their actions, thoughts, and emotions intertwine and how these aspects can greatly affect how they feel about themselves and the world around them.

How does CBT work?

CBT is incredibly popular with therapists around the world. The root of this behavioral therapy is to recognize unhelpful behavior patterns—because when we learn to change our negative thoughts and challenge untrue assumptions, we become happier and improve our quality of life.

CBT is a form of “talking therapy” where an individual works one-on-one with a counselor to change behaviors and thought patterns. CBT does not typically focus on the past or previous life traumas—rather, it seeks to help the individual move forward and have more hope about the future.

What types of problems can CBT help with or improve?

Cognitive-behavioral therapy in Federal Way can help you if you’re struggling with any of the following:

  • Negative “self-talk” or habitually being unkind to yourself
  • Generalized anxiety
  • OCD
  • Relationship problems 
  • Insomnia
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Fear and phobias
  • Coping with grief 
  • Work-related stress

If you’re interested in trying cognitive-behavioral counseling in Federal Way, please contact our team today!

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