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Every couple is different, and so are the challenges they may face. Our marriage therapists help you communicate and work mutually towards rebuilding your relationship.

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Are You Facing Difficulties in Your Married Life?

Every marriage has its ups and downs; if you face challenges, reaching out to a marriage therapist can help.
  • Emotional Disconnect

  • Lack of Trust

  • Infidelity/Cheating

  • Lack of Intimacy

  • Communication Difficulties

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Communication Issues

Communication Issues

When communication lags in a marriage, disharmony grows. Communication issue can lead to arguments, tensions, and long-held resentment, which in turn can make it difficult to discuss your feelings. Some couples go years without addressing their communication issues. When these issues rise to the surface it can cause blow-out arguments and fracture the relationship. Learn how to address long-held resentment and heal communication issues with marriage therapy.

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Emotional Distance

Emotional Distance

The 7th and 8th year of marriage are the most common time for a divorce. Although every couple divorces for different reasons, one is emotional distance. As we grow comfortable in our relationship, we can become complacent if we're not careful. This can result in withdrawal, frequent criticism, lack of empathy, or simply no spark. It can feel like you're living with a roommate and not a romantic partner. Marriage therapy is one way you can close the emotional distance between you and your spouse, ensuring you'll be in love for decades to come.

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Intimacy Issues

Intimacy Issues

Another aspect of a relationship that is easy to let slide is intimacy. As life gets busier, intimacy can get pushed to the back burner again and again. But physical, emotional, and romantic intimacy is important for a healthy, thriving relationship. When your marriage lacks intimacy you risk seeking those bonds outside of the relationship through infidelity or grow resentment and contempt. Marriage therapy can provide you a place to be honest to each other about your intimate relationship and find places to improve.

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Difficulty in Parenthood

Difficulty in Parenthood

Parenting offers moments of warmth and satisfaction, yet it also presents hurdles and exhaustion, often culminating in frequent disagreements and tensions between parents. Deprivation of rest and sleep, coupled with the intense pressure of child-rearing and a diminished sense of intimacy, are common experiences in the journey of raising children. Seeking guidance from a marriage therapist can provide valuable insights for you and your partner, aiding in navigating the stresses and obstacles inherent in family building.

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Regardless of the depth of your connection, every relationship requires boundaries. These boundaries serve to honor each other's space, interests, and values. Excessive control over one another often leads to the deterioration of marriages. If you find yourself hesitant or unable to establish clear boundaries, it could signal a problem, and it might be necessary to become more firm about them. On the flip side, if you are in a controlling relationship, a marriage therapist can help you and your spouse navigate what newer, healthier boundaries looks like for the both of you.

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“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”


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What to Expect During Marriage Counseling?

Every relationship is distinct, so your therapy sessions will be too. Professional online marriage therapy can deal with communication issues, loss of emotional connection, and other common and uncommon marriage struggles.

Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychodynamic therapy can help couples uncover thoughts, feelings, and past events that they were not aware affected their behavior. We all carry baggage from previous relationships, and sometimes those habits and thought patterns make their way into our current marriage. Through Psychodynamic Therapy, our licensed marriage and family therapists help couples gain awareness about their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors to cultivate change. You can expect to confront emotional and mental distress, practice self-reflection, and learn how to support one another.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for marriages is a great tool to address miscommunication and long-held resentment. Through this process you will learn to pinpoint negative, untrue thoughts and behaviors and replace them with positive, true thoughts and behaviors. For example, when one of you does something that they believe is helpful, but the other interprets as passive aggressive, you are at odds. CBT helps you understand and appreciate each other's point of views and values to prevent future conflict.

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Gottman Method

Gottman Method is one of the most popular and effective strategies for marriage therapy. During this therapy you will work together to pinpoint behaviors that harm your relationship. The Gottman Method teaches that there are four Horseman of marriages that cause conflict: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. This marriage therapy method will help you address these four areas of conflict, ease verbal communication errors, and break down barriers that create a sense of stagnation in your relationship.

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Emotion-Focused Therapy

Emotion-Focused Therapy for marriages is a great tool for those dealing with a mental illness in addition to marital problems, such as anxiety, depression, substance use, or ADHD. It is also commonly used to heal problems relating to infidelity. Through Emotion-Focused Therapy, you will learn how to support one another, form a secure emotional bond, and help one another heal by listening to and honoring one another's emotions.

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Imago Relationships Therapy

Imago Therapy is another popular marriage therapy that seeks to solve present-day conflict by healing old wounds. Imago Therapy teaches that we each have an idea of love based on our childhood relationships and experiences. By healing any misconceptions of love or traumatic experiences, we can fully experience healthy love in the present. And by working together to heal from past traumas, couples strengthen their current emotional bond. Imago Therapy is also adept at resolving conflict.

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Solution-Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Therapy is a great choice if you are struggling with a specific issue, such as burnout, work-life balance, or working towards a goal like owning a house or starting a family. It is a short-term and goal-focused therapy approach that can provide extra supports to couples who are already relatively healthy but are working through trying times. External conflict can occur to anyone, and is not a sign of failure in your relationship. There is no shame in using marriage therapy to strengthen and ensure the longevity of your relationship.

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Our marriage therapists assist you in identifying unhealthy patterns leading to a strained relationship and developing skills to adapt better.

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Our network of marriage and family therapists assist you with treatment plans that may help build positive growth in your marriage relationship.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 Relationships, including marriages, are rarely flawless. Differences in views, values, attitudes, and personal histories can sometimes create challenges in a partnership. However, it's important to remember that these differences can also be advantageous. As the saying goes, "opposites attract." Embracing these distinctions can help individuals understand, respect, and accept diverse viewpoints and cultures.

However, even strong bonds can be tested over time. What once seemed endearing may now irritate you. Specific factors, such as an extramarital affair or a decline in sexual attraction, can occasionally lead to relationship problems. Communication and concern may gradually deteriorate, adding further strain.

When a relationship becomes dysfunctional, marriage therapy can be a valuable option. The impact of relationship distress often extends beyond the couple, affecting family members, friends, and even the workplace as individuals feel compelled to take sides. It's crucial to address these issues, as relationship distress can lead to excessive stress, tension, unhappiness, and other concerns that impact well-being.

While it's natural to hope that relationship problems will resolve themselves, it's essential to take action. Allowing a troubled relationship to persist can worsen the situation and even contribute to health issues like depression. Seeking support through therapy can provide guidance and tools to navigate these challenges, fostering growth, understanding, and the opportunity for improvement.

Remember, you don't have to face these difficulties alone. Help is available, and taking that first step towards healing and building a healthier relationship is a sign of strength and resilience.

The following are typical problems that marriage therapy can aid you and your partner in resolving:

  • Infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Abusing drugs
  • Conditions of the body or mind
  • Issues with same-sex relationships
  • Collisions of cultures
  • Finances
  • Unemployment
  • Mixed-race families
  • Communication difficulties
  • Issues relating to child rearing
  • Anger

If you feel you can benefit from marriage therapy, we suggest you take help. You can contact Lifebulb through our 24x7 active helpline. You can also find us online, simply search ‘marriage therapist near me’ or ‘marriage family therapist near me’ or ‘best marriage therapist near me’ or’marriage and family therapist near me.’

 When it comes to marriage therapy, it's common for couples or partners to participate in combined therapy sessions. A marriage family therapist or counselor plays a crucial role in helping couples identify the underlying causes of their difficulties, gain understanding, and work towards finding solutions. In these sessions, you'll have the opportunity to openly discuss both the positive and negative aspects of your relationship with your partner. By attending marriage therapy, you can learn strategies to strengthen your relationship, such as open communication, collaborative problem-solving, and respectful discussion of differences.

Discussing your issues with marriage and family therapists can be challenging. It's natural for sessions to have moments of quiet as you and your partner navigate disagreements and perceived wrongs. Sometimes, these discussions can become intense, with raised voices and heated arguments. Remember, your marriage family therapist is there to support you both as a mediator and guide through these emotions and challenges. They will not take sides in these arguments, but rather help facilitate understanding and resolution. With just a few sessions, you may start to see improvements in your relationship. On the other hand, it's important to acknowledge that in some cases, differences may be unbridgeable, and it may be best to consider other options.

Maintaining a successful marriage requires effort, but being willing to fight for your relationship through marraige therapy demonstrates your willingness to make change. With divorce rates on the rise, counseling and marriage therapy have emerged as potential remedies. Here's how counseling can help reignite the spark in your marriage:

  • Confronting the issue: Often, busy schedules and time constraints prevent couples from addressing the issues affecting their marriage. However, conflict resolution is vital for any partnership, especially a marriage. Engaging in a counseling session provides an opportunity for you and your spouse to openly discuss and address the problems.
  • Unbiased advice: When facing complexities in our marriages, it's common to seek support from our loved ones, including parents, relatives, and friends. However, it's worth considering that their perspectives may be influenced by their connection to us. Is it fair to rely on biased opinions? On the other hand, a marriage counselor offers unbiased advice without judgment, providing a fresh and impartial viewpoint.
  • Being transparent: Marriage therapy provides a safe setting for couples to express their differing viewpoints about the union. You can be your authentic selves without fear of criticism or being solely held responsible for the marital problems. Here, a marriage and family therapist can help you both communicate your pain without judgment, fostering transparency and understanding.
  • Collective understanding: In the heat of an argument, it can be challenging to see that nobody truly wins. A marriage therapist acts as a guide, tracking the couple's progress and facilitating growth. Marriage therapy is a journey toward self-discovery that often requires multiple sessions. It encourages shared activities and helps you refocus on the same objective, fostering a collective understanding.

 In the realm of Marriage Therapy, a diverse array of approaches exist. Experts assert that determining the right approach for you depends on your relationship goals. Some common forms of couples counseling include:

  • Gottman Method: Developed by psychologists John and Julie Gottman, who have conducted studies for over 40 years on the behavioral patterns in successful and unsuccessful relationships, the Gottman approach focuses on addressing harmful behaviors known as "the four horsemen": Criticism, Disdain, Defensiveness, and Stonewalling.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): Initially designed to help individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, substance misuse, and eating disorders, CBT emphasizes the impact of thoughts on behavior. A CBT therapist typically begins by exploring each partner's thoughts on the challenges that led them to seek couples counseling. Confronting and adjusting beliefs can enhance communication between partners.

  • Discernment counseling: This form of therapy, developed around 2008, is for couples facing conflict where one partner wants to salvage the relationship while the other is considering ending it. According to Angele Close, Ph.D., discernment therapy offers clarity to both spouses, helping them navigate ambivalence and fully engage in the benefits of couples therapy. The primary aim is to guide the couple in exploring all of their options before making a final decision about the future of their relationship.

  • Emotion-focused therapy: Developed in the 1980s, emotion-focused therapy is among the most extensively researched methods of couples therapy. This approach involves Marriage and family therapists prompting each partner to discuss specific challenging instances in the relationship. Together, they work to identify, explore, and understand the underlying emotions that contributed to these situations. By accessing deeper emotions like grief, hurt, or fear, individuals can better address unmet needs and foster stronger connections.

Lifebulb therapists and counselors specialized in providing in-person or online marriage therapy, counseling, care, and treatment for a wide variety of mental healthcare needs and issues, including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, marriage, PTSD, couples counseling, marriage counseling, life transitions, adjustment disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, eating disorders, child counseling, teen and adolescent therapy, anger management, career coaching, life coaching, ADHD treatment, bipolar, treatment, family therapy, panic attack, phobias, substance abuse, virtual marriage therapy, online counseling, EMDR, EFT, and many more.

Your first session with a Lifebulb marriage family therapist or counselor won't simply be a background or demographic information-gathering session - We know deciding to get help is a big deal and a difficult step. That's why our first offline or online marriage therapy session with you will be about providing you with the service you're seeking and proving that the marriage therapy process can work with the right effort and commitment from both sides.

We believe getting access to a marriage disorder specialist or counselor should be quick and easy. So our process is straightforward. Simply browse our marriage and family therapists' bios to find the right fit for you and schedule a virtual marriage therapy or in-person counseling session online. Or call our office, and a team member can help ensure you're matched with the right marriage family therapist or counselor for you and your goals. Whether the best therapy for marriage online or offline, your therapist will help you with an individualized marriage treatment plan to help you reach your specific goals.

If you are experiencing an emergency right now, please call 911 right away. While Lifebulb is not a crisis bipolar treatment center and Lifebulb marriage family therapists and counselors are not emergency services, we understand that urgent matters can and will pop up from time to time. You will have direct email and phone access to your marriage and family therapist or marriage treatment center, who will make their best effort to be available to you when you reach out. Depending on your specific marriage treatment plan, your marriage family therapist may provide you with resources to use or contact when situations occur beyond the scope of your online marriage therapy or offline marriage therapy work together.

When you book a session with your marriage family therapist or counselor, our team will email you a confirmation of your appointment date and time with a link to the virtual marriage therapy room. Click the link and log in to the virtual marriage therapy room a few minutes before your session, and your marriage and family therapist will meet you there.

Yes. All of our marriage and family therapists are able to provide best online marriage therapy and marriage treatment services to our clients.

We use a HIPAA-compliant video counseling service integrated into our Electronic Health Records System to provide a smooth process for our clients to engage in online marriage therapy sessions. Booking a session with us is easy. Simply call our office or request a specific session time from our website, and a team member can book you with the best possible fit as a marriage family therapist or confirm your online session details. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual marriage therapy.

Booking a marriage therapy session with us is easy and flexible, with several options. You can call our office, and a team member can book you with the best fit-in marriage family therapist. We'll review insurance information and a few simple policies and email you a confirmation of your session date and time, whether in-person or virtual. Or you can select your ideal marriage and family therapist from our website, select a session time that works for you, and we'll reach out to you to confirm your appointment details.

We have a flexible cancellation policy. Call our office or reach out to your counselor or marriage family therapist 24 hours or more before your online marriage therapy session time to cancel or reschedule any appointment at no cost.

Marriage treatment is often a long-term process that can help improve overall relationship health. It has been demonstrated that marriage therapy can solve relationship issues and improve longevity of the marriage. However, there is no gauranteed "cure" to relationship conflict, and sometimes the best and healthiest thing two people in a relaitonship can do is go their seperate ways. 

You can always find the right marriage family therapist who is specially certified and licensed in your state from various online and offline platforms. Lifebulb provides you with the best marriage and family therapist, where in our expert marriage family therapist/counselors can assist you in the right direction towards building a healthy and quality life. We provide both in-person and virtual marriage therapy services in Charlottesville, Toms River, Edison, Alexandria and Cherry Hill.

We provide both in-person and virtual marriage therapy/counseling in our lifebulb counseling center at Charlottesville, Toms River, Edison, Alexandria and Cherry Hill. You can get in touch with our expert marriage and family therapist for building a happy and healthy life.

We accept many major commercial insurance plans for marriage therapy, including Aetna, Amerihealth, Cigna, Optum Health, United Healthcare, Tricare, and others. If you don't see your insurance listed, we would be happy to verify your benefits to see if we can accept them, and if not, we offer you an affordable self-pay rate.

At Lifebulb, we operate without any ongoing membership or fees. We believe that everyone deserves to receive the best online marriage therapy service experience. And we believe those benefits should come free of any ongoing out-of-pocket fees simply for engaging in marriage therapy. With us, your only session costs will be those set by your insurance provider or our low self-pay rate.

While many practices accept only self-pay clients or out-of-network benefits, at Lifebulb, we aim to keep your costs low by accepting most major insurance plans. Often the out-of-pocket expense per online marriage therapy session is a low copay determined by your specific insurance provider and plan. We also offer a self-pay rate lower than many practices for those without insurance or simply preferring not to use their healthcare benefits for in-person or virtual marriage therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely picky about who we hire to help you achieve your ptsd therapies goals. But we understand that every marriage and family therapist may not be the perfect match for every client. If your marriage therapy experience is less than you hoped, we will help you get set up to see someone you prefer.

We take the responsibility of maintaining your privacy seriously. Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

Therapists that don't enjoy their workplace are often, unfortunately, unable to provide their clients with the best possible level of counseling and marriage therapy. That's why at Lifebulb, our marriage and family therapists are our top priority. This means that your counselor or marriage family therapist can provide you, their client, with the best bipolar treatment because they enjoy the work they do in session with you, where they work, and who they work with.

Our online marriage therapy sessions are all conducted by our marriage family therapist to aid marriage in private spaces, and our video platform is contained within our HIPAA-compliant Electronic Health Records system, so your face, voice, and data are always private and protected.

Lifebulb is considered a covered entity under HIPAA guidelines, which means we are subject to all HIPAA rules and regulations. If you have any questions (or recommendations) about our privacy and security practices, we want to help. Contact us at

At Lifebulb, our biggest difference lies in our therapists. Many practices, large and small, often put growing businesses before growing people. It may sound simple, but at Lifebulb, we treat our marriage and family therapists like valuable people that provide a valuable service. What does that mean for our clients? While we believe therapists and counselors, regardless of where they work, do their best for their clients, we've found that marriage and family therapists who genuinely enjoy where they work are able to provide the best therapy for marriage disorder to those they help. To that end, our primary goal at Lifebulb is to provide our therapists with the best possible environment in which to operate. In doing so, we believe Lifebulb clients are best positioned to accomplish their bipolar treatment goals through in-person counseling or virtual marriage therapy.

At Lifebulb, we are extremely selective about the therapists we hire because we know choosing the right therapist can make all the difference in our clients reaching their goals. Our marriage and family therapists are all educated at the masters level and above and have received several years of hands-on training before becoming fully licensed clinicians. Even among the pool of highly trained therapists, we only work with those who align with our core values. That way, we know your marriage therapist will go the extra mile to help you and offer the best therapy for marriage disorder online or in-person counseling.

Lifebulb’s clinics has several locations for providing in-person counseling and is adding more regularly. We also provide telehealth or online marriage therapy session services for those who may live distant from our offices.

At Lifebulb, we take great pride in our team of counselors who are not only extensively educated and trained but also hold full clinical licensure in counseling. We believe that great therapy starts with the right expertise and qualifications. To ensure the highest standard of care, we conduct thorough interviews with our marriage and family therapists. These interviews help us understand their background and expertise, allowing us to match them with the right clients. We also prioritize your safety by conducting background checks to provide you with peace of mind. We also understand the importance of continuous growth and improvement in the field of therapy. That's why we emphasize ongoing education for all of our counselors and therapists. By staying up-to-date with the latest developments and techniques, our team can consistently provide high-quality in-person and online marriage therapy services.

 At Lifebulb, we understand how crucial it is for our clients to work with the best possible therapist fit for their marital needs. That's why we provide detailed bios of our marriage and family therapists for you to review before reaching out to us. These bios give you a glimpse into their background, experience, and approach, so you can find someone who resonates with you. If you already have a specific marriage therapist in mind to work with, we are more than happy to schedule you to see them. We want you to feel comfortable and confident in your therapy journey.

However, we also understand that sometimes clients don't always find the perfect match right away. In the case of a less-than-great fit, we are here to help. Our dedicated team will support you in finding the right therapist from among our talented group. And if it's necessary, we will provide the best possible referral to someone outside of our practice who is better suited to address your specific needs.

A professional counselor is a highly educated and experienced mental health professional who has obtained a master's or PhD-level degree in counseling. These compassionate individuals have undergone rigorous training and have been approved by a state licensure board to diagnose and treat mental health disorders.

The specific name of a professional counselor's license may vary depending on the state, but some of the most common licenses include Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). These licenses are a testament to the counselor's dedication, expertise, and commitment to providing the highest standard of care.

 At Lifebulb, we have licensed clinical psychologists on our team. Psychologists can provide unique services like top-notch online marriage therapy and psychological testing that other professionals may not offer. Your counselor or marriage and family therapist may collaborate with a psychologist to offer bipolar medication, marriage therapy, and psychological testing when needed to meet your specific needs and goals. This collaborative approach allows us to cater to a broader range of your needs, ensuring comprehensive and customized care for you.

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