Couples Counseling

Couples, Marriage and Premarital Counseling

In-person services available in Chicago. Virtual services available for residents of Illinois and Colorado. Insurance accepted.

Couples Counseling in Illinois and Colorado

We believe in nurturing the bonds that bring you together. Whether you’re facing communication challenges, navigating conflicts, or seeking to deepen your connection, we’re here to support you with couples counseling, premarital counseling, and marriage counseling services. With virtual appointments available for residents of Colorado and Illinois, and in-person sessions offered in Chicago, we’re committed to providing accessible, compassionate care tailored to your needs. Begin your journey towards a stronger, more fulfilling relationship today.

Types of Couples Counseling

Couples Counseling

Couples counseling is beneficial for any relationship. Whether you’re newly together, have hit a rough patch, or simply want to enhance your connection, couples counseling provides a safe space to explore emotions, improve communication, and build stronger bonds. It’s particularly beneficial for those experiencing communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts, or feeling disconnected. By seeking guidance from a trained therapist, couples can gain insights, learn effective strategies, and cultivate a deeper understanding of each other, fostering healthier and more fulfilling relationships. Don’t wait for issues to escalate—start your journey today.

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Premarital Counseling

Premarital counseling is a proactive and invaluable investment for couples embarking on the journey of marriage. Designed to equip partners with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of married life, premarital counseling offers a supportive environment to explore expectations, values, and potential areas of conflict. It’s beneficial for couples at any stage of their relationship, whether they’re engaged, considering marriage, or even in a committed partnership. By participating in premarital counseling, couples can strengthen their bond, enhance communication skills, and develop a deeper understanding of each other, laying a solid foundation for a resilient and fulfilling marriage. Whether you’re seeking to address specific concerns or simply want to fortify your relationship, premarital counseling empowers couples to build a future together with confidence and clarity.

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Marriage Counseling

Marriage counseling is a transformative journey for couples at any stage of their relationship. Whether you’re newlyweds adjusting to life together, experiencing conflicts, or seeking to reignite the spark in your marriage, counseling offers a supportive environment to navigate challenges and foster growth. It’s beneficial for couples facing communication breakdowns, unresolved conflicts, or feeling disconnected, providing tools to improve understanding and strengthen bonds. By addressing underlying issues, learning effective communication strategies, and gaining insights into each other’s needs, marriage counseling empowers couples to build a resilient and fulfilling partnership. Whether you’re proactively investing in the health of your marriage or facing specific challenges, embarking on the journey of marriage counseling can lead to profound transformation and a deeper connection with your partner.

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Learn More About Couples Counseling

Have questions about couples counseling? No worries! Schedule a consultation with our office to find out more about couples counseling and whether it is right for you, or to get paired with the right therapist.

Topics That Can Be Addressed in Couples Counseling

  • Communication breakdowns
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Rebuilding trust after infidelity
  • Family planning and infertility
  • Managing differences in parenting styles
  • Navigating major life transitions together
  • Addressing intimacy issues
  • Balancing individual needs within the relationship
  • Coping with financial stressors
  • Healing from past trauma or unresolved issues
  • Cultivating emotional intimacy
  • Managing stress and external pressures as a couple
  • Building shared goals and visions for the future

We Take Insurance!

We work with several major insurance providers for couples counseling, including:

Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) PPO


United Health Care




Don’t have insurance? Not a problem! Visit our Payment & Insurance page to see your payment options and to view a full list of accepted insurance providers.

Couples Therapy Approaches

Emotion Focused Therapy EFT

Social support in relationships is crucial for overall well-being, and at Optimum Joy, we’re deeply committed to empowering couples to cultivate resilient, thriving partnerships. Through our dedication to continuous learning and growth, our entire staff underwent four days of intensive training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), a leading modality for couples counseling.

EFT emphasizes the importance of understanding and addressing the underlying emotions driving relationship dynamics. Understanding attachment styles in relationships and how they impact the dynamic between partners is a key component of EFT so that attachment wounds can be healed. We believe that by equipping ourselves with the tools and knowledge of EFT, we can better support couples in building strong, resilient relationships that positively impact not only their lives but also the broader community.

Gottman Method

The Gottman Method is a renowned approach to couples counseling based on over 40 years of research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. It focuses on strengthening relationships by enhancing communication, fostering intimacy, and resolving conflicts constructively.

Through assessment tools and evidence-based interventions, the method helps couples develop skills to manage differences, build trust, and deepen emotional connection. At our practice, our staff is proficient in the Gottman Method, allowing us to provide tailored support to couples seeking to strengthen their relationship foundations and create lasting positive change in their lives.

The next step is reaching out

Whatever brings you here, we’re excited that you’re ready to move forward with growth and healing. We’re available to match you with a therapist and get you scheduled.

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