Going into the couple’s therapy process, you want to have a clear idea of what it means in terms of time and commitment. Rather than have you enter counseling wondering, I offer therapy programs that have a clear structure that is thoughtfully tailored to couples work & to your specific need.
Making It Work is my signature PLUS couples counseling program that is generally offered in the span of 12 weeks. This means that you can expect weekly or twice a week 90 minute sessions on the first weeks. Then, after progress has been made, you can expect 60 minute weekly or bi-weekly sessions.
I will recommend this program or the SIGNATURE program at the end of our first session, after I learn about the complexity and intensity of the relationship’s issues. This specific program is intended for couples experiencing moderate to severe challenges.
The 12-Week Signature PLUS Program consists of 15 (60 minute) hours of face-to-face or online counseling + a full couples assessment.
THE COUNSELING PROGRAM PROCESS
I speak with you to find out the issue, determine if I’m the right professional to help your relationship, and suggest ways I can help. This is an opportunity to ask me about the process, my special Making It Work couples counseling programs, fees, approach, or any other questions you may have regarding couples therapy.
I see you for an initial 90-minute assessment session where I get to know you, learn about what’s working and not working in your relationship, and establish some ideas on how to continue to make your relationship work. By the end of this session, I will make a recommendation on how we can continue to work together. You will then have the option to choose one of my Making It Work couples counseling programs.
A FULL COUPLES ASSESSMENT
The Gottman Relationship Checkup is assigned to you and your partner after the first session.
Throughout the following sessions, we collaborate on understanding your relationship, where it is where you would like to be, and what it will take to get you there. We then work towards getting you where you want to be in your relationship / marriage by giving you tools for healthy communication, healing pain and resentment, getting to underlying issues and working on them so you can enjoy your relationship again.
A short assessment assigned towards the middle of the couples counseling program in order to gather information on where you’re at in your relationship, your level of progress and content with the process.
A short last assessment assigned before or at the last session in order to gather information about reaching your goals for your relationship, your level of contentment with the program, and continuing care after the counseling process is over.
END OF PROCESS
The process ends when you have reached the point where your relationship / marriage is in a comfortable, stable place. When you are ready to enjoy your partner and your relationship again is where counseling isn’t needed anymore. I often check in with my couples (with permission) after counseling is over to see how they are doing and to let them know I am there for them.
THE BENEFITS OF MAKING IT WORK PROGRAM OVER REGULAR COUNSELING
The process through the program is more structured, has a roadmap, and offers tools and assessments throughout. Consequently, results are immensely improved.
Couples who went through my programs got better outcome in less time than those who entered traditional week-to-week therapy not knowing what to expect.