Sometimes there is just no time to waste. For couples in crisis or couples just wanting to get down to work in a concentrated time frame, we offer several options for more intensive couples therapy.
Depending on your time availability, the issues you are dealing with, and your financial resources, you may opt to do anywhere from a 6hr 1-day, to a 2-day or 2-day+ intensive. All 1-day intensives are offered on select Fridays.
All couples intensives are currently offered online as well as in-person, depending on comfort level and vaccination status. Please contact us for availability below.
Sample schedule for the 1-day intensive:
- Friday 9-10:30am Introductory couples session, followed by two 1hr individual sessions
- Friday 12:30-2pm Lunch
- Friday 2-4:30pm Couples therapy follow-up session
Sample schedule for the 2-day+ intensive:
- Introductory Couples Session: Wednesday or Thursday Evening 7:30-9pm
- First Full Day: Thursday or Friday
- 9:30am-12pm Two individual sessions
- 12-1:30pm Lunch
- 1:30-4:30pm Couples follow-up session
- Second Full Day: Friday or Saturday
- 9:30am-12pm Couples session
- 1:30-4/4:30pm Final couples session
- Follow-up session 4-6 weeks later, 60 minutes scheduled at couple’s convenience in person or via teleconference (this time can alternatively be used to follow up with an ongoing couple therapist)
What would we hope to accomplish in this accelerated time frame?
The right length couple intensive can be determined according to your availability, financial resources, and level of urgency. Keep in mind that most couples therapy is conducted for approximately an hour a week, so even a one day retreat offers a way to get through what would otherwise take a month’s time.
The first 90min is your opportunity to talk about your relationship, both the ways you feel stuck now in the present as well each of your views about what brought you together. As you tell your story and share the pain of what has gone wrong, we will be tracking the relational dance between you and referencing what we now know as the science of love relationships to help you make sense of your experience.
We follow this initial meeting with two 75min individual sessions so that we can learn a little about each of your histories and get a sense of your individual concerns about the relationship.
The remainder of day one, we come together to really dig into the first stage of treatment, the de-escalation of the conflict cycle. What this means is that we try to understand the relationship pattern that continues to undermine your connection, specifically by exploring what emotions are driving the behaviors that pull you apart.
If we have the next day to continue our work, we will take steps towards finding new ways to strengthen the bond between you by expressing the fears of closeness that get in the way, and voicing each of your needs with a newly emerging vulnerability.
A couples intensive offers a way to jump in and really get a sense of what can be done to change the course of a relationship that seems to be in trouble. It is often advisable to follow up your intensive experience with an ongoing couples therapy, as there is a need to integrate the learning and skills over time. If you are coming from a distance and cannot find a skilled therapist in your home location, we will discuss options as we wrap up our time together.
How do we know if a couple intensive is right for us?
A pre-screening interview by phone with both members of the couple on the line is conducted prior to making the commitment or paying a deposit. If we decide to move forward, an extensive intake packet is sent out to be completed and submitted the week before the initial meeting so that your therapist is already familiar with the particular strengths and weaknesses of your relationship.
What are the fees and how is the payment made?
The cost for a 6hr 1-day intensive is $1,600, while the cost for the 2-day+ intensive is $3,400. Payments can be made by check or credit card. A deposit of 50% is required to hold the date with the balance due the day prior to meeting. Fees will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.