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Specialty in Couples Counseling

Do you and you partner enjoy each other's company, time and love for one another and other commonalities?  Despite the common ground are you struggling to solve problems, to listen and understand one another?  Are you worried that this may be the end of your relationship?  Are you telling one another more often than not that you want a divorce?  Are you worried that if changes are not made you will divorce, separate or break up?

Research shows, that up to 69% of conflict in a long term relationship may not ever be resolved.  In other words the current problem you are fighting about well likely be the same problem in 5 years.  However, this is encouraging to know because you and your partner are (statistically) normal.

 

It is also the fact that while you are having the same argument over and over it does not necessarily mean it is a sign that your relationship is doomed. It may actually be a sign that your relationship has a hope.

Rebecca and Gabriel utilize their training and expertise in EFT (for couples). Additionally, Rebecca is Level 3 and Gabriel is Level 1 Gottman Praitcum Trained. 

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How could we help you?

  • We can give you strategies for working together and communicating more effectively so that you can get back to enjoying each other.

  • We can help you choose kindness. Choose humor. Most importantly, choose perspective.

  • We can help you listen to understand and to validate one another even when you do not agree.

  • We can teach you ways to compromise without losing your own needs and desires in the midst of compromise.

  • We will explore your love maps and I help you gain insight into how those impact your relationship.

  • We will explore and identify the Four Horseman in your relationship and I will help you learn how to overcome and avoid them in the future. 

  • We will help you accept that mistakes are normal.  Arguments will happen - it is about the repair after the fight that matters.

How It Works:

The Assessment Process

One of the things that sets us apart from other types of couples counseling is our in-depth assessment process.  We take time at the outset of therapy to fully understand the issues each couple is facing. Rather than limping along in weekly therapy with no aim or direction, our assessment can more precisely target treatment interventions for each couple’s unique needs. We offer the following options for assessment:

  • A 60 or 90-minute joint session where the couple has an opportunity to share with the therapist their current concerns and the history of their relationship, highlighting the seminal moments that led to the current state of distress. The cost of the 90-minute session is $250, plus an additional $40 which includes the cost of the initial and follow-up questionnaire outlined below. 

  • Confidential online questionnaires  that were created by the Gottman Institute will be completed by each person separately. The questionnaires will identify the couple’s strengths and challenges and will be repeated after a few months to monitor progress towards goals. 

  • One individual session with each partner, allowing them to share their personal histories and perspectives. Each session costs $175.

  • A 60 or 90-minute feedback session in which the therapist shares their observations of the relationship struggles, as well as the development of goals for couples counseling.  The couple will receive a detailed report outlining assessment findings. The cost of the 90 minute feedback session is $250.

 

The Half-Day Assessment Package (5 hours)

This option is ideal for couples who want to accelerate the assessment process outlined above. For this option, the questionnaire is completed prior to session.  The couple meets with the therapist to complete the initial session, individual sessions and feedback session.  The cost of the half-day assessment package is $900

 

Therapy Options

Once the assessment process has been completed, the couple can opt to proceed as follows:

Weekly Sessions

  • 50-minute sessions (cost is $175)

  • 90-minute sessions (cost is $250). This option is recommended.  It allows for couples to have time to explore issues in more depth.  It is based on Gottman’s research where 90-minute sessions were utilized.

Insurance NOT accepted for Couples

We do not accept insurance for couples therapy primarily because insurance typically requires one individual to have a diagnosed mental health condition. Many couples seek therapy for relational issues that do not stem from a diagnosable mental health disorder. Insurance coverage is designed to address individual mental health diagnoses, not the complex and nuanced dynamics of a relationship. Therefore, accepting insurance for couples therapy could limit the scope and effectiveness of the treatment provided. By operating outside of insurance constraints, we ensure that our therapeutic approach is tailored to the unique needs of each couple, focusing on improving communication, resolving conflicts, and enhancing the overall quality of the relationship.

Right to a Good Faith Estimate

You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining how much your medical care will cost.  Under the law, health care providers, including therapists, need to give patients/clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance, an estimate of the bill for medical items and services.  The Good Faith Estimate will provide information on your expected out of pocket costs.  You should expect to receive your Good Faith Estimate at least one day prior to your first appointment with us.  

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