Q: What is a Marriage Intensive?
A marriage intensive is a customized focused individual treatment program for couples in need of help. The process has been proven to be more effective in increasing the likelihood of a couple staying married than individual weekly sessions over a longer period of time.
An Intensive is equivalent to months of Individual couples session in a compacted period of time where there is room and space to unpack the deep root issues and causes to the issues. Education, insight as well as experiential exercises are used as desired.
There are breaks for snacks & meals. Couples choose from 2, 3 or 4 day intensives. There is scheduling flexibility depending on your needs.
You will receive a workbook, a personal video of your communication dynamics with your spouse if desired, and an assessment summary and recommendations as individuals and as a couple. You will also leave with customized tools, skills and exercises to take home.
Q: What will I learn in an Intensive?
You will learn to:
* Repair and Past Hurts
* Gain insight & understanding to your conflicts and behaviors
* Deepen your Bond and Connection
* Develop Empathy
* Take Responsibility
* Change Patterns & Cycles
* Reduce Blame
* Dialogue about feelings & needs
* Provide Comfort
* Listen with Compassion
* Express your Authentic Self
* Restore Trust
* Understand & Strengthen Attachment
* Increase Safety
* Learn to Forgive
* Rekindle Intimacy
Q: Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called "Informed Consent". Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
In the case a report needed to be made the therapist would inform the client.
Q: How long are therapy sessions?
This depends on your needs and situation. Most people come weekly for 50 minutes, 1 hour, 1.5hrs or 2 hrs. Sometimes when working with couples we have longer blocks of time booked. During Intensives we can go up to three or four days in a row to get comprehensive treatment more quickly.
Q: What do I wear?
Dress however you like whether you're coming from home or work. Please feel free to dress is casual and comfortable in jeans, shorts or sweats.
Q: What about food, drinks and bathrooms?
We have bathrooms on site and water available for all clients. Please feel free to bring any food or drink to therapy sessions that you like! For intensive days we provide snacks, coffee and drinks throughout the day.
Q: What about bringing dogs to therapy?
We love dogs and actually believe pets can be healing and soothing. We also believe they can facilitate attachment and help with loneliness.
Q: What is the price?
Please call or email for a price list as it depends on the service and amount of time requested.
Q: What services do we provide?
Trainings for other licensed therapists on giving Intensives.