Phases of Treatment
- Phasing Out of Therapy
- Outcome Evaluation
In this first phase of therapy I will meet with you to learn what brings you in to therapy, your relationship history and what your goals are as a couple. This will also give me an opportunity to observe your strengths in the area of friendship and relationship closeness, as well as to identify problem patterns in conflict communication. In the second session I will meet with you each individually to learn more about your personal history and what you each perceive to be the source of the relationship difficulties.
You will also complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup online survey that streamlines the assessment process and provides your therapist with personalized, clinical feedback plus specific recommendations
for treatment based on your answers.
In our third or fourth session together I will provide you with feedback on the data I have gathered from the interviews and the survey and suggest a plan of action for how we can work together to accomplish your goals.
Most sessions will be 90 minutes where I will see you together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. You may also receive some exercises to practice at home between sessions.
Many clients ask, "How long will it take?"
I am committed to helping you achieve your relationship goals as soon as possible. The length of treatment will depend on your specific needs and goals.
Phasing Out Therapy
In later phases of therapy we can meet less frequently as you and your spouse are able to put into practice the various tools for healthy conflict management and communication. At this point you will know what behaviors make your relationship run more smoothly and increase the sense of love and respect you feel for one another.
Most of the work will involve sessions in which you will be seen
together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual
sessions are recommended. We may also give you exercises to practice
Although you are free to terminate whenever you wish, it is recommended to phase out therapy to be sure you are maintaining the changes you have made in your relationship.
In this final phase of treatment, we will agree together on a follow-up plan. Research in couples counseling has shown that follow up sessions significantly decrease the chance of relapse into prior relationship destructive patterns. Follow-up at 3 to 6 or 9 month intervals will allow a chance to fine-tune any of your acquired relationship skills, if needed, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy you have experienced.