More About Couples Therapy Inc.

1.  Our Typical Couple

While no two couples are alike, we most often work with couples who are as invested in being successful in their personal lives as they are in their careers, education, or changing the world.  You are the 'Shakers and Movers' of the world. You may run your own successful business, or lead a large corporation. You may be in IT, an app developer, an inventor, an engineer, or in academia, medicine, or law.

You may be in the public eye, either in sports, entertainment, or in your own therapeutic communities, as a therapists, yourself. You seek out the privacy that only remote clinical home or distant offices can provide. Our online couples reach out because they live as international teachers, government employees, diplomats, NGO's or CEO's in multi-national corporations stationed overseas. Or travel extensively.

 

Others live in rural areas on large tracts of land or farms. Some are International couples, while others are expats or military. These couples find it hard to secure high-quality couples therapy where they live.

Many busy professionals have no time for ongoing weekly sessions and find the idea of completing six months of treatment over a weekend appealing. They may continue their work locally, but now with a clear agenda and purpose.

The majority of our couples are in extreme marital distress when they arrive. Some are even on the verge of divorce. They need a place to think clearly and come away with a better sense of what they want out of their relationship. They seek out a couples' specialist with advanced training, as they excel in most things and they expect us to be experts as well.

Many of our clinicians provide fee reduction for active military. See us for details.

Their goal?

To dramatically improve what is most precious to them: Their intimate life with their spouse.

They tell us that we offer a supportive, nurturing environment, enabling them to get in touch with their best selves and to rediscover just how important their partners are to them...and how renewing that commitment once again, to share their love and respect.

They take the time to work through vital issues in couples counseling that block their capacity to experience spontaneous passion and deep satisfaction.

Are you able to benefit from this help?

2.  Does Couples Therapy WORK?

Yes!  But  NOT  the  Way  It's  Practiced  Today...

And here's why:  

While 80% of therapists claim to do couples therapy, according to one researcher, only 12% have ever taken a single course in it!

Couples Therapy requires a different set of skills than individual therapy.

We have those skills. As therapists having devoted our professional careers to working with couples, we use and sometimes innovate the latest techniques that have been proven to be effective. And we have the credentials to prove it. We're trained in at least two theories of couples therapy (one must be evidenced-based) before we're called "Associates."

But many of us have 3, 4, or more certifications.

We find it a joy and a privilege to provide expert, effective couples therapy to our clients.

Couples want more than just a reduction in fighting. They want to enrich their relationships, heal from pain, and recover their innate capacity for joy.

Read what our clients say about their experiences...

3.  What is Evidence-based Treatment?

Many psychotherapists adopt interesting theories about how marriage works.

But theories aren't facts.

Couples therapy is a specialization. While both dentists and eye doctors work on the face, they are hardly interchangeable professions. Same thing goes for individual and couples therapists. They are entirely different specialties and require different training.

We provide clinical services exclusively to couples. Learn more about evidence-based treatment models.

Could you noticeably improve your relationship in a weekend?

We provide expert help for couples in an Intensive Couples Retreat format. You'll experience the equivalent of six months of couples therapy, all in a convenient weekend.

For us, it's a win-win, even with the most troubled of couples.

Couples attend our Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats from within and outside the USA, Europe, the Middle East and across Asia. Intensive Couples Retreats provide a unique way to reach your therapeutic relationship goals, all in (dare we say it again?) a single weekend

African American couple in an embrace smiling

Couples want more than fewer or better fights.

Is this a format that you'd be helped by? Find out.

4. Couples Problems We Work With

Have may have been shaken to the core when your spouse used the word "divorce"?


And worse yet, they expected you not to be surprised?


"We've not been doing well for a long  time..." they might have said. You may have known things weren't good, but had no idea they were that deeply unhappy.


Maybe you are hoping to bring life back to a relationship that is lackluster, to recover from an affair, or just manage conflict in a more useful and productive way.

You are lonely and you don't understand why. 

Perhaps you are fighting off hopelessness that things will improve, feeling cold and mechanical during sex, or having no intimacy at all. Everyone deserves to feel loved and respected, not merely "tolerated" by their intimate partner. We'll bring our experience, enthusiasm, and energy to helping you reach your relationship goals.


"With a collective wisdom of over 300 years  practicing Couples Therapy."


5.  Help that's Easy to Access

Online or Over a Weekend.

Affairs. Loneliness. Resentments. Trouble sharing your deepest feelings. You are hurting, and need fast help.

Relationships are hard, but should also be sweet.

Sustaining a long-term relationship takes effort, dedication, and lots of hard work. But it is the passionate engagement and companionship that makes it worthwhile. Our sole focus at Couples Therapy Inc is in helping your intimate relationship. We work with all relationships, married or not, straight, GBLTQIA, and all religious orientations...  If you are working hard to love better, we can help. We believe in making marriage counseling and couples therapy easily accessible for busy professionals. We do that in two ways: in Online Couples Therapy and Marriage Retreats.

multi-ethnic couple with husband kissing his wife

We are the only practice exclusively devoted to integrating a Comprehensive Online Multi-Systemic Marital Assessment.


(We call it a "State of the Union"), with Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats, and Online Couples Therapy.  We're also unique in helping couples both across the USA and Internationally.  Couples Therapy Inc., has even been featured in a news story on CBS - New York about online couples therapy as a recent treatment modality choice for couples. Do you travel a lot, making weekly sessions impossible? We practice marriage counseling online and in an intensive clinical couples retreat format for couples within the U.S.A., and Internationally. Online marriage counseling is a growing trend.  Will it work for you?

6.  Our Main Office

Our home office is in Cummington, Massachusetts. A little town that time forgot. If you live in the city, and you come here for an intensive, you'll be impressed by the beauty year-round.  It's an idyllic natural setting.

Cummington brags it has the best foliage in New England. That claim, however, cannot be proven!

Couples Therapy Inc. is a family business. We love our New England roots. We have a tradition in Western Massachusetts for excellence in couples therapy, and have several training organizations and professionals who practice here. 

We have a large number of colleges and universities in New England as well. Many of Couples Therapy Inc. clinicians teach as well as maintain private practices and work here. It keep us up-to-date on research, ethics, and collegial spirit. This informs our clinical work. Volunteering and training our colleagues keeps us connected to our profession.

We're proud to be a part of that tradition.

The Berkshires of Massachusetts, North Adams
The Berkshires of Massachusetts.  
Nature at its best.

7.  Our Clinical Team

In our work with you, we draw from the most current research on what helps marriages, relationships and individuals. Laser-focused couples therapy with the most advanced tools.

Our goal is to help you flourish and prosper. Each couple seeking couples counseling is unique.

For this reason, we draw from several models of counseling methodology, as well as our own experience in helping people. All of us are required to have at LEAST Level I & II of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, but that's just the beginning. Some have skill in 3, 4, even 5 methods!

Five of us have obtained the prestigious title of Certified Gottman Therapist, or are board-certified sex therapists. Two of our Master Therapists have been part of an early group of clinicians who have trained professionals in the Gottman Method through their Institute. Three others have Level III training or are on the "Certification Track." Three have run graduate programs in psychology. Another is an ordained minister with over 49 years of couples therapy experience. 

And there are those devoted to the work of Sue Johnson, Ph.D., who, next to Gottman, is the other evidence-based training model out there for working effectively with couples.

We are also delighted to have a certified Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapist (EFT) on staff who will soon be credentialed as an EFT supervisor.

You are assured of getting the highest quality of care.

An astounding set of credentials and achievements for one team to have...and for you to choose from. Doesn't your marriage deserve the best?

"Clinical insight...blending together the art and science of love and relationships. At Couples Therapy Inc we only hire professionals devoted to couples therapy. Our Associates are trained in at least two methods of couples therapy (one of which must be evidence-based."


We speak the following 9 languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • French ​(c)
  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Afrikaan
  • Taiwanese (c)
  • Japanese

8.  Our Clinical Style

We're als​​​​o active in our work with you because research shows that active therapists produce the best results.

In our sessions, you'll get the practical tools you need to support the quality of life and relationship you want. You'll discover how to become calm, even under stress. You'll learn by "doing," not just by "saying." You'll participate in intelligent, engaging, and structured interactions. Our work will stress the science behind the practical information we'll be applying.

Through honest feedback, down-to-earth stories, and even humor, you will develop your capacity to meet life’s challenges and relationship problems that have, up to now, seemed insurmountable. All in an understandable context.

People are surprised how open they can be with us about the most delicate of subjects, even men and women struggling with sexual integrity issues. You will find each of us candid, caring, and collaborative.

But it's not magic. It requires a sincere effort by each of you, and not all issues respond well to these methods. 

Will you?  Ask us.


Young Chinese couple sitting with arms around each other side by side

9.  "State of the Union" Assessment


Before the Start of Treatment

A guiding principle at Couples Therapy Inc. emphasizes the importance of a thorough understanding of your relationship problems prior to beginning couples therapy. While it may take more time initially, like a diamond, we need to strike gently, at just the right point, to help modify or transform your relationship dynamics.

Without a thorough clinical assessment, each couples therapy session would become an aimless "stand alone" meeting without a road map.

While this applies to all couples therapy, it is particularly true for the modalities of couples therapy we work in: Online Couples Therapy and Intensive Marriage Retreats. We are masters of both, and get results, in large part, because of our unique clinical marital assessment process.

We spend an hour and 20 minutes in our final assessment session, going over in detail with both of you:

~ What we have learned;

~ Where your relationship has predictable strengths;

~ Which areas need improvement, and;

~ How long we believe our work will take.

We want you to be well-informed about the particular methods and approaches we'll be using to help your marriage.

We'll offer relevant books, videos, and written exercises accessible online as well. When you know where we're going clinically, you can lead the way! We'll encourage you to take an active role in shaping your clinical experience.

10.  The BIG BIG Book: More than a "Marriage Quiz"

A large part of our success, in addition to our remarkable clinical team, is our thorough assessment was affectionately named by one of our couples: The BIG BIG Book. The BIG BIG Book is completed online, on your own time, by each of you separately and independently. Most of our couples credit the start of their treatment as beginning with working on their BIG BIG Book. 

Our assessment instrument is a multi-step integrated tool composed of more than 8 different clinical measures, including Gottman's famous assessment tools.

The link to The BIG BIG Book is sent to you after you schedule your initial couples therapy appointment. Learn more about The BIG BIG Book here.

Drawing of a BIG BIG Book of Couples Therapy

"Never before have our couples spent so much thoughtful, reflective time considering every aspect of their most important and intimate adult relationship."


Ways to Meet in Couples Therapy

Don't have time for weekly therapy? We offer two options:

1. Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats

Don't have the time to fit in weekly sessions at home? Why not schedule a weekend or midweek Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat? Intensives combine almost six months of "traditional" weekly 45-minute sessions in one weekend!

During intensives, couples spend a weekend in any of a dozen location both inside and outside the USA.

2. Online Couples Therapy VideoConferencing

Couples also video-conference from all over the USA and the world, as do our couples following in Intensive Couples Retreats (state licensing laws permitting). "Fabulous Spouse" is also an innovated science-based program in the planning stages used to reinforce your learning and "relapse prevention."


3. "Fly Me" Therapists

Designated Team members are couples therapists willing to fly into your location and conduct your retreats in a nearby hotel suite. Additional travel, board, and professional licensing costs may apply. Please see us for details.

Would you like to set up a Couples Retreat? Learn how to schedule an initial Online Assessment? 

Contact Daniel

Toll Free in the USA:
844 - 926-8753

International Caller:
+1 212-328-1162

NEXT:  Learn about an evidence-based therapy for couples that has over 40 years of research behind it: The Gottman Method Couples Therapy.