We take you through a thorough scientific process:
Being seen weekly allows you the chance to learn and practice skills, and discuss problems more productively. If you aren't participating in an intensive, we may suggest that you commit to a minimum of 6-8 weeks of weekly treatment before spreading them out to every other week.
You have the chance over this period to learn skills that you get to practice, and discuss problems that arise as they happen.
In the later stages of therapy, we will phase out or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of therapy. In an intensive, you'll use your available follow-ups to reinforce your learning.* Although you may terminate therapy whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one joint session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye. You can also feel free to come in again, as a refresher.
Some of our clients will see us for a period of time to accomplish a particular goal, then take a break, returning at a later date as the need arises. Perhaps it is when normal life transitions, such as children starting school or leaving home, or retirement occurs. Sometimes it is when stress becomes too intense, like when illness, a job change, or a death in the family happens, and taxes your resources. At these times, our couples are relieved to know they can focus on the issues at hand, with a true couples therapist who already knows them well.
The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, we will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about therapy at any time.
In the outcome-evaluation phase, four follow-up sessions are planned, one after six months, one after 12 months, one after 18 months, and one after two years. These sessions have been shown through clinical research to significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previously unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires an ongoing evaluation of the methods we've used, and skills you’ve retained. The purpose of these follow-up sessions, then, and feedback questionnaires will be to fine-tune your relationship skills as needed, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy you’ve received.
*Follow ups are at an extra cost and may be in-person or online depending upon state laws. Check with your couples therapist.