We span 19 time zones. For one of our therapists, it’s 6 am, another 9 am, a third midnight. Our therapists work different hours, some early mornings, some afternoons, or later in the evening. Some of them are available for evening or weekend appointments as well. If you are in need of a specific time of the day, our office can let you know which therapists on our team can see you. You can also email us at [email protected]
For many clients, the main decision is what modality they would like to use to do couples therapy. They can reach their couples therapist by:
(1) connecting to the internet via a secure video conferencing program (like Skype, only better…), or
(2) doing a week-end couples therapy intensive.
Whether your couples therapist chooses to do traditional evidence-based online couples therapy, Discernment Counseling, “Last Shot” couples therapy, or suggests an Intensive Couples Retreat, depends upon the information you provide during the initial telephone intake and evaluation process.
Our retreats are two hours on the first evening, and 9:30 am - 4:30 pm on the following two consecutive days.
Our online work is not 45-minutes. We see couples for longer sessions (1 hour 20 minutes), as evidence-based training suggests. Learn more about what are evidence-based session lengths.
See our Fees page for more details.
You've got a great team to pick from. Even our newest clinicians have advanced training in several models of couples therapy. Many are certified in a particular approach, and some are Master Trainers and Supervisors of these science-based approaches. You can't choose "wrong."
Our couples choose based on many different criteria. Some choose based upon their locations. Some prefer to read our team’s clinical profiles. Still, others check their specializations. While all of us have training in couples therapy, which includes issues of fighting, affairs, coldness, and distance, or reconciling different values, some of us specialize in particular issues, for example, sex therapy, or attention deficit. Check out our Fees page for affordability, based on your family budget or consider 6 months same as cash from Paypal. Finally, send us an email and ask any questions you may have, or call us at 844 – 9 – COUPLES x2 (844 – 926-87530 x2). We know our clinicians well and can direct you to who to have a “get acquainted” session with.
We don’t have a sliding scale, but there is a significant range of prices charged by our clinicians.
If you can’t afford our services, you can also find low fee therapists at your local Family Service or Mental Health Departments. They are listed in the front of your telephone book by county, or you can search online. We're also offering educational relationship courses and less expensive coaching through our sister site: Fabulous Spouse. You can also check out our Knowledge Base and Videos pages for a lot of useful information about couples and couples therapy
No. With rare exception, couples therapy isn’t covered by insurance companies. Our billing statements is unlikely to facilitate your reimbursement and we are not affiliated with any HMOs or PPOs. We also do not accept payments from insurance companies. We recommend that you check with your insurance company to see what services your policy covers. Learn more
Currently our therapists are licensed in Alaska; Arizona; Alabama; Alaska; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Kansas; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan (pending); Minnesota; Montana; Nevada; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Puerto Rico; South Carolina; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington DC & Washington State. Some states may restrict telemental health to therapists inside their state boundaries. Others limit you seeing out of state therapists a specific number of days per year. Check with your particular state.
In 2016 our clients have come from European countries including France, Germany, England, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland; Middle Eastern Countries such as Israel, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, and Iraq; Asian countries including Australia, South Korea, China, Thailand and Malaysia; South American countries such as Belize, Columbia and Brazil; African countries such as South Africa, Cameroon, and Zimbabwe, and several Caribbean countries. The list expands daily.
We have couples therapists in Australia on the Gold Coast, and Hermanus, South Africa and for several months a year, in Ireland.
They’re a lot different. Many of our couples have tried weekly therapy unsuccessfully. Intensives offer the opportunity to complete 6 months of traditional 45-minute sessions in a week-end. But it isn’t just the volume of sessions, but the impact that doing an intensive has on the couple attending. We already know a lot about you when you first attend through The BIG BIG Book.
We have two and a half full days to get to know each of you, as well as your marriage, intimately. Our work is intensive, not just “more of the same.” Think of the difference between espresso and a cup of coffee. Espresso is more than “strong coffee,” and an Intensive is more than “many therapy sessions combined.” You have the time, away from your normal surroundings, to really reflect on your life, your goals, and your relationship. For many couples, it is transformational, and for others, the weekend allows the couple to make difficult decisions with more clarity and conviction.
If only intimate relationships were all alike, we could give you a conclusive answer. Unlike buying a toaster, the Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats and Intensive Couples Sex Therapy Intensives come with no guarantees. But we can give you some guidelines for who benefits from them the least and the most:
There is one element that every couples therapist knows they are helpless to change: Motivation. We can help you remember why you got together. We can help you appreciate your partner’s better side. We can help you to get to know one another more intimately again, and strengthen your Fondness and Admiration system. But goodwill, forgiveness, and a willingness to give it another chance or a “Last Shot,” is something only each of you can decide to do.
And that’s the mystery that remains in all of this science, and we’ve seen it:
Why does this perfectly functional marriage appear to crumble when all it takes is a bit of goodwill?
Why does this “disaster” of a relationship succeed when all they have going for them is goodwill?
Contact us to set up a brief phone screening and to get available dates. It’s on a “first-come-first-serve” basis…even if you’ve received an invoice from us. Paying your invoice secures your date.
The fees for intensives start at around $3000 in the USA. Fees depend upon the therapist’s license and years of experience. Call with a specific therapist you’d like to see for their current rates, subject to change, usually at the start of the new year.
Learn more about it here. This first workshop includes a complete Gottman Method Couples Therapy Relationship Assessment and sexuality assessments.; Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller “Blink” discusses Dr. Gottman’s work, and you can read an excerpt here. To learn more about The Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach in an intensive format, click here. Want to ask about available dates for your Intensive Couples Retreat, or discuss your situation? Click here.
When you book a retreat, we send you explicit instructions on where to fly in, suggestions about where to stay, and great places to eat.
Write them down and request a telephone consult or email us at [email protected] Our admin can also help you to arrange a telephone consult with our Intake Coordinator, or one of our couples therapists. We want to speak to all intensive couples retreat clients at some point before their intensive, so this would be a good time to get answers to your pressing questions, or just talk to us one-to-one.
Have general questions or to understand how this works, and prefer to call? Schedule a time to speak to our Intake Coordinator or the clinician of your choice at 844-9-COUPLE (844-926-8753) Extension 2.