For couples counseling I utilize the Gottman model. I meet with the couple initially together to gather a couples history, assess the couples goals, and identify any areas of current difficulty. I have both parties complete the online Gottman couples assessment*. Then I meet with each partner individually to get their personal history and assess their personal goals. Finally, we come together to review the histories and goals and set a plan of action. After these 4 sessions we then meet once a week for 90 minutes to work towards the couples identified goals. I typically recommend weekly couples sessions for the first 6 to 12 weeks after the 4 assessment sessions, but this varies between couples. Weekly sessions are beneficial for the early stages of therapy in order to establish goals and to start working towards identified goals. Once progress has built momentum, couples sessions tend to fade to bi-weekly then to monthly.
*An important part of the 4 series assessment sessions allows me to rule out: Substance Abuse / Addiction, Personality Disorders, and Domestic Violence. If any of these 3 issues exist couples therapy cannot take place until the issue is addressed. I do not work with these specific issues, therefore you will be referred out to a qualified professional to help assist you in this area. Please note that couples may also be referred out at the conclusion of the 4 sessions if I feel they need more specialized intervention based on information gained over the course of the assessment sessions.
I have a "NO SECRETS" policy for couples therapy. Please see the Policies section for more information.
Common Issues I Treat Include:
- Affair Recovery
- Chronic conflict
- Communication Issues
- Intimacy Issues
- Feeling disconnected from each other
- Life transitions
- Premarital work
Couples Assessment Session Package contains Four 1 - 1 1/2 hour sessions that include:
An interview tracing the trajectory of your relationship, gaining a couples history, observing how you interact especially during difficult discussions, completing the online Gottman assessment, meeting with each partner individually for a personal history, and a review session where you will hear about your relationship profile including the strengths and challenges you bring to the table as a couple, what needs to change, and what it will take to have a lasting satisfying relationship.
Cost for the Start-Up Couples Assessment Session Package: $575 per couple (price includes online Gottman assessment & 4 sessions.)
Couple Session, 90 minutes $175
*The Gottman Couples Assessment can help pinpoint what causes the relationship trouble spots as well as the strengths that hold you together. This assessment is geared towards all stages of relationships, whether new relationship, premarital, or marital. The Gottman Couples Assessment is 480 questions in 5 unique sections. The assessment accurately evaluates a relationship's strength and challenges, and provides personalized feedback for effective intervention.
Want to schedule an appointment? I'm thrilled that you're interested in working with me! To get started contact me via email at CBradshawLPC@gmail.com