We would like to do couples counseling. What can we expect?
We will typically begin with four assessment sessions. During the first session, both of you attend. We complete the paperwork and introductions to therapy. Then, you tell me what is going on in your relationship and what you are hoping to gain from therapy. I give you questionnaires to fill out at home. These questionnaires are based on the work of John Gottman, Ph.D. (If you are interested in learning more about them, I recommend you read "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work"). We then schedule an individual session with each person. During the individual sessions, I complete a history interview. It is my chance to really understand who you are and where you are coming from. Please bring your completed questionnare to that session. I will review your questionnaires after our individual sessions are complete. I will then meet with both of you to review the assessment and suggest a treatment plan. Typically, we schedule weekly sessions for the first several months. When you feel like you have made good progress, we begin to space the sessions further apart.