Intensive Therapy - What To Expect

Intensive sessions produce much larger effects and significantly less relapse.
 
 
Intensive Therapy

CloserCouples schedules one day intensives on limited Sundays and Wednesdays. Two or three-day Intensives are possible to schedule as well. All options are generally available within one month’s time. They are 8 clinical hours each day, with specific times TBD (typically 9am-6pm, but this timing is somewhat flexible).


 
 

Possible Liabilities of this Model

It is important, however, that you also understand the risks involved. Despite the “nuts and bolts” approach of this method, Intensive Couples Therapy format may move you more quickly and intensely into the areas of difficulty to be addressed. Therefore, you and/or your partner may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and helplessness. Your therapy may also involve recalling unpleasant aspects of your history together and/or individually.
 
 

What is an Intensive Couples Therapy day like?

This is a multi-hour deep-dive experience of pure focus on the relationship. Besides working on conflict, we also spend time on delightful connection and deep-attunement exercises, all of which reawaken long-dormant feelings of fondness and admiration

Single Day Option:
A one-day marathon is appropriate for couples seeking preventative care, couples with a solid relationship that have some minor issues to work out, and couples interested in premarital preparation.

During the first half of the day, Suzanne performs an Oral History Interview, a Feedback Session, Goal Setting, and starts providing intervention targeting your relationship's specific needs.  In the second half of the day, we solidify your understanding of the Sound Relationship House, and continue the work as indicated using research-based interventions to improve whichever levels of the Sound Relationship House are in need of attention.  This could include working on Love Maps, Fondness and Admiration, Turning Toward, Productive Conflict, Making Shared Dreams Come True and/or Creating Shared Meaning (see https://www.gottman.com/blog/building-a-sound-relationship-house/). At the conclusion of the day, I will provide suggestions for continued work at home, and then I will be on standby if you need integration sessions or follow up intensives.


Two- or Three-Consecutive Day Option:
A two- or three-day intensive is appropriate for couples whose relationship is weighed down by entrenched differences or painful communication patterns.

On the first day, I perform an Oral History Interview, a Feedback Session, Goal Setting, and start providing intervention targeting your relationship's specific needs.  On the second (& perhaps third day), we continue the work as indicated using research-based interventions to improve whichever levels of the Sound Relationship House are in need of attention.  This will include continued and specialized work on levels you most need according to our formulated goals based on the assessment. As in the one-day option, these activities will be focused on Love Maps, Fondness and Admiration, Turning Toward, Productive Conflict, Making Shared Dreams Come True and/or Creating Shared Meaning (see https://www.gottman.com/blog/building-a-sound-relationship-house/). At the conclusion, Suzanne will tell you what areas to continue working on at home and how, and then will be on standby if you need to schedule follow up appointments. 

Upon completion of the therapy, Suzanne may recommend that your intensive session be followed by couples therapy conducted in your home locale if you live out of state. In some cases, coordination between your home locale therapist and CloserCouples may be advisable. Your therapist will have you both sign a Release of Information form to allow for this exchange if further treatment is needed.