I provide couples and individual therapy. I also provide family therapy, but only to families with young adult and adult children. I would be pleased to make a referral if you are seeking family therapy for children of adolescent age or younger.
Contracting for Individual or Couples Therapy
If you are considering contracting with me for couples therapy, there are a few things you need to know about my practice.
It is necessary to contract with me for either individual therapy or couples therapy. Often prospective clients call and ask if they can see me for awhile and then bring their partners in. This is not advisable as the partner who has not been in the sessions from the onset may feel as if their partner has an advantage over them and fears they will be the 'odd man out' and that an alliance has already been formed. To avoid this, I encourage prospective clients to determine what their goals would be for the therapy sessions. Do they at this time want marital or individual therapy? If the client determines they would prefer marital therapy, I like to follow the process below:
- Session 1 - Couples Meeting
- Session 2 - Individual Session with Partner A
- Session 3 - Individual Session with Partner B
- Session 4 - Couples Meeting: Feedback session of my hypothesis regarding the presenting problem and goals, solidification and arrangements for continued therapy.
"No Secrets" Policy
I practice by the standards set forth by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. I consider the couple (the treatment unit) to be the patient. If we contract for couples therapy and either partner A or B calls or emails me, the contact and information discussed in that contact can be aired in the session. This "no secrets" policy is intended to allow me to continue to treat the couple by preventing, to the extent possible, a conflict of interest to arise where an individual's interests may not be consistnet with the interests of the unit being served. This, if you feel it necessary to talk about matters that you absolutely want to be shared with no one, you might want to consult with an individual therapist who can treat you individually regarding those matters.
Premarital Services (Premarital Inventory)
Many couples are interested in taking a premarital assessment prior to marriage to assist in getting their marriage off to the best start possible. I have been offering the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment since 1998. These instruments are scientifically developed based on research at the University of Minnesota.
Areas of Exploration: 20 Categories
- Personality Issues
- Financial Management
- Spiritual Beliefs
- Children and Parenting
- Family & Friends
- Sexual Expectations
- Realistic Expectations
- Leisure Activities
- Role Relationship
- Idealistic Distortion
- Family of Origin
- Type of Marriage
- Self Confidence
- Conflict Resolution
- Marriage Expectations
- Couple Closeness
- Couple Flexibility
- Family Closeness
- Family Flexibility
The Process: You and your partner can take the PREPARE/ENRICH in my office or online. I will receive a 15-page computer report that summarizes your relationship strengths and growth areas. You will receive 4-6 feedback sessions to discuss ways to build your strengths as a couple using a 25-page workbook provided for you.
- Online assessment - $35.00
Feedback Sessions Cost:
- Intake Session - $175.00 - 60 minutes
- Feedback Session: $135.00 - 55 minutes
- Package Rate For Prepare/Enrich ONLY: Intake Session and 5 Feedback Sessions - $830.00 (PIA)
- Without the package rate - $885.00
Insurance does not cover the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment
Why do I offer the Premarital Inventory?
Many couples are advised by their clergy to receive premarital counseling before marriage. When 54% of all first marriages end in divorce and 20% of those divorces occur within the first two years of marriage, I believe taking a premarital inventory is well advised. You have surely heard the saying "love is blind." I think it is useful for couples to have an honest and accurate perception of themselves as well as their partner before entering into a partnership with the intent that the partnership will be a lasting one.
The advantages of working on a premarital inventory with a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (www.aamft.org) and a Certified Sex Therapist (www.aasect.org) is that I will be able to address concerns and questions you may have, offering over 25 years of experience in the field.
For more information about PREPARE/ENRICH, visit www.lifeinnovations.com