GOTTMAN METHOD COUPLES THERAPY
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relationship assessment and coaching
Jill Lillard, MA LPC is a certified Gottman therapist and provides intensive marital therapy utilizing the treatment model and assessment tools of the world renowned Gottman Institute.. The assessments used are derived from nearly 40 years of research and implementation.
If saving your marriage is a priority you will want to be seen regularly and rapidly. Intensive therapy begins with a very comprehensive assessment of the marriage using interview and online assessment. After assessed, a couple can anticipate 90 to 120 minute therapy sessions 2 to 4 times a month. Duration can vary based on couples needs, but will be determined at time of assessment.
The cost for marital therapy is exponentially cheaper than the average cost of a divorce. Doing even a years worth of therapy intensively, does not exceed the national average cost of a family summer vacation. While you may feel this is an expense you cannot afford, marital therapy is a valuable investment in moving toward greater peace, joy and relational clarity. Couples counseling can be an essential tool in evaluating where your relationship is and where you are going.
*Initial Assessment $550:
- up to 4 hours of face to face time scheduled in two appointments (interview and feedback session)
- Access to online Gottman Relationship Assessment (on your own approximately takes 1 hour)
- Face to face feedback session
- Relationship summary
- Goals and treatment recommendation
*Due to the time commitments required for these sessions, payment of one-half of the session fee is expected at the time of scheduling
Couples who show for the appointments and do the work, show a substantial increase in relationship satisfaction.
It is typical for couples to pay $1200 to $2000 to shift their relationship satisfaction from unhappy to satisfied. Generally insurance will not pay for marital therapy unless you or your spouse is diagnosed with a mental health disorder and the focus of the treatment is pertaining to the disorder. Requiring marital therapy to be billed under the constraints of one individual limits both the scheduling and intervention, as well as the accessibility of the records to one person. As my interventions in working with couples is not the treatment of one person's "disorder", all sessions are self pay protecting the integrity of the services offered.
Prior to your appointment you will individually and privately complete The Online Relationship Assessment through the Gottman Institute. Upon scheduling your assessment the receptionist will get email addresses for each of you in order to link you to the assessment. The first session is scheduled for 3 hours and includes interviews together and individually. At the second appointment the couple will receive feedback based on the interviews and written Couples Assessments. At that time, specific goals and areas of treatment are identified and the couple agrees for a time frame to continue therapy.
Subsequent sessions are 90 to 120 minutes. we have found with sessions shorter than this couples leave frustrated and upset as there has not been time to properly open up, discuss and deescalate emotionally sensitive matters. In addition to scheduled appointments, your therapist may also give you exercises to practice between sessions.
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