Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Jill Lillard, MA LPC is a level III trained Gottman therapist and provides intensive marital therapy utilizing the treatment model and assessment tools of the 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 written assessment. In most cases, a couple can anticipate 90 to 120 minute therapy sessions 2 to 4 times a month. Duration can vary based on couples needs, but typically one may attend 4 to 6 sessions and then check in and evaluate progress and planned course of treatment.
The cost for marital therapy is exponentially cheaper than the average cost of a divorce. Even if you did a marital assessment and did therapy twice a month for a year (that is a lot of marital therapy!) you would not exceed the average cost of a family summer vacation. So while you may feel this is an expense you cannot afford we see that marital therapy is a valuable investment that produces a return in the emotional and relational aspects of your lives. Moving toward greater peace, joy and clarity is possible and quality marriage counseling can be an essential tool in evaluating if you can create some positive movement in your relationship.
- Initial Assessment, up to 4 hours scheduled in two appointments, total price is $450*.
- Written report of assessment (optional) $100
- Subsequent Sessions, 90-120 minutes $200*
It is typical for a couple to invest $1650 for the course of assessment and 6 follow-up sessions. 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.
Prior to your appointment you will individually and privately complete The Sound Marital House Written Assessments. These must be returned to our office one week prior to your appointment, giving Jill time to score and ask relevant questions during your individual interviews.
Your first two sessions comprise the Couples Assessment which may last up to 4 hours. This is divided into 2 sessions. 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. Following an assessment, Jill also offers Marathon Counseling Sessions which may be scheduled over the course of a day depending upon clients needs and desires.
Please download and complete COUPLES PAPERWORK prior to your first appointment. You can only view and download these documents if you have an appointment scheduled with Jill and have received a password to access the documents. If you have a password you can access the documents by clicking link. below.
Assessment forms have been designed by The Gottman Institute and copyright permission has been granted to Jill M. Lillard, MA LPC to reproduce these materials for use with her clients in couples therapy and for no other use. Access to material via web page must be passcode protected for use with Jill's clients only. Public access or use by other therapists without permission from The Gottman Institute, Inc. is denied.
Click links below for more information
Link to Couples Assessments
Reliability and Validity of The Gottman Sound Relationship House Scales