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An effective approach to couples therapy will look a little different. We put together this free course Upgrade Your Couples Therapy, to help you to do just that, upgrade your experience. Whether it is with us or any other couples therapist, your relationship deserves the best.
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Upgrade Your Couples Therapy
Our science-based approach heals intimate bonds. It's been clinically proven to lessen or alleviate relationship distress and enhance marital satisfaction. Connect with our most experienced couples therapists, using the most effective couples therapy methods. Dramatically improve your chances for success.
This free course walks you through what that process might look like for you and your partner.
About science-based couples therapy
Something has brought you to this place. Perhaps your relationship is feeling the strain of an infidelity or other trauma. Your relationship may have started to cool over the years and you miss the spark that you once felt. The pandemic has certainly placed a strain on many couples-there is a lot to manage in this world right now and you are looking for support.
You found your way here because you are searching for help and for the right kind of solutions. Many people don't take that step, kudos for having the bravery to seek support. You are on your way to discovering what our clients know--evidence-based couples therapy is the right way to support relationships.
A secure relationship provides a richer quality of life and a deeper, more intimate friendship.
Are you ready? Don't put it off.
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What will you find in the free course; Upgrade Your Couples Therapy?
Module 1: Getting started
We start off talking about our approach, what you can expect in an intensive, and the BIG BIG Book. Then we will walk you through how to choose the right couples therapist and even the right type of therapy. Whether you work with us or with someone else, we want your relationship to be well-served.
Module 2: Difficult topics
Couples come to therapy for a variety of different reasons and this section takes on some challenging areas for couples. Dr. K and Daniel walk us through special considerations for; trauma, discernment counseling, and affair recovery. We've also included a special section for couples therapy "drop outs," many of our clients have tried other couples therapy approaches in the past and been discouraged by the results. Not to worry--our approach is different and it's already a good sign that you haven't given up!
Module 3: After therapy
What happens after therapy? We want to give you some groundwork to keep the momentum going. Follow-up care will look different from one couple to the next but we can give you some basic guidelines to consider.
Back in 2014, we began to review the landscape of Couples Retreats. These are the most expensive services offered to help couples today. In 2014, some findings shocked us and they still do. And new problems appear, like fake review sites run by one company to promote their own retreats (naturally the “best.") Don’t be taken in. We've included a downloadable guide to finding the best retreat for you and your partner.
Critical resources, all in one place
You will watch videos and read through the lessons together. There is an approach for every learning style and every couple.
Move at your own pace
Do it all in a weekend or one unit at a time. Move through the recommended sequence or skip to the areas where you want to focus the most.
About Couples Therapy Inc.
Who we are
Couples Therapy Inc. is a team of two dozen clinicians practicing in three countries. We are all devoted to couples therapy. We all have training in The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and others are certified or have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well. We share a common drive to improve, regardless of how much previous training or expertise we possess.
We've helped couples like just you all over the globe.
We have reviews from 200+ couples who spent the time, invested their resources, and got practical, tangible change. They describe how they became friends and lovers once again.
We got ideas and a plan to solve conflict
Our relationship was overwhelming with constant fighting. unappreciation with poor conflict management.
Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessful was it?
yes. It was unsuccessful. It was not a good fit for us.
(from the second partner)
We were fighting too much and not communicating well. We needed a reset.
We had consulted with two local counselors for about 6 hour-long sessions. We needed a data-based process and more than just an occasional conversation.
What made you choose Couples Therapy Inc.?
It is science-based. We know about Dr. Gottman method by reading his books
What hesitation did you have about starting couples therapy with us?
Price. Think is very expensive
What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship as a result of your work?
It is continuous work. Slow progress but we had used the information we got to resolve conflict.
What specific qualities did you like most and least about working with this therapist?
Dr. Powell is academic knowledgeable, respectful and reliable. I think Dr. Powells is a good Therapist. I just was expecting somebody with more experience to manage some issues in this kind of therapy and for this amount of money. For instance, we - not the therapist- identified a core issue that affected both of us but we were stuck on ideas of how to solve it. She really did not provide help here. This is an issue that is very common among couples. I think a more experienced Therapist would have been able to provide more help.
(from the second partner) Dr. Powell was not always effective at diffusing a tense situation. Need to get to the results of the data much sooner. The Friday get-to-know-you is OK and I see the purpose of trying to get us to remember why we got married in the first place, but this can be condensed. The individual sessions were helpful to get things off my chest that I didn't want my wife to hear but much of my background was not pertinent, my individual thoughts were not incorporated later (so why ask), and we thus wasted of valuable time. Accordingly, Saturday morning has to be condensed so as to get to the Big Book results quicker. It is only after getting to the data do we know where to work. Because of wasted time, we did not get through all of our most important issues.
Would you recommend your couples therapist and Couples Therapy Inc.? If so, why? If not, why not?
No. I think it was too expensive for what we got. There were issues mentioned in the big book and our individual sessions that never were brought up, so what is the point to have them.
What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc.?
We got ideas and a plan to solve conflict, learned about each other more and have a plan to continue feeding our relationship.
(from the second partner) We got our reset and are committed to working on our marriage.
What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?
hope it works for them. we are trying the best we can for us.
Hope we get the 2 follow-ups with Dr. Powells -3 and 6 months - we were promised by her.
Note from Dr. K:
Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I wanted to address a few issues that you pointed out as problems with Dr. Powell so that people reading this will be able to choose wisely. The Saturday time spent in assessment seemed like a "waste of time" to you, but that's not the experience for the therapist targeting a complicated case such as yours. Without knowing your private thoughts about the relationship, we're in the dark about what feedback to give you! The full assessment is an important aspect of our work, and every Gottman therapist spends time alone with each of you, as directed by Gottman himself.
You mentioned that you, as a couple, identified a core issue that affected both of you. You think Dr. Powell should have done that for you. Here's another take on that: Dr. Powell is a solution-focused therapist, and the questions she asked may have had more to do with helping you to solve your own issues than you may give her credit for. That's by design. Dr. Gottman points out that couples that solve their own problems in our work will have more lasting change than the solutions that the therapist offers to them. So congrats on that one!
You also mentioned that "there were issues mentioned in the big book and our individual sessions that never were brought up."
I'm also glad you also mentioned this. None of our therapists will reveal the information you provide in the BIG BIG Book (BBB) unless you initiate. I'll give you an example: One person discusses a painful betrayal in the BBB, and with the therapist privately, but they simply don't mention it in session. None of our therapists will assume that they've simply "forgotten" to bring it up.
We'll respect the partner's decision about when and how to address it with their spouse.
Most of our couples have multiple issues to resolve, and it sounded like you tackled many important ones, but not all of them. I'm also delighted that you got ideas and a plan to solve conflict, that you've learned more about each other and have learned how to feed your relationship. You are also motivated to continue your work with Dr. Powell in follow-ups. It sounds like, despite your cost reservations, you believe she's a better fit than your former therapist. You'll be continuing with her. I applaud you both for putting your full efforts into making a better marriage.
We'll try to do a better job on our website to help couples like you celebrate your victories in coming up with your own solutions. It's great that you were able to do that successfully and that you're continuing to work together. Keep up the good work!
Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems...
Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems. We were concerned about the cost, given the value of our past therapy. But I wanted to improve my intimate relationship with my spouse.
This therapy was successful and effective. It gave us exactly what we needed to address, we resolved issues verses fighting about them. We have better intimacy, regular relationship, and overall feeling of closeness. The ability to discuss verses arguing. Dr. Wolfe was excellent.
Overall, it was excellent and effective. Our therapist was excellent and high quality. He did an outstanding job.
REAL CLIENTS. REAL RELATIONSHIP CHANGE.
P.S. Are you a "scroller?" You came to the bottom of the page to get the bottom line, here it is: Upgrade Your Couples Therapy is our free online course that will walk you through how to get the most out of your couples therapy. Before you make that investment (with us or with anyone) get the facts on evidence-based couples therapy.