Intensive therapy for couples
Marathon Couples Therapy is a highly-effective, intensive, and evidence-based therapeutic modality for couples wanting to heal old wounds, move beyond negative interactive patterns and embrace new communication skills for creating the best relationship ever.
The first Marathon session lasts between 12 to 18 hours over the course of two days, which allows us the time and space to dive deeply into your issues and concerns. I work based on what needs to be addressed that day, not on a clock.
The Marathon experience can be truly transformational.
You can expect to have the trajectory of your relationship shift to something more positive, hopeful and productive.
The Marathon Couple’s Therapy Process
Once you have booked a Marathon session with my assistant, Marissa, you will be emailed a packet to fill out. In it, you’ll be asked numerous questions about your current state of affairs, as well as to describe what it is you hope to achieve in our two days of therapy. For most couples, their intentions mesh. For other couples, they have different intentions or goals, yet still need to come to some sort of resolution. I see it as my job to honor both individual’s truths and dreams, and to facilitate my clients in accessing new strengths, new skills and gaining new insights, which then will move them in the direction of their goals.
I review this packet of information prior to meeting with you and your goals become my guideposts.
On the morning of our first day together, the three of us will meet. There I gather more information about your history together. I am examining the arc of your story while also identifying strengths that once existed—but have since diminished—as well as the strengths that live on. These will be the scaffolding we will use during our two days together. This is followed by me meeting with each of you privately to gather family-of-origin information. The three of us then reconvene—at which time I offer my assessment of your relationship, how you got to where you are, a summary of its current strengths and challenges, as well as my plan for moving you toward your goals.
The rest of the first day and all of the following day are spent working to achieve those intentions.
Throughout our time together, you’ll learn concepts and processes that you can use as a couple, no matter what the issue or topic, to connect more deeply, communicate more effectively and manage conflict more skillfully.
A few days after your Marathon session is concluded you will receive a 7-10 page written summary of the work accomplished. This summary contains a detailed description of every concept and process taught, as well as suggestions and recommendations made to each of you, describing what you each may wish to focus on in order to stabilize the changes made in the Marathon Therapy.
For some couples, a single two-day Marathon serves to move them to where they wish to be. For others, we schedule follow-up session. In that latter case, we schedule enough time to dive in to whatever needs to be addressed, and you pay for the time utilized, not the time booked.
For more information or to schedule a Marathon Couple’s Therapy session with me, please contact my assistant, Marissa: Marissa@NWMarriageCounseling.com