Couples Counseling in Cleveland - Intensives

What are they and how do they work?


Intensive couples therapy sessions are designed to allow for a couple who has limited time, or has been frustrated with traditional weekly models of therapy, and is ideal for people who want to put aside all of life’s distractions to prioritize their relationship wellness in concentrated fashion. This model is also appropriate for couples who are recovering from a crisis point within their relationship, or to address long standing patterns of difficulty. 

We offer three "standard" options for intensive session.  The schedule can be tailored to your needs and availability, and we will attempt to coordinate schedules conducive to the hours needed for the intensive work. Difficulties that are commonly improved by Gottman-informed interventions in an intensive format are:

  • Recovering from an affair

  • Improving conflict resolution skills

  • Increasing romance and intimacy

  • Re-building trust after a disruption

All too often, couples take a while to agree to initiate couples therapy.  They research to find a therapist they think is a good fit, and often experience a degree of anxiety as they anticipate the date and time of the first session.  They arrive 10 minutes early, fill out paper work, and finally find themselves sitting on a couch face-to-face with the therapist .

 

The next 50 minutes fly by quickly!  Confidentiality is discussed, logistical questions are answered, and the discussion moves to the goals that the couple has to achieve.  The first session typically is not enough time for the therapist to complete a comprehensive assessment, or to be able to start giving direction or homework.  The couple will wait another week to pick up where they left off, which can be frustrating.  This week to week hour can often be consumed by what happened in the week prior and less on the repeated patterns and perpetual difficulties.  At times, problems can worsen during this initial time period, and couples get frustrated and wonder if therapy can help them.

At the Ohio Center for Relationship & Sexual Health, our goal in offering intensive couples therapy sessions (sometimes called Marathon Sessions) as springboard for change, and a way to alleviate the frustration of having the initial change moments of therapy spread over months, and to work towards change within the short but intense time-frame. 

 

Uniquely, there is an option to work with a husband and wife therapy team that helps to  integrate the use of two effective and complementary approaches to therapy.

 

In a full day, a couple can complete the entire assessment process (sometimes including conjoint and individual sessions), have a better understanding of their relationship dynamics and repeated patterns, and go home with concrete tools to use and practice. 

 

Each couple's intensive is tailored to the specific needs of each couple. This begins with an initial 1.5 hr. consult with the therapy team prior to your intensive day to identify relationship dynamics and to establish goals that will help create a successful plan for the couple's day and in collaboration with their goals and objectives of treatment. 

​Depending on the particular needs of your situation, subsequent marathon sessions can be scheduled, or you can transition to traditional weekly or bi-weekly counseling working with one or both of the Cleveland couples therapists. 

The Couples Intensive Team

Ashley Grinonneau-Denton, Ph.D., PCC-S, IMFT-S, CST
&
R. Brian Denton, Psy.D.

Isn’t a Full Day of 

Intensive Couples

Therapy Exhausting?


When people put the effort in, any kind of therapy can feel like difficult work.  It requires mental focus and involves intentional action and commitment to changing habits that have been developing for a long time.  A full day will certainly lead to feeling tired.  This can also come with a new energy about your relationship as well!

 

If you are concerned about fatigue, a one day marathon may be a better route than multiple days. 

 

Keep in mind that some people do prefer a more traditional 60 -90 minute sessions based on their personal energy levels and ability to keep engaged, or due to the logistics of scheduling.  Feel free to contact to discuss your specific couples therapy needs or concerns.

Half-Day Intensive Couples Therapy in Cleveland

  • 3 hours long following 1 hour consult (4 hours total)

  • Full assessment summary included in cost

  • Full relationship assessment and concrete treatment recommendations will be completed during this option.

  • Appropriate for couples who have experience conflict around ongoing themes or who have challenging schedules and would like to address issues in a  quicker and timely fashion.

Full Day Intensive Couples Therapy in Cleveland

  • 6 hours long following 1 hour consult (same or different day; 7 hours total)

  • Full assessment summary included in cost 

  • Couple will participate in conjoint, individual, and co-therapy sessions to master working on problem areas within their relationship.

  • Appropriate for couples who are in crisis or who have challenging schedules and would like to address issues in a  quicker and timely fashion

2 Day Intensive Couples Therapy in Cleveland

  • 2 full days/6 hours each following 1 hour consult (13 hours total)

  • Full assessment summary included in cost

  • Appropriate for couples who are in crisis or who have challenging schedules and would like to address issues in a  quicker and timely fashion

  • Couple will participate in conjoint, individual, and co-therapy sessions to master working on problem areas within their relationship.

  • The second day will be focused on addressing intimacy within the couples relationship through the completion of a full, sexual profile.

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