Services for couples are a cornerstone of the counseling program at SEQUENCE. The relationship with our partner can be the most significant factor in predicting the course of our future life satisfaction.
Our couples’ services address the different stages of this journey. We support relationships, building this bond with compassion and fortifying it during times of trouble.
Each of the therapists at Sequence is trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Counseling through Level I, which offers a framework for understanding the dynamics that occur in relationships. Several providers are therapists with advanced training in couples therapy including working with new parents, addressing issues of substance use, trauma or infidelity, supporting the challenges faced by LGBTQ couples, couples of differing ethic or racial backgrounds, or by couples with a neurodiverse partner. Any factor which can add complexity and nuance to the treatment process is important to the couples therapy work..
Our therapists who specialize in couples work maintain training at the highest level. Whether individual or couples therapy is sought, each therapist is prepared to help relationships grow stronger.
Couples therapists will also use techniques from other evidence-based models, such as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
Couples sessions may be 60, 75 or 90 minutes in length, and may be offered weekly or biweekly. Fees start at 250.00 per 60 minute session. These are insurance reimbursable services through your out-of-network coverage offered by your health insurance plan.
TRIAGE TEAM COUPLES COUNSELING©
A unique service of Sequence, couples in high-conflict in which each partner would benefit from concurrent individual work may be assigned a "TRIAGE TEAM" composed of a couples therapist and two individual therapists. Their work will overlap to support the couple to speed the healing and repair work that has led them to a crisis point. Working from a shared theoretical framework and with a collaborative practice model in place, this team will provide each other with clinical case support and guidance, while maintaining individual confidentiality for the partners' individual work. This approach increases the consistency of the messages and goals between the individual and couples therapy. Creating this safe and comprehensive support for a couple in crisis amplifies the therapeutic benefits of the work. Each service is insurance reimbursable is no additional charge for this team system approach.
COUPLES THERAPY INTENSIVES
Sequence is now offering couples therapy virtually in an intensive format in addition to the traditional weekly therapy. The intensive format is currently offered in four-hour session blocks ( with breaks and turn taking) and can give couples additional time to work through some gridlocked issues and have reparative conversations. Intensive couples therapy sessions are a great option for premarital preparation, couples who have limited flexibility in their schedules and those needing immediate support. Intensives may be scheduled on weekdays or weekends, and may occur in 1 or 2 sessions within a specified time frame, or serve as a precursor to ongoing weekly or bimonthly sessions.
In some instances, one or both members of a couple are strongly considering divorce, and are not interested in meeting as a couple unless this option can be honestly discussed. Sequence couples counselors are able to schedule these "discussion" sessions and can review basic information about divorce from a legal and emotional standpoint, as well as help the couple review what has transpired to improve relationship satisfaction and what efforts might still be considered should both parties agree on a plan.
ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR COUPLES
PREPARE-ENRICH COUPLES ASSESSMENTS & COUNSELING PACKAGE
These targeted assessments and follow up counselling packages are used for Pre-Marital Therapy, Martial Check Ups, Parenting Styles and Conflicts Assessments, and Pre-Adoption Preparation.
Couples who wish to gain a greater understanding of their relationship, enhance communication and head off problem issues use these assessments and sessions. An online assessment is taken by each member of the couple, followed by a review of the assessment with our trained facilitators who are licensed therapists. Couples gain a deeper awareness of themselves and their partner and the nature of the relationship they have created. Tools for communication and strategies for problem-solving key issues are identified, setting the path for increased intimacy and strength as a couple.
Package Rates: $1525.00 per couple. This fee covers the initial online assessment which must be completed before the first session. Included is the assessment review and a personalized report to keep. The results of this assessment are addressed over the course of 5 sessions, each lasting 90 minutes. Additional sessions for in-depth coverage of specific areas are available upon request, offered at $200.00 per session. As this program is offered by a licensed mental health provider these sessions are insurance reimbursable. Please call 240-200-5401 ext 1 to schedule or click on the CONTACT button above.
BRINGING BABY HOME-A Gottman Institute Program
New babies bring such joy and pride to a family, it can be hard to admit or acknowledge the tremendous shifts to the relationship that occur once the resources of time and money shift to the care of a newborn and infant. The Bringing Baby Home is a program offered by certified therapists to help couple prepare for and adjust to these changes in ways that strengthen and support the bonds of the relationship, creating a strong and resilient couple and nourishing the health and wellness of of each new bundle of joy, ensuring the family grows as system where everyone is supported and cared for. Set the right foundation.
Offered as package for new or expecting parents, with 4-6 couples therapy sessions by our Gottman Certified therapists Kathleen Landers LCSW-C or Anchal Khanna LCMFT or Gabriel Chernoff LCSW-C. Call 240-200-5401 ext 1 for more information.
WHO ARE YOU? WHY DO YOU ACT THAT WAY?
Working with our life coach, with or without consecutive couples therapy, couples may take a "personality assessment" to determine their unique characteristics and open up the conversations about differences and similarities and how to build each others strengths and support those differences with kindness and appreciation.
Assessment options are the Meyers Biggs Type Indicator, or the Enneagram. Knowledge about ourselves and each other can create space for true understanding and teamwork as opposed to confusion and frustration about why the one you love doesn't do it "your way". The interpretation is offered in a coaching context rather than as couples therapy.
COMPLEX OR LONGSTANDING ISSUES: GOTTMAN ONLINE RELATIONSHIP ASSESSMENT
Couples in distress benefit tremendously from complex and nuanced therapy with a skilled therapist who specializes in couples therapy. The Gottman Institute offers an online assessment used by Sequence therapists in cases of conflict and emotional distress. Each member of the couple privately completes the hour-long assessment online, the results are correlated and confidentially sent to the therapist in the form of a detailed document used by the therapist that outlines areas is taken as well as concerns and develops treatment plan recommendations for the most effective couples therapy possible.
Assessment Rates: $75.00 Covers the cost of the online assessment, the review of the material by your couples therapists. Your therapist will review the results and develop a plan of action in a session during the initial assessment phase of treatment.
7 Principles for Making Marriage Work
Visit our events page on the website under personal wellness or look on our home page for current events to learn about other upcoming couples workshops including the nationally regarded "7 Principles for Making Marriage Work" based on the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy. Offered as a one day in person couples retreat and as a weekly online class.
Issues addressed in couples therapy may include:
- Premarital Counseling
- Challenges of New Parents
- Communication Issues
- Infidelity, Recovery from Affairs
- Intimacy Concerns
- Financial Concerns
- LGBTQ Couples
- Couples of Different Cultural Backgrounds
- Interfaith Couples
- Parenting Challenges
- Considering Divorce
- Co-Parenting After Divorce
Not sure if you need couples therapy, but would like support as a couple? Visit the Sequence Institute page to see current retreats and workshops we offer for couples.
All family therapy or couples services qualify for out-of-network benefits through your private insurance coverage. Rates are 250.00 per session, providers accept direct payment for services from the clients as out of network providers for services that are 60 to 90 minutes (CPT code 90847) usually meeting on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.
Specific programs such as 'Prepare-Enrich' and 'Couples Therapy 4 Hour Intensive' may have slightly different rates charged by the hour or in full at the time of service. Please inquire with your provider.