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While many couples come in ready to get to work, there’s understandably a good deal of apprehension around getting started with couple’s therapy. Often one partner is more comfortable with the idea than the other, and that’s par for the course. The biggest challenge is making the first session happen

Getting started with couple’s therapy

The initial phone call:

When reaching out before a first couples therapy session, share enough to gauge whether you want to make an initial appointment, but be aware that, unless both of you are on the phone, it may be best to share little beyond the essentials in this conversation so your first encounter with the therapist gives both of you the chance to present the relationship.

The first session:

It all starts with the first appointment. Many people have fears about the first appointment, but the overwhelming response I get when couples leave is that there is hope and relief. My sessions are 1.5-2 hours long. Though it may seem like a long session, it enables both partners to really express themselves and create enough momentum in the first session to really help create a shift in the relationship to start the change process.

Insurance & Fees:

There are limits to billing your insurance for couples therapy and long sessions. My sessions are 1.5-2 hours long, which are not reimbursed by insurance companies. The benefit of longer sessions comes in our ability to create a good amount of momentum in one session and then sessions can be spaced further than one week apart. This is much longer than most traditional therapy session but couples therapy sessions work much better when they are 1.5-2 hours long, which is validated in the research literature.

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