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Couples Therapy

Intensive Relationship Assessment

Intensive Relationship Assessment

For The Busy Couple or the couple eager to get to the work of fixing, healing, changing or growing in their relationship.  

Do you have schedules that seem a little crazy?  Is setting aside the time to do the 3 part assessment seem impossible with the demands of life?  Is your relationship in great distress and you desire to get some relief quickly?


If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes”, then an Intensive Relationship Assessment might be right for you. Instead of meeting for 3 separate sessions over the course of a month the therapist will spend 4.5 hours with you over the course of a day. If you are wondering how to fix a relationship in extreme trouble, intensive work is the best way to do it.

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What's the Process

This assessment consists of three 90-minute sessions in one day. 


Prior to the assessment sessions, you will be asked to complete independently an online relationship assessment, the Gottman Relationship Checkup, to help us better understand your relationship. This assessment is fully HIPAA compliant, automatically scores a couple’s strengths and challenges, and provides detailed clinical feedback and suggestions for a treatment plan with specific recommendations for intervention. Once complete your therapist will receive it and score them and use it as one of the evaluative tools.  The cost of the Gottman Relationship Checkup is $29 per couple and is paid directly to the Gottman Institute through the online portal.


FIRST SESSION: We begin by talking about what has brought you into couples therapy and the history of your relationship up to this point.  We will also discuss areas of concern, and possible goals for treatment.


SECOND SESSION: Each of you will have some individual time with the therapist meeting with each of you individually for 45 minutes.  This time will allow the therapist to learn of your personal histories and to give each of you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.


FINAL SESSION: In the final session of assessment, the therapist will share with you her recommendations for treatment and work to define mutually agreed upon goals for your therapy, if you should decide to go forward with therapy.

The Schedule

The schedule for this Intensive Relationship Assessment is from 9:00am to 12:00pm in the morning and from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the afternoon, with a break for lunch and preparation of the feedback. Times may be subject to change by mutual agreement but must include a morning block.

The Cost

The normal cost of the three sessions would be $265.00 per 90-minute session, for a total of $795.00. However, we are offering the Intensive Relationship Assessment for only $240.00 per 90-minute session, for a total of $720.00 (a $75 savings).

If you are interested in an Intensive Relationship Assessment, please call the office at 772.361.8448 or use the Contact Us form. We will be happy to answer your questions, set up a phone consultation, and/or set up an appointment.

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The Gottman Method

Couples Therapist Yvette McDonald uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy in her therapy work. 

The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970’s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes “nuts-and-bolts” approach to improving clients’ relationships.


Yvette offer's couple counseling techniques based on the Gottman method which includes:

  • A careful evaluation of each couple’s unique situation

  • Therapy sessions focused on:

    • Deepening and/or rebuild friendship and intimacy

    • Manage conflict

    • Repairing hurts

    • Moving together into the future

    • Appreciate relationship strengths & navigate through it's vulnerabilities

    • Rebuild trust

  • Practical homework exercises to strengthen the relationship

Some couples struggle with special circumstances which contribute to their situation such as:​

  • Step family issues

  • Extra-marital affairs

  • PTSD

  • Addiction

  • Challenging relationship due to both or one partners having ADHD or emotional issues such as depression or anxiety


Yvette specialize's in helping couples overcome those difficulties and find a greater sense of satisfaction in their lives and relationships.

Contact us today to get started.

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