Frequently Asked QuestionsConsidering marriage counselling? Here are answers to common questions.
Why should we choose you over other therapists?
The following outlines my process.
Session one: informed consent, general assessment and goal setting
Session two: time with each spouse individually to screen for affairs, violence and to be clear on perspective. During that time the other spouse completes standardized testing to identify strengths of marriage and examine motivation to change etc.
Session three: Education about conflict styles and identification of your primary conflict style. Assessment of how power is used in the relationship and the resulting communication difficulties.
Session four: Engage clients in deep conversation uncovering the deeper issues motivating the disharmony, continuing to work towards goals established in session one.
Session five onwards: Increasing emotional understanding and providing strategies aimed at helping clients meet their goals.
In the beginning clients can expect to meet three times within the first two weeks. As clients show progress the sessions are scheduled further apart. When the goals established in the first session are met the process is complete. There is an additional session booked three months later to address relapse and affirm the behaviours that are working.
What are the Risks and Benefits of Marriage Counselling?
How many sessions does it take to improve our relationship?
Does Insurance cover the fees?
Please note that fees for packaged services are due at the onset of the services. Fees for a la carte services are due following each session. You will be given a receipt for the services at the time of payment.
What do you charge for Mediation?
Jeannine charges $320.00 per hour for mediation services and report writing.
Where are you located?
How do I make an appointment?
The last time we went to a marriage counselor I felt like the problem. Is that typical?
What is the wait time for an appointment with Jeannine?
Will therapy work if my partner is not fully committed?
My friend told me marriage therapy doesn’t work and it's a waste of money?
Couples enter therapy for many reasons. Jeannine establishes outcomes for couple’s therapy in the first session to help people clarify their expectations. It’s at this point that a couple can determine if therapy is for them. Jeannine refers to these goals throughout the process to help keep couples focused. This is how we “keep it real” as they say.
Therapy is most successful when clients and therapists work together. At the conclusion of most sessions I ask “what did we do that was useful?” and “what did we do that was not helpful?” It is through these conversations we continue to tailor the work to your specific needs. We also engage in a positive communication process that can inform your relationship with your partner.
What do you charge for couple’s therapy?
Marriage Redesign Program: includes 8 sessions, four psychological assessment tests and access to Jeannine’s online resource library. $2,000.00
Crisis Intervention Program: includes 12 sessions, six psychological assessments, and access to Jeannine’s online resource library, a self-care assessment and program for each party and a copy of a book addressing the crisis in marriage. $ 3,250.00
A La Carte: Hourly fees are $220.00 per 50-60 minutes. Psychological assessment costs vary.
What do you charge for individual therapy, coaching and therapy for children?
Jeannine charges $220.00 per 50-60 minutes.
How accessible is affordable parking?
Can I do anything to prepare for couples therapy?
How do we get started?
Once you have decided to move forward the first step is to decide on the type of service you need and make contact with Jeannine.