Intensive Couples Therapy Explained
What is Intensive Couples Therapy?
Intensive couples therapy (ICT) is a short-term approach to couples’ therapy. Couples begin with a comprehensive intake process. Whenever working with a couple, I always begin with a relationship assessment. This gives me the ability to really get to know a couple before beginning the therapeutic process. Some couples have said that after the review and treatment plan session they feel it has saved weeks of therapy. They have also expressed feeling like I “understand them as a couple.”
How Does ICT Differ from Traditional Couples Therapy?
Traditional couples therapy most often begins with meeting weekly for sessions together. Generally, sessions are scheduled for forty-five to sixty-minutes. Therapy can last anywhere from 3 months to eighteen months depending on the issues presented. Intensive couples therapy is different. Couples meet for a shorter period of time. Most often it is over 3 to 5 days, for 2 to 4 hours per day. Scheduling options can be discussed during a phone consultation.
Who is a Good Candidate for Intensive Couples Therapy?
ICT is best for those couples who want to get a jump start on therapy. Some couples are motivated and ready to dive into therapy. These couples prefer to get right to the issues and don’t want to wait for two to three months before seeing improvement in their relationship. This may be due to career conflicts, busy schedules, wanting to see results quicker or other reasons.
Who is Not a Good Candidate for Intensive Couples Therapy?
Intensive couples therapy is not for everyone. Due to the nature of intensive time processing and working on relationship issues, ICT can be challenging. It is not recommended for couples who are struggling with addiction issues or affairs. These types of issues generally require a slower pace and traditional couples therapy is recommended.
What Outcomes Can Couples Expect?
Couples who go through ICT often experience greater insight into relationship dynamics, renewed friendships, better strategies for communication and managing conflict, improved emotional and/or physical intimacy. In some cases, ICT has moved couples from conversations about ending their relationship to recommitting in new and healthier ways.
If you would like to find out if ICT is the right choice for you and your partner, contact the office to schedule a complimentary consultation or phone (424) 206-9055.