Carpenter Couple & Family Counseling, PLLC
Erica Carpenter, Ph.D., LMFT-S
Erica offers couples therapy intensives with a variety of focuses so you can choose the one that’s the best fit for you and your partner. Keep reading for more information!
What is intensive couples therapy?
Whereas general couples therapy usually consists of a weekly/bi-weekly 50 minute session, intensive couples therapy is counseling that occurs during a contained period that helps a couple focus on a specific issue. The benefit to this is that you get to work on the issue for a contained amount of time without distractions, rather than meeting for an hour and leaving and coming back to pick up the next week. For some couples, intensive therapy can be a perfect fit since it only requires a set amount of time rather than a weekly appointment.
Time & Financial Investment
Intensive couples therapy will be offered with the option of doing a one-day intensive or a two-day intensive (see below for the cost of each option). Each day includes two 2-hour blocks (for example, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm), with an hour break built in in between. In-office sessions in Flower Mound are available to anyone in the DFW area, and online telehealth sessions are open to anyone in the state of Texas. Scheduling will be based on days/times that work for both you and Erica.
Cost of 1-Day Intensive: $400
Cost of 2-Day Intensive: $800
Prior to scheduling, Erica will schedule a free 15-minute phone consult to make sure the intensive format is a good fit for your needs. Once you are then scheduled for an intensive, Erica will send each partner a link to fill out an online assessment where you can give her more information about your relationship so she can best tailor the sessions to your needs. Upon completing the intensive, you and Erica will discuss whether additional couples therapy follow-up sessions may be wanted and/or needed.
Interested in Learning More?
If you are interested in scheduling intensive couples therapy for you and your partner, keep scrolling to learn about the various intensives Erica will be offering. Once you've decided which would be the best fit for you and your partner, or you want more information, please reach out and Erica would be happy to answer any questions you may have!
Below are the intensive topics you can choose from that best fit you and your partner’s needs:
Premarital: These sessions focus on areas that couples often don’t talk about prior to getting married or entering a long-term commitment, including decision-making and communication styles, roles, boundaries, and future plans. Erica will facilitate conversations between you and your partner about each of your hopes and expectations in these areas so that you can make a plan that works best for your relationship.
Communication 101: These sessions focus on basic communication skills that most of us were not taught. Erica will help you and your partner build a tool kit of communication strategies and tailor them to your relationship. You will also get the chance to practice these skills in session with guidance from Erica.
Connection Reboot: Whether you have recently entered a commitment or have been together for years, many couples struggle to maintain open communication and a close bond when the routine of daily life takes over. Erica will help you and you partner start to rebuild your emotional intimacy and reignite what brought you together in the first place through a variety of activities aimed at helping partners relearn about each other and begin creating the next chapter in their relationship.
Rebuilding Your Relationship in Our New Normal: The stress of the last year and a half due to the pandemic has been hard on many couples. These sessions will provide space for you and your partner to process your experience over the last year and a half, as well as how your relationship has changed as a result. Erica will facilitate conversations about adjustments that may need to be made as you move into the “new normal”, regarding areas such as expectations and boundaries. For example, are one or both of you indefinitely or permanently working from home now? Are there new expectations and boundaries that need to be set as a result? The focus will be on the specific areas that are important to your relationship and current situation.