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Sessions 1, 2, & 3
The first session is a chance for you to tell your story and to make sure your therapist is a good fit for your needs. See question #2 for more details on this. The therapist will be assessing your goals and your situation to figure out the best way of helping you and ensure a good fit for you. Our therapists have different specialties and it’s critical you’re working with an expert who is familiar with the issues you’re struggling with. Please do not expect a lot of suggestions or change to happen in the first couple of sessions. The therapist must gather enough information before beginning treatment to provide the most effective treatment.
By session 4, treatment begins. At this stage, you will see significant engagement from the therapist, a plan for moving forward, and you soon after you should start seeing progress. If you’re not seeing any progress by session #5 you should talk to your therapist about this. If you don’t feel comfortable talking with your therapist, please call us at 612-787-2832. Read the answer to #5 to learn more about how long it usually takes to meet therapeutic goals.
When Treatment Goals Are Met
Once treatment goals have been met, you and your therapist will determine if there are other goals you’d like to meet, or if moving into maintenance and cutting back on the frequency of meeting would make sense at this point. Most folks are coming to therapy once or twice a month at this stage.
After you’ve been able to meet your goals and maintain your progress, therapy terminates. But you are always welcome to come back and we hope you do. Most clients think of maintaining their mental health the way they maintain their teeth-- regular care at home and just coming in every 6 months or a year for a ‘check-up’. If everything is good, we’ll send you on your way again. If we need to brush up on some skills, come in for a few sessions more. It won’t take nearly as long this time since you likely already know the skills and just need some aid in utilizing them.
We are very selective in choosing the therapists who contract with us. They are all well trained and your success is their primary concern. Each therapist has a different personality and some have different specialties. Ask yourself these three critical questions:
- Do I feel comfortable talking with my therapist?
- Do they seem genuine and caring?
- Do they seem competent to work with the issues I’m struggling with?
Usually within the first session you’ll be able to tell if you ‘click’. If you’re thinking your therapist isn’t a good fit, please call our client ambassador at 612-787-2832 to try a different therapist. We strive to match you successfully from the beginning, but we know we don’t get it right every time. If we didn’t succeed the first time - please give us another chance to find you a better fit. Within 5 sessions you should be seeing progress. If you’re not seeing any progress, please talk to your therapist and/or call us at 612-787-2832.
Just call us at 612-787-2832 and we’ll help you. Or, go to Request an Appointment and enter the your info there.
For individual therapy, a typical session is 53 minutes long-- this is the length of session that most insurance plans cover. Ideally, couples therapy is 90-110 minutes a session, but it will depend on your therapist, your schedule, and the limitations of your insurance (if you are using insurance).
For individual therapy, the most typical answer to this question is once a week. For couples therapy, the answer is usually 2-4 hours a week (a combination of meeting together and separately) in the first couple months, and then reduced significantly as progress is made. We want to make a difference, and we know that we need you to be invested in order to change patterns in your relationship. Sometimes schedules or insurance limit options, which then will also impact results. For couples with very minor problems, or couples with very severe problems a less or more intense format will be recommended.
This is one of our most common questions and probably the hardest to answer. If you’re coming in soon after a relatively minor difficulty in your marriage - it may only take one session. However, research shows that most couples come into therapy 6 ½ years after the onset of severe conflict. If that’s the case for you - then this is going to be a much longer process - anywhere from 4 months and up. Your long term success is critical to us and we are very proud that for the year 2015, 75% of our clients achieved their goals. To learn more about our results, go to: Our Success Rates.
Maybe. It depends on how old they are and how they might behave in the waiting room. If you have a newborn that can sleep while you’re talking to your therapist or kids that are old enough to read or play on an electronic device very quietly in the waiting room, feel free to bring them along. Feel free to ask your therapists about this. If your kids require a lot of attention, finding childcare will be a better option. If you think they may need therapy as well, you could consider having them see a Child Therapist as you attend your own session. Ask the Client Ambassador about this option at 612-787-2832
Yes! Please bring in your completed paperwork (that was emailed to you), your insurance card if you wish to use insurance, and a driver’s license if you have one. If you were never emailed the paperwork, please contact the Client Ambassador at 612-787-2832 to request it
Call us and we’ll look into your benefits for you: 612-787-2832
We are in-network with most Blue Cross, Health Partners, & Cigna as well as some Preferred One & Aetna plans. But you will want to call your insurance and ask if you have Mental Health Benefits in an Office Setting to insure you have the proper coverage. Be sure to ask if you have a deductible and what your copay or coinsurance is. We are also happy to call your insurance for you. Just call 612-787-2832 and give us your full name, phone number, date of birth, insurance ID, & the insurance phone number on the back of the card. For more information, go to our Rates & Insurance page.
Intensive Couples Counseling (ICC) programs that take place during the week are $3,550.00 per couple. ICC programs that take place over a weekend are $3,795.00 per couple.
ICC programs are not covered by insurance, but if you have an HSA or FSA through your insurance plan, you will be able to pay for your program with HSA funds. Otherwise, we take checks and all major credit cards.
See our Intensive Couples Counseling page for more details about our intensive program.
We have more therapists specializing in couples therapy than any other clinic in Minnesota. This gives you the best chance of finding the best fit for your needs. Additionally, we have a comprehensive team of individual, couples, and child therapists, as well as a Nurse Practitioner who can prescribe medication when needed. We offer Sex Therapy, Intensive Couples Counseling, Make-it-or-Break-it Counseling, and Couples Therapy for One. Click on the Services tab to learn more about these services.
Additionally - unlike any other clinic in Minnesota - we actively use the latest cutting edge methods to track your progress. We can say with confidence that our therapy works. Check out our results on our Success Rates page.
Our Intensive Program is designed for couples who want or need to make progress right now. It’s usually done in 3 blocks of time which facilitates quicker progress than we see with weekly therapy. Our intensive program is not currently covered by insurance. However, the service is reimbursed through most health savings accounts. Please see our Intensive Couples Counseling page for more details.