Some couples wonder if their relationship is beyond repair and if it is worth even trying therapy. Others want a focused and goal-oriented guide to treatment. Relationship assessment offers couples a look into the current state of their friendship system, the way the manage conflict, goals, trust, commitment and shared meaning.
The process of relationship assessment includes couple and individual interviews and an online questionnaire. The couple first meets together with the clinician for 90-minutes to discuss the story of their relationship from when they met to present time. They then meet individually with the clinician for 45 to 60-minutes to discuss personal background, their candid view of how the relationship functions and goals for assessment and possibly intervention. The content of these individual sessions is included in feedback for the couple. Each member of the couple also individually completes the Relationship Checkup. This questionnaire comes from and is scored by the Gottman Institute and consists of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, goals, commitment and trust. It also explores parenting, in-laws, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more. The Gottman Institute has developed this questionnaire from over 40 years of research, and it relies on evidence-based information on why relationships succeed or fail.
Upon completion of the couple and individual sessions and filling out the online questionnaire, the couple and clinician meet for 45 to 90-minutes to discuss feedback. Feedback explores each part of the Sound Relationship House and outlines current strengths and challenges. Discussion also addresses if intervention has been shown to be helpful for couples with similar concerns and dynamics, or not.
If one or both members of the couple decide they do not want to go forward with intervention, a discussion of possible next steps takes place. If the clinician determines intervention is not likely to be helpful at this time, that is discussed with the couple and recommendations are given to them.
When intervention is agreed upon between the couple and clinician, goals are set and a schedule is established.
Fees are calculated based on the level of education and experience of the provider. Please contact us for more information.