Frequently Asked Questions
What is Intensive Couples Counseling?Our mission at The Relationship Therapy Center is to provide effective couples counseling– it’s what we aim to do. It’s all we aim to do. We measure our success rates and we brainstorm about how to be even more effective. In this process of refining our couples therapy, we realized that while traditional therapy is a great option for folks that just need a little tweaking in their relationship and have great insurance plans that cover couples counseling, many people don’t fit into that bucket! Some couples are really struggling and need a program they can get into quickly, that’s designed specifically by qualified couples therapists, and one that has a structure that is more condensed. This is ICC. Many couples report that three days of an ICC program can get you further than 3-6 months of traditional weekly therapy will. Couples can get started in ICC in as little as 4-10 days. You skip the waiting list when you sign up for ICC*.
Who could benefit from ICC?The ICC program can be incredibly beneficial for those couples who are motivated to finding a resolution to their issues. Both parties need to be committed to the process, and open to the possibilities.*
In particular, ICC is tailored for couples who:
- Need to heal from an affair or crisis
- Are at a make-it or break-it point in their relationship
- Are seeking more intimacy and better communication
- Are busy and seeking a more effective and efficient process
Why ICC over traditional therapy?Traditional therapy definitely has its benefits and works for many couples. It is a great option for folks that just need a little tweaking in their relationship, have the time and schedules to commit to weekly 53 minute sessions, and have good insurance plans that cover couples counseling. But there are other relationships that truly won’t progress or survive if they choose a traditional therapy format. We don’t believe every relationship can and should be saved, but having a format that allows for intensive focus (moving you towards a significantly improved relationship or healthy transition) is what we recommend when it’s possible. ICC is designed to help couples make movement in a much shorter timeframe.* ICC provides 15 hours of therapy over three days, so it’s great for couples who want to really focus on their relationship. And, for busy people, three consecutive days of therapy may fit their schedule better than weekly appointments do. What’s more, the work in ICC is delivered in a different manner than traditional therapy. Because the couples spend five hours for three days working together, it is experiential and aims to be truly transformative.*
How much does ICC cost?Our 3-day price starts at $1775 per person. Additionally – we offer a $300 discount (per couple) if you pay in full at the time of booking. Many people also use their Health Savings Plans to pay for services.
How does ICC compare to other Intensive Couples programs?We don’t know of any other program that is comparable to ICC. Other Intensive Couples programs are either not put on by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, are religiously based, are done with many other couples present, or cost a minimum of $5,000. Most we’ve looked at are closer to $10,000 per couple.
Where and when does ICC take place?Most ICC programs take place at our office in St. Louis Park, MN. Or, if you want more privacy, we’ll come to your home– ask about the price difference for this premium service. We will work with your schedule and our therapist’s schedule to come up with the three days that work for you. We get your ICC scheduled as soon as possible, often within 4-7 days of contacting us.
Who delivers the therapy?Look. If you have a heart attack, it makes sense to see a cardiologist in the ER, not a general practitioner in a clinic weeks later. If your relationship needs urgent attention, it makes sense to work with someone that really knows what they are doing with couples! We have a select team of therapists who are licensed and specialize in relationships. All of our therapists have completed the following training/credentialed: ∿ Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists ∿ Certified in ICC ∿ Extensive training in Feedback Informed Treatment ∿ Extensive training in Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy ∿ On-going Gottman training and supervision from a Certified Gottman Therapist ∿ Extensive training in Post Induction Therapy
Contact us now and let us help. Don’t wait too long – there may be no turning back.
This intensive counseling weekend was invaluable to our relationship and provided specific strategies we both need to practice. I now understand how I’ve contributed to our issues and feel hopeful about addressing them for a happier future together.* – ICC program participant