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Couples Counselling

What Can I Expect in Couples Counselling?

The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 70’s and continues to this day. The research is focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will be given methods to manage “resolvable problems” and dialogue about “gridlocked” or (perpetual) issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.

Assessment Phase Approx. 2 - 4 weeks to complete

1

Joint Session – (80min)
In this session we will talk about what brings you and your partner into therapy, the history of your relationship, areas of concern, and what conflict looks like in your relationship. At the end of this session, if both of you decide to continue with therapy then I will send out the online assessments for you to do at home individually.

2

Partner 1 only – (80min)
I will meet with you individually to learn each of your personal histories and to give each of you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.

3

Partner 2 only – (80min)
I will meet with you individually to learn each of your personal histories and to give each of you an opportunity to share thoughts, feelings, and perceptions.

4

Joint Session – (80min)
In this session, I will share my findings, provide psychoeducation and give my recommendation for treatment. We will also identify and mutually agree on treatment goals here.

Treatment Phase & Video Recording

The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. We can be working from 2 months to 2 years and every couple is different. Most of the work will involve sessions where you will be seen together as a couple, however, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. As part of couple’s therapy, video recording can be used in sessions as a therapeutic tool, but I will always ask for signed permission before I do that. I may also give you exercises to practice between sessions. In the course of therapy, we will establish points at which to evaluate your satisfaction and progress. Also, I will encourage you to raise any questions or concerns that you have about therapy at any time.

Phasing-Out & Termination

In the later stage of therapy, we will “phase out” or meet less frequently in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of the therapy. Although you may terminate therapy whenever you wish, it is most helpful to have at least one session together to summarize progress, define the work that remains, and say good-bye.

Outcome Evaluation

In the outcome-evaluation phase, as per the Gottman Method, four follow-up sessions are planned: one after six months, one after twelve months, one after eighteen months, and one after two years. These sessions have been shown through research to significantly decrease the changes of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods used and client progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions then will be to fine-tune any of your relationship skills if needed, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the therapy received.

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FAQs

What are your session costs?

For Individuals
50min Standard Session Fees: $2000 HKD / 50min
80min Extended Session Fees: $3000 HKD / 80min

For Couples
80min Standard Session Fee: $3000 HKD / (1hr 20min)
160min Double Session Fee: $6000 HKD / (2hr 40min)

For Online Sessions
I will take $200 HKD off the regular fees.

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Do you offer discounted rates?

Yes, I do. For online sessions, I take $200 HKD off.
I do offer a further discounted rate – please contact me for details.

What is your availability?

My normal work hours are Monday to Friday 2pm – 7pm.
You can view my availability and easily make a booking directly online now.

I will sometimes make exceptions to arranging time outside of these hours or weekend hours depending on each case and my availability.

How do I book an appointment?

You can book an appointment directly from my website.

How often do we meet for therapy?

In general we would be meeting once a week or once every two weeks. This is to allow time in between for tasks and homework to be completed before we meet again. Exceptions are made in some cases to do a series of intensive sessions over a short period of time.