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Couple Checkup Program

If you are looking for a way to reconnect with your partner, improve communication, or work through an impasse, our Couple Checkup Program may be an affordable option.

The Couple Checkup Program consists of a relationship assessment, a report of your results, a workbook with relevant exercises, and four sessions with one of our marriage counselors. The assessment portion gives you an unbiased picture of your relationship. The sessions allow you to create targeted goals for solving your most important relationship problems.

Feel free to contact us by E-Mail or phone toll free (866-588-0477) to learn more about our practice, and schedule a free half-hour phone consultation with one of our clinicians. Our offices are conveniently located in McLean, Virginia & Glenn Dale, Maryland.

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During the sessions, you and your counselor create and implement a targeted, cost-effective plan focused on your most important relationship needs.

Our Couple Checkup program is private and customizable. You can tailor the number of sessions, the length of each session, and the content of the program to suit your needs. Your marriage counselor is there to help you to stay on track and meet your goals.

You can tailor the number of sessions, the length of each session, and the focus of the program to suit your needs. We have streamlined the Couple Checkup program to make it cost effective and efficient.

Fall in love all over again.
Our Couple Checkup will show you how.

The Four Components of the Couple Checkup Program:

  1. An orientation phone call with one of our marriage counselors, so you can discuss your goals for taking the Couple Checkup and get login information to take the assessment.

    We use an online relationship assessment that assesses more than 30 areas that have been found to be significant for a happy and lasting relationship. The tool, the PREPARE-ENRICH inventory, has been used by over 3 million couples and researched extensively since it was developed 30 years ago.

  2. A 20-page Couples Checkup Report describing your communication styles, level of connection, personality dynamics, and strengths and challenges in a host of areas such as

    • Personal style and habits
    • Financial management
    • Leisure interests and activities
    • Sexuality and affection
    • Family and friends
    • Relationship roles and decision-making
    • Children and parenting
    • Spiritual beliefs

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  3. A 25-page Couples Workbook with more than 20 structured exercises to use during sessions and at home to help you build skills in these and other areas

    • Assertiveness and active listening
    • Conflict resolution
    • Stress management
    • Teamwork

  4. Four sessions with a marriage counselor, either face-to-face or possibly over the Internet (depending on where you live.). You and your marriage counselor review your report together and prioritize the goals that will be the most helpful to you. You decide which goals you want to work on in session and which to address on your own. You can delete or add goals as you wish to make the program specific to your needs.

Is Couple Checkup Right for You?

The Couple Checkup is appropriate for couples in any stage of a relationship.

  • If you are dating, the Couple Checkup can give you objective feedback about your relationship so you can sort through your feelings before taking the relationship to the next level.
  • If you are cohabiting, the Couple Checkup can help you determine whether your relationship is strong enough to support getting married.
  • If you are engaged, the Couple Checkup can help you detect potential relationship issues and prevent them from damaging your future together.
  • If you are married, the Couple Checkup can help you reconnect and discuss issues that may be coming between you. It is especially appropriate if your relationship is getting stale and problems are starting to become entrenched patterns.

If your relationship is in crisis or you’re on the brink of divorce, you will probably benefit more from couples therapy. If you are unsure whether Couple Checkup is right for you, contact us to set up a free phone consultation so you can talk with one of our marriage counselors.

Program Structure

In general, you meet with your marriage counselor in four sessions, each 45 minutes in length.

  1. Session One. At the first session your relationship counselor helps you interpret your results and together. You learn about your Strength and Growth areas, Relationship Dynamics, and Communication Style. You collaborate on an action plan that guides the remaining three sessions.

    You can take the entire program in one day, or spread it out over several weeks.

  2. Session Two. During Session Two, you learn communication techniques and begin to discuss high priority growth areas. You are given structured homework to do before the next session.

  3. Session Three. During Session Three, you learn a research-based Conflict Resolution technique and use it to work on the most critical issue facing your relationship. You build on your new skills through doing exercises at home.

  4. Session Four. At the final session, you review your accomplishments and wrap up issues you want to handle in session. You create a long-term action plan for practicing your new skills and continuing to address challenges you have identified as high priority.

Fees for the Couple Checkup Program

There is a $50 testing fee that covers you and your partner taking the Prepare-Enrich assessment online. Other than that, fees vary by counselor and location. Please contact us for more information.

Concluding Information

Free phone consultation with your clinician prior to taking the online assessment. 

Life should feel great. If it doesn't, then perhaps counseling can help. Feel free to contact us by E-Mail or phone toll free (866-588-0477) to learn more about our practice and schedule a free half-hour phone consultation with one of our clinicians.

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