(Couples Counseling Video Transcript)
I’m also the founder of the Relationship Counseling Center in San Francisco. In addition, we have offices throughout the Bay area. We specialize in relationships. The reason why is because I feel that relationships are one of the most profound things that will ever happen in our lives. It brings us so much joy and happiness when it’s going well. As many of you know, when things break down, it can be devastating. It can sometimes be the most difficult time in our lives.
We help couples by creating an environment where you can come in in a non-judgmental, non-blaming space and slow things down. With greater understanding of what’s really going on between you, you can understand why things have been the way they are, but more importantly, how to move forward and treat each other differently. We also provide tools to help you in that.
Not only do we have licensed marriage family therapists who are specialists in relationships, but I don’t hire counselors who don’t have enough life experience to back that up. Every counselor at our center has very similar principles. We are interactive and very direct in the way we give feedback, which is great. We’re not just listening to you each and every session, which we do, but we’re giving you direct feedback and we’re active participants in helping you in your relationship.
We have a lot of communication skills. We not only teach these in session, but we really want you to start doing these at home, because ultimately you want your relationship to improve. You also want to not be in therapy. Our goal is to help you in your relationship.
We’re very goal-directed. That means we’re helping you identify what your relationship goals are. Once you’ve done that, we can track how you’re doing in your couples counseling and you’ll know you’re going in the right direction.
Many people find that we’re short-term therapists. What this means is we’re very solution-focused. We have a coaching style approach to marriage counseling. We help you with what you’ve come in to work on. When those goals are achieved, it’s time to end.
Many people find that they come into counseling therapy once a week. That’s the most helpful amount of time. Oftentimes people find themselves coming to work on a relationship issue six to eight times on average. You may find you need more, which is completely fine as well.
The first step is to give me a call. Hopefully I can answer any question you may have. If everything feels good to you and you want to take the next step, I’ll have the therapist call you. You can tell them a little bit about why you’re coming in and get to know them a little bit, which is a great way to start your therapy. They’ll tell you all the times that they have available, day or evening, so you can come in as soon as possible.
People sometimes come in when they’re dating because they want to make better decisions. You want to be more discerning and find the right partner. Sometimes people come in to work on their relationship by themselves. It’s really a great space to come in, get clear and ask questions about yourself. You don’t want to make the same mistakes you’ve done in past relationships. We can help you with that. Of course we specialize in couple’s counseling and couple’s therapy. You can come in and work with your partner on your relationship.
Here are some practical things you might want to know. We are licensed therapists. If you have any out-of-network coverage, we can assist you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company. You can verify that with your insurance and we can help you with it.
You might have some sort of flex spending or health savings account through your work. Sometimes people use those dollars to help pay for their therapy. You might have that.
If you haven’t noticed already, we have plenty of videos and articles on all kinds of relationship issues. I created these for you and they’re free. Please look into those. You might find something applicable to what’s going on in your life. I give suggestions you can apply in your life right now. It’s also a great way to get to know who we are. Oftentimes it’s the kind of suggestions we’ll help you with in your therapy. You’ll get to know what kind of counselors we are by watching some of those videos and reading some of those articles.
If you want some independent third-party help and come on in and meet one of our therapists, please give me a call. I appreciate it. Thanks!