The gift of an intensive is that you and your therapist are freed from the time constraints inherent in a regular counseling session. The exact schedule is mutually determined as you go along. If you decide together to stay in an important spot for a bit longer, you can do so. If you finish a segment early and feel complete or need a break, you can discuss together. That said, here is a typical schedule outline for a couples counseling intensive.
Typical Intensive Schedule Day One
9am to 3pm (4.5 hours of time in session)
9am-10:30am: Couples session
Introducing EFT concepts, beginning to understand the cycle or negative pattern that is interrupting feelings of connection. Starting to explore underlying emotions and needs that are often left unnoticed or unattended.
10:45-11:30am: Individual session with Partner 1
Exploring emotional experience you are currently having within your relationship and obtaining past relational history. Partner 2, please bring something to read or write to help keep you relaxed and connected to the process. It is best to avoid checking in with work or social media.
11:30-12:15: Individual session with Partner 2
12:15-1:30 pm: Lunch break
You will have the opportunity to eat at one of the local restaurants and explore the Denver Tech Center area.
1:30-3pm: Couples session
We will use our understanding of the cycle to navigate current relationship struggles and develop an alternate way of interaction in order to feel more secure with your partner. We will continue to process your current relationship struggle using cycle framework and attachment focus. We will review relational goals and consolidate session progress and accomplishments.
Typical Intensive Schedule Day Two
9am to 12:30 (3.25 hours of time in session)
9-10:30: Couples session
We will check in on your intensive experience, review your progress and process your attachment journey thus far, while continuing to hone your growing edges. We will continue to process your attachment cycle and work to increase your comfortability with vulnerable communication in order to deepen your connection.
10:45-12:15: Couples session
We will continue to expand your understanding and hone your ability to disrupt your negative attachment cycle and connect on a deeper more intimate level.
We will consolidate and review all that you have explored and accomplished during our intensive as a couple.
*More time can be added if needed or desired on second day
It is recommended that you take the rest of the afternoon to relax together. Your body and emotions just went through a lot. It makes sense to be tired and in need of some TLC. Go for a walk together, out to coffee, get a massage, snuggle on the couch … Take this time to really feel the amazing work you both have done. Feel that wonderful connection, allow yourselves to linger in this place without re-engaging into work or the realities of life for a little while longer.