What Are Intensives?


In the marriage counseling profession, an “intensive” is the term most commonly used for extensive counseling that is done with one couple during a condensed amount of time. For some couples a weekly or less frequent counseling schedule won’t do the trick. When clients’ marriages are at a critical stage and concentrated, in-depth, immediate effort is needed, we recommend, talking to us about our One-Day or 2 1/2-day “Connected Couple Intensive.”

Our intensives are usually formatted as One-Day (8 hours) or 2 1/2 Day (20 hours) programs for one couple. By doing so we are able to cover more ground in a few days than would normally be the case over 4-6 months of hourly counseling. An intensive requires couples to make the decision to step away from day-to-day life and focus their entire energies on addressing their issues and saving their marriages.

At Christian Counseling Associates of Raleigh we personalize each marriage intensive and base our work on the proven model we have developed called the Connected Marriage Home©.  It has 10 essential building blocks and several activities and interventions for relational health, happiness and growth. In our experience, the “marriage” of Emotional-Focused Therapy, Christian values and the Gottman Method Couples Therapy are the ideal combination for providing our couples with the long-lasting results they seek.

Christian Counseling Associates of Raleigh customarily offers intensives for individual couples with one therapist.

We invite you to learn more about our Couples Intensives.  Please fill out our online form to the right if we may be of service to you or a loved one.

A final note about intensives

As an aside, some practices refer to intensives as “retreats” but we avoid that term. Intensives are — as their name implies — intense. They are demanding for both the couple and the counselor who is working together to get to the root problems in a relationship and devising methods to address them. These 1-to-3 day sessions aren’t “laid back” and relaxing, as the term “retreat” suggests. Furthermore, at Christian Counseling Associates of Raleigh we don’t believe in “retreating” when it comes time to save a marriage.