Will Singleton, MDiv, LPC-S, CCH
Licensed Professional Counselor, Board Approved Supervisor, Personal Coaching
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Couples

Couples: 
Think of "The Relationship"
As being the client…. 


NOTE:  After years of working with couples in weekly, one-hour sessions, I am taking a new approach this year.  My goal is to condense 3-4 months of work into about a month -- thinking this will be both more effective and less costly for my clients in the long run.  While one-hour sessions are adequate for most individual work (and for couples who have developed a bit of positive momentum), so much time in a session with couples is spent catching up on the week and taking turns sharing that it often seems we are just getting started when it's time to wrap up.  So for new clients I'm now asking that we schedule our first two sessions as "extended sessions" (2 hours, or more if the couple requests) within a 2-3 day time frame AND that we plan to continue with single weekly 2-hour sessions for a brief period of time following that.  Alternately, I may ask partners to schedule to see me individually during those following weeks, but either way it requires that I have a weekly 2-hour block open for a brief period of time, so my availability for couples is limited.  I am flexible, depending on circumstances, and I should add, of course, that if all this time together seems to be overkill, I'll immediately scale back the schedule.  My goal truly is NOT to accumulate more hours, but to actually reduce, significantly, the total amount of time involved by piling up some time together on the front end, when partners typically have the most energy to try new things.

Couples work....
Sometimes couples counseling involves learning how to repair, and sometimes the focus is just on learning how to enjoy. 
There are countless approaches to couples therapy, and although the techniques I choose vary from couple, I always work from the assumption that couples CAN fix what is fixable, and can learn to turn the “unsolvable" problems into minor instead of major hurdles. 
Commonly seen issues include:
  • Loss of positive feelings and hope for the future of the relationship.
  • Difficult and strained communication.
  • Survival and recovery from affairs.
  • Sexual addiction.
  • Relationship exhaustion.
  • Resolving financial stress.
  • Marital and premarital assessment.
  • PREPARE and ENRICH Tests.
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