...because sometimes we need to return to the Story of Us...
Communication, romance, friendship, and intimacy can all be marred by harshness, betrayal, trauma and pain from the past. Through the integration of science (Gottman Method) with faith, hope and love--we help you re-write the Story of Us.
What's the point of marriage? "We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness' Beverly Clark (Susan Sarandon's character) from the film Shall We Dance.
Here's how we help. After an initial couples session, we send an evidence based questionnaire called the Relationship Check-up that gives your provider the "bigger picture" of the relationship. Next, your provider has a one-time interview, shorter in duration, with each partner individually. By the next session, your therapist offers feedback and lays out a plan for how you will be helped and then you get to work. In-office visits are skill-building toward deeper connection. Your therapist is more of a coach than a referee. You receive tools that work and when you put them in to practice at home, things begin to change.
Evidence Based Methodology
Dr. Pratt and Will Chenault have both had extensive training in Gottman Method. John and Julie Gottman are the industry leaders in research on how to help couples. They have published over 270 journal articles and over thirty books and have followed some couples in their research for up to 20 years. The style of this way of helping couples is using specifically designed interventions to help couples have successful conflict conversations, eliminate flooding and find new ways of connecting and breaking out of gridlock.
EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)--Dr. Pratt has also had extensive training in EFT. Sue Johnson extended the work of John Bowlby's attachment theory by watching countless hours of videos of couples in therapy and concluded that as human beings, we are on a constant quest to connect. We long to be seen and heard by our partners and even our protests, often, are attempts to connect with our loved ones. Dr. Pratt works to help couples break out of the destructive vortex of destruction by identifying these patterns and learning new ways of turning toward one another that leave couples connected and confident that their invitations will be met with new intimacy.
There are two options for marriage counseling: regular visits and intensives.
Sometime couples come for an initial session and then schedule weekly or bi-weekly for an additional 5 or 6 visits. If you feel like your therapist is a good fit, go ahead and schedule the visits so you can have them and commit to the process of keeping them.
Some couples prefer to come for a three-day intensive. These are 6-7 hours each day, not including a break for lunch. Couples report huge benefits to get this much work done in a short period of time and feel they accomplished several months of work in a weekend. Weekend intensives are $3000.
Head Start Intensives are also available for a half-day. These give a couple the opportunity to complete the assessment process and get started on the treatment plan in a 3.5-4 hour chunk of time that helps them to clearly identify and get to work on the issues that matter the most in a half-day in-person venue. Head Start Intensives are $500.
Pepper Pratt or Will Chenault hold these intensives in Jackson or Brentwood. Will
Message or call us if you would like to schedule an intensive.