Intensives ... An Effective Way To Give Couples The Prompt Help They Need

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 @ 3:11 PM

Dear Friend,

In this newsletter we'd like to take a brief moment to talk about the concept of Intensives.  The term may be new to you.  This is a counseling approach that is often very effective for couples -- especially when time is of the essence.


In the marriage counseling profession, an "intensive" is the term most commonly used for extensive counseling that is done with a couple (or group of couples) in a condensed amount of time. When clients' marriages are at a critical stage and concentrated, in-depth, immediate effort is needed, we recommend our Connected Couple Intensive program.

Our intensives are usually formatted as approximately 20 hour programs that take place over a 3-day period. By doing so we can 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 our proven Connected Marriage Home© model.  It has 10 essential building blocks and several activities and interventions for relational health, happiness and growth. In our experience, intensives can provide couples with the positive results they seek.

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 counselors who are working together to get to the root problems in a relationship and devising methods to address them. These 2-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!

You can learn more about Intensives at our website.  If you know a couple who might benefit from an intensive or other counseling methods, please help us arrange for a free 15-minute phone consultation so we can talk further.    


Dr. Mike Garret 


809-1000 Spring Forest Rd
Raleigh, North Carolina, US