How Long Does Couples Therapy Take?

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Dr. Chris Tickner

Couples therapy is a transformative journey that aims to heal relationship issues, enhance communication, and foster positive change. Traditional therapy approaches often involve short sessions focused on repetitive topics, which may not address the underlying trauma causing significant problems.

A Unique Approach

At California Integrative Therapy in Pasadena, we offer a unique approach that promotes deep healing within approximately 6-12 sessions. Our longer sessions, typically lasting at least 100 minutes, allow for a comprehensive exploration of the couple’s concerns and provide sufficient time between sessions (2-4 weeks) for implementation and integration of the learning. In this blog post, we will delve into the benefits of our approach compared to traditional therapy, highlighting how couples find profound healing within a relatively short timeframe. Our compassionate, supportive, and transformative approach ensures that couples save both time and money while fostering positive change in their relationship.

Traditional Therapy Versus California Integrative Therapy:

Traditional couples therapy often involves 50-minute sessions where couples discuss the same few topics week after week without addressing the root causes of their challenges. This approach may lead to stagnation and a lack of progress in healing the underlying trauma that has contributed to the significant problems couples face. At California Integrative Therapy, we take a different path. Our couples therapists engage in longer sessions that allow for a deeper exploration of the couple’s struggles, emotions, and underlying dynamics. With sessions lasting at least 100 minutes, we create a safe space where couples can dive into the core issues and begin the transformative healing process.

The Intensity of the Work and Deep Healing:

Through the intensity of our work, couples often find profound healing within 6-12 sessions at California Integrative Therapy. Our therapists are experienced, compassionate, and skilled in guiding couples through transformative processes. By addressing the root causes of relationship challenges, we empower couples to make lasting changes and experience positive growth. Our integrative approach combines various therapeutic techniques such as Hakomi Therapy and PACT tailored to the unique needs of each couple, fostering resilience, empathy, and effective communication.

The Therapeutic Journey with California Integrative Therapy:

At California Integrative Therapy, we believe in creating a safe and nurturing environment where couples can embark on their therapeutic journey. Our therapists start with an evaluation phase to understand the concerns of the couple. In the initial sessions, the therapist sees both partners together, gaining insights into the history of their relationship. Individual sessions follow, where each partner has an opportunity to explore their relationship concerns and personal history. The fourth session, known as the “feedback session,” is a pivotal moment where the therapist provides an understanding of the couple’s difficulties, strengths, and how therapy can assist them. The couple actively participates, giving feedback and clarifying impressions.

The Active Treatment Phase:

When a couple decides to proceed with California Integrative Therapy, they enter the active treatment phase, a period dedicated to meaningful and transformative conversations between both partners and the therapist. In these joint sessions, the couple has the opportunity to delve into recent incidents that reflect their major themes and dynamics. The therapist skillfully guides the couple through these discussions, encouraging them to explore both positive and negative experiences and fostering a deeper understanding of each other’s perspectives.


During this phase, the emphasis on acceptance sets our approach apart from traditional couples therapy. By cultivating an atmosphere of acceptance, the therapist creates a safe space where couples can freely express themselves, share their vulnerabilities, and address their challenges without judgment or blame. This acceptance paves the way for change by dissolving resistance and opening up channels for open communication, negotiation, and effective problem-solving.

Promoting Intimacy and Deliberate Change

The active treatment phase also focuses on promoting intimacy and deliberate changes in target problems. The therapist supports the couple in developing strategies to enhance emotional connection, rebuild trust, and foster mutual respect. By addressing the underlying issues that contribute to relationship challenges, couples can transform their dynamics and create a foundation for a healthier, more fulfilling partnership.

Transformative Results:

California Integrative Therapy is designed to deliver transformative results within a relatively short timeframe. By engaging in longer sessions and allowing sufficient time between sessions for implementation and integration, our approach facilitates deep healing and positive change. This intensive and focused therapeutic journey enables couples to address the root causes of their challenges, leading to lasting transformation and growth.

An Immersive Approach

One of the advantages of our approach is that it saves couples both time and money. By condensing the therapy process into a more concentrated timeframe, couples can achieve significant progress in a shorter duration compared to traditional weekly therapy sessions. This condensed approach not only respects the couple’s time commitments and busy schedules but also allows for a more immersive and focused therapeutic experience.

Experience Profound Shifts in Relationship Dynamics

Through Couples Therapy, couples have the opportunity to experience profound shifts in their relationship dynamics. They develop new insights, learn valuable tools and techniques, and gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their partners. These transformative results extend beyond the therapy room and positively impact various aspects of their lives, fostering improved communication, emotional connection, and overall relationship satisfaction.

Transform Your Relationship with Couples Therapy in Pasadena, CA

Couples therapy is a transformative experience that holds the potential to heal relationships, foster positive change, and create lasting connections. At California Integrative Therapy, our unique approach challenges the limitations of traditional therapy by offering longer sessions and a comprehensive therapeutic process. By delving into the core issues, addressing underlying trauma, and promoting acceptance, couples find profound healing within approximately 6-12 sessions. Our compassionate, supportive, and transformative approach ensures that couples save both time and money while embarking on a journey of positive change and growth. Trust California Integrative Therapy in Pasadena to guide you toward a more fulfilling and harmonious relationship.


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Other Services Offered by California Integrative Therapy

Couples therapy and marriage counseling aren’t the only services we offer at our California-based therapy office. Other services offered include depression treatmentindividual therapyanxiety treatment, trauma therapysomatic therapyaffair recovery, and group therapy. We provide services from our Sacramento, CA, and Pasadena, CA locations. We also serve all of California via online therapy. For answers to any of your questions, feel free to visit our FAQ page!

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