What Does Marriage Counseling Cost at Relationship Gardening?
Marriage habit shifts using the Gottman method at Relationship Gardening with Shannon take about 4 to 6 sessions and lots of practice at home (your mileage may vary). Plan for about two, 90 minute sessions per month for three months with booster sessions as needed.
How much would you spend in typical marriage counseling every week for a year or more? Some have gone to therapists for years and still divorced. Some of those find me before divorce or on the 2nd marriage and can't believe the quick relief and contrast in Gottman research based methods. What are the costs in your bank account and in your hearts and family for an avoidable divorce? Separate households? Read on to get the details on rates.
RATES (for in person sessions) are negotiable depending on what you can afford
Rates are by the quarter= $40 per 1/4 hr. One hour (yes full hour, not the typical 50 minute counseling hour) = $160. Couples have 90 min sessions and out of session email or text support as needed and as I am available = $240. Distance rates are slightly lower. If these rates are out of reach for your income level-please discuss with me! Counselors are legally and ethically required to make sure that your session fee is clear up front and that is why we agree on fees at the first conversation.
No insurance is accepted. Why? I have a list of reasons why but #1 is that marriage help is not the act of treating a mental disorder but that is how insurance companies approach funding it. Insurance billing uses codes not just for the service (marriage sessions) but for the diagnosis (schizophrenia, for example). Some counselors commit fraud by just picking a mental disorder diagnosis and putting it on the form. This is not just fraud, but also sticks a fake diagnosis for you in your permanent medical record with negative future consequences we may not anticipate.
Using insurance for counseling opens another Pandora's box and has been known to include the insurance company controlling how many sessions you have, whether your counselor can keep seeing you after benefits are maxed, or forbidding sliding scale after benefits are maxed. I am not playing that sick industry game.
An alternative that has worked for some couples is to pay cash up front and then submit your receipt to your insurance company for out of network provider partial reimbursement to you, or for applying to your annual deductible. Don't assume this will happen for you as a condition of getting help for your marriage as it may not. Also, please don't ask me to diagnose you for reimbursement purposes. I am flexible with rates in special circumstances.
EASY ELECTRONIC PAY OPTION
If you are paying electronically, I will accept payment by card on the Square device at your appointment. I use Square Register which also accepts Apply Pay, NFC and chip enabled cards. If you don't wish to pay electronically, then you can use cash or checks at time of service. Be prepared to pay for your appointments unless you give 24 hours advanced notice of cancellation.