The Art and Science of Love:
The Gottman Institute's research-based approach to relationships
Dr. Lisa Hardebeck, Clinic Director (Completed Level 3 Practicum Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy)
The Gottman Method is a world-renowned program that has helped millions of couples worldwide. The program is developed from 40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples, and is grounded in what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable, not idealistic notions or anecdotal evidence of what a relationship should be.
At Olympic Psychology Services, Dr. Lisa Hardebeck and Dr. Kara Kellison draw on their thorough training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, as well as techniques from other well-respected modalities, such as Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, etc. They help steer couples through difficult times, and teach skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship, while helping to manage conflict in a healthy, positive manner.
Insurance and fees:
Unfortunately, most insurance companies do not deem couples therapy as "medically necessary," and thus do not cover couples or marital therapy.
You should know that any therapist who agrees to conduct couples therapy but bills your insurance company under a different code (family therapy, depression, etc.) may be in jeopardy. If investigated, you may be required to repay your insurance company for past sessions, and the company may have grounds to drop your coverage.
On a more positive note, some insurance companies do cover couples therapy, and some employers offer marital therapy sessions as an added employee benefit.
Our couples therapy sessions run 80 minutes (which is longer than our typical therapy sessions) and our rate is $225 for the 80-minute session.