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The Art and Science of Love:

The Gottman Institute's research-based approach to couples counseling

Dr. Lisa Hardebeck, Couples Counselor

  Dr. Lisa Hardebeck
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Certified Gottman Therapist,
The Gottman Institute

Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist (EFT)

Certified Discernment Counselor, Doherty Relationship Institute


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.

In working with couples, our psychologists 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, insurance companies do not deem couples counseling as "medically necessary," and thus do not cover couples or marriage therapy.

As such, couples therapy is an "out-of-pocket" expense and not covered by medical insurance.


Please understand that we disagree with the insurance industry’s determination on this issue, as we believe that couples’ relationships are a foundational resource that supports both individual and family health and, consequently, the health of our communities as a whole. It’s a big deal to us! Nevertheless, we must abide by insurance rules on this; which means we collect fees for couples counseling at OPS directly from clients, and we do not submit claims to insurance for the service.


You should know that therapists who “creatively” bill insurance for couples counseling services using inaccurate service and/or diagnosis codes are placing themselves – and you – 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.


Our weekly couples counseling sessions run 80 minutes (which is longer than our typical therapy sessions) and our rate is $275 per 80-minute session. Contact us regarding rates for Discernment Counseling, Intensive Retreats, and Weekend Marathon Therapy.

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  Dr. Erin Tansill
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Level 3 Gottman Method Couples Therapist, currently finalizing
full certification

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