Couples' Therapy Intensives
What are they and how do they work?
Intensive couples therapy sessions with three different options are described below at the bottom of the page. This model is ideal for people who want to put aside all of life’s distractions to prioritize relationship wellness in a more intensive fashion. This model is also appropriate for couples in crisis after a traumatic event within their relationship.
The schedule can be tailored to your needs and availability. In general, the half-day assessment option consists of a complete relationship assessment, and feedback about the strengths and areas needing improvement. In a full day intensive, you will work together to improve your connection by addressing your particular difficulties. The following issues are commonly improved by intensive sessions with the Gottman-informed interventions:
At Cleveland Relationship Therapy, we provide intensive couples therapy sessions (also called Marathon Sessions) as a way to avoid the frustration of starting and stopping that frequently accompanies traditional couples counseling. Uniquely, there is an option to work with a husband and wife therapy team that helps to integrate the use of two very effective approaches to therapy. In a full day a couple can leave full day a couple can complete the entire assessment process (including conjoint and individual sessions), have a clear understanding of their relationship through the lens of the Gottman-informed Method, and go home with concrete tools to practice before the next session. We tailor our marathons to the specific needs of each couple, ranging from half, full, or weekend options depending on the unique needs of the couple. Each options starts with an initial consult with the therapy team to establish goals that will help create a successful plan for the couple based on their objectives of treatment.
Depending on the particular needs of your situation, subsequent marathon sessions can be scheduled, or you can transition to traditional weekly or bi-weekly counseling working with one or both of the therapists.
Half-Day Intensive Couples Therapy
Full Day Intensive Couples Therapy
2 Day Intensive Couples Therapy
Ashley Grinonneau-Denton, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, PCC-S, IMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is a dually licensed as a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC-S) and an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist (IMFT) who has earned the AAMFT Approved Supervisor Designation. She is also a nationally certified Sex Therapist through AASECT, and a PhD candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy. Ashley prides herself on being a genuine, direct, and dedicated therapist interested in helping to guide couples who want to work in finding personal fulfillment and happiness in the relationships in their life. She works from an integrative family systems, client-centered approach to therapy and is a Gottman-trained couples' therapist Ashley believes in facing problems "head-on" through the use of her direct and provocative approach. A "smile and nod" therapist, she most certainly is not.
Dr. Denton is a licensed psychologist in the state of Ohio, and runs a small private practice in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Case Western Reserve University, receiving his Bachelor's degree (B.A.) in Psychology. He received a master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (M.A.) from Cleveland State University, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) from the School of Professional Psychology at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
Dr. Denton values working within a framework of multicultural awareness, and feels strongly that individuals are best understood when engaged within the context of their background and world view. He is relationship focused, and incorporates many ways of working with people. He has a strong emphasis on mindfulness-based and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy interventions. He works with adults experiencing difficulties such as Depression, Anxiety/panic attack, Relationship difficulties, Bereavement/grief, PTSD, Eating Disorders, Stress management, Work/life balance, and Personal Growth needs. Additionally, he is working towards certification through (AASECT) as a Sex Therapist and welcome individuals in need of services for sexual health and functioning difficulties.
Dr. Denton speaks on the national level in the area of Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Committment Therapy. He is lead author of the chapter “Clinical Uses of Mindfulness” in Innovations in Clinical Practice (with Dr. Sears) and third author of the book "Mindfulness in Clinical Practice" (with Dr. Sears and Dr. Tirsch) available through Professional Resource Press. www.prpress.com
Outside of his studies in Psychology, he is a second degree black belt (Nidan) in To-Shin Do Ninjutsu and a first degree black belt (Shodan) in Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu. He has studied the Eastern Wisdom traditions extensively, having traveled to a variety of training centers and monastic institutes around the United States and overseas.
Isn’t a Full Day of Intensive Couples Therapy Exhausting?
Any kind of therapy is hard work since it involves changing habits that have been developing for a long time. If you are concerned about fatigue, you might want to consider a one day marathon instead of multiple days. The first day is primarily giving your therapist information about yourself and your relationship. You will have a 45 minute break when your partner is meeting individually, and you will also have a lunch break scheduled into the day. That being said, some people prefer 60 -90 minute sessions based on energy levels or logistics. Feel free to contact us to discuss your specific needs or concerns.
What if one of these options isn't for me?
Because couples' needs are very unique, if one of the intensive options listed doesn't suit your needs, we are happy to create a "hybrid" intensive that meets you and your partner's needs