Couples & Marriage Counseling
Feeling exhausted and full of resentment or, worse, indifference with your relationship? Have years gone by with too little intimacy and connection? Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (i.e., criticism, contempt, stonewalling and defensiveness) stampeding through your relationship? Feeling like roommates with very little communication between you?
Then it's time for Relationship 2.0!
Dr. Murray's bring 15+ years of supporting straight, gay and lesbian partners towards creating Relationship 2.0. His approach is highly informed by the John Gottman, PhD Sound Relationship House model. Gottman’s work is widely recognized as a powerful, research-based intervention to support couples of all types. Dr. Gottman authored Seven Principles for Making Marriages Work, The Relationship Cure, 10 Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, among others. Dr. Murray is the final stage of the Gottman method certification.
There are three phases to the Gottman Method. The first phase is the assessment, which includes a 90-minute initial assessment that includes both partners, and a separate 45-minute session with each partner (90-minutes). Second phase is a 90-minute feedback session. The third phase is treatment, which may take weeks or months. The couple must complete an online assessment-the Gottman Relationship CHECKUP-prior to the individual session. There is a separate charge for this assessment paid directly to the Gottman Institute. There is no additional fee for Dr. Murray's interpretation of test results.
While Dr. Murray has taken training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, you should know that Dr. Murray is completely independent in providing you with clinical services and he alone is fully responsible for those services. The Gottman Institute or its agents have no responsibility for the services you receive.
Couples counseling works best when each partner wants the relationship to last (i.e., that is that they want to stay in the relationship and to heal and recovery from past pain while building a future together). When one partner is "leaning out" and the other is "leaning in," couples work may not be the best option. Instead, a process of Discernment Counseling is highly suggested. You might find the following resources useful during your discernment process:
Leaning In Partner: The divorce remedy: The proven 7-step program for saving your marriage.
Please talk to Dr. Murray about this option if you believe it is best for your situation.
Insurance and Fees
Dr. Murray is not paneled with any insurance providers. Insurance requires disclosure of your confidential information as part of your agreement with them. Maintaining your confidentiality is a high priority. Yet, you may wish to submit your receipt for reimbursement. If this is the case, please review the Insurance page for details. For those who qualify, Dr. Murray will provide a superbill to be submitted for those with out-of-network benefits. Superbills require a psychiatric diagnosis, as do all insurance claims for psychotherapy, which becomes part of your permanent medical record.
According to LegalZoom, the average cost of a contested divorce is $15,000-30,000! Couple counseling requires extensive time and financial commitment; yet, the counseling fees are much less than the emotional and financial toll of divorce.
Fees for service are expected at the end of each session. Cash, Check and credit card are acceptable forms of payment.
- Initial session (90 minutes): $240.00.
- Follow up appointments for individuals (45-50 minutes): $140.00
- Late Cancellation fee for individuals: $100.00
- Follow-up appointments for couples (90 minutes): $200.00
- Late Cancellation fee for 90-minute sessions: $140.00
- No Show Fee is equal to the amount for the missed session.
- Start-up package (First and Second Phase; 15% Discount): $550.00
- Marathon Sessions: 4-hours $675