Fees

The Couples Clinic is home to two Certified Gottman Therapists and registered Psychologists who specialise in marital and relationship therapy. The Gottman Method is the gold standard approach to relationship counselling. Our Principal Psychologists, Kasia Gordon and Brett Somers have completed the highest level of therapeutic training and accreditation with The Gottman Institute. Additionally, both are trauma-informed and have undertaken rigorous training in Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT-C), Schema Therapy for Couples (ST-C) and additional training and development based on their personal preferences.

Your Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) will predominantly use The Gottman Method interventions and blend across therapeutic modalities from there to best formulate and target our approach for each relationship. Therapy is a process-oriented, cognitive, and emotionally focused approach to your unique relationship dynamics. You both will develop a range of fresh insights, tools, skills, and experiences that will promote improved communication, intimacy, connection, and conflict resolution.

As inclusive and affirming practitioners, The Couples Clinic have achieved remarkable success working with couples of all presentations and complexities. Both Kasia and Brett are highly regarded in The Gottman Institute and couples therapy space within Australia.

Marital and relationship therapy is an investment in time and money. Your therapist is highly experienced to fast-track your treatment progress based on a thorough formulation of treatment needs and timing. We provide couples therapy locally and nationwide via both in-person and Zoom appointments.

We have provided the following information to best inform what might best suit your relationship needs.

The Assessment Phase

An assessment phase precedes all couples therapy at The Couples Clinic. This includes the confidential completion of clinical online assessments (including their cost) by each partner, followed by a 2hr joint interview with both (all) parties (60mins) to discuss the history of your relationship and what has changed over time, followed by individual interviews (30mins per partner). These individual sessions give you the opportunity to speak confidentially about your personal history and relationship goals. Your therapist will recommend the most appropriate treatment process following the initial assessment and diagnostic phase of therapy.

Couples Therapy Treatment Options – Benchmark, Blended, Immersive Therapies
(1) Benchmark Couples Therapy
  • Assessment Phase – $980 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Treatment Phase – At least 6 x sessions of 120 minutes are booked weekly to fortnightly until the relationship is showing improvement in line with treatment goals and all parties agree to move to maintenance mode. Session fee (120 minutes) – $550
  • Maintenance & Relapse Prevention Phase – Sessions of 60 minutes are to follow the treatment phase. These sessions allow couples to touch base with their therapist across the next 12 – 18 months to ensure their integration of relationship counselling interventions are effective in real-time and over the course of time. Session fee (60 minutes) – $275
    • After-hours’ and weekend sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.

It is important to note that the average treatment timeframe for a couple in low-moderate distress is 14-16 treatment hours.

Extensive research has been undertaken on the effectiveness of relationship therapy. The outcome from this research supports that the more intensive the therapeutic intervention, the greater the outcomes for couples. Evidence informs our practice and our approach to marital and relationship counselling and is the rationale for how we structure our treatment phase.  

(2) Blended Therapy

Blended Couples Therapy strikes a balance between benchmark couples therapy and immersive therapy. This type of therapy will seek to integrate a series of intensive half/ full-day sessions upfront, followed by regular 2hr sessions until a couple is experiencing relationship improvement. This approach is most useful for couples who are needing a flexible approach to couples counselling with periods of more intensive treatment to fast-track relationship improvement.

  • Assessment Phase – $980 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Benchmark, half-day and full-day immersive pricing applies as applicable, and this will be communicated and scheduled with our team upfront.
    • After hours’ (+5pm) and weekend / Public Holiday sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.
(3) Immersive (Marathon) Therapy

Immersive (Marathon) Therapy is fast becoming one of the most popular and successful approaches to helping couples through a relationship crisis. It is an approach most suited to couples presenting with significant relationship distress. In-person Immersive Therapy usually consists of 2-3 days of intense, structured, evidence-based couple’s therapy within a short period of time (i.e. consecutive day programs or single day programs within a week).

  • Assessment Phase – $980 (includes all assessment costs, 2hr couple interview and therapist’s time to review and plan interview queries and early treatment recommendations based on assessment responses (90-120mins)
  • Immersive Therapy – $2,000 / day (7hrs inc. a minimum 30min break) x number of days prescribed by your therapist. Immersive days typically run 9-4pm.
  • Half-day Immersive Therapy – $1,000 (3.5hrs inc. a minimum 15min break) x number of half-days prescribed by your therapy.
    • After hours’ (+5pm) and weekend / Public Holiday sessions attract an additional 20% surcharge.

Once you have committed to move forward with couples counselling, we recommend you ‘bench / park / call a truce’ on any ongoing relationship issues for the time being. The spirit of couples counselling is one where we share the common goal of improving your connection. Your time, trust and hope is in good hands with The Couples Clinic therapists.

 Rebates 

If you have Private Health Insurance, please check with your insurer regarding rebates. The item number for relationship therapy is 300. Please note that Medicare does not provide rebates for couples or marital therapy.

Payments Processing

All payments at The Couples Clinic are automated and we do not hold EFTPOS facilities on site. We will collect confidential payment details via our secure online intake forms prior to any consultations. Halaxy is our practice management software platform. All payment and health data is stored electronically on Halaxy and thus protected by bank-grade security and encryption.

Payment for the assessment phase and any immersive therapy option is required in full prior to any appointments being scheduled. Payment for treatment and maintenance sessions are automated to be deducted 30 minutes into your session. All payments are required in full at the time of your consultation.

Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 48 hours’ business days’ notice to cancel or reschedule a session.  An automated SMS reminder and email are sent as a courtesy to your nominated contact details 5 days prior to your appointment. You can confirm your appointment by replying ‘YES’ / ‘Y’ to the SMS reminder. If you do need to reschedule for any reason, please email or call our administration team with plenty of notice. You can email or leave a voicemail at any time and our reception will get back to you as soon as practicable.

A cancellation fee of 100% of the consultation fee will be charged if an appointment is missed, forgotten about, or cancelled within 2 business days’ notice. (i.e., If your appointment is scheduled on a Monday morning, you need to advise us by Thursday morning that you will not be able to attend). We also offer online Zoom sessions for couples as a workaround if either partner is unable to make it to the appointment in-person.

Immersive therapy programs require payment at least two weeks prior to their commencement. Any cancellations within 5 business days’ notice will forfeit 50% of the total immersive therapy fee. Cancellations within 2 business days’ notice of the immersive therapy program will forfeit 100% of the consultation fee.

Marital and relationship treatment sessions require attendance by all parties as the “client” is the relationship. Sessions will not proceed where there is non-attendance by any party/ partner and the requisite session fee will be charged appropriately.

Zero Tolerance Policy for Aggression and Intoxication

Rude, abusive or aggressive behaviour towards any of our team is unacceptable. We reserve the right to refuse treatment and physical clinic access to any client who demonstrates abuse in any form or who is observably intoxicated or under the influence. Authorities will be notified immediately should any of our team feel they are at risk of harm or receive a threat to their safety. 

Crisis Support Resources

Please note, our service is not a crisis support service and our team are available by appointment only. As such, we are not an appropriate resource should you need urgent support. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, please contact one of the following services.

 Urgent 24/7 Assistance: 

  • 000 if you require emergency support.
  • 1300 MH CALL (1300 642 255) is a 24 /7 service that will link you to the nearest QLD Public Mental Health Service
  • 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) if you are experiencing any form of physical, psychological or emotional abuse.
  • Lifeline (24/7 support) 13 11 14
  • BeyondBlue (24/7 support) 1300 22 4636
  • Men’s Helpline 1800 041 612.

If your matter is non-urgent and important to obtain advice around, please schedule an appointment time with your General Practitioner (GP) or health specialist to discuss.