Just like investing in your car, home, or physical health, your emotional well-being also requires repair and maintenance for success. You can achieve that happiness and satisfaction that you are wanting in your life and in your relationship. There are various services offered through The Couple Wellness depending on what your personal needs are.
Feel free to contact me to discuss these services further and have a free 15 minute consultation.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for the free “Achieving Wellness” newsletter on the right — when you sign up, you will also immediately receive your free tips on how to make your relationship work in today’s busy and demanding social environment. Please see Melissa’s Areas of Specialty to determine whether or not you feel that we would be a good fit.
- The investment rate per 50 minute session is $105 for 2016. Optional 1.5 hour sessions are available at $140, and 2 hour sessions for $175.
- Couple sessions typically include individual sessions at the beginning of our work together. Sessions could also include other family members. Your journey to personal wellness is specific to your needs.
- The relationship investment rates are not covered through OHIP.
- Sessions may be covered through some extended health care benefit programs, under Social Work or Psychology. Melissa is a Registered Social Worker and you can claim reimbursement through your extended health benefits if you are covered for Social Work. If you are not covered for Social Work, but you are covered for Psychology, you can claim our session fees under Psychology with a referral to Melissa through Dalton and Associates. The investment rate under psychology is currently $170 per 50 minute session (2016 fee).
- Fees are also tax deductible as a medical expense.
Premarital Counselling is the most important thing you can do as you prepare for your wedding day. Please check out my September 15, 2015 blog post that outlines the reasons why premarital counselling is so important. My premarital program includes each person individually taking the on-line Prep-Enrich Inventory and then meeting together to review the results over at least three sessions. At the end, you and your partner receive a Certificate of Completion. After this, annual check-ups are highly recommended.
The Prep-Enrich inventory is a very well known, highly valid and highly reliable confidential on-line questionnaire. Using the results of this inventory, we can quickly assess couple compatibility and personality in session, saving you time and money in the long-term. We identify your couple strengths and areas of growth, and use activities and discussions to improve the areas of growth. To complete the on-line questionnaire, there is a cost of $35USD investment that is paid directly to Prep-Enrich. If you are using our officiant services for your wedding, we will absorb the cost of the assessment for you. The results of the questionnaire would be discussed during a minimum of three couple sessions (see current fees above), or as part of a group workshop.
Annual relationship check-ups
Just like your annual physical check-up, The Couple Wellness Expert provides an annual relationship check-up. Previous couples are strongly encouraged to come back annually to review skills already learned and to resolve any issues that may have come up over the year. This is an excellent way to ensure you address small issues before they become big problems. The old adage rings true: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In order to remember the date every year, it could be around your anniversary date, Valentine’s Day, or the date you first came to me or had the last session with me. Regardless of the date you chose, it is important to stick with it each and every year. It could be as little as just one couple session to go over how everything has been going in your lives and in your relationship. The check-ups could also include doing the PREP-Enrich inventory or doing a brief Marriage Checkup questionnaire. These check-ups are intended to strengthen and protect your relationship in order for you to achieve optimal wellness.
Premarital or couple workshops are provided based upon demand. Workshops can span over one day, two days or three days. Subscribe to the “Achieving Wellness” newsletter on the right to be the first to hear of all the details about upcoming workshops. Also check out the Events page of this website to see upcoming workshops, such as my “New Year: New You!” monthly workshop.
Intensive retreats are offered throughout the year. They could be an intensive therapeutic weekend for one couple, or offered to a group as a condensed workshop. Some take place locally, some take place abroad. They can be offered as a week-long retreat in a warm destination. Please subscribe to the “Achieving Wellness” newsletter to be the first to be notified of this exciting prospect.
The Couple Wellness Expert can come to speak at your school, church or event. This is the proactive work I love. Reaching out to people and talking about healthy relationships and achieving balance and wellness in life is my passion. Please contact to discuss details further.
The relationship investment rates may be covered through some extended health care benefit programs, under Social Work or Psychology. They are not covered through OHIP. You can claim the receipts as a medical expense when completing your taxes.
I provide supervision services for other practitioners who are further developing their skills and who are continuing to grow along their professional journey. Coming from a predominantly Emotionally Focused Therapy and Prep-Enrich background, this is demonstrated in my work with my supervisees in terms of helping them to facilitate insight and change in their work with their clients. In addition, using a Strengths-based, Mindfulness, Holistic (Systemic), Culturally sensitive approach, I like to work together with my supervisees in a collaborative, sensitive, challenging and supportive manner.
As a Registered Social Worker with a Master in Social Work and a Supervisor Candidate with AAMFT, I am qualified to offer Supervision to Social Workers, Registered Psychotherapists and Qualifying Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.