Relationship checkups are an important step in maintaining relationship health. In research (Cordova, 2013) checkups were found to boost satisfaction, prevent decline, and help couples who need help find the right kind of help.
Relationship health is not only important for our connection to our partners, it is also important in other aspects of wellness - mental health, physical health, and children's wellbeing for example. Public health initiatives are including relationship checkups and relationship education programs to help partners keep healthy relationships healthy.
What does a checkup entail?
A checkup is two sessions with a trained therapist or relationship consultant. The first session is for assessment. Using interaction, observation, and questionnaires we will get a picture of how things work in your relationship. We will help identify one or two key challenges. We will also highlight strengths and areas of mastery. Each couple is unique. Thus the process is collaborative - the individuals in the relationship share their experience and perspective of what works well and what, if anything, isn't going as well.
From this information, the therapist will write a report summarizing the strengths and challenges in light of current research on relationship health. The information captures the intersection of the partners and relationship with what we know about what helps relationships stay on track. The second session is a review of this report, with discussion and input from the partners. The report will include two or three take-home suggestions or tips to support navigating challenges. Any next steps are determined by the partners themselves.
If you are interested in a relationship checkup, please contact our office at
775 329 4582.
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