Dr. Brainerd has offices
in Pasadena and Encino, California. Appointments
can be made by phone at: 626-577-2628.
Most couples will want or need to have at least three months of couples therapy, where they will meet regularly together with their therapist.
We are also a general practice and work with individuals and families as well as couples.
Couples needing help who find private couples's therapy outside their budget will want to consider the following:
1. Join the Couple's Workstation (See Take the Tour)
2. The Couple's Garden "Smart Date Night" program can be seen as a mini-workshop online with special communication suggestions to help couples staty connected and understand important information about relationships. Click Here for More Information.
3. Workshps are a very cost effective way of getting help. See the Workshops on the lower left hand side of the screen. Note that no personal sharing with other couples is required.
Brainerd Psychological Association
595 E. Colorado Blvd. Suite 405
Pasadena, CA 91101
1633 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91436
General Information: Questions@Relationship-Help.com
Private Couples Retreat
Couples, particularly those outside of
Southern California, may wish to consider a "Private Retreat" and arrange
for an intensive period of couples counseling.
Sometimes couples need more than a workshop and sometimes even private
couples therapy does not provide the right combination of personal time
with a therapist and intense focus on a relationship for more than an
hour at a time. Also, a couple's work and family schedule may make it
difficult to do weekly therapy. Many couples have found the private couples
retreats to be just what they need.
A Private Couples Retreat
is essentially a workshop format for an individual couple with lots of
time with a therapist. The couple cycles through sessions with the therapist,
private writing time and dialogue time with each other. The day usually
starts with an hour to an hour and a half with a therapist. After the
therapy session the couple will go to a separate office to do writing
and quiet reflection on the relationship and the problems. After an hour
or so, the couple will spend time in dialogue with each other alone. After
this, they will spend another hour or so with the therapist. The therapist
will help them through any stuck spots and them give them additional writing
and dialoguing assignments for the next period of time.
A given couple may
have 2-3 sessions with the therapist in any one day. One or more days
of this process may be scheduled. Couples will only pay for the time spent
with the therapist. There is no charge for time-spent writing or in dialogue
Usually couples who
schedule a Private Couples Retreat have already been to a Getting the Love
You Want Workshop. However, that is not a requirement. Some couples may
prefer or need a private retreat before they attend a workshop.
The regular fee is
based on a $185.00 for a 50 minute session or $277.50 for a 75 minute
session. (A little higher in the Encino office, and on weekends and evenings
after 6:00 p.m.) Couples are free to design their own schedule and the
amount of time in each session with the therapist. The seventy-five minute
session is recommended.
Please call or email
for more information or for scheduling your own private retreat.