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Marriage Intensive Therapy

Marriage Intensive Therapy offers an intensive therapeutic treatment format to help a couple examine core relationship issues, negotiate or re-negotiate desired goals, and implement a strategy for bringing about needed changes in their marriage.

Working exclusively with one couple in an extended treatment format (typically six hours), MIT combines systemic family therapy and experiential group process techniques* to provide an accelerated therapeutic process. This approach has been shown to produce immediate and sustained change for many couples and is particularly useful for couples in which one or both partners have limited availability or challenging work schedules - which make participation in on-going bi-weekly therapy sessions impractical.  

In addition to MIT conducted in our clinical offices, we can arrange to provide a Marriage Intensive Therapy session at an out-of-office location for couples who reside in Louisiana, Florida, and Arkansas - as well as for couples located outside of the United States. Please contact us to discuss if an "in-home" or "remote location" MIT session may be an option for you and your spouse.

Participation in Marriage Intensive Therapy is limited to couples who desire to improve their marriage.  This approach is appropriate for couples who express a commitment to remaining in their marriage - as well as couples in which one or both partners express some degree of uncertainty or ambivalence about the future of their marriage.  However, Marriage Intensive Therapy is not appropriate when a spouse has expressed a clear decision to end the marriage.  In such situations, individual counseling or divorce transition counseling is recommended. Please contact Dr. Canfield to discuss the particulars of your relationship needs and how we might be of help.


1-Canfield, B. (2015) Diversity and Intercultural Work in Family Counseling (Chapter 3) in Foundations of Couples, Marriage, and Family Counseling. Capuzzi and Stauffer (Editors) Wiley and Sons.

2- Canfield, B. (2007) The Dyadic Complexity Formula. The Family Journal. Vol. 15., No. 2.

3- Becvar, R, Canfield, B. and Becvar, D. (1997) Group Work: Cybernetic, Constructivist, and Social Constructionist Perspectives. Love, Denver.

4-Canfield, B. (1999) Relationship Enrichment.  Counseling and Development (Monograph).  Love Publishing. Denver.


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