Groups

Groups

Clinical Consultation Services

Consultation groups led by an experienced clinician provide rich opportunities for learning and professional support.

Clinical Consultation for Psychotherapists

Cynthia Ezell, LMFT offers Clinical Case Consultation with her colleague, Jamie Kyne, PhD for licensed psychotherapists who want to increase their competence by utilizing both instruction and group feedback. The group meets on alternate Monday mornings from 9:15-10:45 and begins with conversation on a clinical article the group has read. The remainder of the group time is spent on case presentation and consultation. Every fourth meeting is what we call Forum, a chance to ask questions and get advice on anything related to the practice of psychotherapy: billing and fees, ethical issues, record keeping, or work/life balance. The maximum number of group members is 6. Contact Cynthia if you are interested in being on a waiting list for our next opening.

Couples Therapy Consultation and Training

Therapists usually take one of three approaches to working with couples. There are those who jump into working with couples right out of graduate school thinking they have received the skills they will need to be effective couples therapists in their training program. Another group of therapists is intimidated by the challenges they realize couples therapy presents, and limit their practice to individuals only. Another group realizes that working with couples requires specialized skills and they work to augment their clinical training.

The Couples Therapy Consultation and Training group is designed for the third group of therapists. In each consultation meeting, we will spend thirty minutes learning the fundamental theories and goals of different couples therapy approaches. The last hour will be spent with two group members alternately presenting a case and receiving case consultation from me and their peers. The case consultation model has been proven to be effective in helping not only the presenter learn new skills and gain insight, but in helping participants become more skillful in navigating the complexities of couples therapy. The group also becomes a community that serves as a source of referrals, information, and support.

The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 4:15-5:45. The cost for the group is $65.00 and the group number is limited to six members. Please contact Cynthia if you are interested in participating.

Couples Intensive Therapy

Scheduling couples therapy can sometimes be almost as challenging as the work itself. Busy work and family schedules, often result in couples therapy sessions that are too infrequent to be effective. Couples therapy intensives can provide a concentrated experience that accomplishes more than an extended series of typical sessions. These intensives are scheduled on Saturdays, by appointment. We will begin our work together by your completing an extensive couples questionnaire ahead of our day together.  I will spend at least an hour studying your responses and formulating a plan for your intensive that is designed to meet your specific needs. My goal in this intensive is to have partners leave the day with an altered experience of their relationship, renewed sense of hope and the skills necessary to build on the awarenesses and commitments from our day’s work together.

The Couples Intensive is appropriate for couples who:

  • Are wanting to do pre-marital or pre-commitment counseling
  • Have the feeling of being “stuck”– not able to improve their relationship in spite of a good deal of effort
  • Are considering whether or not to continue the relationship
  • Are having  step-family or blended family difficulties
  • Have one partner who has recently returned from inpatient therapy

The Couples Intensive experiences begin at 9:00 am and end at 3:00 pm with a forty-five minute break for lunch.  The fee for the day is $2000. A deposit of half the fee is required prior to the intensive, with the balance due at the end of the day. 

Please contact me at cynthiaezellblair@gmail.com or call at 615-386-0201 to discuss whether a couples intensive might be helpful for you and your partner.

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