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"A place where positive things      are going to happen"

 

 

 

  

 

Kelley Hopkins-Alvarez, LPC
*Psychotherapist, MS,MSEd
*Licensed Professional Counselor
*Board Certified Coach
*National Certified Counselor

*Innovative Speaker

        (203) 948-0938

[email protected]

    100 Danbury Rd, Bld B.
      Ridgefield, CT 06877

    

Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy

The couples I work with really appreciate that I provide email support at no additional fee outside of our sessions. What also sets my work with couples apart, is that I provide short video clips, articles and/or small things to work on outside of our sessions. This keeps my clients connected to the hard work that they do in sessions and is a part of why they make progress! Going above and beyond for my clients is something that I'm known for, it is a part of why I love what I do. I’m a member of Marriage Friendly Therapists, an advanced practitioner network featured in USA Today, National Public Radio, and the Harvard Mental Health Letter. The network is listed as a resource by the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Network, funded by the federal government, for couples who need Couples Therapy. Here’s what they wrote: “The National Registry of Marriage Friendly Therapists was developed to help marriages by linking couples with the most highly qualified therapists in the country.”

I utilize research-based and result driven models that work! I have trained with two of the most well-researched and regarded therapists in the world, Dr. John Gottman, creator of Gottman Couples Therapy,  and Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Please take a look at my "Qualifications" tab to see more about the therapy models I utilize and the research that supports them.

 

 

     

Drs. John and Julie Gottman                            Dr. Sue Johnson

 


To help put the cost of Couples Therapy in perspective, it is important to state that one can’t put a price on the quality of life that a healthy relationship provides. I've found that people seem to earn more and save more after their relational problems have been worked on. The funds that you allocate to resolve relational challenges is money well spent!

Sometimes couples see divorce or separation as the only way out. Often even stable relationships may hit a difficult patch, when communication breaks down, poor intimacy develops and false assumptions are made. More often than not, divorce doesn’t have to be the only option. Every relationship takes a great deal of work and commitment. I will work with you and your partner to discuss how you both are feeling and behaving towards each other, and how this may be affecting you and/or your family.


Couples Therapy:  
When couples decide that they want to try to stay in the relationship, they both then mutually agree to enter Couples Therapy. Here, we collaborate and implement a plan to re-launch the relationship into one that feels better, is more supportive, has less conflict and more laughter. If both partners are committed to staying together even if their current relationship is poor, we can soar in our work! All you need is the vision that you will be together and we will work toward moving those road blocks out of the way. 

All couples forget how to appreciate their partners in small ways each day. Appreciation fosters good will toward each other which leads to staying connected despite the busy lives we all lead. In addition, I find that many couples do not know how to fight fairly, and that conflicts deteriorate their relationship instead of providing challenges that are overcome together. Are you curious to see how to find a path toward your partner? We will integrate both partners points of view in our meetings. I emphasize small changes and "getting new data" in regard to how you experience each other which can lead a deep emotional connection.

Intimacy and sex are two important components of any healthy relationship, we will discuss whether either or both members of the couple envision a goal toward  more sexual synergy. Imagine what it would be like to think about your partner and be excited? To look forward to spending time and laughing with your partner? This is possible even in long-term relationships and almost every couple needs to "re-learn" to do this at some point. Couples Therapy is about entering a process to repair the relationship. 

If you are reading this and either you or your partner do not feel like moving toward repairing the relationship, please click on the link below to read more about Discernment Counseling, for people who are unsure if they want to remain in the relationship and are not at a point to commit to repairing the relationship.

Not sure you want to start Couples Therapy?  Contemplating divorce? Discernment Counseling can be a useful short-term process to discover your options in the relationship.

If Your Partner Will Not Attend Therapy:
For those clients whose partners will not attend therapy, we will then work on an individual level to explore how you are feeling and what you can do for yourself and the relationship. I believe, and research suggests, that one person can change a relationship.
By doing "less of the same behavior", one can work on an individual level to be more giving, less blaming, and more open to finding things that your partner is doing right    

Couples Intensive:
For a more in-depth experience, you can opt to schedule a 2-6 hour session. We'll take short breaks to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, check your voicemail and stretch your legs. These sessions are perfect for those couples that want to advance their therapy, have to travel to attend, and/or have childcare challenges.

Insurance:

Most of my clients submit my paid receipt to their insurance company. If you want to submit my paid receipt to your insurance company for reimbursement consideration, please contact them directly and inquire about your out-of-network coverage, as an 
out-of-network provider, I have no access to your plan.Couples expecting to use insurance to help pay for their therapy must be aware that insurance companies require that one member of the couple be diagnosed with a behavioral health diagnosis from the DSM-V in order in order for insurance benefits to apply. We discuss what this means more in depth in my office and you can decide how you want to proceed. 

                                            

 

 

 

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