What It Is and Common Questions

Intensive Sessions

We offer intensive therapy for individuals, couples or families in crisis, which may include addiction issues, infidelity or betrayal issues, or grief/bereavement. Intensive therapy includes meeting with one or two therapists for anywhere from four to six hours per day, for two or three days, and can happen at many of our office locations or on location elsewhere with prior arrangements. Intensive therapy aims to gently but powerfully intervene in situations that feel extremely chaotic and out of control, in the life of an individual or a relationship. The clinicians listed below are all experienced with intensive therapy. Contact our scheduling team to explore this option further.

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Commonly Asked Questions

What type of issues can be addressed in an intensive?

The most common issues we see in intensive therapy have to do with the recent discovery of an affair, damaged relationships between a parent and adult child, unresolved grief or loss, and family members coming to terms with a personality disorders and issues (Borderline, narcissism, anger management, co-dependency).

What happens in an Intensive?

One of our trained therapists will help you assess the situation, clarify the issues, uncover the root of the problems, and chart a course to health. This is done by meeting with a couple or family individually and collectively for 10-15 hours over a 2-3 day period.

How is an intensive than different regular therapy?

Unfortunately, therapy that occurs for 1-2 hours per week often doesn’t address issues quick enough to avoid further crisis. In 2-3 days, we attempt to accomplish what would often be accomplished over the course of months in traditional therapy. 

Are intensives confidential?

Unlike a “retreat.” your intensive is private. Our staff will be the only ones that have any knowledge of your intensive and your therapist will be the only one with knowledge of the actual issues discussed. 

How much do they cost? Does insurance cover any of the cost?

Intensives are not cheap, but we’d argue that they are far less costly than a divorce, a failed business partnership, or a family crises that worsens over time. Our intensive range widely in price depending on the location and length, the therapist you use, and whether or not we provide housing during your intensive. Intensives begin as low as $500 for a half-day to as much as $10,000 for a week with our most senior therapists. 

Where do you hold intensives?

Chenal Family Therapy PLC can provide an intensive virtually anywhere in the state depending on your needs. In addition to holding intensives at one of our six Arkansas locations, we regular provide intensives in around the state in places such as Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, and Jonesboro. If at a location other than our office, we typically utilize a private hotel hospitality suite and also arrange for overnight accommodations for you at that same location.