3-Day Intensive FAQs

Irene Oudyk-Suk has been providing 3-Day Intensives for almost ten years. Typically she does about one a month. Below are the answers to the most common questions and concerns people have as they consider a 3-Day Intensive.

  • A 3-Day Intensive is just for you, your partner, and a therapist.
  • A Couples Retreat is for a number of couples with both group and private couple time (no requirement to share in the larger group). Learn more about retreats

Here’s some more about the couples who come to a 3-Day Intensive:

  • Typically they refer to themselves as being in crisis
  • One or both partners is uncertain about the future of the relationship
  • Sometimes there has been a recent disclosure of infidelity
  • There has been infidelity in the past, but their efforts to deal with the devastation of that haven’t been successful
  • Weekly couple sessions feel too short
  • They want to take the time apart to really focus deeply on their relationship

Domestic violence is a contraindication for a 3-Day Intensive.

To request a comprehensive fee schedule for the 3-Day Intensive couple’s counselling experience please contact Couples In Step.

Contact Couples In Step to discuss possible dates. 3-Day Intensives typically begin on a Sunday afternoon and conclude on a Tuesday afternoon.

Once the date has been settled on, the 3-Day Intensive is reserved for you after Couples In Step receives a $970 reservation/screening fee. You may make this payment by mailing a check or arranging an email transfer.

There is a second and third payment due as you and your partner move through the screening process. The comprehensive “3-Day Intensive (2021) Fee, FAQs, Insurance” document (available to you by completing the contact form) explains all this in detail.

Yes. A 3-Day Intensive is a significant time, emotional and financial commitment so yes, there is a screening process before you and your partner start the 3-Day Intensive. The following FAQ describes the screening process.

  1. Once Couples In Step receives the $1000 screening/reservation fee (see previous FAQ’s) each partner returns a completed intake to Couples In Step (this will take each of you about 30 minutes to complete). You will receive the intake from Couples In Step after you submit the reservation/screening fee.
  2. Couples In Step therapist Irene Oudyk-Suk reviews both intakes and then sets up a telephone time to have a 30-40 minute screening conversation with each of you.
  3. Couples In Step communicates (usually by email) with one or both of you to confirm dates and answer any questions.
  4. This is the first evaluation point. Should you decide not to proceed at this time, you have no further payment obligations. Should Irene decide that the 3-Day Intensive is contra-indicated she will communicate that to you along with her reasons.
  5. You will each complete an “Enhanced Gottman Relationship Checkup” at no cost to you; Couples In Step will provide you with the access link. This will take you at most 90 minutes to complete.
  6. Irene reviews your completed relationship checkups. This is the second evaluation point. Should you decide not to proceed at this time, you have no further payment obligations. Should Irene decide that the 3-Day Intensive is contra-indicated she will communicate that to you along with her reasons.

Couples In Step has a comprehensive cancellation policy. You’ll receive that after you contact Couples In Step indicating your interest in the 3-Day Intensive.

In Ontario, the 3-Day Intensive may be submitted to your extended health plan for coverage under your counselling benefit. In most cases your extended health benefit will cover the costs associated with a 3-Day Intensive up to the maximums allowed by your plan.

Most couples have questions about how to access their extended health coverage for a 3-Day Intensive. You will be provided with general information to help you understand what your extended health plan will/will not cover but your plan has the final say about coverage.

Please discuss fees and extended health coverage with Couples In Step before you start the Intensive.

You are free to terminate the intensive at any time during the screening process. You may also terminate the intensive at any point during the actual 3 days of the intensive. Cancellation fees will be applied.

Typically 3-Day Intensive Couple counselling sessions begin at 1 pm on Day 1 and go for 4 hours. There will be a 2 hour joint session and a 1 hour individual session with each partner on Day 1.

On Day 2 and 3 you’ll meet for 5 hours each day (2.5 hours in am, and 2.5 hours in pm).  These sessions will be with both of you or they will be a combination of back and forth short individual/joint times.

There is a lengthy break between the morning and afternoon sessions. The breaks are an integral part of the 3-Day Intensive. We will plan together how you will use the break. There are options:

  • DVD clips
  • written exercises to complete and share
  • reading
  • guided conversation time
  • non-guided together time
  • exercise/walking/shopping (Yorkdale mall, touted to be one of Canada’s finest is near by)
  • lunch
  • rest

Evenings are on your own. No homework unless you ask for it.

Wrap up is usually at 4 pm on Day 3.

Yes. If the affair is over and you both wish to work on rebuilding the relationship the intensive will focus on rebuilding and repair.

If your partner is still involved with an affair partner in an ongoing emotional and/or sexual relationship, the Intensive will take a discernment focus: gain clarity and confidence about a direction for your relationship.

Yes it can.

Discernment Counselling is a specific way of working with couples when one or both partners is ambivalent about continuing the relationship and/or about improving the relationship.