We’d like to give you an opportunity to read up on some of the frequently asked questions that we receive about our marriage counseling practice. If you have a question that has not been addressed below, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Please also read the following blog post: How to make sure marriage counseling will work for you so that you can come armed and ready for success!

How can 2 days or just a weekend couples retreat really be enough to deal with all of our issues when we have years of baggage?

Your question makes a lot of sense! While we don’t propose to be able to fix everything in two days, think of it like a game of dominoes. In this case, once you get to the root of the issue- most of the time, all of the other fights tend to dissipate. Why? Because in Imago therapy, we go right to the core of your unmet needs and address the connection (or lack thereof) between you and your partner. Once the toxic pollution in the space between you turns safe, which it does after learning tools like the Intentional Dialogue and other tools you will use right away in session, you now have the ability to address the other conflicts together as a united front, in a safe and connected way.

What code should I ask my insurance for to see if they would reimburse any of the cost for an intensive marriage counseling session?

If you would like to call your insurance company, here is what you can ask: Ask them if they cover 90847 which is conjoint therapy and see how much they would reimburse for an out of network therapist. They usually have an allotted amount. Also, find out the amount of time they would cover. They may reimburse for a double session (90 minutes). You can also verify if they would reimburse for a therapist via telehealth who is out of state.


How long is each Imago relationship therapy session?

We no longer see couples on a per session basis because we find that the couples that are most successful in the long run undergo an intensive experience first like our private intensive retreats or group therapy workshops. That’s due to the 6 months worth of relationship foundation and education they get in a two day retreat instead of just an hour or two. Because couples we work with want to experience real long lasting change and a true transformation, we offer our private intensive 2 day marriage retreat program which INCLUDES 8 follow-up sessions. These follow-up sessions last 90 minutes and can be scheduled anytime.


How long will it take for us to fix our marriage?

After the 2 day Marriage Restoration Retreat, most couples gain new hope for their marriage and see the possibilities for coming together again even at the end of the first day! We offer 8 follow-up sessions to the retreat package as we have seen that 8 sessions post 2 day retreat is what you need to be able to master what you learned and to have a lasting impact on your marriage and so you can feel supported as issues come up in real time.

Does my spouse have to come to the sessions?

Yes. We have found that the most effective way to heal a relationship is for both partners to be present.
If your spouse is against counseling, we can help you learn how to convince your spouse to go to marriage counseling .

Is your practice faith based?

Religion is not incorporated in sessions unless requested by the couple. We practice Imago Relationship Therapy and our counseling is not faith based. With that said, we do have traditional values in promoting strong marriages and we do believe in working to keep a couple together when possible.

Is there any difference if we use Skype or Zoom over coming into your local practice and why would we choose online calling like Zoom or Skype?

Skype or Zoom coaching sessions are ideal for those who are not able to travel to our Baltimore, Maryland office. Couples worldwide have taken advantage of our online marriage counseling sessions. Even those who live locally but are unable to arrange childcare, have also opted to work over Skype or Zoom. It is more convenient for them and saves travel time and costs as well.

Why would I need to do a 2 day marriage therapy intensive?

Marriage therapy intensives are ideal for a marriage that is in dire need of a breakthrough. If you feel the need to make a decision about the future of your relationship, and you can’t afford to spend weeks or months in marriage counseling, a 2-day marriage therapy intensive may be just what you need. This is the ideal program for couples contemplating divorce.

What is your success rate?

Our success rate is 90%. We measure our marriage counseling success rate based on the number of couples that we’ve seen in our counseling practice that have met their intended goals for entering into counseling. This ranges from couples on the brink of divorce to couples that wanted to learn how to make a good marriage great.

Do you work with families?

We often work with families and their adult children. This process is extremely helpful for working out issues between parents and adult children and in-law issues.

Do you see children?

We do not counsel children.

Have you been successful with infidelity?

Yes. We work not only to heal the infidelity but explore the root causes of the relationship breakdown that led to such a rupture. Couples that end the affair and desire to save their relationship are extremely successful despite the severe breach of trust that has occurred.

Does your wife practice with you?

While my wife and I present our material together in our Getting the Love You Want Workshops as well as in speaking engagements, she is not a licensed therapist and does not work with me in my private couples practice.

Is there any point in coming if we’ve already filed for divorce?

Yes, couples who have filed for divorce are able to reconcile. Even if you do not wish to reconcile, you can gain clarity about why your relationship has reached this point so that you can both make a conscious choice and be better prepared for future relationships. Finally, if you have children, it behooves you to relate to each other in a healthy way as you will continue to be in relationship as parents to your children.

We are very confident that our 2 day private intensives can save your marriage. Our approach is very successful and we would love to meet and work with you as well.


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Shlomo & Rivka Slatkin

Rabbi Shlomo Slatkin is an Imago relationship therapist and certified (master level) Imago workshop presenter with over 20 years of experience hosting couples therapy retreats in-person and online. Contact info@themarriagerestorationproject.com or