Intensive counseling is a proven, transformational process. Focused, intentional work during a 5 or 10 day span can bring about radical changes that months or even years of therapy doesn’t accomplish.

Because of my limited schedule, the best chance of seeing me for counseling is through an individual or marital intensive. I prioritize this work because I believe it is just that transformational.

What does an intensive look like?

It begins with your intention to take this time, set it apart, and commit to a rhythm of challenging inner work, significant rest for your soul, and enjoyable, rejuvenating activities. Most individuals/couples find a quiet place to stay for this time apart from home and normal rhythms.

We generally begin on a Sunday evening. Each day we meet for approximately three hours, from Sunday evening to Thursday morning. (For 10 day intensives, we discuss the best schedule for you). In some cases we’re together, but I do many intensives virtually (and Covid-19 has actually contributed to greater comfort and ease with this process.)

With each day, the work builds, but we find a good rhythm for you of rest and play along the way. On our last day, we collaborate on a plan for your further work and care, and I provide you with resources to engage beyond our work together. In some cases, I engage in periodic follow-up sessions.

To be considered for an intensive, email me confidentially at chuck@westernsem.edu with:

  • a detailed, one-page description of your particular presenting problem
  • a brief summary of past (or present) therapeutic work and its effectiveness.
  • desired outcome (what would flourishing look like for you…or for your marriage?)
  • 4-6 dates of weeks during the year that could work for your intensive (most intensives are Sunday evening – Thursday morning)

I ask for one-half of your payment to lock in your dates, and one-half when the intensive begins.

You are responsible for your housing and meals. Holland MI is a destination small city with lovely hotels, Air B&B’s, and unique dining experiences, and it is consistently ranked highly as a top beach town. It’s shopping district is the best small town experience in the region. Holland is just 40 minutes from the Gerald Ford International Airport.

Yellow Paradise - Grand Haven, MI - Vacation Rental

5 DAY INTENSIVE | $5,500

10 DAY INTENSIVE | $10,000

10% DISCOUNT FOR PASTORS AND MINISTRY LEADERS

QUESTIONS? Email Chuck at chuck@westernsem.edu with your inquiries.