Dr. Wyatt Fisher is a marriage counselor in Boulder, CO. He has a Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado. He specializes in marriage counseling and has been in private practice since 2004 and has been married since 1999. His own relationship has been to the brink of divorce and back so he helps couples from both a personal and professional perspective. Helping couples move their relationship from surviving to thriving is his passion!
With the divorce rate hovering around 50% for all marriages, it's evident people struggle having successful relationships. Some of the top struggles for couples include wounds from their past sabotaging their relationship, busy schedules leaving no room to cultivate their marriage, unresolved conflicts and resentments, and not effectively meeting one another's needs. As you can see, there can be a lot to cover in marriage counseling to help couples experience healing and hope.
The intake appointment with Dr. Wyatt Fisher begins with him meeting each partner individually for around 15 minutes to hear more about their history and perspective on the marriage. Next, he meets with the couple together to review the results of their personality assessments, to identify both of their top needs, and to identify their top areas of resentment. Last, he assigns 1-2 chapters of reading per week to facilitate faster change. Every appointment thereafter starts with getting feedback on each partner's top needs, reviewing the weekly reading, working through resentments, and any other topic specific to the couple.
Dr. Wyatt Fisher has three appointment options, 45 minutes ($150), 1.5 hours ($300), or 3 hours ($600). It's recommended to begin with a 1.5 or 3 hour session, if possible, to hit the ground running, followed up with weekly 1.5 hour sessions to make changes quickly in the beginning when couples need it most. Then, once both partners feel like they are sustaining progress, sessions can drop down to 45 minutes per week and eventually every other week. Dr. Wyatt Fisher is licensed in Colorado but not on any insurance panels. Therefore, if you'd like to use insurance, you'd pay him full fee at the time of service through cash, check, Zelle, Venmo or PayPal, then he would provide a paid receipt for you to submit to your insurance company. Most insurance companies reimburse around 50% when seeing someone out of network but you would need to verify this with your insurance company. If you want to use a health savings account, you can add your card to Venmo or PayPal and pay for services from those accounts. The cost of marriage counseling may sound average to some and expensive to others. If it sounds high to you, consider how much more you'd be spending if your marriage enters into separation or divorce! In addition, consider the thousands of dollars you've spent on education and training to be successful in your career compared to how much you've spent on training to have a successful marriage. The gap is probably staggering! Therefore, consider the investment into marriage counseling as long over-due training for marital success.
It typically takes around 6 months of marriage therapy for couples to feel like they are turning the corner and making sustainable progress. However, some couples only require a few months while others may need a few years. How long a couple has been experiencing problems often will influence how long they need marriage counseling to change their negative patterns. In addition, improvement is contingent upon how willing each partner is to take ownership for their part and how motivated they are to implement what's taught during sessions.
Dr. Wyatt Fisher's office is located at 703 Walnut St. Boulder, CO 80302. Remote services are also available through video anywhere in Colorado.
To find his office, take Canyon headed west, take a right on 9th, and then a left onto Walnut. Walnut will eventually turn into a parking lot and his office is the last building on the right before the parking lot. All of the parking around the office is free. Enter the front of the building and his office is upstairs and the first one on the left.
Before your first appointment:
1-Both you and your spouse need to take the personality test at the following link. Please print the results and bring with you to the first appointment. http://www.personal.psu.edu/~j5j/IPIP/ipipneo120.htm
2-Please print two copies of the "Counseling Intake Form" for both of you to fill out and one copy of the "Counseling Document Form" for both of you to sign and bring all three documents with you to the first appointment.
3-Please purchase two copies of the Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman here. If you're coming in for infidelity, instead buy two copies of Surviving an Affair by Willard Harley here. Two copies is recommended so both partners can take notes in their book.