Couple’s Intensive


Every relationship has its ups and downs,
and we all need help from time to time.

This program for couples is designed to foster connection, improve communication, build intimacy, and strengthen commitment. With a balance of education, skill building, emotional processing, and experiential practice, each three day intensive is designed after a thorough assessment with the clients who will be participating.

Who should consider attending an intensive?

  • Couples suffering after betrayal or infidelity
  • Couples who have grown apart
  • High-conflict couples
  • Couples in recovery from sex and love addiction
  • Couples who have grown apart and desire relationship renewal
  • Those who have unhealed childhood trauma

What is involved in the intensive?

The facilitators will carefully work with participating couples to assess their needs prior to designing the intensive. Program planning will incorporate helpful elements from the various models known by the facilitators: Pia Mellody’s Post-Inductive Therapy, Brene Brown’s shame resilience model, Terence Real’s relationship grid, and more.

Intensive Schedule

Day 1: Education. On the first day of the intensive, couples will receive education about the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships, boundaries, spirituality of relationships, healthy sexuality, communication, and other topics as dictated through the assessment process. If the couple or one person within the couple is in addiction recovery, we will also cover the implications of Addiction Interaction Disorder and relational process addiction.

Day 2: Process. The second day will involve the individuals participating to apply the information from day one to their own lives. Utilizing both individual and group and experiences, participants will explore their own families of origins and the underlying dynamics at work in their own relationships.

Day 3: Practice. The final day of the intensive is a day of work, when the couples will be coached to begin practically implementing the knowledge and insights gained from days one and two. The focus of day three is on skill building, specifically on the use of healthy boundaries for communication and learning to be vulnerable. The goal is to set a foundation for growing the intimacy of the relationship.

Register for the Intensive

The intensive experience is limited to two couples at each offering, allowing for a highly personalized experience. The following dates are open in 2016:

  • June 23–25, 2016
  • September 15–17, 2016
  • December 8–10, 2016

The cost is $1,550 per couple. Half of the cost is due at the time of registration and is refundable if the cancellation is made more than one month before the intensive. The balance is due on the first day of the intensive. The intensive will be held at the The Counseling Corner in Mont Belvieu, Texas. Directions can be found by clicking here.

To register or for inquiries, email

About the Facilitators

Delphi 1Delphi Medina, LCSW-S, LCDC, CSAT, CMAT, CDWF-C, received her undergraduate degree from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston in Health Care Administration in 1993 and her Master of Social Work from The University of Houston in 2009. Her career in the addictions field began in 1994. Delphi specializes in behavioral addictions and has extensive experience working with chemical addictions, co-occurring disorders, and psychiatric disorders. She has received her education and training in behavioral addictions by well known professionals such as Patrick Carnes, Ph.D.; Pia Mellody, RN, LISAC; Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S; and Terence Real, RLT. She will be completing her Certified Daring Way Facilitator™ certification in The Daring Way™ based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown in July 2016. She is currently an adjunct faculty at Springfield College Houston Campus. Ms. Medina has conducted various workshops in the local community, state, and national conference levels in the addiction field. She currently works full time as an Employee Assistance Account Representative and Counselor with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in the UTEAP department and has a private practice in The Heights. She provides individual, group, and couple’s therapy specializing in chemical & behavioral addictions.



IMG_9024-webJake Porter, ThM, MDiv, PSAP, CCTP, has more than a decade of experience as a pastoral counselor. He is a a certified clinical trauma professional and a certified sex addiction therapist, trained by Dr. Patrick Carnes, the pioneer of sex addiction treatment. Jake has also been trained in couples therapy by Dr. Pat Love, and in Post-Inductive Therapy by Pia Mellody.  He is the founder of the Institute for Pastoral Recovery, where he counsels individuals, couples, and groups for marital issues, sex and love addiction, intimacy and attachment disorders, trauma, and spiritual issues. Read his full bio by clicking here.