Hope Couples Project Registration

The Hope Couples Project provides counseling in partnership with the Psychological Services Center at Regent University.  We also provide community marriage education and conduct research investigating the Hope approach to couples intervention located at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA.  

Are you open/ taking appointments?

As a University-based clinic we will re-open for counseling at the end of August.  This summer we do offer a free screening meeting with a masters-level clinician to talk about what you are looking for, what you need, and what counseling in our clinic could look like.  All couples participate in the screening prior to an appointment with us.  To sign up for the screening, click the link below after reading this page and it will ask you the intake questions, and then will automatically take you to schedule an appointment with an online scheduling system.

What about Coronavirus and safety?

Due to coronavirus all of our screening meetings with couples are taking place on videoconferencing using a confidential system called Doxy.  In the fall we plan to transition to a mixture of in-person and videoconferencing meetings depending on needs and the directives of government and health experts.

What is the Hope Focused approach?  

The Hope Focused approach works to build hope for couples using positive interventions, a short-term strategic approach that is tailored to the relationship needs of the couple.  

How much of a commitment are we talking about here? 

The intervention is tailored to your needs so it varies. Generally, we ask that you commit to one standard workweek worth of work in your relationship- 40 hours.  Considering all the work you've put into your relationship, couples are usually willing to put in just one week's worth of work.  What that means is generally 8 to 12 weeks of counseling and about 3 hours a week focusing on your relationship with homework and positive time together like date nights or communicating positively together. 

Our relationship is in trouble, will this work for us? 

The Hope approach will work with a wide variety of couples problems.  It's not magic, but you both can choose to make effective decisions that will improve your relationship.  However, there are some situations or psychological problems for which we recommend individual treatment either simultaneously or before beginning couples therapy.  There is a 1-3 session trial period at the beginning of counseling where you and your counselor are trying to decide what would be the best treatment approach for your situation.

Do you do pre-marital counseling or couples enrichment? 

Yes, we do.  We encourage a prevention approach to relationship problems and will work with you to "fill up your toolbox" with skills and principles that will help you negotiate your ever-changing relationship.

Where are the meetings? 

Our offices are on the Regent University campus in the Psychological Services Center which is in the classroom building Suite 188.  You can download a campus map here in pdf.  Appointments can be scheduled weekdays and most evenings.  

We are beginning to offer tele-therapy through videoconferencing for those that need this option due to health or personal concerns.

What is the cost?  

The initial screening meeting to discuss what you need in counseling is FREE, including numerous assessments for your relationship that will be included in a personalized report.  The cost of therapy sessions is only $40 per session.  A referral from a pastor/religious leader is 50% off.  Couples with financial need can discuss a sliding scale option at the first session.  The cost of care is supported by Regent University as a community outreach.

What is the process to register and begin? 

Please click the registration button located below.  You will also be asked about 20 minutes worth of questions about what type of couples counseling you are looking for and tell us your availability.  This will help reduce time on paperwork in the intake meeting.  If you prefer to do the questionnaires in the meeting that is an option.

If you have further questions and would like to speak with staff first, you can email us at hopecouples@hopecouples.com  or call Dr Ripley at 757-352-4296

Helpful Forms page to access consent, instructions for in person or online meetings, The 50% off referral coupon, etc.