Summer Registration (May to August 2018)

Hope Couples Project Registration

The Hope Couples Project provides counseling in partnership with Ripley Consulting, Dr. Ripley's practice.  We  provide community marriage education and conduct research investigating the Hope approach to couples intervention.

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.  Our Hope Couples Project lab also has the option to tailor the treatment to the religious needs of couples, regardless of religious tradition.  The Hope Focused approach is an approach that focuses on assessment, feedback, creating commitment, communication, problem solving, understanding each others' pasts, apologies and forgiveness.  Our goal is to support you in using these principles to change the patterns in your relationship to be more healthy. 

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.

What about infidelity issues?  Current or recent infidelity requires specific attention to the infidelity.  For couples needing this, we offer counseling utilizing the "Getting Past the Affair" treatment protocol.  Couples will buy the book for education and information while the counselor/s help you work through the stages of dealing with the impact of the infidelity, understanding what it means for you, and forgiving whether or not you separate.

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 Classroom Building.  You can download a campus map here in pdf.  Appointments can be scheduled weekdays and most evenings.  

What is the cost?  The cost of the Counseling 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.

When are you open?  In summer of 2018 our open office hours are 
Tuesdays 11-8; Thurdays 3-8; and Fridays 10-5.  We hope you can find a time to meet during our open hours!

What is the process to register and begin?  In order to receive registration information, please click the registration button located below.  You will also be asked several questions about what type of couples counseling you are looking for and general availability.  Then you will be taken to an online scheduler to schedule an initial screening appointment with us.

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