The PACT Institute
Frequently Asked Questions
What does a PACT session look like?
Your experience during a PACT session may differ somewhat from what you would experience in other forms of couple therapy. Key features of this approach include
Each PACT therapist sets his or her own rates, consistent with that therapist’s practice.
Yes, PACT is specifically for couples, and it is essential for the therapy that both partners attend sessions together. Some PACT therapists may also see individual clients as part of their general practice.
PACT therapists can be licensed marriage and family therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists. The therapist directory indicates each therapist’s credentials. More information about therapists’ backgrounds is available on their websites.
PACT is designed for the full spectrum of issues you may be facing, including anxiety, depression, infidelity, sexual issues, parenting conflicts, addictions, trauma, abuse, blended family issues, and more. If either partner has a major psychiatric illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar), a severe neurological deficit, suicidal issue, or other more serious concerns, you should select a therapist whose general training includes working with these issues as well.
Search the directory for a therapist in your local area. If a listing includes the therapist’s website, check it out for more information. If you think a therapist might be right for you, make sure you are clear about fees, scheduling, and any other questions you may have prior to making a first appointment.
All PACT therapists have been trained to support you and your partner in dealing with issues that come up in your relationship and to help you build long-lasting, secure-functioning relationships. A PACT-certified therapist has 3 or more years of training in PACT and therefore will have incorporated PACT more fully into his or her practice than a therapist with less PACT training. Depending on your issues and needs, a therapist’s other credentials may also be an important consideration (for example, if you feel you should see a psychiatrist).
If you can make the time and can afford it, consider seeing a PACT therapist located elsewhere. Many PACT therapists are open to out-of-town clients because this form of therapy can be done in an intensive, concentrated time frame.
No. A PACT therapist relies on visual and other nonverbal cues that cannot be picked up over the phone.