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A Private Couples Retreat BC - Cascadia Region

The Couples Retreat BC couples rely upon for experienced help with their marriage.

Meet Our Couples Therapist -
One of Three Dozen Chosen Worldwide

Couples Retreat BC:

Couples Therapy in Vancouver:  Concentrated relationships help
 for the entire weekend.

Choose Experience

Jenny is a distinguished member of our international team of clinicians. She has certifications or training in two science-based forms of intensive marriage therapy and several other methods. 

The training and experience of your therapist should be your first priority in choosing a marriage counselling retreat BC.

Experienced Relationship Therapist

Jenny has advanced training in the Gottman Method, and three other methods of helping couples. She is also trained in Discernment Counseling and speaks 4 languages.

License/Registered in both the USA and Canada

Jenny is registered in British Columbia working in a suburb of Vancouver, and also holds intensives in Orange County, California. 

The Premier International Couples Therapy Team:

Couples Therapy Inc.

Your marital happiness depends upon choosing the best couples therapy available. We've selected some of the world's top trained couples therapists in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Australia.

Convenience is also important.

Weekly sessions aren't in-depth enough for many couples. Intensive, science-based help combines six months of therapy in less than 3 days. And at 70-90% scientifically proven effective, it's perfect for busy couples.

Why a Concentrated Couples Therapy?

Private couples counseling retreats: To improve your greatest relationship challenges.

There are dozens of options for couples retreats across Canada. But most are group psycho-educational experiences. Some offer couples romantic breaks or a luxury holiday in a beautiful location. But what good is a romantic weekend that ends in bickering and coldness? Some are faith-based, "couples boot camp retreat" groups, or focused solely on improving your communication which may be helpful for the mildly distressed.

Our retreats are different.

Private, Science-based Couples Therapy Retreats

Weekend retreats for married couples, or couples in a committed relationship.

Couples Therapy Inc. offers marriage counselling in a concentrated form which are private and therapeutic. Choose weekend couples counselling if you're in relationship distress. Or if you want to dramatically improve how you are relating now. While every marriage is different, and no marriage retreat can promise guaranteed results, our couples retreat serving BC offers you a step-by-step understanding of what types of science-based interventions are most effective and impactful.

A couple that is committed to the process will leave with a deep, fundamental understanding of the particular challenges their marriages face. They will also discover what makes some marital problems "unresolvable," and how to work with value and lifestyle differences.

Our marriage counselling retreats aren't "marriage counselling boot camps." We help one couple at a time to reconnect, improve their communication and rebuild trust. Jenny Fang has been helping BC and Cascadia couples for over fifteen years.

Jenny is a Couples Therapist trained in two of the most well-known science-based couples therapy. She will help you to break down barriers and get to the heart of your issues. She knows how to help BC couples address long standing areas of conflict, infidelity, divorce threats, and other challenges such as managing early trauma histories, mental health or physical health issues, or extended family struggles that affect the partnership. Jenny sees couples from around the BC, across the USA, and around the world.

Not simply a "Marriage retreat." This is a marriage retreat applying real science-based help.

When You are in Pain, We're Here to Help.

Jenny is trained in multiple models. That means that she's learned many approaches to help a variety of relationship ills.  She's a gifted member of the Greater Vancouver therapeutic community.

Learn more about 40+ years of research helping couples. Learn more about The Gottman Method.

Jenny's availability in Vancouver is limited.

These are one-to-one retreats. Please book early for the best availability.


Remarkably, yes, it can. It provides a firm foundation for real ongoing change. Bring us your most distressing problems. Happier couples attend, too, for a tune up. You'll learn how to change around marital unhappiness to team collaboration. "Hopeless" to "Hopeful." All in a single science-based weekend.

Almost ready to leave the marriage? Read about Last Shot Couples Therapy & Discernment Counseling.

Our Locations in Western Canada:

Visit Jenny in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver has consistently been listed the top five worldwide cities for livability and quality of life. It is one of Canada's warmest and wettest cities in the winter. Vancouver is a destination city, with a vibrant nightlife scene, whether it be food and dining, or bars and nightclubs.

The Granville Entertainment District has the city's highest concentration of bars and nightclubs with closing times of 3 am, in addition to various after-hours clubs open until late morning on weekends. The street can attract large crowds on weekends and is closed to traffic on such nights. Gastown is also a popular area for nightlife with many upscale restaurants and nightclubs

Private Couples Retreat BC or Group Retreat in Cascadia: What's the difference?

  • Group retreats are relatively inexpensive compared with private one-to-one couples retreats. Look for a Group Couples Retreat in BC that teaches basic skills...or are just for fun. 
  • Intensive Couples Retreats are a more serious business. These Couples Therapy Weekends are for couples who want to enhance their intimate relationship or really turn around serious marital issues.

Private, Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat BC Criteria

  • These are private therapy marriage retreat experiences.
  • Run by a professional trained in the science of couples therapy. Or should be.
  • Look at the actual clinical skills of the couples therapist. That should be listed and clearly spelled out on the website. Look at their graduate training, post-graduate experience, objective training credentials in couples therapy and related recognition of professional certifications.
  • The Couples Therapist should have demonstrated skill and clinical experience in a science-based couples therapy approach. It’s been proven effective!
  • Estimate the actual cost of the Couples Retreat. You are paying for intensive Couples Therapy. Count up the number of actual clinical hours you’ll be in couples therapy. “Two-day” or “three-day” is a meaningless comparison if you only spend a few hours a day in actual couples therapy.
  • Figure out what comparable lodging will cost in the area (if that’s included). Subtract that out in order to determine the actual “cost” of your clinical couples therapy.

Find the right Couples Therapy Retreat BC by asking five simple questions.

  1. Who offers these couples retreats in the BC? What’s your philosophy?
  2. Who actually runs that private marriage retreat we will be going to?
  3. What do the marriage retreats look like?
  4. Who should attend these couples retreats?
  5. How much do they cost?

1. Who offers this Couples Retreat?

About Couples Therapy Inc.

Couples Therapy Inc. is a group of skilled couples therapists offering couples retreats across the world. Our practice is proudly composed of experienced couples therapists licensed as psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and mental health counselors. We have over 558 collective years conducting doctoral, graduate and higher diplomas (international) psychotherapy in the USA, and across the world. We specialize in science-based or evidence-based treatment to help couples in intensive couples retreats. 

Understanding Science-based Skills in Couples Therapy

There are many approaches to helping couples and many writers on intimate relationships.

However, there are only two demonstrated methods of science-based couples therapy:

  • The Gottman Method and
  • Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy (EFT).

Each have levels of training associated with them:

  • The Gottman Method has Levels I, II, and III, and Certification.
  • EFT has 1. Externship, 2. Core Skills, and Certification.
  • There are also “supervisors” and “trainers of therapists.”

Look for a licensed therapist with the most advanced training in these methods that you can find, or, ideally, someone with experience in both. Jenny Fang has training in these and other models as well.

What is your philosophy about helping couples?

We believe in principled, science-based couples therapy.

If you are religious, we don’t believe you should have to choose between clinicians who have deep faith and someone with a fundamental understanding of science-based marriage counseling.

If you hold no religious beliefs, we believe that a skilled clinician trained in science-based couples therapy should be your foremost criterion for finding the best couples retreat.

We see couples of every age, ability, income, race, nationality, profession, religion, ability, and sexual orientation.

We are both secular and faith-based counselors.

Some of us have no religious affiliation. We do have a minister on our team. But all of us share a deep belief in an organized study of couples.

We’ve chosen as our collective starting point a science-based approach from the famous Gottman Institute. But some of us have incorporated training in the OTHER science-based method, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and clinically-grounded methods such as the Developmental Model or Imago Therapy.

2. The Therapists Offering Couples Retreats BC

What’s the therapist’s name and credentials running these Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats in Cascadia?

Jenny Fang is registers as a counselor in British Columbia and licensed in California.

Jenny's Evidence-based Treatment Models

  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externship
  • Advanced training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Gottman Institute
  • Discernment Counseling Training, The Doherty Relationship Institute
The Gottman  Institute Approach to Couples Retreat

Advanced training in The Gottman Method. 

3. What do your Couples Retreats Look like?

They are private, individually-tailored concentrated marriage counseling for couples in distress that are scheduled like a weekend getaway. You can make it a romantic getaway that will last a lifetime. Choose one near golf courses or pick a hotel with hot tubs for a more enjoyable time. 

  • One highly skilled counselor and one couple at a time.
  • Our retreats offer you an intensive couples therapy experience.
  • You meet for two hours with a skilled couples therapist on Friday night, and
  • Two full days on both Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. 

That’s 7 hours of intensive couples therapy work each day, (not including breaks). Sixteen hours total face-to-face with a skilled couples therapist.

It’s not for the faint of heart. 

First study, then intervene.

We’ve built our reputation around working effectively with the toughest couples. And they work with us, by providing a colossal amount of information as a warm-up before we ever meet. It takes you hours to complete and us half a day just to score, read and study your every word, but it's the start of your incredible journey.

We work in blocks of time to radically stop a couple's fast-moving train to greater misery or divorce. We can even help a good marriage become a great one. As a couple wrote about our assessment tool:

"The BIG BIG Book helped the therapist, but it also helped me to organize my thoughts and feelings, so that is a very helpful tool. I think that the expertise of the therapist was crucial..."

Then, in the weekend couples counseling we continue this “State of the Union” assessment in person, meeting first with both of you to gather a relationship oral history and problem profile. 

The following day, we use a clinically-structured “disagreement” that we analyze. We use this tape to determine the presence of “The Four Horsemen” and begin to tailor our treatment plan.

None of this is “guesswork.” 

All of it is a part of a science-based protocol designed by the Gottman Institute.

When therapy begins, it is highly-focused, clinically relevant, and “you informed” work. You know what we’ll be working on and exactly why.

4. Who should attend this Marriage Retreat BC?

We serve couples of all kinds: straight and gay couples, those in long-term relationships, newly engaged or newlywed couples.  Even couples facing the crisis of divorce or affairs. This intensive couples therapy is for those who are serious about change. Couples Therapy Inc. offers couples retreats designed for extremely busy, high-powered couples in distress. Most of our couples have tried weekly couples therapy, and “failed.”

Despite their strong commitment to working on their marriage, weekly work was inadequate to meet their needs. And fortunately, they gave up on the therapist instead of their marriages and looked for an intensive marriage retreat.

They wanted a more focused couples therapy retreat with the most experienced couples therapist they can find.

At Couples Therapy Inc. we believe these are basic psychotherapy skills we teach our graduates students, but they’re not enough.

Our practice of skilled, experienced couples therapists offer marriage retreats, couples retreats, and online couples therapy across the USA, Ireland and Australia too.

Do you hold a couples retreat near me?

We hold our retreats within 300 miles of most major cities in the USA and can fly* our skilled therapists to a location near you globally.

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