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Couples Retreat in
The Bay Area 


Reignite your relationship: A couples therapy retreat in Oakland, CA.

Come to a private healing space to foster trust, friendship, and a profound bonding experience. Learn to manage conflict effectively and renew your intimacy. In couples therapy, the length and consistency of sessions matter.

With our intensive counseling format, you can focus on each other to heal the hurt without the distractions and disruptions of your busy schedule. Our fully licensed marriage and family therapist conducts this couples retreat in the Bay Area of Northern California.

Meet your Northern California
couples therapy specialist

All of our therapist have advanced training from some of the top institutes in the country. Our therapists have a wide range of experience with all types of couples.


Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

With a focus on enhancing friendship, managing conflict, and fostering shared meaning, Gottman Couples Therapy equips couples with valuable skills to navigate challenges and build a solid foundation for a thriving partnership.


- Advanced Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
Expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist


With a focus on enhancing friendship, managing conflict, and fostering shared meaning, Gottman Couples Therapy equips couples with valuable skills to navigate challenges and build a solid foundation for a thriving partnership.


- Advanced Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
Expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder

We are now committed to working on building a marriage that is fun and amazing.

"We were in a 25+ year marriage with no real communication. After years of multiple stressors, one partner felt ending the marriage would be best. During the intensive, we learned new "truths" about each other. We began to understand how our childhood experiences played a key role in our roles as spouses. Instead of pursuing a legal separation, we are now committed to working on building our marriage into something fun and amazing."

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Reserving your couples retreat

1.  Connect With Us

01. Schedule A Call

Learn more. Our administrative team is here to assist you. They're well-versed in science-based couples therapy and know our team thoroughly. They'll answer all your questions and help you find the right couples therapist.

Jessica Hufnagle, MBA

Elizabeth Hovanec, B.A. 

Olivia Meissner, B.A.

2.   Meet Your Therapist

Directly speak with the therapist. Discuss your situation, and ask any questions. We offer this service at no cost.

3.   Complete The BIG BIG Book Assessment

This is a comprehensive assessment instrument of unparalleled depth. Our couples say it was the start of their therapeutic experience.

Each clinician undergoes at least six hours of training to effectively interpret your every word. This window into your relationship saves you valuable clinical time and improves our effectiveness.

4.   Attend Your Intensive Therapy Retreat

Attend the Intensive Therapy Retreat: This weekend exclusively focuses on you and your partner, and we give you our undivided attention. Live locally? Booking a nearby hotel room can enhance your experience.

5.   Keep Momentum With Follow-Up Services

Participate in our free enhancement course ("Inbox Intensive") to reinforce your learning. Additional guidance is readily available, whether in-person or through online sessions. Your therapist has an in depth understanding of each of you and your relationship dynamics. Don't hesitate to reach out.


Why our approach works

Couples Therapy Inc. has a reputation for successfully impacting the most challenged couples through our comprehensive approach. We offer extensive assessment, concrete feedback, the time to reinforce science-based skills-building and re-establish broken bonds.

Looking for a particular model? Holding a certification in one couples therapy model is unique, but still doesn't meet our stringent requirements. You'll have an expert with multiple approaches, to provide you cutting-edge, innovative practice.  

  • Evidence-based practice

  • Comprehensive Assessment

  • Innovation Through Collaboration

Cross-trained to work well with all couples

The most well-known evidence-based therapy includes the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused, Solution Focused, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy. For couples where one partner is considering divorce, Discernment Counseling is increasingly well known. But even being certified in one of these methods isn't enough. While we require Level III (advanced) training in the Gottman Method, and pre-certification in Discernment counseling, we hire life-long learners. Your clinicians strengthen their expertise by training in multiple models to help troubled couples. 


What makes us different?

We don't juggle weekly clients with the occasional intensive. All we do is conduct therapeutic retreats with aftercare and after more than a decade of helping thousands of couples, we've become very good at it. Experience matters, and some of our clinicians have over 40 years working with couples. Half are doctoral level and they know how to help. The benefit to you is an exceptional team of mature professionals available to help your relationship.


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Your intensive couples therapy retreat location

Our Couples Retreat in Northern CA:

6239 College Avenue,
Oakland, California 94618

Fees for the Intensive

Intensive retreat prices for a weekend are between $3500 and $7000 depending upon the education, location, and experience of your therapist. Additional days can also be arranged. Payment is due at the time of booking and paid for by credit card. We regret not being able to hold dates without payment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are our most frequent inquiries about our couples therapy retreats.

Is there a question that remains unanswered?

What do you do at a couples retreat?

While some retreats are group experiences, ours is one-to-one couples therapy. There are no games or group sharing. This is a science-based intensive one-on-one retreat addressing your relationship issues head on.

After a thorough relationship history and individual meetings, the therapist provides you evidence-based feedback about your relationship. This includes a detailed "map" of your strengths and areas that need enhancement. We implement this tailored treatment plan over the remaining time.

Do you work with all types of couples?

Yes! We work with all couples. This includes couples married long term or newlyweds, GLBTQ+ or straight, or ethically non monogamous. 

Our intensives are non-religious. However, Christian couples can work with our specialized clinicians for a biblically informed perspective. You need not be married to participate.

I am not in the Bay Area; Do you hold intensive retreats near me?

Yes. We hold couples retreats across the USA and up and down the West Coast, but also in Canada, Germany & serving Singapore.

Does insurance cover this?

Insurance companies seldom cover couples counseling, as they usually do not categorize it as "medically necessary." Intensive couples therapy retreats are no different.

Please note:

Couples therapy, especially when done intensively, is a specialized service that is appropriate for only select couples. Having the interest and motivation to examine your contribution to the state of your marriage is essential for this work to succeed. Both of you must be open and willing to change.

There are two situations where a Discernment Counseling retreat is the preferred approach. The first is if either of you has little to no motivation to work on your marriage. The second is if either of you is seriously questioning whether divorce is the preferred path. 

You do not need to know this ahead of time. With your input, your therapist will determine the most appropriate method for your situation.

Science-based Couples therapy does not work with the following: domestic violence, suicide prevention, personality disorders, or alcohol and drug abuse that requires in-patient care. Instead, seek professional individual mental health services and find a mental health professional with specialized training.

Do it for yourself. Do it for each other.

Schedule a complimentary consult with our team and start on
your path to reignite your relationship.

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