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Concentrated Couples Therapy: A Couples Retreat near me: Finding the best in marriage retreats

How It Works

An Intensive Couples Retreat eliminates the outside distractions so that you can focus on your relationship as a couple. Some are more like romantic getaways, with plush guest rooms, spa treatments, and golf courses, in a resort-like atmosphere. For others, a three night stay might happen in a rustic state park with horseback riding, rope courses, and cooking classes.


In contrast, Couples therapy Inc., to quote Livestrong.com:


"...is serious business - no margaritas, group sessions or yoga classes... a science-based intensive one-on-one retreat addressing your relationship issues head on with a skilled doctoral or masters-level couples therapist."  


While you can find a hotel close to the clinical offices with features like fitness centers, hot tubs, and fabulous dining options, these resort offerings aren't the point of your trip when you seek out a couples therapy retreat. You want to find the most qualified therapists you can afford.

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Marriage counseling retreats are private couples therapy.

Group experiences are most often suitable for couples wanting enrichment. Couples Therapy Inc. retreats are private and individual-one couple to one therapist. 

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What happens at a marriage retreat?

Couples retreats take place in a private therapist's office. They are personalized intensive help designed to reestablish trust, provide affair recovery, and improve your relationship. Intensive couples counseling provides the time to address the stressors in your marriage and in your life and to learn to talk about and support your partner in their challenges. In some cases, spouses are experts at caring for others, but less skilled at knowing what they need from their partner to feel loved and cared for.

Learning to talk in a way so your partner will listen is an important goal both in the retreat and long term.

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What is the Gottman Method?

While there are many theories on how to help a marriage, The Gottman Method is based on 40 years of research. The goals of the Gottman Method include:

  • increasing closeness and friendship behaviors,
  • addressing conflict productively, and
  • building a life of shared meaning together.

It isn't a "one size fits all" approach. The Gottman Method involves customizing principles from the research to fit each couple's particular patterns and challenges. The work begins with an extensive assessment to know what to improve and why.

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What is the Cost?

Costs vary based on the service chosen, the location, and the experience level of the therapist.

Please be aware that as insurers very rarely cover couples and marriage counseling, and working with couples is a specialized field, many couples find these intensives expensive. However, these fees compare favorably to the cost of a divorce attorney's retainer. 

The Gottman Assessment

A complete Gottman Assessment has three components: the questionnaire, the interview, and the feedback session. The questionnaire measures a relationship's strengths and challenges and provides specific recommendations to the therapist for interventions that might fit.

At-Home Assessment

We call it: "The BIG BIG Book" and it covers every aspect of your personal and relationship life. With 800-1000 questions each, you fill it out in the privacy of your own home.

You will receive your own personal copy of your BIG BIG Book once you secure your intensive. You will receive it by email (as will your spouse) and are asked not to discuss your answers, or even the questions. It is a private correspondence between you and your therapist.

  • You'll be asked to examine various problematic aspects of your relationship. You'll also learn what's still going well between you.
  • Every question in The BIG BIG Book provides your couples therapist with essential information they'll need in order to help both of you. 
  • The questions about sexuality help us understand that "fingerprint" complexity of your sexual desire and passion. Once we understand it, we can help you work to improve your passions.

The In-person Assessment

Friday evening your provide a narrative description of the problem(s), and Oral History Interview ("The Story of Us"). The next morning you discuss an area of disagreement videotaped called the "Conflict Discussion," for 10 minutes. Your individual sessions follow.

After lunch, we begin the Feedback session. In this portion of the therapy retreat, your therapist will discuss your assessment findings with you. In order to do this effectively, the couples therapist integrates the vast amount of information learned for both the at-home and in-person assessment. It's a lot of work, but does your marriage deserve any less?

  • We begin with a problem history designed to be less stressful. Next follows a “State of the Union” assessment, also called "The Story of Us."
  • The next morning, we continue the assessment with a "fighting sample" to learn how to improve your conflict discussions. 
  • Then the couples therapist meets with each spouse for a private and frank meeting. The feedback session that follows after lunch is typically 1-1:30 hours long, and provides the "roadmap" for the clinical work that follows.

The Follow-up

As remarkable as it may seem, many couples feel no need for follow-up, as they feel they now have the tools to improve their marriages on their own.

For those who need more, we offer two types of follow-up: both a free online course and online or in person sessions with your couples therapist. These sessions continue to focus on areas of improvement and rejoice in your strides.

  • Enroll in our online follow-up course called: "The Inbox Intensive." Choose the interval you prefer to complete the exercises included.
  • Contact your therapist and book your appointment right online to see them via Zoom, or, if you are close, schedule an in-person appointment at 80-minutes or half a day.
  • Connect with your therapist. They know a great deal about each of you and will be targeted in the help they provide. Working with a local therapist? Your couples therapist will consult to provide valuable information so you can continue productively.

What is the goal of these Intensive Retreats?

Most couples come to heal their relationship after a breach of trust, to enhance their intimacy, or to learn how to discuss conflictual issues more calmly. Others want to determine how viable the relationship is or if it is fatally "broken" and unable to be helped.

  • Gottman's research is famous for being able to predict the success of a relationship with 94% accuracy. .
  • This, however impressive, is in the aggregate, and not singularly focused on an individual relationship. 
  • Nevertheless, such research enables Gottman Therapists to hone in on destructive patterns and redirect the couple to more effective approaches.

Effectiveness of research-based approaches

Empirically-based research on couples therapy has demonstrated that working with a skilled research-based therapist can create positive change for 70%-90% of couples who want to improve their relationships.

  • 90% significantly improve their relationship.
  • 70-75% of couples no longer fit the criteria for relationship distress following treatment
  •  Research has repeatedly demonstrated the superiority of skilled couples therapy over no help.

Why Couples Therapy Inc.


Couples Therapy Inc. is a team of over thirty licensed therapists and intimacy experts all across the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even Australia. Privately owned and operated, our intensives are available over a weekend providing you the opportunity to work with  couples counseling specialists, many of whom have 20 to 40 years of experience.

Are you looking for couples retreats that can be an intensive form of weekly marriage counseling? We estimate that these intensives are the clinical equivalent of 6 months worth of 45-minute sessions.

30+ Clinicians

Couples Therapy Inc. is a team of over thirty licensed therapists and sex therapists all across the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, and even Australia. 

25+ Divorce-Busting Locations

From New Hampshire to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from Washington DC to Los Angeles. Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco, Portland, OR to name a few. You are sure to find a clinician near you.

20-40 years of experience

All of us are specialists in couples therapy and have advanced training or certification in the famous Gottman Method developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Many have other evidence-based models in their toolbox as well.  You are in good hands.

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What our Clients Say

Susanna Guarino

Rochester, NY

Susanna was able to skillfully hear through the words to what we each were trying to say and then helped us to connect the message to each other. She was skilled at challenging each of us in a safe and welcoming way. Very patient listener.

We have a clear direction to work towards. Just that allows me to be more patient and give space and focus on the work that I need to do. The dynamic is warmer, my wife's edge is gone and a few blocks of her wall have been brought down. Now it's up to us to follow through.

What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?

Do it, push through the hesitation.

This seems to be a process that would benefit anyone struggling in the areas of service focus, and probably even those doing well would benefit from fine-tuning.

Rebecca Lanier

Naples, FL

We were on the brink of divorce and previous couples therapy was not very effective. Couples Therapy Inc. practiced the Gottman Method and was science-based.

Rebecca Lanier was non-biased and to the point. There is a method to the madness and it isn’t just you sharing your feelings while others share their untested opinion.

We are now turning towards more, understanding the hurt; it created a pathway toward forgiveness.

What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?

The best thing you’ll ever do for your marriage.

Dr. Scott Wolfe

Las Vegas, NV

Our relationship was in trouble. The core issues included years of poor communication and unresolved conflict regarding difficult life experiences.

We were intrigued by the scientific approach of the Gottman Method and felt that matched our personalities.

Dr. Wolfe was an excellent representative of the Gottman Method. Scott created a safe place for us to talk to him and to each other. He has the experience and knowledge necessary to assist couples in a caring and structured atmosphere, free of judgment.

With a scientific approach, the Gottman method gives you clear-cut tools to help couples work through challenges that arise in marriage. We wish this was available at the beginning of our marriage.

What would you say to couples that are considering working with Couples Therapy Inc.?

We would wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Couples researcher John Gottman kept a careful record of his own predictions prior to learning his actual research findings. And he was wrong 60% of the time. 

You can't wing-it when it comes to helping troubled marriages. You must know the science. And you have to practice it routinely, every week, week after week. We suggest at least 50% of a therapist's practice should be spent helping couples. Here it's all we do.

Dr. Kathy McMahon Psychologist, President, Founder of Couples Therapy Inc.