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What is an Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat?

Intensive couples therapy offers a unique "science-based" opportunity to get away and really enhance your bond.

These private intensive marriage counseling retreats offer an extended period of counseling over one evening and two days. This intensive approach allows our marriage counselors get to the root of the problem. Most couples that attend a Couples Therapy Retreats are in a significant amount of marital distress. We offer two different clinical options, Repair and Reconnect Couples Retreats (including "Last Shot" Couples Retreats) or a Sexuality Retreat. We also offer a husband/wife clinical team.

But you don't have to choose. Your 'State of the Union' assessment will direct your clinician to which will best suit your situation. Read more by clicking below.  Learn more about our science-based methods for therapeutically helping couples:  Gottman Method & Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  Science-based couples therapy is 70-90% effective.

"I was skeptical heading into the weekend. We were on the brink of divorce. My husband thought we couldn't possibly benefit from just three days...." (more)"

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Couples Intensive Retreats

Skilled clinical intensive marriage counseling in one weekend. Begin by completing a thorough assessment. Work from the privacy of your own home. In two and a half days, take the time to explore your relationship dynamics in new ways. Heal affairs. Learn essential skills proven effective in research studies. For the cost of an average divorce attorney’s retainer, give your relationship the help it needs and stay together…happily. This is an intense marriage counseling retreat but worth the effort.  Learn More...

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Is a Couples Intensive Retreat right for you?

What are "Couples Therapy Weekend Retreats"?

In this context, couples retreat therapy is weekend marriage counseling using a therapeutic approach to help couples that takes place over 3 days. A marriage retreat is designed to slow you down, allow you to enjoy a change of scene, and reconnect with yourself and your spouse. You may feel like both of you are too distant, with too much baggage and damage done to save your marriage. But before paying an attorney to split up your family forever, you owe it to yourselves and your family to try and save your marriage one more time. Take one more step and contact us now. You have everything to gain and so much to lose.

What makes it an intense marriage counseling retreat?

"Intense" as a description for our marriage counseling retreat might be the wrong word. It is intensive. Instead of the drip, drip, drip of weekly work, an "intense marriage counseling retreat" is intensified over a weekend. The work itself might feel concentrated, because it is, but it shouldn't imply that it is more stressful or difficult.  Some clinicians call it a "Marathon" which is equally misleading. Marathon is defined as: "a long-lasting or challenging task or operation of a specified kind" in this case "Marathon Therapy," but it refers only to the concentration of time, not necessarily the difficulty or challenge. It is a marathon therapy only in length and not necessarily in the difficulty of the work.

How are these couples marriage retreat different than standard weekly therapy?

Traditional weekly marriage counseling can be highly effective and beneficial; but progress can be slow and frustrating, especially for those who are unable to attend each week.  Many couples feel overwhelmed by the repetitive and escalating nature of their problems. They feel hopeless, discouraged, and stuck. Many have tried weekly therapy without seeing any positive results.

This couples counseling retreat is designed to bring you away from the stress and cares of everyday life, parental responsibilities, and work. When a couple takes a weekend to devote to retreat therapy, they are investing in their relationship.  They have the time to address issues such as communication, infidelity, sexuality and intimacy issues, financial pressures, blended families, children, and career conflicts in a deeper, more meaningful way.

What happens before these couples therapy retreats?

In our marriage therapy retreats, we begin with an extensive assessment that you complete at home, online, prior to the start of the retreat. It asks over 800 questions that enable us to have an in-depth analysis of what you think about the current state of your relationship and why. Then, we take your answers, score, review and analyze them, and our couples therapists prepare themselves for your arrival.

What happens on the first evening of these therapy retreats?

Over those initial two hours, we get a better understanding of why you've come, and then ask a structured series of questions called: "The Story of Us." We'll ask questions such as: "How did you meet?" "What attracted you to each other?" Remember, after recalling these happier times, you'll leave that first night of your retreat therapy with fonder memories, and return to the privacy of your hotel, or bed and breakfast.

What happens on the second day of this intensive marriage counseling retreats?

Here we start by recording you, but not for the movies! You'll be discussing an area of difference so that your therapist can understand the issues to work on in treatment.

  • How does the discussion start?
  • Are any of the 'Four Horsemen' evident?  
  • What do you need to do to strengthen these ways of talking about difference?

Afterward, we speak with each of you for one hour alone, to get your uninterrupted perspective.

Following these individual meetings, and lunch, we provide a feedback session and then launch right into couples therapy. This retreat therapy begins formally at this point, shifting from assessment to actual couples psychotherapy.

What happens on the third day intensive retreats?

On the third day, we implement a personally tailored treatment plan that we've agreed upon the day before.

Our therapy retreats end at 4:30 pm on day three.

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