A 1-to-1 Private Marriage Retreat: Science + Common Sense
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A couples therapy retreat is a smart choice.

Run by seasoned couples specialists.

Why a marriage counseling retreat?

Traditional weekly therapy sessions are sometimes inadequate to meet the needs of couples in crisis. With meetings spread out over weeks or months in 50-minute sessions, it's hard to feel like progress is being made at all. 

In contrast, our couples counseling intensives provide retreat participants sixteen hours and a more focused, in-depth approach. They are run by licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapy specialists or social workers, all with demonstrated expertise in science-based couples therapy. 

Troubled marriages need a total approach.

A marriage intensive is intensive marriage counseling. A science-based approach is 70-90% effective in relieving a couple's distress. 

Advanced licensed relationship experts

Our experienced clinicians, many with over 30 years helping couples, train other psychotherapists how to practice marriage counseling. You'll be in remarkably good hands. 

Faster progress. Total focus on each other.

Many couples find that they're able to make more progress with an intensive retreat. Being away, in an exciting urban location or surrounded by nature, they have the time to resolve entrenched problematic dynamics. As they relax, it is easier to learn new ways of relating to each other.  

A married couples retreat or premarital counseling retreat is designed for couples in all types of relationships. They are private therapy sessions, not a small group retreat. 

Are you in crisis?

 Intensive weekend retreats can make a dramatic impact.  It can jump-start your progress and accelerate the pace of your healing.

Between living in misery or divorcing, choose the third option. Find a skilled couples therapist near you.

What do you mean by “science-based”?

It means that our work is based upon research that has been trusted for over 40 years. Most of our clinicians are cross-trained in several prominent evidence-based models.

Are these private couples intensives?

Yes. One couple to one therapist for each couples therapy weekend retreat. Your therapist works with just the two of you (whether you're married or not...) to heighten intimacy, improve emotional connection, and resolve conflicts. 

Are they religiously-based or non religious intensives?

They are science-based. While some couples in a Christian marriage prefer to see our minister, he is also science-trained but in addition can also offer a biblically-informed couples counseling experience. However, he is one of more than two dozen clinicians across the USA. Everyone else on our team offers a non-religious retreat.

Science-based + convenience

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Do you hold marriage retreats near me?

We hold both online and in-person retreats in 34 locations across the USA including Puerto Rico and Alaska, as well as outside the USA in Canada and Australia.

What is your success rate?

We work with some of the most distressed couples seen in clinical practice today. They often come on the brink of divorce and require intensive care and advanced clinical skills. 

Research has demonstrated that a science-based approach is 70-90% effective in helping all couples. We invite our couples to write reviews of their experiences with Couples Therapy Inc. Please read these actual reviews (more than 250 of them) from couples who have attended our retreats. 

A remarkable 98% of these reviewers say they were helped by our intensives. But of course, success depends upon many factors, not the least of which is the couple's desire to work on their relationship.

250+ client reviews with 98% positive responses to these marriage retreats.

How do you get results like these?

The power of 500+ years of collective clinical talent. Our international team meets monthly to offer training and support. We offer senior (30+ years of experience) and highly-trained clinicians who specialize in helping couples. And an extensive assessment is completed by each and every couple ahead of time that provides thousands of data-points we process before we even meet you. 

We call it: The BIG BIG Book. 

A thorough analysis of your relationship prior to attending. We call it the BIG BIG Book. And a deep analysis of you and this relationship you're living in.

Is follow-up help available?

Yes. Continue your work online, or return for a "mini-retreat." Your couples therapist will suggest an appropriate block of time to meet.

Already work with a local therapist? We’ll collaborate with them to point out what remaining work is left to be done, if any.

Using my husband's words, this weekend helped us more than 3 years of couples therapy did! We were amazed at what was accomplished in such a short time. We are so thankful that we took the leap and did this, it helped us immensely. We have a renewed sense of understanding, care and love for each other that would not have been possible otherwise."  

We were not communicating, fighting over little things, resenting one another, making up but not resolving our feelings so things quickly turned negative again. I honestly thought a divorce was a better option than to living as unhappy as I was. And we were fearful that our problems were too big to even begin to resolve in a weekend couple's therapy retreat. But it was a life-changing experience that I am so grateful we participated in it. It has given us and our marriage a second chance. I am hopeful for the first time in a long time and I am in love with my husband again and it feels wonderful. Thank you."  

I think that this was the first time that we both felt like couples counseling really had the impact we wanted it to, and we both feel very hopeful for our future now."  

Please note:

If one of you has little motivation to work on your marriage in a sincere way or is seriously considering divorce, please consider a  discernment counseling retreat  instead of our couples THERAPY retreat.

Your willingness and interest in improving your marriage is essential for this work to succeed. It takes both of you to be open and willing to change.