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If you aren't getting along with the person who once meant the world to you, there is startling new information you need to know.
A way of intervening that stops your fast-moving train into greater marital misery or divorce.
You'll exit the 'divorce super-highway.'
Imagine no more endless bickering or cold-shoulder bedtimes.
Or vacations and romantic evenings that end in disaster.
Don't make the same mistake I did, and let a perfectly good marriage go down the drain.
“My own marital failure drove me to invest 20 years of study, and learn 5 different models of couples therapy. The results?"
A science-based Marriage Retreat that helps couples achieve genuine emotional closeness and sexual connection.
Dr. Kathy McMahon is the Founder and President of Couples Therapy Inc. A clinical psychologist, she is one of a handful of Certified Gottman Couples Therapists who is also an AASECT Board-certified Sex Therapist. She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and has also trained in both Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy and The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy. She designed this Couples Retreat after 20 years of study.
Do you harbor misguided notions about love and marriage? Most couples do. Even many THERAPISTS do. I know I did when my own marriage had problems...
As a clinical psychologist I worked with couples, but these very misguided notions not only limited my impact as a couples therapist, they destroyed my own marriage.
If you think psychologists have just as many problems as the average person... you'd be right.
I've had my share.
Ask my ex-husband.
I divorced a perfectly nice guy and the father of my child. Oh, I had my reasons. And most of them were a bunch of "pie in the sky" ideas I got from theories I learned while in graduate school. They were wrong-headed notions about why marriages fail and how to fix them.
There are still plenty of these myths out there.
Like how about THIS MYTH:
"The severity of your problems predicts the likelihood of divorce."
Nope. Wrong. False.
Back then, I did what most people do, "I used my health insurance," and went to a counselor.
But instead of getting help, those weekly 45-minute sessions left me angrier, more hopeless, and totally, totally misunderstood. And we left each session more upset than when we arrived!
If you've see a therapist for your troubled marriage, you were probably told to practice “good communication skills."
I thought that's all I was doing...yak, yak, yakking without impacting!
Like most women facing divorce, it only took a few sessions before I became totally disillusioned.
I thought we were 'broken.'
I went through a painful divorce.
It cost me big time, not only economically, but emotionally, too, and everything got a lot more complicated. Two houses. Two mortgages. A daughter running between families. Two different sets of rules.
Divorce is one of the most stressful events in an adult's life, according to research. Even worse on children, despite the media hype.
“Divorce is costly, not just financially, but emotionally too. It costs your kids, as well as your future security. Preventing it is well worth the effort..."
Later on, I remarried a “completely different guy.” And guess what?
These same problems reappeared!
I thought to myself: “How could I be so unlucky?”
But it wasn't a matter of "luck" at all.
I was the same person...
...with the same crappy way of relating to my intimate partner.
I could divorce my ex- but not "myself."
As Aimee Mann says: "It's not going to stop 'til you wise up..."
And you know what? She's right.
Leaving a marriage, when you don't know what you're doing wrong (...or just blaming your spouse..) means it's not going to stop for you, either.
Unless you figure out what you're doing wrong in your marriage and fix it, you're doomed to repeat it.
Don't give up! Wise up!
(Let one of our Master Trainers teach you how to become a "Master of Marriage" too!)
"Our therapist has been an extraordinary support for both of us..."
"As a last ditch effort, we let go of our previous marriage therapist and began working with you, first in 3 sessions online, and then in an intensive. Nancy has been an extraordinary support for both of us. Her style is both structured and flexible. I appreciated that she listened exceedingly well. She brings evidence-based research into the mix. Perhaps most of all, she is optimistic, though not in an unrealistic way. This couples retreat been instrumental in helping us develop new patterns of communication and engagement.
We are very, very grateful."
-for Nancy St John, (Couples Therapy Inc., Ireland)
"I had given up hope...
"...that we would ever be able to connect or communicate. I didn't think it would be possible to ever truly be happy in this marriage. We tried therapy before and it was a miserable waste of time. It seemed to do more damage than anything.
I was afraid to dare to hope for improvement again, only to be devastated yet again with failure. The biggest change was finally being able to gain insight into why my husband behaves the way he does. He never could communicate his feelings at all, let alone in a way that I could understand. I did not believe he was capable of empathy or at the least, communicating without judgment. He is actually trying to learn how to listen now. I have finally been able to see my shortcomings [as well] and I have tools to work through them.
Dr. Smithey is excellent. He has a great ability to empathize with each spouse while also staying objective. I felt he was truly supportive and sincerely cared about our commitment to heal our marriage. His approach to couples therapy is refreshing.
-for Dr. Adam Smithey, (Couples Therapy Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana)
"I was anxious going into the weekend knowing it would be a difficult one and it was...
Dr. Gorman, I wanted to thank you again for this past weekend. I was anxious going into the weekend knowing it would be a difficult one, and it was. But I don't think we could have selected a better therapist. You put me at ease from the first evening we were together. I appreciated how thorough you were going through our Big Big Book. I am amazed at how many times you referenced something we said or a family member we talked about by name.
Your genuine interest/concern for us came through very clearly to me. It made me feel very comfortable and able to express the things I haven't been able to previously. I learned a lot about myself and how I chose the path I did (even though sub-consciously in many ways).
I am also grateful for the tools you gave us to help communicate more effectively. I do believe that my partner and I have both tried really hard and we are both good people. Although he and I are still struggling with how to act around one another, I am hopeful we will work together to improve that.
-for Dr. Patricia Gorman, (Couples Therapy Inc., Amherst, Massachusetts)
"We know a lot about you and your marriage, before you arrive..."
Like a diamond, your marriage is the hardest “jewel” in the rocky world of relationships.
But with a magnifying glass, precision skill, the jeweler's tap brings out the luster. Many marriage are rough stones with hidden brilliance. Just waiting to shine.
Careful assessment is our "magnifying glass." "The BIG BIG Book" (which included a Gottman Assessment and a lot more...) allows us take a closer look at you as an individual in your marriage. It's an online tool. Completing it out will have a huge impact on you, too. Our couples tell us it was the start of their marriage retreat therapy.
This online assessment is scored, and your words are carefully read and analyzed, side-by-side with your partner's tome. We do this before we even meet.
When you arrive at this couples retreat, we'll explore your early relationship history, "The Story of Us," and with your therapist, you'll work collaboratively, constructing your most critical relationship goals during our time together.
With the help of The BIG BIG Book, you'll be asked finely-tuned questions about your marital issues.
And yet, this is challenging and specialized work. Easy to get wrong.
And then your whole world blows up...
Have you tried marriage counseling in the past and failed? Do you believe that your marriage is severely, and hopelessly damaged?
Your overly-confident and poorly trained therapist might be to blame.
You entrust us with your marriage and family.
And we take that responsibility seriously.
We'll Work Fast
Forget 6 months of 45-minute sessions that stop at the height of your fight... "See you next week!" Science says:"not enough time!"
These aren't generic “communication skills training" with 5-250 other couples. Our approach is precise and intimate.
Not someone's biased 'personal opinions.' This help is based upon 40+ years of research with over 3,000 couples.
"We were legally separated and had filed for divorce and lived in separate residences."
"We tried couples therapy several years ago, but it was not successful. The core issue of our marriage was discovered and we were able to shed light on it and now were able to approach the issue together. Us against the issue. Daniel approached things head on (with care) in a way we both could understand. There was no room for doubt about what the issue was and how we needed to overcome it. Daniel made us feel comfortable and left us with the feeling of truly being able to take on whatever comes our way.
Thank you for helping me communicate my vulnerabilities and not feel ashamed of them or concerned I will come across as a weak person for having vulnerabilities. Thank you for pointing out our incredible strengths together. Thank you for being such an incredible part of our healing process.
“I was skeptical heading into the Marriage Retreat weekend but now I am so glad that we did it....”
"We have seen numerous therapist over the last three years and Angela has, by far, exceeded all of our expectations. I got there on Friday with a lot of anger over our situation. By the time we left Sunday afternoon I felt free...
She had a very nice way of not taking sides, yet giving good strong comments and thought-provoking scenarios. She absolutely knew us when we got there and often referred to our history. She was extraordinarily easy to talk to and also has a nice sense of humor.
She gave us practical tools to use when I was very upset and we left with a new vision of our future and tools to use to improve our communication.
I was skeptical heading into the marriage retreat weekend but now I am so glad that we did it.”
"We had a difficult but wonderful Marriage Retreat weekend..."
"Nancy is that rare and wonderful combination of kind, compassionate, clear and focused. She is an amazing listener, but simply being heard (with past marriage counselors) has never been enough.
With her as our skillful guide, we were able to each get at core concerns and reach a deeper understanding of what we are bringing to the table. We also felt she was a cheerleader and totally in our corner. We had a difficult but wonderful marriage retreat weekend and left feeling changed and with new hope for our future together."
We hold our Couples Retreat in 15 attractive locations: Three in Massachusetts, and in Washington DC / Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami & Sarasota, Florida; Indianapolis, Indiana; Old San Juan, Puerto Rico; Oahu, Hawaii; Austin & Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles County, California. In Europe? Visit us in Ireland.
A Marriage Retreat is designed for those in mild, moderate or severe relationship distress.
Couples who are actively willing to work on their marriage / relationship.
Couples who are emotionally dysregulated (loud fighting, shouting, emotional outbursts, crying)
Couples struggling with an affair who have had time to process the implications.
Couples who are disconnected, distant, asexual, or cold.
Marriages in which one partner is selfish, bossy, irresponsible, or self-absorbed.
Those who are unhappily living together, separated, legally married or not.
Couples who have good reasons to stay married, but are ambivalent.
We cannot accept couples who engage in regular and ongoing physical violence.
Where one partner is actively drug or alcohol addicted and requires in-patient care.
When an active and untreated mental illness is destroying your marriage.
When an affair was discovered within the last week. Fresh disclosures are too stressful for immediate intensive work. (Call us to determine.)
When having an undisclosed affair (see us for Discernment Counseling, instead...)
Where one partner refuses to complete the assessment prior to the retreat.
When one partner is unwilling to put genuine effort into changing their marriage. If the motivation is to "check the box" or "let their partner down easy," this is not for you.
"It's been the sweetest month I've ever had in our marriage..."
"For a long time, I had so many doubts as to whether we could make this work. I spent most of my marriage not knowing it could be as rich as this last month as been. I felt the "switch," over this last month, and it's felt like living in sunshine instead of shadows. My husband and I haven't had a fight in months, even while navigating normally very tense waters including dealing with our families, and even buying a house! They've turned into discussions.
Dr. K, I'm not kidding, it's been the sweetest month I've ever had in our marriage. I know that we'll hit plenty of bumps ahead. But for the first time in a long time, it feels like my teammate, my partner has shown up.
So this email is simply to say "thank you." Thank you for giving us the tools, and the hope that things would change if we wanted them to. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for giving me my husband back, and for listening when we were at our rock bottom."
"I feel a great sense of relief after our Marriage Retreat weekend with Angela..."
"Angela was a wonderful therapist and truly advocated for both of us, and our relationship, throughout the weekend intensive. Her approach was thoughtful, logical and easy to follow. She listened to our concerns and organized the weekend in a meaningful way to cover many of our needs. The feedback she provided was constructive and professional. I really feel a great sense of relief after our marriage retreat weekend with Angela. The follow up work and reading she gave us provides the framework we need to continue the work on our own.
I would definitely recommend Angela to others looking for couples counseling."
"It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us!"
Thanks Dr. R! It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us! We will get on our homework and schedule a follow-up soon. Again, many thanks for helping us with your approach and care!”
This Marriage Retreat is Run by Experts: There is Nothing "Cookie Cutter" About Them.
There are less expensive alternatives...
However, if you're in acute marital distress, get the one-to-one help you need.
Our Marriage Retreat experts can transform your relationship.
Pick the best weekend for you, and reserve your Intensive Marriage Retreat Therapeutic Weekend today.
Don't ignore your relationship problems and hope they go away.
Marriage Retreat Outline:
A Complete, One-to-One, Private Retreat conducted by a Couples Therapist of your choice.
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Dr. Kathy A. McMahon, President, Couples Therapy Inc.
"I go through 1,000 resumes each year, looking for the best-trained couples therapists from around the world. I hand-pick and hire the best, and then provide individual and group seminars, supervision, and case consultation, so that you are assured of an exceptionally well-trained couples therapist. I stand behind our Team. If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience in our unique Marriage Retreats, contact me personally so that I can make it right.."
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For guidance, contact our Intake Coordinator, Daniel, at 844-926-8753 extension 2.
Evidence- and Science-based couples therapy has been demonstrated to be effective with 72% - 90% of all couples completing treatment.
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A Brief, Weekly Update on the Science of Couples Counseling.