Private Couples Therapy for fast, effective results in a single weekend.

An Individualized Private Couples Therapy Retreat with Just the Two of You and One Highly Trained Expert:

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    Fast:  6 months of therapy condensed into a single weekend
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    Effective:  Science-based help based upon over 40 years of research with real couples
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    Personal:  We do an extensive assessment to focus on your particular relationship challenges.

Imagine your marriage transformed into a more passionate bond.

If you aren't getting along with the person who once meant the world to you, there is important new information you should know. It's a way of intervening  that stops your fast-moving train into greater marital misery or divorce.

You'll exit the 'divorce super-highway.'

No more endless bickering or cold-shoulder bedtimes. 

Or vacations and romantic evenings that end in disaster. 

Our approach has a 70-90%(1) success rate for distressed marriages. Meanwhile, 38% of couples who receive traditional marriage counseling end up divorced within a few years. (1)

Don't make the same mistake I did, and let a perfectly good marriage go down the drain...

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!

Dr. Kathy McMahon is a Gottman Certified Couples Therapist and Board-certified Sex Therapist

I'm Kathy McMahon, a clinical psychologist with over a quarter century of experience. And I divorced. 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 Couples Retreat that helps couples achieve genuine emotional closeness and sexual connection.

"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 problematic 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!

In 1998, I attended my first training presented by Dr. John Gottman, the pre-eminent researcher​ on couples.  What he taught me was fascinating. 

We now know scientifically why marriages succeed or fail!

(Let one of his Master Trainers teach you to be 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 Nancy, first in 3 sessions online, and then in an intensive. Nancy has been an extraordinary support for both of us. Her style is both structures 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 has been instrumental in helping us develop new patterns of communication and engagement. We are very, very grateful.

Nancy St. John

Senior Couples Therapist

Your Troubled Marriage Needs Skillful Care & Attention.

Seven Certified Gottman Therapists are on our team.
Four are MASTER TRAINERS for the Gottman Institute!

"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 marriages are rough stones with hidden brilliance.  Just waiting to shine.

Careful assessment is our "magnifying glass." "The BIG BIG Book" (which includes 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 will have a huge impact on you, too.  Our couples tell us it was the start of their couples retreat therapy.

"The Story of Us" provides an in-depth look at your marriage before therapy begins. 

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.

How Our Couples Retreat Intensives Can Change Lives:

The Focus is on Nurturing Real & Lasting Change

"You'll have a Couples Retreat Expert for an entire weekend, devoted to helping you resolve your most formidable relationship challenges. Choose with confidence. We have some of the most experienced couples therapists in the world..."

Instead of seemingly endless weekly "45-minute sessions," you'll spend a solitary weekend--just the two of you...alone.  Relaxed.  Away from the hassles of your everyday lives.

You put a lot of faith in us.  We get that.

And we honor that trust.

A shocking 80% of therapists are convinced they already know how to do couples therapy. Yet only 12% of these therapists have ever completed a single course in couples therapy! And yet, this is challenging and specialized work. Easy to get wrong.

And then your whole world blows up...  

Have you tried couples therapy 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. 

In contrast, our therapists are among the most highly trained couples therapists available today. All have at least one formal, evidence-based certificate in couples therapy. Most have advanced training in the prestigious Gottman Method of Couples Therapy.

You entrust us with your marriage and family. And we take that responsibility seriously.

If you're disillusioned with love, consider the benefits of this scientific couples retreat:

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!"

Personalized Help

These aren't generic “communication skills training" with 5-250 other couples. Our approach is precise and intimate.


Not someone's biased 'personal opinion.'  This help is based upon 40+ years of research with over 3,000 couples.

"I was not sure that my wife could be real with me or herself."

I told Daniel to hold no punches, that our marriage depended on him! We had tried just regular therapy. Nothing like this. Dan did what was needed to save our marriage! I wanted to get along with each other. To be able to communicate with each other without fighting. I wanted to improve our intimacy.

After 37 years and two marriages, I was able to be heard! I also learned I added to our problems with the way I communicated.

I feel like a new person, partner, friend and husband. I feel that we will be happy with each other and get closer to each other again. Our marriage will start to grow as we implement what we learned!

Would you recommend your couples therapist and Couples Therapy Inc? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes. When couples have problems like we had, this would be the only way to correct them. Seeing someone for 45-minutes once a week would not work.

Daniel Dashnaw, MA, MS, MFT

Couples Therapist

“I was skeptical heading into the Couples Retreat weekend but now I am so glad that we did it....”

"We have seen numerous therapist over the last three years and you have, 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...

Angela 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 weekend but now I am so glad that we did it.”

Angela Voegele, LICSW

Couples Therapist

Contact Us With Your Questions

Our couples retreats are in high demand.  They book quickly for the clinician and dates you want.

"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. Kathy McMahon  //  President, Couples Therapy Inc.

It takes a lot of work but it is worth it ​​​​in spades....

Dr. Gorman asked pertinent and vital questions. Was able to direct the sessions for constructive results. I would recommend it. We got very positive results. Our intensive prevented a divorce, increased communication, and we're able to enjoy each other again. Her sense of humor and balanced approach in listening and guiding were exactly what we needed. She is a gem. It takes a lot of work but it is worth it in spades.

Dr. Patricia Gorman  //  Senior Couples Therapist,

"We came away with a fresh perspective..."

Marisa was very professional, very approachable and disarming. We immediately felt at ease and comfortable talking to her. 

It was a powerful weekend - that we both enjoyed. We both came away with a fresh perspective on each other. We have a deeper understanding of why each of us reacts the way we do on certain issues. I believe we will have a stronger relationship due to the weekend and be better at resolving conflicts without anger. We were very pleased.

For us - it was exactly what we needed. it was an intense, weekend, but very very helpful. I thought the time allowed was great - the one on one sessions were very good and beneficial. Marisa was really good - we identified with her. She is very affirming, warm and sincere. the whole weekend exceeded our expectations.

Absolutely would recommend.

Marisa Mundey, MFT  //  Couples Therapist

This Couples Retreat is Run by Experts:
There is Nothing "Cookie Cutter" About It.

There are less expensive alternatives...

If your relationship is strong, go to a group workshop. These lower cost  educational offerings provide general guidance on improving your relationship.

However, if you're in acute marital distress, get the private, one-to-one help you need.

Our Couples Retreat experts can transform your relationship. (Your motivation is needed of course...)

Pick the best weekend for you, and reserve your Intensive Couples Retreat today. 

Don't ignore your relationship problems and hope they go away.

Summary of What You’ll Get...

Couples Retreat Outline:

  • The BIG BIG Book Online Assessment
  • 2 hour "Warm Up" session
  • Two full days:  9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Before You Attend You Will:

  • Receive and complete your BIG BIG Book. It must be finished two week prior to your intensive
  • Receive directions and a list of recommended food & lodging venues.  BOOK EARLY!
  • Receive your therapist's contact phone number the day before your marriage retreat
  • Arrive early.  Rest up before your "Warm up" Session
  • Have a great couples retreat!

After Your Couples Retreat:

  • Complete an evaluation of your experience
  • Contact us for follow-up (if needed)

What You Get:


A Complete, One-to-One, Private Retreat conducted by a Couples Therapist of your choice.


Enroll in Dr. K's weekly informative: "The Science of Relationships."
to reinforce your learning. Get access to our ebook library is relevant.


Enjoy your time away to learn and share together to improve your marriage.


"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 consultations, 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 Couples Retreats, contact me personally so that I can make it right.."


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