Intensive Couples Retreat Locations

Intensive Marriage Retreats are one couple per therapist . 

We don't yet have a therapist available in the Tropical Rainforest Climate of Bora Bora, but we do have couples therapists in the sub-tropical Gold Coast of Australia, Southern California and dry Las Vegas, the tropical rain forests of Puerto Rico, the Mediterranean-style climate of Hermanus, South Africa, the  moderate oceanic climate of Vancouver, or the tropical monsoon of Miami. And many more.

And our couples retreats are real (not actors...), with qualified couples therapists with credentials in science-based couples therapy.

New England

Dr. Kathy McMahon, Massachusetts

Dr. Patricia Gorman Massachusetts

Dr. Maryanna Ham - Massachusetts

Daniel Dashnaw, M.S. , MA, MFT - MASS

Dr. Alisha Powell - MA, GA, DC 

Mid-Atlantic

Angela Voegele, MSW, LSCW - MD, DC, VA, HI

Dr. Scott Wolfe - MD, NV

Dr. Alisha Powell - DC, MA, GA

Southeast

Dr. Alisha Powell - GA  

Kent McEachern, LMFT - SC  

Dr. Marni Feuerman - FL (Boca Raton)

Dr. Kathy McMahon, - FL (Miami Design Dist)

Angela Voegele, MSW, LSCW - MD, DC, VA

Midwest

Dr. Doug Burford- KS 

Dr. Michael McNulty- IL  

Diane Foy - MN 

The Caribbean

Dr. Heide Rodriguez  

Australia

Jack O'Leary, Gold Coast

Southwest

Marisa Mundey,  MFT, TX

Jennifer Elkins, MA,  Tx, FL

Dr. Kathy McMahon, - AZ

Dr. Scott Wolfe - NV   Las Vegas

Mountain

Rev. James Ramsey - LPC, MFT - MT

Jennifer Sue Taylor, MS, LMFT- WA   (Vancouver BC Border), UT, ID, CO

West Coast

Jennifer Sue Taylor, MS, LMFT- WA   (Vancouver BC Border), UT, ID, CO

Stacy Hubbard, LMFT- OR  

Lisa Lund, LMFT - CA   (Marin County) 

Jenny Fang, M.A. - Orange County

Havi Kligfeld, LCSW. - Los Angeles County

Europe

Nancy St John, Ireland

South Africa

Tehilla Luttig, Hermanus, South Africa

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Neither of us could leave until the day was over and the therapist was there as a referee.

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

Our relationship was terrible, core issues were trust and communication. We did therapy a couple of years ago, it was not successful. We chose CTI because we wanted consecutive sessions as to not lose track of topics by going to weekly therapy. There haven’t been any changes as of yet.

Angela was calm and direct which was appreciated. I’m not certain that I would recommend it [CTI]. It was helpful to get everything out in a faster manner however you think of additional topics that could have been spoken about afterward [when you get home]. I believe there could have been a bit more one-on-one time with the therapist as well as one-on-one time on the last day of the retreat.

Benefits were the consecutive hours to try and work things out, neither of us could leave until the day was over and the therapist was there as a referee.

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

Go into it knowing that the therapist is there for those couple days but to carry on the lessons is extremely difficult without someone being the referee.

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Our relationship was almost over...

Boston / Berkshire Retreat - Dr. K

I was hesitant about spending a substantial amount of money with no results. However, our relationship was almost over. We had poor communication and high-stress levels. This was more of a scientific approach. Dr. K was very neutral and explained things very well.

It's only been a week but our relationship has definitely improved. We have better communication and understanding each other better and the stress level between us has also decreased. I had no hope before going to see Kathy. Now I know we've got a chance to mend our relationship.

I would definitely recommend Couples Therapy Inc.

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The dark cloud over our marriage seems to be clearing.

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

Before we contacted Couples Therapy Inc. our relationship was contentious and bordering on a separation.

We had tried couples therapy before but it was somewhat unsuccessful, I don't think we ever found a good match of a therapist.

We chose Couples Therapy Inc. because of the online reviews and the ability to concentrate significant work into a short period of time.

Angela was extremely prepared and stuck to her program without idle chatter. There really isn't anything negative to say other then it's a long day. It was overall very intense but rewarding. We already seem to be communicating better, and surely have a deeper understanding of techniques to help us grow more together.

We have a better understanding of trust, openness, and honesty in our relationship. Our intimacy has returned. The dark cloud over our marriage seems to be clearing.

Angela knows her profession extremely well, and the intensive design of the program really gets to the core of whatever issues you may be experiencing in a timely, efficient manner.

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

JUST DO IT!

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We didn’t know how a short weekend could help us address the things that were going on...

Missoula Retreat - Jim Ramsey

We were argumentative and in despair. Reverend Jim Ramsey was nonjudgmental, accepting, wise, discerning, and strategic. He had lots of practical tools, created a peaceful environment, offered tons of life experience, and practiced gentle truth telling. With him, we processed a lot of pain and misunderstanding. I felt the heaviness lift off of my soul. Reverend Jim seemed to know exactly what had happened and why and how we could crawl our way out of this painful place we were in. He’s a very deep and approachable man. I would definitely recommend him to others. He is very gentle and kind but seems to be someone who does practice what he preaches and that’s why what he’s talking about is all real.

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We had done couples therapy several times with varying degrees of success. 

Northampton, MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Ham

We had done couples therapy several times with varying degrees of success. We have communication and trust issues, particularly my partner’s willingness to commit.

Dr. Maryanna Ham is affable, very skilled and knows how to push into the deep water. Now, there’s more honesty about where we are, more risk-taking to say what we feel/need/want.

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These sessions opened my eyes to many of the marriage issues between us.

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

I appreciate very much Angela's efforts with my spouse and I during this past week. These sessions opened my eyes to many of the marriage issues between us and I believe they helped deepen our love and commitment to one another.

Also, the sessions were not as hard as I expected them to be.

Angela is that reason. Her patience, softness and her understanding helped to bring us together and enabled us to see for ourselves what is most important in our lives and marriage.

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Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems...

Dr. Scott Wolfe , Las Vegas, Nevada

Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems. We were concerned about the cost, given the value of our past therapy. But I wanted to improve my intimate relationship with my spouse.

This therapy was successful and effective. It gave us exactly what we needed to address, we resolved issues verses fighting about them. We have better intimacy, regular relationship, and overall feeling of closeness. The ability to discuss verses arguing. Dr. Wolfe was excellent.

Overall, it was excellent and effective. Our therapist was excellent and high quality. He did an outstanding job.

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It is life changing!

New South Wales, Australia - Jack O'Leary

We were very close to separation, the major issue related to an affair, but this led to some very poor patterns of communication.

We chose Couples Therapy Inc after a review of the evidence base, along with the fact that it was 1:1 and very rigorous pre-counseling assessments. I had concerned it would be the final nail in the coffin for our marriage.

Jack O’Leary was genuine, challenging, caring and flexible. We have much better patterns of communication and a resolution of some very core issues. And more admiration and affection to one another and finally, better individual health. He saved my marriage and my life (work, wellbeing, etc).

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

Do it - it is life changing! You both have to be ready to reflect and change - if you are ready, it can help.

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He seemed to genuinely want us to stay together...

The Berkshires - Daniel Dashnaw

Dan's most admirable quality as our therapist was that he seemed to genuinely want us to stay together and work to fix our marriage. I never felt like he was just coldly and indifferently going through the academic motions of a therapist.

His input felt more like a family member with a lot of training and wisdom advising us on how to better communicate, understand each other, and unpack our various individual and joint issues. Dan had a genuine humility, which made his at times challenging demands of us much more palatable. I never felt bullied or obligated to do anything.

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The intensive allowed for a deeper dive.

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

We needed to work on trust and intimacy. We were concerned, however, that an Intensive would be too much. Instead, the intensive allowed for a deeper dive, instant practice on repairing with each other, and a chance to start the earnest repair sooner than we would have. It was easy to organize and a good investment in their relationship.

We learned techniques for improving our connection.

Angela was fine. She was very good at getting to the root of our problems.

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We briefly tried couples therapy before.

Austin, Texas Couples Retreat - Jennifer Elkins

We were tense before we came. We briefly tried couples therapy before. Before we even started the counseling, I was slightly concerned about the quality...It's a lot of money to be spending, so I wanted every assurance that it was a polished, professional program!

Jennifer Elkins left us with a better understanding of what caused the problems, we're better able to work through them. I loved it that she could relate to my ADHD issues and had a clear understanding of the stress it causes. She was warm and empathetic, and we BOTH felt an immediate and sustained connection. She was easy to trust on every level. We left understanding the causes, tools to get out of the immediate conflict, and renewed commitment. Obviously my experience was a good one in the end, but I was uncertain in the beginning.

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We were worried that it would be as ineffective as other therapy.

Orange County California Couples Retreat - Jenny Fang

Our marriage was very troubled. We had trouble communicating and resolving issues.

We had tried couples therapy several times, and it was a waste of time and money. We were worried that this therapy would be as ineffective as that other therapy we tried. Jenny Fang was well researched, intuitive, and positive. She helped us focus on building a better future rather than arguing about the past. Now we are more appreciative of each other and able to engage in effective communication, I have a better understanding of where we each come from and how that affects how we, each, perceive the world. I also have a better appreciation of the goodness in my partner. For a couple in trouble this has been the best experience.

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We got ideas and a plan to solve conflict

Atlanta Georgia Couples Retreat - Dr. Alisha Powell

Our relationship was overwhelming with constant fighting. unappreciation with poor conflict management.

Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessful was it?

yes. It was unsuccessful. It was not a good fit for us.

(from the second partner)

We were fighting too much and not communicating well. We needed a reset.

We had consulted with two local counselors for about 6 hour-long sessions. We needed a data-based process and more than just an occasional conversation.

What made you choose Couples Therapy Inc.?

It is science-based. We know about Dr. Gottman method by reading his books

What hesitation did you have about starting couples therapy with us?

Price. Think is very expensive

What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship as a result of your work?

It is continuous work. Slow progress but we had used the information we got to resolve conflict.

What specific qualities did you like most and least about working with this therapist?

Dr. Powell is academic knowledgeable, respectful and reliable. I think Dr. Powells is a good Therapist. I just was expecting somebody with more experience to manage some issues in this kind of therapy and for this amount of money. For instance, we - not the therapist- identified a core issue that affected both of us but we were stuck on ideas of how to solve it. She really did not provide help here. This is an issue that is very common among couples. I think a more experienced Therapist would have been able to provide more help.

(from the second partner) Dr. Powell was not always effective at diffusing a tense situation. Need to get to the results of the data much sooner. The Friday get-to-know-you is OK and I see the purpose of trying to get us to remember why we got married in the first place, but this can be condensed. The individual sessions were helpful to get things off my chest that I didn't want my wife to hear but much of my background was not pertinent, my individual thoughts were not incorporated later (so why ask), and we thus wasted of valuable time. Accordingly, Saturday morning has to be condensed so as to get to the Big Book results quicker. It is only after getting to the data do we know where to work. Because of wasted time, we did not get through all of our most important issues.

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

No. I think it was too expensive for what we got. There were issues mentioned in the big book and our individual sessions that never were brought up, so what is the point to have them.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc.?

We got ideas and a plan to solve conflict, learned about each other more and have a plan to continue feeding our relationship.

(from the second partner) We got our reset and are committed to working on our marriage.

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

hope it works for them. we are trying the best we can for us.

Hope we get the 2 follow-ups with Dr. Powells -3 and 6 months - we were promised by her.

Note from Dr. K:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. I wanted to address a few issues that you pointed out as problems with Dr. Powell so that people reading this will be able to choose wisely. The Saturday time spent in assessment seemed like a "waste of time" to you, but that's not the experience for the therapist targeting a complicated case such as yours. Without knowing your private thoughts about the relationship, we're in the dark about what feedback to give you! The full assessment is an important aspect of our work, and every Gottman therapist spends time alone with each of you, as directed by Gottman himself.

You mentioned that you, as a couple, identified a core issue that affected both of you. You think Dr. Powell should have done that for you. Here's another take on that: Dr. Powell is a solution-focused therapist, and the questions she asked may have had more to do with helping you to solve your own issues than you may give her credit for. That's by design. Dr. Gottman points out that couples that solve their own problems in our work will have more lasting change than the solutions that the therapist offers to them. So congrats on that one!

You also mentioned that "there were issues mentioned in the big book and our individual sessions that never were brought up."
I'm also glad you also mentioned this. None of our therapists will reveal the information you provide in the BIG BIG Book (BBB) unless you initiate. I'll give you an example: One person discusses a painful betrayal in the BBB, and with the therapist privately, but they simply don't mention it in session. None of our therapists will assume that they've simply "forgotten" to bring it up.
We'll respect the partner's decision about when and how to address it with their spouse.

Most of our couples have multiple issues to resolve, and it sounded like you tackled many important ones, but not all of them. I'm also delighted that you got ideas and a plan to solve conflict, that you've learned more about each other and have learned how to feed your relationship. You are also motivated to continue your work with Dr. Powell in follow-ups. It sounds like, despite your cost reservations, you believe she's a better fit than your former therapist. You'll be continuing with her. I applaud you both for putting your full efforts into making a better marriage.

We'll try to do a better job on our website to help couples like you celebrate your victories in coming up with your own solutions. It's great that you were able to do that successfully and that you're continuing to work together. Keep up the good work!

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I am feeling positive about the future.

New South Wales, Australia - Jack O'Leary

I was close to accepting that our relationship was over. We were not getting anywhere and needed intervention.

The intensive mode was preferable and in a safe place away from our home town. My husband told me the research showed the intensive mode was more successful than ongoing therapy.

Jack was fabulous and was very knowledgeable. He challenged us both and was professional at all times. I felt very safe with him.

I feel much more on track and able to have better discussions with my husband. My husband has also accepted some responsibility for aspects of the problems so I am feeling positive about the future.

It was extremely worthwhile and got our relationship back on track.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc.?

  • Better communication
  • Clear strategies to improve communication
  • Honesty with each other

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It is the best $ we have invested for our family!!!

New South Wales, Australia - Jack O'Leary

Before working with Couples Therapy Inc. we felt disconnect and trouble communicating our needs. Jack O’Leary made us think and helped us to go within and find the answers ourselves! He created a gentle safe space. He listened and was able to always be objective whilst remaining sensitive to us. I loved his empowering solution-based approach.

We were hesitant to start because of the big financial investment. However, now we both remembered how much we love each other and how amazing our marriage can be. I became a lot more aware of my need to communicate my own needs clearly to my husband. I felt I could ask myself "what is this anger/frustration telling me about my needs and how can I clearly and lovingly communicate that."

It is the best $ we have invested for our family!!! I felt reconnected to and loved by my husband again. I felt I could communicate my needs to him better. I felt hope, optimism and enthusiasm about remaining married to my husband.

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Dr. Mike McNulty was an intensive listener.

Evanston & Highland Park, Illinois Retreat - Dr. Mike McNulty

Our relationship was AT RISK. We were in "regular" [traditional] couples’ therapy but the frequency was inadequate (1x 5-6/weeks)

Dr. Mike McNulty was an intensive listener and had a surprising ability to control the room. I had a personal breakthrough on a childhood issue and some realization of wife's childhood issues. We now have an appreciation for one another, an agreement to move forward on a defined path, and an agreement to continue individual therapy and switching to Gottman couples therapy.

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Angela was excellent and very good at listening and understanding.

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

Our relationship was a disaster, lack of communication and trust. Our previous therapy was completely unsuccessful. Angela was excellent and very good at listening and understanding. We have more understanding of; our behavior, that we are both at fault, and how to communicate with each other.

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

BEST CHOICE YOU CAN MAKE.

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I am really so relieved that we don't have to give up.

Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa - Tehilla Luttig

Tehilla, If you are wondering why I became silent and withdrawn during our session, it's because I was crying from joy internally. I am really so relieved that we don't have to give up, but that we can work on building up after a past that we had no control over. You have no idea what it meant to me that he who is sometimes so stubborn, agreed to individual counselling. You make it worthwhile to keep going with the way that you do things. I see a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you so much for your help and the nice way you handle things. We are already taking better steps forward.

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She didn't make me feel like the "bad guy" or baby my partner for being the "victim.”

Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

Our relationship was very rocky because of a recent affair, which had my partner wanting to leave me.

We never tried couples therapy before.

Angela was very honest and understanding of both of our sides but didn't baby us. She didn't make me feel like the "bad guy" or baby my partner for being the "victim.” She gave us concrete tools to work on our marriage. We would have liked even more "scenarios" to test out different techniques of discussing conflicts, etc.

It worked to get my partner in the mindset to work on things. There is more understanding and willingness on my partner's part to work on things.

My partner is open to working on the marriage, she understood why I had the affair and we felt positive about our marriage after the therapy.

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

Do it.

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We feel confident in our new tools and skills that Dr. Doug has taught us.

Overland Park, Kansas Couples Retreat - Dr. Burford

Dr. Doug Burford was very kind and easy to talk with. He was great at promoting spiritual involvement without feeling preached to. He was absolutely great. We feel confident in our new tools and skills that Dr. Doug has taught us. And we feel stronger that we can face future challenges together as a team. We feel we are now capable of continuing healing and communicating without hurting each other. We don’t fear a potential conflict. We know each other on a deeper level that we never knew existed and now we can pursue getting stronger.

We had an amazing experience with Couples Therapy Inc. The whole process has helped us so much.

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Just truly amazing—thank you for dedicating your lives to something that helps other lives.

Atlanta Georgia Couples Retreat - Dr. Alisha Powell

Before the retreat our relationship was horrible!!! We tried other couples therapy and it was not successful at all...y'all offered something drastic and different and that is what we needed.

We have a better understanding of managing the gridlock and when to step back and deal with certain emotions that are not productive. We have understanding, patience, and acceptance when we don’t agree.

We walked away laughing and having such a great time!!! We are dedicated to our marriage and Alisha Powell gave us the tools we needed to stay dedicated. I hate knowing people aren't aware of Couples Therapy Inc. before divorce papers are signed. This system can save marriages and it can prevent marriages from happening.

Just truly amazing—thank you for dedicating your lives to something that helps other lives.

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I can't express how impressed my wife and I are with Havi.

Los Angeles Couples Retreat - Havi Kligfeld

Our relationship was cold and icy. We didn't fight much, if at all, and we lived our lives like roommates and had a difficult time opening up and getting past the boredom and dullness of a 7 year marriage with kids. Havi Klifeld was amazing! I felt very comfortable with her from the start - like I've known her my entire life or like she could be a best friend. She was very warm and inviting and really took the time to listen to my partner and I. Havi is very professional and she knows her material well. Other therapists my wife and I visited tried to teach us material from Gottman, but it wasn't presented well and it was lost on us. Havi is an excellent teacher. Couples Therapy Inc, in many respects, was our last effort to repair our relationship. However, it should have been our FIRST choice. If we had led with Couples Therapy Inc, we would have repaired our marriage years ago and with much less pain and suffering. I can't express how impressed my wife and I are with Havi. She's really amazing!

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I liked everything about Jenny Fang.

Orange County California Couples Retreat - Jenny Fang

Our relationship was volatile and unstable. Disconnected. I wanted to make some sense out of it more than anything and attempt to reconnect with my partner. I wanted to establish mutual respect between us. I had hesitation due to the price. Also a deep-seated mistrust of therapists. We hadn't been in couples therapy before.

What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship resulted from your work with Couples Therapy Inc.?

There is now mutual respect and greater understanding between us which I hope will last. More respect, dignity, and compassion for my partner.

Who was your therapist? What specific qualities did you like most and least about working with this therapist?

Jenny Fang. I liked everything about Jenny. She was thoughtful, intuitive and caring yet firm. She was great to work with.

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

I'm not sure. I am suffering from a lot of anxiety and depression as a result of this I fear. I am a little confused and wondering what to do next. I wish I was able to consult my therapist about the after effects of this as part of this package.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc.?

Respect , dignity, and compassion for my partner

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

Be careful this may mess with your head. It is definitely worth it however.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am confused and a little lost.

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Some clients need ongoing support, even after an intensive retreat, as this client does. Please don't hesitate to ask if additional services are needed. We'll gladly help.

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It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us!

San Juan Puerto Rico Couples Retreat - Dr. Rodriguez

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!

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I did not know if I could continue in the marriage

Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina Retreat - Kent MacEachern

I did not know if I could continue in the marriage. Kent MacEachern provided the guidance I needed to work toward resolution, and the understanding if it does not work, it was worth the effort to try. Kent was unbiased, down to earth, compassionate, commanded knowledge of the materials and method given his years of experience.

I gained insight into programs, theories, and realities of staying married vs. divorce. I am attempting to remove detachment and create a new, stronger bond. The therapy provided my wife a better understanding of where I am based on the support of Kent and his application of his knowledge. This will help both me and my wife understand how to proceed to work on necessary changes to how we think and act upon the issues we have.

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My husband thought we couldn't possibly benefit from just three days....

Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

We were on the brink of divorce and had trust, infidelity, communication, partnership issues. My husband thought we couldn't possibly benefit from just three days. Marisa was down to earth, genuine, kind, nonjudgmental, a good listener, creative, funny, sincere, caring, compassionate. I feel like she was truly partnering with us to save our relationship. She showed that she cared about us early on and seemed to have a vested interest in seeing us succeed together and to learn to love each other better than we ever thought was possible.

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Our New Year is filled with hope and love.

Amherst MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Gorman

We were on the brink of divorce. Barely speaking. I was afraid there was no hope and couples therapy would solidify that. I had brought my partner to my individual therapist. It was not successful. I found it hard to talk about my past. Dr. Gorman was amazing, nonjudgmental, and was able to help us open up and be honest with each other in safe environment. We are able to understand the other person better and have new tools to keep us from attacking when we are angry or withdrawn.

My husband and I are able to identify the triggers in our relationship, we can communicate without fear and we now have options to help us calm down and focus on what is important. Thank you, Dr. Gorman. You are a wonderful person and the best therapist we have ever met. I am so grateful for your expertise and patience. Our New Year is filled with hope and love.

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