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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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I was going to file for divorce.

Northern California Couples Retreat - Lisa Lund

Before Couples Therapy Inc. we went to some who were totally unqualified to handle our needs. I was going to file for divorce. Lack of communication and suspicion of infidelity were the core issues. I liked everything about Lisa. She was so helpful in the way she kept us on track and figured out what we should be working on to get the maximum benefit in the time frame we had. Working with Lisa stopped a divorce, improved communication, and brought us together in a way we haven't had since we first became involved with each other romantically. Now we have tools and exercises that allow us to become much closer to each other and a direction for us to grow in for a happier and healthier relationship. It was emotionally, spiritually, and physically moving. I'm very happy I did it and will always be grateful for what it did for us.

I would recommend couples therapy even for healthy marriages.

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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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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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I thought our problems were too big to even begin to resolve in a weekend couple's therapy retreat.

Boca Raton, Florida - Dr. Marni Feuerman

Our relationship could be described as: Terminal. We tried couples therapy before, but not an intensive. Intensives should be the norm. Marni was excellent. She caught everything and didn’t let us not reveal issues between us. She was attentive and candid. She kept us to point. We now have improved communication, a greater understanding of my spouse issues and tools to make our relationship better. Improved tremendously. We will definitely use Marni again. She is great!!!

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We had a difficult weekend and left feeling changed...

Ireland European Couples Retreat - Nancy St John

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 weekend and left feeling changed and with new hope for our future together.

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

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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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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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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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