Meet Our Couples Therapist -
One of 30+ Chosen Worldwide
Couples Retreat BC:
Working privately with both of you
for the entire weekend.
Jennifer is a distinguished member of our international team of 30+ clinicians. She has certifications or training in two science-based forms of intensive marriage therapy.
The training and experience of your therapist should be your first priority in choosing a marriage counselling retreat BC.
Senior Relationship Therapist
Jennifer has advanced training in Emotionally-Focused couples therapy, and several levels in the Gottman Method, Discernment Counseling and Certification in Primary Care Behavioral Health from the University of Massachusetts University School of Medicine.
Four Licenses in MFT
Jennifer is licensed in four USA states including Washington, Colorado, Idaho, and Utah and completed 3 years of training in a doctoral program in Marriage and Family Therapy. She's has worked as a hospital emergency department, victim advocate, substance use disorder therapist, workplace crisis intervention counselor, and with complex behavioral health care needs.
The Premier International Couples Therapy Team:
Couples Therapy Inc.
Your marital happiness depends upon choosing the best couples therapy available. We've selected 24 of the world's top trained couples therapists in the USA, Europe, South Africa and Australia.
Convenience is also important.
Weekly sessions aren't in-depth enough for many couples. Intensive, science-based help combines six months of therapy in less than 3 days. And at 70-90% scientifically proven effective, it's perfect for busy couples.
Why a Couples Retreat BC?
Private couples counseling retreats: To improve your greatest relationship challenges.
There are dozens of options for couples retreats across Canada. But most are group psycho-educational experiences. Some offer couples romantic breaks or a luxury holiday in a beautiful location. But what good is a romantic weekend that ends in bickering and coldness? Some are faith-based, "couples boot camp retreat" groups, or focused solely on improving your communication which may be helpful for the mildly distressed.
Our retreats are different.
Private, Science-based Couples Therapy Retreats
Weekend retreats for married couples, or couples in a committed relationship.
Couples Therapy Inc. offers marriage counselling retreats which are private, therapeutic intensives. Choose weekend couples counselling if you're in relationship distress. Or if you want to dramatically improve how you are relating now. While every marriage is different, and no marriage retreat can promise guaranteed results, our couples retreat serving BC offers you a step-by-step understanding of what types of science-based interventions are most effective and impactful.
A couple that is committed to the process will leave with a deep, fundamental understanding of the particular challenges their marriages face. They will also discover what makes some marital problems "unresolvable," and how to work with value and lifestyle differences.
Our marriage counselling retreats aren't "marriage counselling boot camps." We help one couple at a time to reconnect, improve their communication and rebuild trust. Jennifer Taylor has been helping BC and Cascadia couples for over fifteen years.
We're the Couples Retreat BC relies upon. We serve couples of all kinds: straight and gay couples, those in long-term relationships, newly engaged or newlywed couples. Even couples facing the crisis of divorce or affairs.
Jennifer Taylor is a Couples Therapist trained in two of the most well-known science-based couples therapy. She will help you to break down barriers, and get to the heart of your issues. She knows how to help BC couples address long standing areas of conflict, infidelity, divorce threats, and other challenges such as managing early trauma histories, mental health or physical health issues, or extended family struggles that affect the partnership. Jennifer sees couples from around the BC, across the USA, and around the world.
Not simply a "Marriage retreat." This is a marriage retreat applying real science-based help.
When You are in Pain, We're Here to Help.
Jennifer Taylor is trained in multiple models. That means that she's learned many approaches to help a variety of relationship ills. She's a gifted member of the Greater Vancouver therapeutic community.
Learn more about 40+ years of research helping couples. Learn more about The Gottman Method.
When weekly work is too difficult to schedule, one marriage retreat equals 6 months of traditional counseling.
Jennifer's availability in this couples therapy weekend is limited.
These are one-to-one retreats. Please book early for the best availability.
When your relationship faces stress, infidelity, or the threat of divorce, don't wait.
Get a jump-start and change around your relationship dynamics with a thoroughly trained expert with decades of science-based experience. This is the Couples Retreat BC relies upon.
CAN A SINGLE WEEKEND OF RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING REALLY HELP?
Remarkably, yes, it can. It provides a firm foundation for real ongoing change. Bring us your most distressing problems. Happier couples attend, too, for a tune up. You'll learn how to change around marital unhappiness to team collaboration. "Hopeless" to "Hopeful." All in a single science-based weekend.
Locations to Serve You:
Blaine is a small coastal community with Canada as its northern border, as well as the San Juan Islands and the Northern Cascade mountains. Birch Bay is in one direction and Drayton Bay in the other direction and Semiahmoo spit a few miles below. You can ski in the morning and take a ferry to the San Juan Islands for dinner. There is also boating, golfing, and fishing easily accessible.
Those in the movie industry choose Blaine for less-pricy housing while working on movies in Vancouver.
Blaine is a half-hour drive from Richmond, BC and under an hour from Downtown Vancouver.
What's a 'Fly Me' Therapist?
We've created and perfected the concept of a "fly me" therapist for couples that prefer to work in their own city, town, or village.* Our couples therapist takes a hotel suite and the couples therapist conducts the couples therapy weekend in your chosen location.
Where to Stay?
Some couples want a luxury holiday while working with a highly trained clinician. If they plan to enhance their sexual intimacy, they may want a romantic weekend. They prefer a weekend with outstanding natural beauty, a hot tub or country house. They want to combine a romantic weekend with the work of improving their marriage in expert couples counseling. Let us suggest:
Enjoy dramatic views of the Washington State coastline and stunning mountain vistas that this region is famous for, as well as the rich redness of its famous trees. You’ll enjoy 300 acres of gorgeous sea-side living.
- Two award-winning golf courses
- 36-hole Golf Courses designed by Arnold Palmer himself
- Two dining options onsite featuring seafood
- Guest rooms featuring magnificent water views and scenic landscapes
- Pampering Spa, fitness classes, sauna, steam room and heated swimming pool.
Are you looking for the “best” weekend couples retreat in British Columbia?
You can determine what's "best" for yourself.
It looks confusing with an array of choices, but it’s pretty easy really:
Sort out whether you want a “group” or “private one-on-one" couples retreat. Figuring out the best couples retreat for you and your relationship is based on a few simple guiding criteria.
Private Couples Retreat BC or Group Retreat in Cascadia: What's the difference?
- Group retreats are relatively inexpensive compared with private one-to-one couples retreats. Look for a Group Couples Retreat in BC that teaches basic skills...or are just for fun.
- Intensive Couples Retreats are a more serious business. These Couples Therapy Weekends are for couples who want to enhance their intimate relationship or really turn around serious marital issues.
Here’s more about the differences so you can know how to judge:
Group Couples Retreat
- Can be a psycho-educational, fun, physical, yoga, healing retreats, spiritual or religious retreats.
- A workshop can offer insights and tools... but it's not couples therapy.
- Ask for a curriculum or outline of the day’s events.
- Examine the underlying structure and theories of what’s being presented.
- Typically designed to teach communications skills to foster closeness, friendship, and trust.
- The group experience might contain 4-400 couples or more held in an office, hotel or auditorium.
- Typically they offers psychoeducational materials to take home and study.
- Look for science-based group retreats.
- Usually cost CAN$650-CAN$875 for a weekend group retreat.
Private, Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat BC Criteria
- These are private therapy marriage retreat experiences.
- Run by a professional trained in the science of couples therapy. Or should be.
- Look at the actual clinical skills of the couples therapist. That should be listed and clearly spelled out on the website. Look at their graduate training, post-graduate experience, objective training credentials in couples therapy and related recognition of professional certifications.
- The Couples Therapist should have demonstrated skill and clinical experience in a science-based couples therapy approach. It’s been proven effective!
- Estimate the actual cost of the Couples Retreat. You are paying for intensive Couples Therapy. Count up the number of actual clinical hours you’ll be in couples therapy. “Two-day” or “three-day” is a meaningless comparison if you only spend a few hours a day in actual couples therapy.
- Figure out what comparable lodging will cost in the area (if that’s included). Subtract that out in order to determine the actual “cost” of your clinical couples therapy.
Find the right Couples Therapy Retreat BC by asking five simple questions.
- Who offers these couples retreats in the BC? What’s your philosophy?
- Who actually runs that private marriage retreat we will be going to?
- What do the marriage retreats look like?
- Who should attend these couples retreats?
- How much do they cost?
1. Who offers this Couples Retreat?
It’s a basic question. Who are you? Who runs this company? Remarkably on some websites, that's hard to determine.
About Couples Therapy Inc.
Couples Therapy Inc. is a group of skilled couples therapists offering couples retreats across the world. Our practice is proudly composed of 24 experienced couples therapists licensed as psychologists, marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and mental health counselors (or trainees). We have over 558 collective years conducting doctoral, graduate and higher diplomas (international) psychotherapy in the USA, and across the world. We specialize in science-based or evidence-based treatment to help couples in intensive couples retreats.
Understanding Science-based Skills in Couples Therapy
There are many approaches to helping couples and many writers on intimate relationships.
However, there are only two demonstrated methods of science-based couples therapy:
- The Gottman Method and
- Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
Each have levels of training associated with them:
- The Gottman Method has Levels I, II, and III, and Certification.
- EFT has 1. Externship, 2. Core Skills, and Certification.
- There are also “supervisors” and “trainers of therapists.”
Look for a licensed therapist with the most advanced training in these methods that you can find, or, ideally, someone with experience in both. Jennifer Taylor has training in these and other models as well.
Who Owns Couples Therapy Inc?
Dr. Kathy McMahon, a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience, owns and runs Couples Therapy Inc with her husband and fellow couples therapist Daniel Dashnaw, MS, MA, MFT.
Together they began Couples Therapy Inc. with the goal of pulling together the best couples therapists they could find to conduct easy-to-access couples therapy anywhere on the globe.
And we think we’ve done a darn good job, especially for those of you who live in British Columbia and Cascadia.
We offer a wonderful skilled couples therapist, Jennifer Taylor, LMFT.
We’re proud to talk about our highly-skilled clinician running a couples retreat on the Canadian border in just a moment, but first let’s talk about our philosophy about these Couples Therapy Retreats.
What is your philosophy about helping couples?
We believe in principled, science-based couples therapy.
If you are religious, we don’t believe you should have to choose between clinicians who have deep faith and someone with a fundamental understanding of science-based marriage counseling.
If you hold no religious beliefs, we believe that a skilled clinician trained in science-based couples therapy should be your foremost criteria for finding the best couples retreat.
We see couples of every age, ability, income, race, nationality, profession, religion, abilities, and sexual orientations.
We are both secular and faith-based counselors.
Some of us are ministers. Some of us have no religious affiliation. But all of us share a deep belief in an organized study of couples.
We’ve chosen as our collective starting point a science-based approach from the famous Gottman Institute. But some of us have incorporated training in the OTHER science-based method, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and clinically-grounded methods such as the Developmental Model or Imago Therapy.
For couples with a strong faith-based Christian perspective, we also have two ministers on our team (in Kansas City, Missouri metro area and in Missoula, Montana) with that same, pragmatic, science-based approach, but who also can help you bring a greater awareness and understanding of what’s gone wrong in your marriage by incorporating a Christian-based or biblical-based approach into your couples intensive retreat.
2. The Therapist Offering Couples Retreats BC
What’s the therapist’s name and credentials running these Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats in Cascadia?
Jennifer Taylor is licensed as an LMFT in four US states, including Washington. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Washington LF 60642442; Colorado LMFT 0000770; Idaho LMFT 6229; Utah LMFT 5136365-3902.
- Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy Externship, Alliant University
- Primary Care Behavioral Health Certification, University of Massachusetts, University School of Medicine
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels I and II, Gottman Institute
- Discernment Counseling Training, The Doherty Relationship Institute
Jennifer's Evidence-based Treatment Models
EFT: 5-Day Externship; Core Skills Training.
Advanced training in The Gottman Method.
3. What do your Couples Retreats Look like?
These retreats aren’t a “couples bootcamp” of fun activities. They are private, individually-tailored retreats for couples in distress that are scheduled typically over a weekend.
- One highly skilled counselor and one couple at a time.
- Our retreats offer you an intensive couples therapy experience.
- You meet for two hours with a skilled couples therapist on Friday night, and
- Two full days on both Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.
That’s 7 hours of intensive couples therapy work each day, (not including breaks). Sixteen hours total face-to-face with a skilled couples therapist.
It’s not for the faint of heart.
Many other alternative couples retreats offer marriage retreats that are half-day intensives of couples therapy work each day. This may be suitable for a couple in less relationship distress or those who want to allow time for sightseeing.
Our couples schedule a vacation if they want to sightsee. (Take a few extra days...)
The Couples Retreat BC begin with an “Assessment” of your Marital Relationship.
We begin with a relationship assessment prior to the start of your couples therapy retreat that has over 40 years of research behind it, the famous Gottman Method Couples Therapy assessment. But we don’t stop there.
Our assessment instrument that we call “The BIG BIG Book” has over 800 questions in it. It will take you 2-3+ hours of work to complete. We want a thorough understanding of your relationship and its challenges. Each of you complete it online, separately.
It’s then scored, examined and your every word is interpreted several weeks before your intensive couples retreat, so that your couples counselor has the chance to understand your goals and needs more thoroughly.
We make it convenient for you, as each of you complete it online in the privacy of your home or office.
In-Person Assessment During the Couples Retreat
Then, in the weekend couples counseling we continue this “State of the Union” assessment in person, meeting first with both of you to gather a relationship oral history and problem profile. That’s enough for the two hours on Friday night.
The following day, we use a clinically-structured “disagreement” that we analyze. We use this tape to determine the presence of “The Four Horsemen” and begin to tailor our treatment plan.
After this, we meet with each of you alone, to provide the opportunity to get a more in-depth look at the way you personally see your relationship struggles.
None of this is “guesswork.”
All of it is a part of a science-based protocol designed by the Gottman Institute.
When therapy begins, it is highly-focused, clinically relevant, and “you informed” work. You know what we’ll be working on and exactly why.
4. Who should attend this Marriage Retreat BC?
This intensive couples therapy is for those who are serious about change.
Our couples are not only highly motivated, but are ready for concrete action. They want to learn what’s wrong in their relationship and how to fix it. And they trust an organized, research-driven, science-based approach with decades of experience and demonstrated results behind it.
Couples Therapy Inc. offers couples retreats designed for extremely busy, high-powered couples in distress. Most of our couples have tried weekly couples therapy, and “failed.”
Despite their strong commitment to working on their marriage, weekly work with an “All Purpose” generalist was inadequate to meet their needs. And fortunately, they gave up on the therapist instead of their marriages and looked for an intensive marriage retreat.
They wanted a more focused couples therapy retreat with the most experienced couples therapist they can find.
In place of actual clinical skills, many retreats offer you “support.” They promise to be “nonjudgmental” and motivated to helping you reach your goals. And to give you their “undivided attention” and “privacy.”
At Couples Therapy Inc. we believe these are basic psychotherapy skills we teach our graduates students, but they’re not enough.
Our practice of skilled, experienced couples therapists offer marriage retreats, couples retreats, and online couples therapy across the USA, South Africa and Australia too.
Beyond the buzzwords, an intensive marriage retreat is all about two things: The therapist and the approach.
Couples seek us out for a variety of reasons. Some have a strong, healthy relationship and want to keep it that way. While other couples have been impacted by more serious relationship damage such as affairs, poor fighting skills, resentments, long-standing anger, or painful, regrettable incidents.
Our intensive couples therapy is not appropriate for couples dealing with addiction, domestic violence, or other ongoing psychiatric issues that require hospitalization, psychiatric medical care, or weekly work.
In those situations, we recommend seeking a clinical assessment and possibly ongoing counseling with Jennifer Taylor, in her weekly psychotherapy practice.
5. How much do these Private Marriage Retreats cost?
You are booking your couples therapist for 2 hours on Friday night, and 7 hours each for the next two days. And scoring the BIG BIG Book takes 2.5 additional clinical hours. That’s 18.5 hours. Our retreats range in price from CAN$3930 to CAN$6550 (the owner, Dr. K charges more…) for 18.5 hours of clinical time, depending on the skills, credentials, and location of the therapist. Each therapist sets their own rate for these couples therapy weekend, and Jennifer sets her fee on the lower end of that range. Contact us or visit our website for more details.
If you were seeing an “All Purpose Therapist” for a classic 45-minute session, that would be almost 25 weekly sessions, or about 6 months of weekly help.
I'm not in Cascadia. Do you hold a couples retreat near me?
Most likely. We hold our retreats within 300 miles of most major cities in the USA and can fly* our skilled therapists to a location near you globally.
COUPLES THERAPY INC. -
Healing Relationships Worldwide
ALASKA • WASHINGTON DC • CHICAGO • MINNEAPOLIS • LOS ANGELES • KANSAS CITY • LAS VEGAS • CHARLESTON • GREATER VANCOUVER, BC • ASHLAND, OR • THE BAY AREA • ORANGE COUNTY, CA • ATLANTA • THE BERKSHIRES • BOCA RATON • SAN JUAN • AUSTIN • HOUSTON •SAN ANTONIO • MISSOULA • DUBLIN • BRISBANE, AU • HERMANUS, SA
* We respect all restrictions placed on psychotherapists in some countries and may need additional time to become licensed in those districts or countries if needed.