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A Private Couples Retreat Chicago, Illinois

The Couples Retreat Illinois couples have relied upon for experienced help with their marriage.

I would trust him to work well with anyone I love." 
 --master Couples Researcher John Gottman

Meet a Master Couples Therapist

Couples Retreat Chicago:

Working privately with each of you
 for the entire weekend.

Couples retreat Illinois therapist Mike McNulty

Dr. Mike McNulty

Over Twenty-five Years Experience

Dr. Michael McNulty is one of the earliest certified Gottman Couples therapists in the nation. He blends this science-based couples work with his extensive training in psychoanalytically informed psychotherapy.

Senior Certified Gottman Relationship Therapist

Master trainer and workshop leader. Personally trained by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Dr. McNulty conducts trainings and acts as a consultant to the Gottman Institute's professional development program. 

University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

School of Social Service Administration and The Institute for Clinical Social Work. Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty member teaching Masters students. Taught in the professional development program for 10 years. 

Recommended by THE Premier Couples Researchers:


"Dr. McNulty is that rare combination of gifted therapist and teacher who possess profound wisdom, deep compassion, and brilliant skill. He is one of the best clinicians we've had the privilege to know...He is a gift to us and hopefully will be to you, too."    - Drs. John & Julie Gottman.

Why a Couples Retreat Illinois?

Private couples counseling retreats: To improve your greatest relationship challenges.

There are hundreds of options for couples retreats across the country. Most are group psychoeducational retreats. Some offer a beautiful location and luxury accommodations. Many offer marriages a "couples getaway Chicago" experience. Some are faith-based or focused solely on improving your communication. Ours are different.

Private, Science-based Couples Therapy Retreats

Couples Therapy Inc. offers marriage retreats which are private therapeutic intensives. Pick a Couples Retreats Chicago location if you're in relationship distress. Or want to dramatically improve how you are relating now. While every marriage is different and no retreat can promise guaranteed results, these retreats offer 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 can leave with a fundamental understanding of the particular challenges their marriages face, what makes some marital problems "unresolvable," and how to work with true values and lifestyle differences.


Our marriage counseling retreats help one couple at a time to reconnect, improve their communication and rebuild trust.  Dr. McNulty has been helping Chicago couples for a quarter century.


We're the Couples Retreat Illinois relies upon by 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. 


Dr. McNulty is a master couples therapist helping you to break down barriers, and open up to the heart of the issue. He knows how to help Illinois couples address long standing areas of conflict, infidelity, divorce threats, and complications such as managing early trauma histories, mental health issues, or extended family struggles that affect the partnership. He sees couples from around the country and the world.


Marriage counseling for an intensive retreat with real science-based help.

When You are in Pain, We're Here to Help.

Dr. McNulty is one of 5 Master Therapists at Couples Therapy Inc. A gifted member of Chicago's therapeutic community.

Dr. McNulty has received five Fulbright Senior Specialist grants for his international work in Sri Lanka. He has made presentations on teaching The Gottman Method at two Annual Gottman Conferences, and an event in the Chicago area with John and Julie Gottman as commentators.  John Gottman has also referred to him as: "a highly sensitive, intelligent, and intuitive clinician...His work demonstrates the kind of care and deep understanding people in other cultures that is unique in my experience. I would trust him to work well with anyone I love."

Learn more about 40+ years of research helping couples. Learn more about The Gottman Method.

You won't find a More Highly Skilled Clinician in Illinois

When weekly work is difficult to schedule, one marriage retreat equals 6 months of traditional counseling.

Dr. McNulty offers a limited number
of couples therapy retreats each year.

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.

Couples Retreat Illinois relies upon.

Two Locations to Serve You:

Evanston, Illinois

708 Church Street, Suite 258
Evanston, IL 60201

Highland Park, Illinois

735 St. Johns Avenue, Suite 100
Highland Park, IL 60035 

Where to Stay?

Some couples ask us to suggest a romantic inn. If they plan to enhance their sexual intimacy, they want a romantic setting. They ask for a weekend with the flavor of a romantic getaway with a hot tub or whirlpool tubs. They want to combine a romantic weekend with the work of improving their marriage in expert couples counseling. Let us suggest:

A great option is the Harvey House Bed & Breakfast. This ultimate romantic B and B is the perfect location for those wanting access to Chicago and Oak Park! Close by the Inn are incredible dining experiences, charming shops, and galleries. Harvey House Bed & Breakfast is located in Oak Park, Illinois, just 8 miles from the heart of downtown Chicago. Oak Park offers a diversity long gone from the average city street. The "EL" train is within 3 blocks, and departs every 8 minutes for Chicago.

Harvey House is your place for relaxation and comfort with an attention to luxurious detail. A perfect place to retire to after a day of intensive counseling.

I'm not in Illinois. Do you hold a couples retreat near me?

Most likely. We hold our retreats within 300 miles of most cities in the USA.

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