An intensive marriage retreat
is a smart choice.

​Intensive Marriage Retreats: Private, Confidential, Effective.

This private couples retreat works with one couple at a time to heighten intimacy, improve emotional connection, and resolve conflicts. Or recover from a painful affair.

Research has demonstrated the effectiveness of a science-based approach. We put that expertise in action, by doing a thorough analysis of your relationship to save you time and money.

One couple per couples therapist. These sessions are private, not group retreats.

Cross-trained in several prominent evidence-based models, our couples therapists will help you to:

  • Feel heard, seen and understood in the couples retreat
  • Recognize the underlying betrayals and patterns that cause you so much pain.
  • Provide you with the concrete tools you can take home to keep the momentum going.

Real, science-based help. 24 experienced couples therapists. The power of 558 years of collective talent.

If you're in emotional pain, because you aren't getting along with the person who once meant the world to you, get the best help possible.

When was the last time you worked on your marriage?

Good couples therapy doesn’t happen in 45-minute weekly sessions, or by teaching “better communications” skills. It starts with a thorough assessment, a "State of the Union," and ends with understanding each person as an individual and as part of that couple.

"Using my husband's words, this weekend helped us more than 3 years of couples therapy did! We were amazed at what was accomplished in such a short time. We are so thankful that we took the leap and did this, it helped us immensely. We have a renewed sense of understanding, care and love for each other that would not have been possible otherwise."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

The end of a marriage that didn't have to...

​I’m Dr. Kathy McMahon, and I’ve spent my entire professional career helping marriages function better emotionally and sexually - all the while struggling with my own misguided ideas about love. We all did back then, before science put us straight.

 Dr. Kathy McMahon
 President & CEO of Couples Therapy Inc.


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


If you think that psychologists have just as many problems as the average person, you’d be right.

I’ve had my share.

In fact, these problems led me to divorce a perfectly nice guy, and father of my child, because of a lot of “pie in the sky” ideas I had (supported by current “theories” at the time...) about what makes a marriage work.

Back then, I did what most people do, "used my health insurance," and went to a marriage counselor. But instead of helping, those weekly 45-minute sessions left me feeling even angrier, more hopeless, and totally, totally misunderstood. I did a video on my experiences!

"I think that this was the first time that we both felt like couples counseling really had the impact we wanted it to, and we both feel very hopeful for our future now."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

​Good communication isn't enough in couples therapy.

In my own failed marriage, I was told I should practice “good communication skills” to change things around, but I felt like that was all I was doing...yak, yak, yakking without impacting!

Like most women facing divorce, I only went to a few couples therapy sessions, and leaving upset after each one, before becoming totally disillusioned. I thought my marriage was severely, hopelessly damaged, and divorce was the only answer.

I never suspected that the marriage counselor, not my marriage, was to blame.

After a painful divorce and remarriage to a “completely different guy,” these same problems reappeared with my second husband.

I thought to myself: “How could I be so unlucky?”

But it wasn’t a matter of luck at all.

It has taken me more than 17 years, and five different couples therapy approaches, to fully grasp how to precisely help disillusioned spouses. And it doesn’t happen in weekly sessions, or by teaching “better communication” skills.  It's done in the format of a marriage retreat, an intensive sort of couples counseling, that brings clarity to your relationship challenges and teaches you concrete ways to work on them.

It's the equivalent of 6 months of marriage therapy, all in one condensed week-end, that radically stops a couple's fast-moving train to greater misery or divorce.

  • Two and one-half days.
  • One week-end
  • and a thorough analysis of you and this relationship you're living in.

Now I share ongoing knowledge of how to conduct this work with a select group of some of the most highly trained couples therapists here across the USA and internationally.

I do wish a program like this were available to me when I was facing my own painful divorce over 20 years ago.

It would have saved my daughter from running between two households and the strain she lived with balancing the expectations of two different sets of parents.  If I knew there were marriage retreats near me where I could spend a single weekend to get effective couples therapy? 

I would have grabbed it!

"We were not communicating, fighting over little things, resenting one another, making up but not resolving our feelings so things quickly turned negative again. I honestly thought a divorce was a better option than to living as unhappy as I was. And we were fearful that our problems were too big to even begin to resolve in a weekend couple's therapy retreat. But it was a life-changing experience that I am so grateful we participated in it. It has given us and our marriage a second chance. I am hopeful for the first time in a long time and I am in love with my husband again and it feels wonderful. Thank you."  
- recent couples therapy retreat participant

Jump-start your progress. Accelerate the pace of your healing. 

​This is real couples therapy. Now more focused and intensive.

Escape the hassles of everyday life and set aside a few "just for us" days.

  • One quiet evening to reflect on why you got together.
  • Two 7-hour days packed with intensive, effective help.
  • Concrete tools to practice.

We believe in the "work, then relax" model of intensive couples therapy help.  Work hard during the therapy, then relax enjoy your evening.  Know that you've given it your all.

We assign no "homework" in our retreats, because we want you to simply enjoy your down time.

​This intensive retreat is right for you if you want:

  • A comprehensive online assessment we call:  The BIG BIG Book. You won't find a more comprehensive couples assessment anywhere. This unique tool helps us to uncover your specific issues and goals. It will take you several hours to complete. Most of our couples credit this assessment as the start of their couples retreat experience.
  • Recommendations for outstanding lodging and gourmet restaurants other couples have enjoyed.
  • Every handout and exercise needed to target your particular issues.
  • Follow-up: The capacity to either continue your work online with your couples therapist or assistance in finding a therapist in your home community for continuing work, if needed.
  • An invitation to become a part of our upcoming Fabulous Spouse community. Continue your progress by tapping into the skills and expertise of 24 couples therapists worldwide with over 558 years of collective wisdom.

​Troubled marriages need a total approach.

Research has demonstrated that a science-based approach is 70-90% effective in helping couples. These retreats equal almost 6 months of conventional therapy held over a weekend. Follow-up online or continue with your local therapist. We'll consult and assist in that transition.

We provide the "jump start" you need for focused, effective work.

Husband-wife team Dr. Kathy McMahon & Daniel Dashnaw, MA, MFT
Two of 24 expert couples therapists across the USA & in Europe, South Africa & Australia 

Preeminent researcher John Gottman, Ph.D. advises couples to get away weekend retreat for 3-4 times a year.  A couples retreat could be one of those "just for us" times... expanding Valentine Day to more than one 24-hour period!


"We had tried couples counseling for a couple years before we filed for divorce and it seemed to do more harm than good. We were worried this was going to be the same way and we would waste our money. But when we showed up, our therapist already understood what our main issues were.

We didn't waste time going back through the details. She took the time to make sure she understood what both of us were looking to get out of the retreat. She never let us get caught in a fight and instead stopped us and guided us through how we should be handling our issues.

She gave us tools and exercises to do (things we had begged our previous therapist for for years). She was engaged and warm and seemed to genuinely want to help us. She made us talk about and deal with and have the tough conversations that we had been avoiding or were never able to have constructively.

She is also a sex therapist so she was able to give us great advice on how to increase our intimacy."  ​

- recent couples therapy retreat participant

​Science-based + convenient

Learn how we help couples like you every day in this marriage intensive retreat format.

You'll get a detailed look at exactly:

  • ​What we'll be doing
  • ​Why we'll be doing it
  • ​How we use science-based assessment for our couples retreat

...to determine how we can best assist you in getting back together, better than before, over this intensive couples therapy retreat. Your couples therapist will analyze one of your disagreements for a scientific understanding of your relationship dynamics.

My clinical team and I love doing intensive marriage retreats. It has been so rewarding to have couples enter treatment on the verge of divorce, or anxious to get their marriages back on track, and leave with a new sense of commitment, connection, and resolve.

A private intensive marriage retreat is great for couples who can't find a skilled couples therapist closer to home. They are also perfect for those who don’t want to commute for more traditional weekly sessions.

We can help you find the right therapist, with the expertise and location you need.

Many couples find that they're able to make more progress with an intensive marriage retreat. Being away, in an exciting urban location or surrounded by nature, they have the time to resolve entrenched problematic dynamics. As they relax, it is easier to learn new ways of relating to each other.  

We hold our couples retreats near you in many attractive locations:

BOSTON • WASHINGTON DC • CHICAGO • THE BAY AREA • LOS ANGELES & ORANGE COUNTY • HOUSTON • AUSTIN • KANSAS CITY • LAS VEGAS • CHARLESTON • GREATER VANCOUVER  • ASHLAND, OR • ATLANTA • MINNEAPOLIS • THE BERKSHIRES/AMHERST/NORTHAMPTON • BOCA RATON • SAN JUAN  • MISSOULA, MT • DUBLIN, IE • BRISBANE, AU • HERMANUS, ZA

Retreat Essentials

​A typical retreat schedule:

​FRIDAY EVENING:

​SATURDAY:

​SUNDAY:

*Your Feedback Session will address:

  • ​Your relationship strengths
  • ​Areas to focus on in this couples therapy retreat

​And we will invite your own insights and feedback.

You will now know:

  • ​Your relationship's problematic relationship dynamics
  • A basic understanding of the over 40 years of research findings with over 3,000 couples
  • ​How it relates to you
  • ​Tomorrow's goals.

​Travel and Hotel Accommodations

​Payment Terms

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

"Don’t give up on your spouse."  -Kansas Marriage Retreat Couple

"Put in the work.  It’s worth it...Don't hesitate!  Go into it with an open heart and an open mind and you’ll come away more aware of how to have a healthier, more loving relationship."  -Boston Marriage Retreat Couple

Do it! It's worth it!   -Los Angeles Marriage Retreat Couple

It's a great thing to do especially when you're reaching the end of the relationship.   South Carolina Marriage Retreat Couple

Contact us for a no-charge 20-minute consultation with our Marriage and Family Therapist on staff. 

Please note:

If one of you have little motivation to work on your marriage in a sincere way and are seriously considering divorce, please consider a Discernment Counseling Retreat instead of our couples THERAPY retreat. Your willingness and interest in improving your marriage is essential for this work to succeed. It takes both of you to be open and willing to change. 

Next Steps: Go Here

Call us at 844-926-8753 to request a complimentary 20 minute phone consult or arrange one online here:

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We want you to be sure Couples Therapy Inc. is the right fit for you and your partner.

Know what to ask before you search for the right couples therapy intensive service.  
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A sample of our team's couples therapy affiliations:

The International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors

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