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Intensive Marriage Counseling Charleston, SC 

Concentrated Marriage Counseling SC couples rely upon for experienced help with their marriage.

Meet Our Couples Therapist in South Carolina -
One of 24 Clinicians Chosen Worldwide

Kent MacEachern in South Carolina has 39 years of practice and advanced training in science-based help for couples.

Couples Counseling SC:

Working privately with both of you for the entire weekend.

Choose Experience

Kent is a distinguished member of our international team of 24 clinicians. He has advanced training in a science-based form of marriage counseling. 

The training and experience of your therapist should be your first priority in choosing the best marriage counselors in South Carolina for your retreat.

Allow us to introduce our Marriage Counseling Charleston SC professional to you.

Senior Relationship Therapist

With over 39 years of post-graduate experience, Kent has advanced training in the Gottman Method. He is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in South Carolina License (# 1136), a

Clinical Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Certified Instructor and Trainer in the Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc.

Supervisor, Trainer

In addition to being a former superviser of interns and those seeking mental health licenses, Kent has specialized training and experience using EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Jungian Psychology.

He's been passionate about helping couples in South Carolina for 39 years!

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 today. Our couples are busy professionals, and intensive marriage counseling in South Carolina is a form of couples help offering the highest chance of attending and completing treatment, and therefore the best odds of achieving relationship success.

Weekly sessions aren't in-depth enough for many couples. Intensive, science-based help combines six months of couples therapy in less than 3 days. And at 70-90% scientifically proven effective, it's perfect for busy couples.

Why a Private Couples Retreat in South Carolina?

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

There are dozens of options for couples therapy, in South Carolina and across the South. 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 private intensive therapy retreats are different.

Science-based Couples Therapy Retreats

Weekend retreats for married couples, or those in committed relationships.

Our marriage counseling retreats help one couple at a time to reconnect, improve their communication and rebuild trust. And get at the heart of the matter. Kent MacEachernian has been helping couples and families in Mt Pleasant and Charleston for over thirty-nine years.

You can trust him with your relationship, too.

Couples Therapy Inc.'s team is comprised of primarily mature, senior clinicians offering marriage counseling not only in South Carolina, but in 20 other locations around the USA and three others across the globe. This collaborative team holds these private, therapeutic intensives with one couple at a time and one highly-skilled therapist. 

It begins with an extensive online science-based questionnaire as part of your assessment.  We call it "The BIG BIG Book," and it contains more than 800 questions which are scored and analyzed before you attend.

Choose weekend couples counseling 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 South Carolina offers you a step-by-step understanding of what types of science-based interventions will be 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 relationship problems "unresolvable," and how to work with value and lifestyle differences.

We're the Couples Retreat South Carolina 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. 

Mr. MacEachern is a Couples Therapist with advanced training in one of the most well-known science-based couples therapy: The Gottman Method. He will help you to break down barriers, and get to the heart of your issues. He knows how to help South Carolina 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. Kent sees couples from across the South, across the USA, and around the world.

Not simply a "Marriage Retreat." This is a marriage retreat applying real science-based help combined with a clinician with maturity and advanced clinical acumen.

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

Kent MacEachern is broadly trained as a psychotherapist. That means that he's learned many approaches to help a variety of personal and relationship ills.  He's a gifted member of the Greater Charleston 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.

Kent'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 couples in South Carolina rely upon.


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.

Almost ready to leave the marriage? Read about Last Shot Couples Therapy & Discernment Counseling.

Locations to Serve You:

Visit Kent

Rainbow Row colorful and well-preserved historic Georgian row houses in Charleston, South Carolina

Kent's office is at 1001 Anna Knapp Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Mt Pleasant, SC, a town named as one of the fastest growing places in the United States.

In February, Mt Pleasant's temperature ranges from 45-60 degrees, and enjoys a number of festivals throughout the year, including two pet festivals: the Pet Festival and  Fido Fest.

Mt Pleasant is an easy 22-25 minute drive from North Charleston and Charleston, respectively.

What's a 'Fly Me' Therapist?

A woman stands in an airport watching a plane take off

Kent travels to your location.

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.  Or a luxury hotel. They want to combine a romantic weekend with the work of improving their marriage in expert couples counseling. 

Let us suggest:


While it's tough to pick a hotel from all the fabulous choices in Charleston,  "Historic Even by Charleston Standards," caught our eye. The Vendue is a combination of two unique boutique hotels located across the street from one another.  Housed within five historic warehouses dating back to 1780, 19 Vendue have been combined to form one hotel. 26 Vendue is a combination of two historic warehouses dating back to the 1800s. Due to the historic nature of the buildings, no two rooms are alike and each is decorated with different period reproduction furnishings or true antiques.

  • The Vendue was renovated in 2014 to create Charleston’s first and only hotel dedicated to the arts. Over 300 pieces of original art have been installed, including a main exhibition space covers the entire public spaces of Vendue, guest room corridors, and within our Gallery guest rooms.
  • There are three on-site restaurants, including a lobby lounge offers artisanal continental breakfast. The Drawing Room offers small bites and cocktails during the day and in the evening, sip cocktails at The Rooftop, while overlooking the Charleston Harbor and the city’s skyline. A new restaurant, Revival, is also open for dinner.
  • The Rooftop awarded "Best Rooftop Bar" by Charleston City Paper since 2007, it offers sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor, Waterfront Park, The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, and more.

An "Art Hotel," not "Hotel Art."

Are you looking for the “best” marriage counselors in South Carolina to run your weekend marriage retreat? Using the "best" format?

You can determine who and 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 SC or Group Retreat Across the South: What's the difference?

  • Group retreats are relatively inexpensive compared with private one-to-one couples retreats. Look for a Group Couples Retreat in SC 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 Retreats features:

  • 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 psycho-educational materials to take home and study.
  • Look for science-based group retreats.
  • Usually cost $750-$1000 for a weekend group retreat.

Kent Offers

COUPLE COMMUNICATION Iwhich teaches a practical set of talking and listening skills, plus other processes. It includes:

Recognizing the 7 Ingredients of a Collaborative Marriage — a healthy relationship

Choosing Communication StylesTM — with a map for you to:

  • Identify ineffective and effective ways of talking and listening
  • Improve the quality of your communication

Using the Awareness WheelTM — a tool to:

  • Understand yourself and situations better, a foundation for effective communication
  • Apply 6 talking skills to connect in a clear and constructive way

Applying the Listening CycleTM— a guide to:

  • Tune in accurately to your partner
  • Use 5 productive listening skills

Mapping Issues — a 9-step process that combines the talking and listening skills for you to:

  • Make decisions and resolve conflicts collaboratively

Gain skills and tools that improve every aspect of your life — with your partner, your family and friends, and with people at work and elsewhere.

Contact Kent directly here, or reach him through Couples Therapy Inc. to learn more.

Private, Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat SC 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.
  • It's not enough to be told that the therapist has "extensive training." Ask who offered that training and what objective certifications were given and by whom. We discovered that one agency "certified" it's own staff!
  • 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 in South Carolina for you by asking these five simple questions.

  1. Who offers these couples retreats in the SC? What’s your philosophy?
  2. Who actually runs that private marriage retreat we will be going to? What's the clinician's name?
  3. What do these couples retreats SC look like?
  4. Who should attend these couples retreats?
  5. 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 specialty practice devoted solely to couples therapy. Our group of skilled couples therapists are among the most senior couples therapists on the planet.

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), half of whom have more than 20 years of clinical experience.

We have over 558 collective years conducting doctoral, graduate and higher diplomas (international) psychotherapy in the USA, and across the world. Four of our team are Master Trainers with the prestigious Gottman Institute, training therapists around the world. They select who will and who won't be future Gottman therapists.

Seven of our team have attained the coveted Gottman Method Certification. Most have training in two or more science-based approaches. We specialize in science-based or evidence-based treatment to help couples in intensive couples retreats because we believe it has been proven effective. 

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. Kent MacEachern has advanced training in the Gottman method.

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 South Carolina and across the South

We offer a wonderful skilled couples therapist, psychotherapist and marriage and family therapist, Kent MacEachern.

Dr. K and Daniel Dashnaw, MS, MA, MFT

We’re proud to talk about our highly-skilled clinician running a couples retreat in Mt Pleasant, outside of Charleston 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, the less well-known Solution 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) and our marriage and family therapist in Kent MacEachern, Charleston, South Carolina 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 SC

What’s the therapist’s name and credentials running these Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats in South Carolina?

Kent MacEachern is licensed psychotherapist in South Carolina with over 39 years of post-graduate experience. Kent has advanced training in the Gottman Method,   He is a:

  • Clinical Member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy; 
  • The Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education
  • Certified Couple Communication Instructor
  • Certified Training Associate with Interpersonal Communication Programs, Inc.
  • Provides training to become Certified Couple Communication Instructor.

Mr. MacEachern's Evidence-based Treatment Model:

Trained with The Gottman Institute. (Levels 1, 2 & 3)

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. (or take a few extra days...)

The Couples Retreat SC 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 separately 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 videotape and analyze. We use this tape to determine the presence of “The Four Horsemen” and begin to tailor our treatment plan to your needs.

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 SC?

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. Many are leaders in industry, the arts, education, or even psychotherapy. 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, Ireland, South Africa and Australia too.

Beyond the buzzwords, an intensive marriage retreat is all about two things: The therapist's seniority, training 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.  

Affairs, Addictions, Violence & Psychiatric Conditions

Some spouses, especially the hurt partner, are desperate to work with a couples therapist after learning about an affair and many therapists welcome them into their intensive retreats without question. This is a wise decision for some married couples, and a painful waste of time and money for others. 

Our screening determines whether your level of emotional regulation and eating and sleeping patterns have stabilized enough to make use of this rigorous and costly work. If you're not yet ready, we may suggest, instead, spending time with one of our coaches individually, to focus on self-care, before a retreat is scheduled.

Our intensive couples therapy in South Carolina is also not appropriate for couples dealing with active 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 Kent MacEachern himself, in his weekly psychotherapy practice or another local clinician.

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 $3000 to $5000 per couple (the owner, Dr. K, and joint (male-female team) retreats are 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 weekends, and Kent sets his fee on the lower range of that scale.

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 South Carolina. 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.

Healing Relationships Worldwide


* We respect all restrictions placed on psychotherapists in some states or countries. We may need additional time to become licensed in those districts, states, or countries, if needed.

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