Skilled, Caring, Effective Marriage Counseling

Welcome! I'm Dr. Kathy McMahon. My clients call me Dr. K. I'm the founder and
President of Couples Therapy Inc. (and resident web designer...blame me.)

I started this organization with one goal:

To bring the most highly qualified couples therapists together to support each other, share knowledge and resources, and to provide expert couples therapy to couples anywhere on this planet!

All 18 of us have a passion for working with couples. Collectively, we represent a cross section of our diverse world, speak 12 languages, and span 19 time zones. Be sure to read their Personal Statements on our Team Page.  Then learn about how good science-based therapy can be in helping troubled couples.  This page is my effort to explain what we do and why. Thank you in advance for taking the time to learn more about us and our approach.

1. Help that's Easy to Access

Online or Over a Weekend.

Affairs. Loneliness. Resentments. Trouble sharing your deepest feelings. You are hurting, and need fast help.

Relationships are hard, but should also be sweet.

Sustaining a long-term relationship takes effort, dedication, and lots of hard work. But it is the passionate engagement and companionship that makes it worthwhile. Our sole focus at Couples Therapy Inc is in helping your intimate relationship. We work with all relationships, married or not, straight, GBLTQIA...  If you are working hard to love better, we can help. We believe in making marriage counseling and couples therapy easily accessible for busy professionals. We do that in two ways: in Online Couples Therapy and Marriage Retreats.

We are the only practice exclusively devoted to integrating a Comprehensive Online Multi-Systemic Marital Assessment (we call it a "State of the Union"), with Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats, and Online Couples Therapy.  We're also unique in helping couples both across the USA and Internationally.

multi-ethnic couple with husband kissing his wife

Couples Therapy Inc. has even been featured in a news story on CBS - New York about online couples therapy as a recent treatment modality choice for couples.

Do you travel a lot, making weekly sessions impossible? We practice marriage counseling online and in an intensive couples retreat format for couples within the U.S.A., and Internationally. Online marriage counseling is a growing trend.  Can we help you?

2. Our Typical Couple

While no two couples are alike, we most often work with couples who are as invested in being successful in their personal lives as they are in their careers, education, or in changing the world.

Many run their own successful businesses or run large companies.  Many are in IT, engineering, academia, medicine, or law. Others are in the public eye and seek out the privacy only a remote clinical home offices can provide.

Some live internationally as teachers, government employees, NGO's or CEO's in multi-national corporations stationed overseas. Others live in rural areas.

Many of our online couples find it hard to secure high-quality couples therapy where they live. Some are International couples, while others are expats. Others who come to intensive couples retreats are well-known figures in their therapeutic communities and seek help outside of it. A few are themselves, therapists. Many have no time for weekly sessions and find the idea of completing six months of treatment over a weekend appealing.

The majority are in extreme marital distress when they arrive. Some are even on the verge of divorce. They need a place to think clearly and come away with a better sense of what they want out of their relationship. They seek out a couples specialist with advanced training, as they excel in most things and they expect us to experts as well.

Their goal?

To dramatically improve what is most precious to them: Their intimate life with their spouse.

They tell us that we offer a supportive, nurturing environment, enabling them to get in touch with their best self and to rediscover just how important their partners are to them...and how renewing that commitment once again, to share their love and respect.

They take the time to work through vital issues in couples counseling that block their capacity to experience spontaneous passion and deep satisfaction.  Are you able to benefit from this help?

3. Does Couples Therapy WORK?

Yes!   But  NOT  the  Way  It's  Practiced  Today...

And here's why:  

While 80% of therapists claim to do couples therapy, according to one researcher, only 12% have ever taken a single course in it!

Couples Therapy requires a different set of skills than individual therapy.​

We have those skills. We're therapists who have devoted our professional careers to working with couples, using the latest techniques that have been proven to be effective. And we have the credentials to prove it. We're trained in at least two theories of couples therapy (one must be evidenced-based) before we're called "Associates."

But many of us have 3, 4, or more certifications.

Japanese couple running and laughing on the beach

We find it a joy and a privilege to provide expert, effective couples therapy to our clients.

Couples want more than just a reduction in fighting. They want to enrich their relationships, heal from pain, and recover their innate capacity for joy.

Do you have doubts this work for your relationship?  Read what our clients say.

4. What is Evidence-based Treatment?

Many psychotherapists adopt interesting theories about how marriage works.

But theories aren't facts.

Couples therapy is a specialization. While both dentists and eye doctors work on the face, they are hardly interchangeable professions. Same thing goes for individual and couples therapists. They are entirely different specialties and require different training.

We provide those clinical services exclusively to couples. Learn more about Evidence-based treatment models.

Could you noticeably improve your relationship in a weekend?

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Couples want more than just less fighting. They want to enrich their relationships, heal from pain, and recover their innate capacity for joy.

We provide expert help for couples in an Intensive Couples Retreat format. You'll experience the equivalent of six months of couples therapy, all in a convenient weekend.

For us, it's a win-win, even with the most troubled of couples.

Couples attend our Intensive Couples Retreats from within and outside the USA, Europe, and Asia. Intensive Couples Retreats provide a unique way to reach your therapeutic relationship goals, all in (dare we say it again?) a single weekend

Is this a format that you'd be helped by?

5. Relationship Problems We Work With

Maybe you are hoping to bring life back to a relationship that is lackluster, recover from an affair, or just manage conflict in a more useful and productive way. Maybe you are lonely and don't understand why.

Perhaps you are fighting off hopelessness that things will improve, feeling cold and mechanical during sex, or having no intimacy at all. Everyone deserves to feel loved and respected, not merely "tolerated" by their intimate partner. We'll bring our experience, enthusiasm, and energy to helping you reach your relationship goals.

Practicing Couples Therapy... for over a Quarter of a Century.
The Berkshires of Massachusetts, North Adams
The Berkshires of Massachusetts.  
Nature at its best.

6. Our Main Office

Our main office is in Massachusetts, a New England State that is full of natural beauty and a deep respect for knowledge, with its many colleges and universities. It also values excellence in psychotherapy, and particularly in evidence-based couples therapy.

And we give back by teaching graduate courses, publishing in professional journals or volunteering in professional organizations devoted to marriage and family therapy.

These activities balance our clinical practice.

They also keep us up-to-date on the research, ethics, and collegial spirit. This informs our clinical work. Volunteering and training our colleagues keeps us connected to our profession.

We're proud to be a part of that tradition.

7. The Clinical Team

In our work with you, we will draw from the most current research on what helps marriages, relationships and individuals. Our goal is to help you flourish and prosper. Each couple seeking couples counseling is unique.

For this reason, we draw from several models of counseling methodology, as well as our own experience in helping people. All of us are required to have at LEAST Level I & II of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Five of us have obtained the prestigious title of Certified Gottman Therapist, or are board-certified sex therapists. Two of our Master Therapists have been part of the original six who trained professionals in the Gottman Method through their Institute. Three others have Level III training or are on the "Certification Track." Three have run graduate programs in psychology. Another is an ordained minister with over 40 years of couples therapy experience. That's an astounding set of credentials and achievements for one team to have. Unheard of anywhere else in the world.

We conduct couples therapy in the following twelve languages:

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Conversational French
  • Mandarin
  • Cantonese
  • ​Hindi
  • Tamil
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Conversational Taiwanese

Dr. McMahon, Dr. Menuier,  Dr. Wolfe, Rev. Ramsey and Angela Voegele are Certified Gottman Therapists - a small elite group of qualified clinicians worldwide.  Two are Master Gottman Trainers. We may have more Gottman certified therapists than any other practice worldwide!

And there are those devoted to the work of Sue Johnson, Ph.D., who, next to Gottman, is the other evidence-based training model out there for working effectively with couples.

Clinical insight...blending together the art and science of love and relationships. At Couples Therapy Inc we only hire experienced, senior clinician or remarkable mid-level professionals who are trained in at least two methods of couples therapy (one of which must be evidence-based), before we call them our "Associates."

You are assured of getting the highest quality of care.

People are surprised how open they can be with us about the most delicate of subjects. You will find each of us as therapists, candid, caring, and collaborative.

But it's not magic. It requires a sincere effort and not all issues respond well to these methods. 

Will yours?​  

Ask us.

8. Our Clinical Style

We're also active in our work with you because research shows that active therapists produce the best results.
In our sessions, you'll get the practical tools you need to support the quality of life and relationship you want. You'll discover how to become calm, even under stress. You'll learn by "doing," not just by "saying." You'll participate in intelligent, engaging, and structured interactions. Our work will stress the science behind the practical information we'll be applying.

Through honest feedback, down-to-earth stories, and even humor, you will develop your capacity to meet life’s challenges and relationship problems that have, up to now, seemed insurmountable.

9. "State of the Union" Assessment

Before the Start of Treatment​

A guiding principle at Couples Therapy Inc. emphasizes the importance of a thorough understanding of your relationship problems prior to beginning couples therapy. While it may take more time initially, like a diamond, we need to strike gently, at just the right point, to help modify or transform your relationship dynamics.

Without a thorough clinical assessment, each couples therapy session would become an aimless "stand alone" meeting without a road map.

While this applies to all couples therapy, it is particularly true for the modalities of couples therapy we work in: Online Couples Therapy and Intensive Marriage Retreats. We are masters of both, and get results, in large part, because of our unique clinical marital assessment process.

We spend an hour and 20 minutes in our final assessment session, going over in detail with both of you:

~ What we have learned;

~ Where your relationship has predictable strengths;

~ Which areas need improvement, and;

~ How long we believe our work will take.

We want you to be well-informed about the particular methods and approaches we'll be using to help your marriage.

Young Chinese couple sitting with arms around each other side by side

We'll share our insights with you in a collaborative way...

We'll offer relevant books, videos, and written exercises accessible online as well. When you know where we're going clinically, you can lead the way! We encourage couples to take an active role in shaping their clinical experience.

10. The BIG BIG Book: More than a "Marriage Quiz"

A large part of that assessment was affectionately named by one of our couples: The BIG BIG Book. The BIG BIG Book is completed online, on your own time, by each of you separately and independently. Most of our couples credit the start of their treatment as beginning with working on their The BIG BIG Book.

The link to The BIG BIG Book is sent to you after you schedule your initial couples therapy appointment. Learn more about The BIG BIG Book here.

Drawing of a BIG BIG Book of Couples Therapy
Never before have our couples spent so much thoughtful, reflective time considering every aspect of their most important and intimate adult relationship.

11. Ways to Meet in Couples Therapy

Don't have time for weekly therapy?

1. Intensive Couples Therapy Retreats

Don't have the time to fit in weekly sessions? Why not schedule a weekend or midweek Intensive Couples Therapy Retreat? Intensives combine six months of weekly 45-minute sessions in one weekend!

During intensives, couples spend a weekend in any of 12 location both inside and outside the USA.

2. Online Couples Therapy VideoConferencing

International couples also video-conference from all over the world, as do our couples in Intensive Couples Retreats. In addition, for each retreat, two follow-up meetings are included, to reinforce your learning and for "relapse prevention."

Perhaps your relationship is going well, but your sexual lives are stale, mechanical, or nonexistent. You may prefer to attend one of our Intensive Couples Sex Therapy Retreats. Learn more about Intensive Sex Therapy Retreats.

 Would you like to set up a Couples Retreat? Learn how to schedule an initial Online Assessment? 

Contact Daniel

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Ready to learn more?

Click on titles below that interest you.

Learn about an evidence-based therapy for couples that has over 40 years of research behind it: The Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

"Last Shot" Couples Therapy" is for the couple in which one partner is considering or has begun the process of separation or divorce;

Sex Therapy is couples therapy that focuses on intimacy needs that are causing relationship stress. We've taught these same skills at the graduate level to counseling students.

Who's Dr. K, the psychologist who began Couples Therapy Inc.
Find out here.

We have an exceptionally skilled European clinician?  Find about about Nancy here.  In Australia?  Check out Jack O'Leary (profile coming soon!

Hablas español? Sí, La Dra. Rodríguez Haga clic aquí.

German and French spoken also by Angela Voegele, M.S.W.

Italian, Mandarin & Cantonese is spoken by YY Wei

Dr. Menuier speaks Hindi and Tamil​

Jenny Fang speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and ​Japanese.

Learn why chronic fights are described as Fights about Nothing."

What is the science behind various forms of effective couples therapy? Science behind good couples therapy helps you learn more.

Learn how you can complete our thorough Online Marriage Therapy Assessment.

Learn more here.

Learn why picking the right couples therapist could save your marriage.

Contact Us or call 844 - 926-8753 - (844-9-COUPLE) set up an appointment.