Marriage Counseling Houston
Faster, Effective Personal Results.

Marriage Counseling in Houston offers an Individualized Marriage Retreat with just the two of you and one highly trained expert:

  • Fast:   One weekend vs. 6 months of therapy
  • Effective: Real help based upon 40+ years of scientific research with 3,000+ couples.
  • Personal: You won't learn cookie-cutter “communication” skills. We focus on Your specific  relationship challenges.

Imagine Your Marriage Transformed
into a More Passionate Union...

If you aren't getting along with the person who once meant the world to you, there is startling new information you need to know.

A way of intervening  that stops your fast-moving train into greater marital misery or divorce.

You'll exit the 'divorce super-highway.'

Imagine no more endless bickering or cold-shoulder bedtimes. 

Or vacations and romantic evenings that end in disaster. 

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

 "My own marital failure drove me to invest 20 years of study, and learn 5 different models of couples therapy. The results?" 


 

Dr. Kathy McMahon // is the Founder and President ofCouples Therapy Inc. A clinical psychologist, she is one of a handful of Certified Gottman Couples Therapists on the planet who is also an AASECT Board-certified Sex Therapist.  She is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and has also trained in both Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy and The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.

We were hesitant about spending the money and not getting the results we wanted.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

We had tried other couples therapy many years ago for several sessions but did not have any success. In contrast, I would recommend Marisa and CTI because I feel she helped put us on the right track. We were troubled and needed to improve communication, trust, and boundaries and we learned better ways to communicate, we learned to focus on improving the future more than worrying about the past, and we now have hope for our future.

Marisa is wonderful and is able to make everyone feel comfortable and listened to.

Now we have better communication and a better understanding of each other’s feelings. The things I liked the most is that Marisa had a genuine interest in our lives and that she did not rush us and made sure we were satisfied before ending any sessions

Our marriage was very distant and cold, we wanted to improve communication


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

This was our first time in couples therapy, we were hesitant because we thought that it would be a “bash the husband" session.

Since our work with Couples Therapy Inc. we are talking again and connecting daily about the little things. Three benefits that we have experienced; communication, love life, and addressing the issues we both had.

Marisa was fantastic!

She was very bi-partisan and listened to both of our issues. She gave great suggestions on how we can improve our marriage. Marisa is a great therapist and really helped both of us get through this rough patch.

We tried couples therapy once before and it was unsuccessful.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

My marriage was on the verge of divorce before couples therapy. We wanted to learn how to disagree in a calmer way. I was willing to try anything to help improve and save my marriage. We tried couples therapy once before and it was unsuccessful (probably because we only attempted one session).

Marisa Mundey was patient and had actually used our pre-work to help move straight to our problems. We finally got a chance to address a few of our top issues. After the sessions were over, however, I felt as if the therapist was relieved and ready to move on. She was extremely nice, but there was no immediate follow-up or opportunity to schedule more sessions (and I asked).

The programs and material are good, but one weekend isn't long enough for all couple situations. It was a lot of money and we somewhat practiced the therapy skills for about 2 - 3 days following. Then our relationship resumed its bad habits and continued as if couples therapy never happened.

As of now, I am making arrangements to separate from him and possibly divorce.

I would recommend this therapist but not Couples Therapy, Inc. I was hesitant about spending so short amount of time, to help improve 8 years of built up relationship issues. Although we spent 2.3 days discussing our relationship issues, it was nowhere near enough time to divulge as deep as we needed on more specific issues. Also, not enough time to practice various scenarios of the couple exercises.

I would not recommend this treatment. I'd suggest couples find a therapist and schedule ongoing sessions. This way they have the ability to continue working on their issues with that particular therapist.

From Dr. K: To clarify for this client, Marisa does, in fact, schedule regular ongoing follow-up with couples in Texas. Relapse prevention is an important part of science-based couples therapy. In addition, if our couples prefer to work with a local therapist in weekly work, we contact the couples therapist of your choice and provide guidance, based upon the work you've accomplished with us, and feedback to this new therapist, to help you accomplish your long-term goals. Our Intensives are a "jump-start," and don't promise to be an end solution for every client. Please contact Marisa for either ongoing online work, or for help finding a local weekly therapist.

I enjoyed her guidance and understanding.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

What hesitation did you have about starting couples therapy with us?

Not knowing what to expect and discussing openly topics which are private.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc.?

Open conversation, closer physically, and developing trust.

Marissa Mundey, she seemed to understand us and our situation and adjust to it. I enjoyed her guidance and understanding.

Marisa Mundey

My work in Houston conducting Marriage Retreats has taught me one thing...

Many Houston couples can get faster effective results over a weekend. Sometimes even BETTER results than weekly marriage counseling."

Marisa Mundey, LMFT//  Licensed in Texas # 201375.  Practicing for Couples Therapy Inc. in Houston, Texas.

The End of a Marriage that Didn't Have To...

From the President of Couples Therapy Inc.:

Do you harbor misguided notions about love and marriage?  Most couples do.  Even many THERAPISTS do.  I know I did when my own marriage had problems...

As a clinical psychologist I worked with couples, but these very misguided notions not only limited my impact as a couples therapist, they destroyed my own marriage.

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

I've had my share.

Ask my ex-husband. 

I divorced a perfectly nice guy and the father of my child.  Oh, I had my reasons.  And most of them were a bunch of "pie in the sky" ideas I got from theories I learned while in graduate school.  They were wrong-headed notions about why marriages fail and how to fix them.

There are still plenty of these myths out there.

Like how about THIS MYTH:

"The severity of your problems predicts the likelihood of divorce."

Nope.  Wrong.  False.

Back then, I did what most people do, "I used my health insurance," and went to a counselor.

But instead of getting help, those weekly 45-minute sessions left me angrier, more hopeless, and totally, totally misunderstood. And we left each session more upset than when we arrived!

Communication skills aren't  enough.

If you've see a therapist for your troubled marriage, you were probably told to practice “good communication skills."

I thought that's all I was doing...yak, yak, yakking without impacting!

Like most women facing divorce, it only took a few sessions before I became totally disillusioned.

I thought we were 'broken.'

I went through a painful divorce.

It cost me big time, not only economically, but emotionally, too, and everything got a lot more complicated. Two houses. Two mortgages. A daughter running between families. Two different sets of rules.

Divorce is one of the most stressful events in an adult's life, according to research. Even worse on children, despite the media hype.

Divorce is costly, not just financially, but emotionally too.  It costs your kids, as well as your future security.  Preventing it is well worth the effort..."

Later on, I remarried a “completely different guy.”  And guess what?

These same problems reappeared!

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

But it wasn't a matter of "luck" at all.

I was the same person...

...with the same crappy way of relating to my intimate partner.

I could divorce my ex- but not "myself."

As Aimee Mann says: "It's not going to stop 'til you wise up..."

And you know what?  She's right.

Leaving a marriage, when you don't know what you're doing wrong (...or just blaming your spouse..) means it's not going to stop for you, either.

Unless you figure out what you're doing wrong in your marriage and fix it, you're doomed to repeat it.

Don't give up!  Wise up!


In 1998, I attended my first training presented by Dr. John Gottman, the pre-eminent researcher​ on couples.  What he taught me was fascinating. 

We now know scientifically why marriages succeed or fail!

(Let one of our Master Trainers teach you how to become a "Master of Marriage" too!)

Your Troubled Marriage Needs Skillful Care & Attention.

"We know a lot about you and your marriage, before you arrive..."

Like a diamond, your marriage is the hardest “jewel” in the rocky world of relationships. But with a magnifying glass, precision skill, the jeweler's tap brings out the luster.  Many marriage are rough stones with hidden brilliance.  Just waiting to shine.

Careful assessment is our "magnifying glass." "The BIG BIG Book" (which included a Gottman Assessment and a lot more...) allows us take a closer look at you as an individual in your marriage.  It's an online tool.  Completing it out will have a huge impact on you, too.  Our couples tell us it was the start of their marriage retreat therapy.

This online assessment is scored, and your words are carefully read and analyzed, side-by-side with your partner's tome.  We do this before we even meet.

When you arrive at this couples retreat, we'll explore your early relationship history, "The Story of Us," and with your therapist, you'll work collaboratively, constructing your most critical relationship goals during our time together.

With the help of The BIG BIG Book, you'll be asked finely-tuned questions about your marital issues.

How Our Marriage Retreat Intensives May Change Your Life:

"You'll have a Marriage Retreat Expert for an entire weekend, devoted to helping you resolve your most formidable relationship challenges. Choose with confidence.  Our team includes the most experienced couples therapists in the world..."

The Focus is on Nurturing Real & Lasting Change

Instead of seemingly endless weekly "45-minute sessions," you'll spend a solitary weekend--just the two of you...alone.  Relaxed. Away from the hassles of your everyday lives.

You put a lot of faith in therapists. We get that.

We Honor Your Trust.

A shocking 80% of therapists are convinced they already know how to do couples therapy.  Yet only 12% of these therapists have ever completed a single course in couples therapy!
 And yet, this is challenging and specialized work. Easy to get wrong. 

And then your whole world blows up...

Have you tried marriage counseling in the past and failed?  Do you believe that your marriage is severely, and hopelessly damaged?

Your overly-confident and poorly trained therapist might be to blame.  

In contrast, our therapists are among the most highly trained couples therapists available today.
All have at least one formal, evidence-based certificate in couples therapy.  Many have doctoral degrees.

You entrust us with your marriage and family.

And we take that responsibility seriously.

If you're disillusioned with love, consider the benefits of this scientific marriage retreat conducted in Houston & across the USA:

We'll Work Fast

Forget 6 months of 45-minute sessions that stop at the height of your fight... "See you next week!" Science says:"not enough time!"

Personalized Help

These aren't generic “communication skills training" with 5-250 other couples. Our approach is precise and intimate.

Science-based

Not someone's biased 'personal opinions.'  This help is based upon 40+ years of research with over 3,000 couples.

We tried couples therapy once before and it was unsuccessful.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

My marriage was on the verge of divorce before couples therapy. We wanted to learn how to disagree in a calmer way. I was willing to try anything to help improve and save my marriage. We tried couples therapy once before and it was unsuccessful (probably because we only attempted one session).

Marisa Mundey was patient and had actually used our pre-work to help move straight to our problems. We finally got a chance to address a few of our top issues. After the sessions were over, however, I felt as if the therapist was relieved and ready to move on. She was extremely nice, but there was no immediate follow-up or opportunity to schedule more sessions (and I asked).

The programs and material are good, but one weekend isn't long enough for all couple situations. It was a lot of money and we somewhat practiced the therapy skills for about 2 - 3 days following. Then our relationship resumed its bad habits and continued as if couples therapy never happened.

As of now, I am making arrangements to separate from him and possibly divorce.

I would recommend this therapist but not Couples Therapy, Inc. I was hesitant about spending so short amount of time, to help improve 8 years of built up relationship issues. Although we spent 2.3 days discussing our relationship issues, it was nowhere near enough time to divulge as deep as we needed on more specific issues. Also, not enough time to practice various scenarios of the couple exercises.

I would not recommend this treatment. I'd suggest couples find a therapist and schedule ongoing sessions. This way they have the ability to continue working on their issues with that particular therapist.

From Dr. K: To clarify for this client, Marisa does, in fact, schedule regular ongoing follow-up with couples in Texas. Relapse prevention is an important part of science-based couples therapy. In addition, if our couples prefer to work with a local therapist in weekly work, we contact the couples therapist of your choice and provide guidance, based upon the work you've accomplished with us, and feedback to this new therapist, to help you accomplish your long-term goals. Our Intensives are a "jump-start," and don't promise to be an end solution for every client. Please contact Marisa for either ongoing online work, or for help finding a local weekly therapist.

Past attempts were not successful, I wasn't sure this would be different.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

I'd describe our relationship as "stuck" in a cycle of criticism and judgment.

Past therapy was not useful at all. Past attempts were not successful, and I wasn't sure this would be different.

We chose Couples Therapy Inc for the scientific research behind the process.

Marisa Mundey had a very endearing personality. Non-judgmental. Made us feel like she understood us both, yet could challenge us where we needed to be confronted. It was like a pressure relief valve was opened and we were reminding of the good we shared. It was a reminder of the good that attracted us to each other in the beginning. It allowed us the space to get "un-stuck" from our cycle of conflict. The Big Book Assessment saved weeks of time for our therapist to get to know us and our issues in a much better way.

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

Do it.

I feel grateful for Marisa every day.


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

I wanted to feel like I was heard. Before the weekend, it was impossible to talk about the relationship without huge arguments and silence for days or even weeks.

I had wanted to [got to therapy] for years, but my husband wasn't willing.

CTI’s scientific approach and that it was a weekend workshop made it more palatable to sell to my husband on those points.

I was hesitant that it would lead to my realizing we couldn't work as a couple.

I loved everything about Marissa Mundey. She has the perfect demeanor and sees right to the heart of the situation without scaring anyone away. She asks the right question at the right time and has a very gentle approach, especially with reluctant spouses.

I recommend CTI wherever women tell me about their marriage woes: to friends, at the dentist, hair salon, etc.

I appreciate my partner and his childhood trauma more, which gave me more empathy for him. We are better able to talk through major disagreements, even if we have them more than I'd like to. It brought us temporarily much closer together. I wish we could hold on to that for longer, but I felt an important connection to him that weekend as he was more open. I still feel closer to him and hope, in the future, he'll be open to more sessions together, as I think it's healthy to dialogue with another observer about the relationship.

We are now able to work through most of our major disagreements. There has definitely been a shift to continued and better communication. There are still many frustrations, but they don't seem as dire most of the time. We feel closer. Like two steps forward one step back, whereas before it felt like one step forward, two steps back.

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

It is well worth the money and time. I was really at the end of my rope and considering leaving, which would have been really hard financially and on our family. I don't feel that way anymore. I thought it'd be a chance to air all of my grievances and finally feel heard, and in many ways it was, but I never expected to come away from the weekend feeling so much empathy for my partner and what he went through. I felt a deep connection to and affection for him that had been buried under all that anger for many years, and it only took one weekend for it to shine through. That was a blessing.

Marissa is a very gifted therapist. I can't thank her enough for her approach and time with us. Things aren't perfect, but they are so much better six months later. I feel grateful for her every day.

Marriage counseling is so TABOO


Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

You completely saved my marriage. What you people do truly matters.

Marriage counseling and therapy is so TABOO --- and it should not be. It horrified me to know that no one talks openly about this with friends and family --- like you must be some freak of nature if you have marriage problems you can't work through on your own. I have zero shame in saying that we needed help badly --- and because of being willing to get help before it was too late we are both going to be able to have personal satisfaction and happiness, joy, love, and a spirit that this is my life --- I only have one life --- I am not going to sit back and waste it!!

Contact Us With Your Questions

Our couples retreats are in high demand. They book quickly.

This Marriage Retreat is Run by Experts: There is Nothing "Cookie Cutter" About Them.

There are less expensive alternatives...

If your relationship is strong, go to a group workshop.
These lower cost educational offerings provide general guidance on improving your relationship.

However, if you're in acute marital distress, get the one-to-one help you need.


Our Marriage Retreat experts can transform your relationship (with your help).

Pick the best weekend for you, and reserve your Intensive Marriage Retreat Therapeutic Weekend today. 

Don't ignore your relationship problems and hope they go away.

Summary of What You’ll Get...

What you get:

Marriage Retreat Outline:

  • The BIG BIG Book Online Assessment
  • 2 hour "Warm Up" session
  • Two full days:  9:30 am - 4:30 pm

We regret that we cannot accept reservations without payment. 

Before You Attend You Will:

  • Receive and complete your BIG BIG Book. It must be finished two week prior to your intensive
  • Receive directions and a list of recommended food & lodging venues.  BOOK EARLY!
  • Receive your therapist's contact phone number the day before your marriage retreat
  • Arrive early.  Rest up before your "Warm up" Session
  • Have a great couples retreat!

After Your Marriage Retreat:

  • Complete an evaluation of your experience
  • Receive your HIPPA -compliant video-conferencing platform for psycho-educational follow-ups (coming soon!)
  • Sign in

"I go through 1,000 resumes each year, looking for the marvelous couples therapists from around the world.  I hand-pick and hire wonderful clinicians, and then provide individual and group seminars, supervision, and case consultation, so that you are assured of an exceptionally well-trained couples therapist. I stand behind our Team.  If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience in our unique Marriage Retreats, contact me personally so that I can make it right.."

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