Marriage Counseling Near Me

Find a therapist near you by hovering over or clicking their image for more information. All of our therapists have training in The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and Discernment Counseling. Others are certified or have advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy as well.

My husband was pushed to talk through the situation instead of withdrawing.

I was ready to contact a divorce lawyer. My husband was having a 3-year affair and we had severe social problems. But I wanted to be able to tell my kids one day that I did everything I could. Didn't have time for typical weekly therapy. My husband refused therapy up until now.

I wondered before we started if I could endure the pain of talking about his affair. Wondering if I could hold it together emotionally through the sessions. Worried how my husband would act.

My husband made the decision to end the affair and try again. The therapist [Kent McEachern] was able to confirm my guess that my husband has Asperger's. With the third person in the room, my husband talked to me for the first time in years.

I wanted to use a male therapist because I thought he would help me decode my husband's thoughts and feelings and I wanted my husband to feel like somebody was on his side. He wasn't as comforting and empathetic as a female counselor probably would have been but I really just had to get down to the business of fixing things and pragmatic worked best.

The affair was discussed and dealt with. My husband was pushed to talk through the situation instead of withdrawing. That therapist was able to introduce concepts that my husband remembered when we got home and repeated.

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

It's a great thing to do especially when you're reaching the end of the relationship.

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Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina Retreat - Kent MacEachern

She’s changed our lives and we are profoundly grateful.

We hesitated starting couples therapy because of the money and an unknown therapist. We wanted to improve issues with intimacy, communicating, conflict resolution, and quality time. With other couples therapy in the past, we would get stuck often. We couldn’t seem to progress. It was always about putting out fires, never learning or growing.

Jenny Fang was intuitive, used different modalities, and pointed. She taught me so much. She would show me how to talk to my partner. We’ve mega shifted! It’s like we are starting new with helpful tools. Trauma is there but we are aware of it now. We’re making different choices. Jenny tapped in to deep parts of us that are problematic and keeping us wounded.

This deep work is what we needed to breakthrough.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples Therapy Inc?

-We shifted out of being wounded 24/7 so we could start the real work

-Learned about our trauma and tendencies

-Tools to talk! Especially in conflict. Also, the secrets to making my husband feel loved.

Jenny is a superstar. She’s so smart and really gives a s---. She’s changed our lives and we are profoundly grateful.

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Orange County California Couples Retreat - Jenny Fang

I was desperate to save my marriage.

Our relationship was very close to ending. Our core issue involved intimacy and the ability to communicate about intimate feelings. I was desperate to save my marriage.

Years ago we tried traditional couples therapy and were frustrated at the length of time invested and the lack of success.

My wife chose your organization mainly because of the intensive weekend format and the direct approach. You are also well regarded by other counselors.

The specific issue causing our problems was confronted immediately. Both of us were assisted with a way to discuss the problem and come up with a plan of action. I am confident that we are moving forward together as a couple.

Angela was extremely easy to talk to about the most intimate of issues. She offered frank caring advice. She is an extremely considerate person.

The format allows a couple to “get down to business” and quickly focus on the problems. Angela has great expertise and provides practical advice.

I feel closer to my wife, there is virtually no tension when we talk, and we made passionate love.

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Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us!

Thanks Dr. R! It was a great marriage retreat weekend and we are so grateful for all you did for us! We will get on our homework and schedule a follow-up soon.

Again, many thanks for helping us with your approach and care!

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San Juan Puerto Rico Couples Retreat - Dr. Rodriguez

I would recommend anyone to use Couples Therapy Inc.

The core issues we wanted to improve were communication and understanding but we were hesitant about the price. We went to another therapist together instead but it went poorly.

What changes resulted from your work with Couples Therapy Inc?

I thought the intensive weekend was very helpful. I liked Dr. Powell’s even approach and focus on Gottman methods. We still have challenges, but the weekend was a great way to make deposits into each other’s emotional bank account. We have much better ways to communicate. We’ve slowed down our discussions so they don’t spiral out of control. We identified some core conflicts and helped to “declaw” them. We have better communication, better understanding and empathy towards each other and better skills moving forward.

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Atlanta, GA Couples Retreat - Dr. Powell

We were on the wrong road and this weekend put us on the right road.

Before we contacted CTI we were; unhappy, teetering, with a poor ability to connect and manage conflict.

Havi Kligfeld was confident, she had a plan, and was evidence-based. We improved conflict management, improved kindness, and improved understanding.

We took an 180-degree turn. We developed a new shared story, techniques to manage conflict with extended "speaker-listener" techniques, and my husband learned to "see my pain" and to renew his supportive role in my life. A few happened in therapy, but the time we spent together AROUND the therapy was where we had the most amazing breakthroughs. So therapy was a catalyst for us to rediscover our ability to heal. We were on the wrong road and this weekend put us on the right road.

It was a miracle. Benefits are continuing. We were both highly motivated and had been together for our whole lives and agreed on many many things so that may have made it easier for us, but we were truly stuck. Thank you!

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

DO IT. Worth it. Intake is great to be very clear about what is going to happen, it reduces fear.

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Los Angeles Couples Retreat - Havi Kligfeld

We will forever be grateful to Doug. He gave our marriage a second chance.

We were in a place after 20 years of marriage where we weren’t understanding one another and were considering divorce.

We had done therapy one other point in our marriage, and had a good experience but never with Couples Therapy Inc.

We chose Couples Therapy because of Doug’s years of experience and because he is Christian based. We were hesitant due to a fear of judgment and getting someone who didn’t get our issues.

Doug helped us to find ways to understand one another, and to know that we were both trying to accomplish the same things but with different approaches. We learned to be on the same team.

Doug was understanding, non-judgmental and related everything we did back to a biblical basis, which was so beneficial for us. The videoed fight was eye-opening and good to see. It made our issues easier to see.

I would recommend Doug and actually have already to a few close friends and family. I would trust him to get to the root of their issues and give solid tools to use to better their marriage

Now we have a different approach to arguments. More of a discussion to understanding rather than a fight. Work in progress and implementation of tools given. More understanding of one another than we have had in years.

We will forever be grateful to Doug. He gave our marriage a second chance

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

Don’t give up on your spouse. Put in the work. It’s worth it

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Overland Park, Kansas Couples Retreat - Dr. Burford

I went from hopeless, to hopeful.

I was at a point where I was debating on leaving the marriage, due to anger issues & no communication. Looking back, I'd say previous couples therapy was unsuccessful long term or short term. Possibly, just a temporary relief/fix.

I heard about CTI’s reputation from a magazine article sent out to help couples with marital stress. The cost was my only hesitation.

I am finally hopeful for a possible turn around from the fear I had.

Scott Wolfe was patient. He kept to the task at hand. He was focused, compassionate, hopeful and had faith in the method you use. It provided a way to look at the marriage & relate in a way no other therapist we have previously seen did. I am no longer afraid of my partner. I went from hopeless, to hopeful. I look forward to the continued growth we learned from the therapist.

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

I'd say that I know it is expensive, but if you are open to working on your marriage, then this seems like an effective tool.

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Las Vegas, Nevada Couples Retreat - Dr. Scott Wolfe

I realize perhaps for the first time in my life how much this relationship means to me.

Our marriage was rocky, near the breaking point. Intimacy and communication were huge stumbling blocks. It was a sexless marriage, little communication beyond careers, kids and puppies. The previous couples therapy was on a limited one hour per week basis, it did little if anything for us.

We chose CTI because of the one therapist on one couple design. Einstein's theory of insanity required we do something different. Also the qualifications and experience of the organization and staff along with Gottman techniques and MBTI. I had no reluctance. I knew it was our last shot.

Working with Kent was terrific; easygoing approach but always with a plan in mind. We learned a lot about each other in a very brief but highly efficient weekend. I am able to see fear and pain where once I saw only contempt and anger. I realize perhaps for the first time in my life how much this relationship means to me and how far I am willing to go to preserve it. It has given us real hope of saving the relationship and helped me tear down decades of emotional walls to express real vulnerability and desire. Worth every penny.

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

Nothing more than it could literally save your relationship.

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Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina Retreat - Kent MacEachern

Our New Year is filled with hope and love.

We were on the brink of divorce. Barely speaking. I was afraid there was no hope and couples therapy would solidify that. I had brought my partner to my individual therapist. It was not successful. I found it hard to talk about my past. Dr. Gorman was amazing, nonjudgmental, and was able to help us open up and be honest with each other in safe environment. We are able to understand the other person better and have new tools to keep us from attacking when we are angry or withdrawn.

My husband and I are able to identify the triggers in our relationship, we can communicate without fear and we now have options to help us calm down and focus on what is important. Thank you, Dr. Gorman. You are a wonderful person and the best therapist we have ever met. I am so grateful for your expertise and patience. Our New Year is filled with hope and love.

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Amherst MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Gorman

I am really so relieved that we don't have to give up.

Tehilla, If you are wondering why I became silent and withdrawn during our session, it's because I was crying from joy internally. I am really so relieved that we don't have to give up, but that we can work on building up after a past that we had no control over. You have no idea what it meant to me that he who is sometimes so stubborn, agreed to individual counselling. You make it worthwhile to keep going with the way that you do things. I see a little light at the end of the tunnel.

Thank you so much for your help and the nice way you handle things. We are already taking better steps forward.

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Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa - Tehilla Luttig

I did not know if I could continue in the marriage

I did not know if I could continue in the marriage. Kent MacEachern provided the guidance I needed to work toward resolution, and the understanding if it does not work, it was worth the effort to try. Kent was unbiased, down to earth, compassionate, commanded knowledge of the materials and method given his years of experience.

I gained insight into programs, theories, and realities of staying married vs. divorce. I am attempting to remove detachment and create a new, stronger bond. The therapy provided my wife a better understanding of where I am based on the support of Kent and his application of his knowledge. This will help both me and my wife understand how to proceed to work on necessary changes to how we think and act upon the issues we have.

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Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina Retreat - Kent MacEachern

I was going to file for divorce.

Before Couples Therapy Inc. we went to some who were totally unqualified to handle our needs. I was going to file for divorce. Lack of communication and suspicion of infidelity were the core issues.

I liked everything about Lisa and I have nothing negative to say. She was so helpful in the way she kept us on track and figured out what we should be working on to get the maximum benefit in the time frame we had.

We're learning to communicate about things in our relationship that were potentially going to cause the marriage to end. Now we have tools and exercises that allow us to become much closer to each other and a direction for us to grow in for a happier and healthier relationship. It was emotionally, spiritually, and physically moving. I'm very happy I did it and will always be grateful for what it did for us.

I would recommend couples therapy even for healthy marriages.

Working with Lisa stopped a divorce, improved communication, and brought us together in a way we haven't had since we first became involved with each other romantically.

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Northern California Couples Retreat - Lisa Lund

We didn’t know how a short weekend could help us address the things that were going on...

We were argumentative and in despair. Reverend Jim Ramsey was nonjudgmental, accepting, wise, discerning, and strategic. He had lots of practical tools, created a peaceful environment, offered tons of life experience, and practiced gentle truth telling. With him, we processed a lot of pain and misunderstanding. I felt the heaviness lift off of my soul. Reverend Jim seemed to know exactly what had happened and why and how we could crawl our way out of this painful place we were in. He’s a very deep and approachable man. I would definitely recommend him to others. He is very gentle and kind but seems to be someone who does practice what he preaches and that’s why what he’s talking about is all real.

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Missoula Retreat - Jim Ramsey

We briefly tried couples therapy before.

We were tense before we came. We briefly tried couples therapy before. Before we even started the counseling, I was slightly concerned about the quality...It's a lot of money to be spending, so I wanted every assurance that it was a polished, professional program!

Jennifer Elkins left us with a better understanding of what caused the problems, we're better able to work through them. I loved it that she could relate to my ADHD issues and had a clear understanding of the stress it causes. She was warm and empathetic, and we BOTH felt an immediate and sustained connection. She was easy to trust on every level. We left understanding the causes, tools to get out of the immediate conflict, and renewed commitment. Obviously my experience was a good one in the end, but I was uncertain in the beginning.

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Austin, Texas Couples Retreat - Jennifer Elkins

Jennifer Elkins was very positive, supportive, and non-judgmental.

We had a solid, committed relationship with some difficulty communicating needs and wants.

We were hesitant, concerned that we would fail and lose all of that money we invested.

After working with CTI we would recommend Jennifer Elkins to others. We realized how flooding impacts our communication and how to break the negative feedback loop.

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Austin, Texas Couples Retreat - Jennifer Elkins

It's so frustrating and disappointing. We are not having sex.

How would you describe your relationship before you contacted Couples Therapy Inc.?

Our relationship was in distress. We were not connected, not relating well, and not having sex.

Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessful was it?

We tried couples therapy for a couple sessions before, and also did a Gottman relationship workshop.

What made you choose Couples Therapy Inc.?

We needed intensive counseling and had met with Angela before (she led the Gottman workshop) and heard about this. I liked that there was a detailed assessment prior to the workshop, so that we could think about and communicate to the therapist complex issues and feelings so she would know something about our problems ahead of time.

What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship resulted from your work with Couples Therapy Inc.?

Nothing. We are back to where we started from. It's so frustrating and disappointing. We are not having sex. My husband is still checked out/withdrawn, and I am still frustrated. We went to see Angela twice after the intensive, but she was very passive and we gained nothing from the sessions.

Who was your couples therapist here at Couples Therapy Inc.?

Angela Voegele.

What specific qualities did you like most and least about working with this therapist?

I liked that she was pleasant and unbiased. I did not like that she was very passive and did not help us to work through our major issues. With all of her certifications (Gottman, Couples therapy, sex therapist, etc), I had high hopes that she would be skilled in helping us to address complex issues and help us to shift our dynamic. She gave no clear guidance, no homework for us to work on, and we are STILL stuck in the same patterns as before.

Would you recommend your couples therapist and Couples Therapy Inc.? If so, why? If not, why not?

No. Why? Because, we have not seen results.

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

none.

Anything else you’d like to add?

We spent literally days writing our assessments before the intensive. I cannot understand why you would not provide a copy of this to each of us so that we could continue to reference it as a road map for our ongoing growth. This should be provided to each couple. We took a LOT of time to write down our issues and goals, and should be able to reference them easily again.

From Dr. K

I'm sorry that you didn't get help from this retreat and the two additional sessions you had with Angela. It's heartbreaking that these problems remain between you, but clinically not surprising. Sexual issues, especially low desire issues, are complicated, difficult and retractable. One weekend and 2 sessions would be very quick change, and you may consider working with a clinician over a longer period of time.

For those reading this, I want to emphasize again that the scores and analysis of the BIG BIG Book are for the clinician’s use and are not intended to be given to clients. The results are to be interpreted in the context of all the other information obtained about the couple during the assessment process including joint and individual interviews and clinical observations. The results of the questionnaires do not stand alone, nor will they ever be an ongoing roadmap for growth. A second reason it isn't handed out to clients is that each partner is encouraged to answer questions openly and honestly, free of concern about what their partner may think about their answers.

Angela discussed the results of the entire assessment with both of you and suggested a treatment plan for improving and strengthening your relationship based on all the assessment information you provided. These assessments require sensitivity as well as clinical wisdom to use them to provide a helpful therapeutic roadmap. We outline this fact clearly at the start of every BIG BIG Book. Please reach back out to Angela if you'd like clarity regarding those areas of growth for both of you.

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Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

Maybe there is some hope after all for forgiveness and reconciliation of our marriage

Our relationship was very strained and volatile at times. We wanted to improve knowledge of what happened to cause my husbands infidelity, we needed to reevaluate communication skills and we needed to feel like we could find a place of acceptance.

We have been dealing with this since June 2016 and were still not making progress after two therapists and lots of reading. This almost felt like our last hope and we both needed to see if it could help us even see a glimmer of a chance.

We have tried therapy with two other Licensed Social Workers that had some insight but were not able to really see the bigger picture, the whole picture, like Mike did.

Mike was able to help us discover issues that led to my husband's decisions and his change in character. He also helped me to see why my reactions to everything was a reflection of my past as well. It was like opening a Pandora’s box and for me, the betrayed spouse, has kind of left me floundering right now with sorting it all out. He is also starting to see the full effects of his discovery of work addiction and what it entailed for him personally.

We both appreciated his approach to hearing our story, of respecting our feelings, of helping us to understand our lack of communication style, of evaluating our family histories and how relevant it was to our adulthood and explaining ways It had affected our marriage. He was extremely thoughtful in his evaluations and comments—reintroducing concepts that we needed to keep in mind and he kept us on track, which we really have had issues with. His use of doubling our conversations was so helpful, especially for my husband who admits that he has problems with saying things the way he wants.

I don’t feel as if there was anything we didn’t like about Mike—other than we are in different states. We would both benefit tremendously with being able to continue therapy with him.

Would you recommend your couples therapist and Couples Therapy Inc? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes! Yes! He was so knowledgeable about more than just the marriage. He saw the whole picture—the picture that helped us to see the “why” that caused so many of our issues.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc?

  1. We felt progress—why we have been stuck in neutral, was given some momentum forward.
  2. We discovered a family history of addiction does include workaholics and what destruction that can do to self and family—it isn’t just reserved for alcohol, drugs or sex.
  3. That maybe there is some hope after all for forgiveness and reconciliation of our marriage

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Evanston & Highland Park, Illinois Retreat - Dr. Mike McNulty

We felt like we needed a quick fix for our problem.

We have a solid relationship however, we are currently dealing with a major business-related issue which brought to the surface communication issues and emotional betrayal within the relationship. This situation has caused several escalating arguments between us and that was the reason we choose an ICR [Intensive Couples Retreat.]

We hadn't done any type of couples therapy before and we definitely learned a lot about ourselves, each other and how we needed to alter our communications.

What made you choose Couples Therapy Inc.?

We felt like we needed a quick fix for our problem.

What I liked best was that Patricia could tell when we need to dig deeper into an issue and we would spend the time doing that deeper work and we gained clarification and understanding around these issues that were caustic to our relationship.

We were able to get into a session within a month’s time, we gained improved communication skills, and we understand our deeper issues within our current situation. We enjoyed working with Patricia and we plan to continue to see her monthly for now.

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

If you truly want to improve your relationship and you are will to do the work than this type of therapy will definitely help.

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Amherst MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Gorman

Lisa Lund's knowledge and skill sets were fantastic.

Our relationship was/is good, but we are struggling with some issues. We wanted to improve our communication and address some past traumas.

We had made several connections with couples therapy in the past and predominately found them lacking. The skill of the past therapists was a real issue, and conducting the therapy sessions in one-hour increments was also a problem for us.

The track record of our therapist [Lisa Lund] was significant, and the intensive weekend, full day structure was very important to us. The Gottman Institute philosophy seemed promising as well.

Before starting, we had two concerns. One was the investment cost of the commitment, though considering the many hours our therapist worked with us, as well as the staff that supported the treatment center, it didn't seem particularly unreasonable. The second concern was whether we'd agree with the philosophy of the institute and if it was really fact based. We seriously didn't want something that referred to a religious or spiritual philosophy in this setting. Thankfully CTI didn't.

We got a better understanding of some past traumas in our relationship, as well as some very solid tools for communicating with each other that I believe will be very helpful going forward.

Lisa Lund's knowledge and skill sets were fantastic. We feel that (unfortunately) the majority of therapists we've been exposed to in the past did not have obvious skills to be particularly helpful, nor did it feel they were doing much more than just listing to us talk. Lisa Lund was actively engaging with us with ease and skill.

I would recommend CTI to others, with the consideration of whether the expense of it was possible for them to manage. We are grateful that we were able to make it work, but it is unfortunate that this kind of one-on-one therapy is limited to those who can afford it.

We had the opportunity to have personal therapy and couples therapy, and we received tools to improve our relationship going forward. It was also nice to be in a fun city like the Bay Area for the off hours in-between our sessions.

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

This is a great opportunity to improve your relationship, and to help you get very helpful perspectives on your personal challenges.

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Northern California Couples Retreat - Lisa Lund

It is life changing!

We were very close to separation, the major issue related to an affair, but this led to some very poor patterns of communication.

We chose Couples Therapy Inc after a review of the evidence base, along with the fact that it was 1:1 and very rigorous pre-counseling assessments. I had concerned it would be the final nail in the coffin for our marriage.

Jack O’Leary was genuine, challenging, caring and flexible. We have much better patterns of communication and a resolution of some very core issues. And more admiration and affection to one another and finally, better individual health. He saved my marriage and my life (work, wellbeing, etc).

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

Do it - it is life changing! You both have to be ready to reflect and change - if you are ready, it can help.

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New South Wales, Australia - Jack O'Leary

We didn’t know how a short weekend could help us address the things that were going on...

We were argumentative and in despair.

Reverend Jim Ramsey was nonjudgmental, accepting, wise, discerning, and strategic. He had lots of practical tools, created a peaceful environment, offered tons of life experience, and practiced gentle truth telling.

With him, we processed a lot of pain and misunderstanding. We came away with some practical tools to implement and to continue the healing. We both felt very heard by our therapist and I felt the heaviness lift off of my soul.

The process of being able to share heart-to-heart in an in-depth away with another person has really brought a lot of perspective in healing into our relationship. We have already been divorced and remarried to each other so we know what to do but we had gotten stuck in terrible patterns due to pain, confusion and exhaustion.

Reverend Jim seemed to know exactly what had happened and why it happened and how we could crawl our way out of this painful place we were in. He’s a very deep and approachable man and he has a wonderful and beautiful life that resonates with receiving truth from him.

I would definitely recommend him to others. He is a deep fountain of knowledge but completely approachable and very accepting of where ever you are at or what process you bring into the therapy. He has so much life experience. He is not cynical but he is realistic, is also very pragmatic but very intuitive at the same time. He is very gentle and kind but seems to be someone who does practice what he preaches and that’s why what he’s talking about is all real.

Maybe a little more time practicing some of the tools would have been good. But I believe we’ll put into practice the tools and strategies that we tried here. It has really brought a lot of perspective in healing into our relationship.

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Missoula Retreat - Jim Ramsey

We were worried that it would be as ineffective as other therapy.

Our marriage was very troubled. We had trouble communicating and resolving issues.

Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessfully was it?

Several times, it was a waste of time and money. We were worried that this therapy would be as ineffective as that other therapy we tried.

Jenny Fang was well researched, intuitive, and positive. She helped us focus on building a better future rather than arguing about the past. Now we are more appreciative of each other and able to engage in effective communication, I have a better understanding of where we each come from and how that affects how we, each, perceive the world. I also have a better appreciation of the goodness in my partner.

For a couple in trouble this has been the best experience.

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Orange County California Couples Retreat - Jenny Fang

We needed a clear direction as to whether we were going to stay together or not.

Our relationship was not in a good spot as we were dealing with issues of infidelity.

We had been in couples therapy with slow progression.

We needed a clear direction as to whether we were going to stay together or not.

Angela Voegele was very straight forward yet understanding. She was able to call each of us out for things. We weren't able to get away with poor habits and lack of responsibility. She treated each of us fairly but was straight forward.

I would recommend Angela to others. She was able to hone in on our issues and also see our strengths. She gave us real tools to improve and showed us the good we still have in our marriage.

We have better communication skills moving forward, we understand each other better and can have fruitful discussions that do no turn into arguments. We have hope for our future.

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

They have proven techniques, tools, and skills that will benefit every couple. It goes beyond talk therapy to learning, practicing new skills, and growing in your marriage.

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Washington DC Retreat - Angela Voegele

It was great to sort through all our issues in one weekend

We were unsure if we were going to make it. We needed to discuss living arrangements, baby and family, habits, financial togetherness.

We had tried couples therapy before. Did it 1x a month but it was not what we needed.

Kent was great! Understanding, extremely knowledgeable, wise and able to stop us when we were not communicating correctly. We learned how to communicate through our differences.

It was great to sort through all our issues in one weekend

We are comfortable communicating together, we feel closer, and I am falling back in love with [partner’s name.]

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

Do it! It's worth it!

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Mt. Pleasant (Charleston), South Carolina Retreat - Kent MacEachern

We feel confident in our new tools and skills that Dr. Doug has taught us.

Our relationship was troubled. We had begun couples therapy weekly regimens prior to attending Couples Therapy Inc. It didn't feel that we did much or progressed much in our weekly sessions. Also, the therapist seemed to have to be reminded of our problems because she didn’t seem to remember anything about us each week.

Dr. Doug Burford, was very kind and easy to talk with. He was great at promoting spiritual involvement without feeling preached to. And he listened to what we have done and adjusted anything he needed to meet our needs.

He was absolutely great. We feel confident in our new tools and skills that Dr. Doug has taught us. He finds ways of conveying information and skills in a way that sticks and always you to reinforce and build on them. We have improved our conflict communication and resolutions. We can express our feelings in a productive manner without using bad phrases or words. And we feel stronger that we can face future challenges together as a team.

We feel we are now capable of continuing healing and communicating without hurting each other. We have new tools and don’t fear a potential conflict.

We had an amazing experience with Couples Therapy Inc. The whole process has helped us so much. My husband and I feel like we have a renewed relationship or new in general. We know each other on a deeper level that we never knew existed and now we can pursue getting stronger.

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Overland Park, Kansas Couples Retreat - Dr. Burford

Just truly amazing—thank you for dedicating your lives to something that helps other lives.

Before the retreat our relationship was horrible!!! We tried other couples therapy and it was not successful at all...y'all offered something drastic and different and that is what we needed.

We have a better understanding of managing the gridlock and when to step back and deal with certain emotions that are not productive. We have understanding, patience, and acceptance when we don’t agree.

We walked away laughing and having such a great time!!! We are dedicated to our marriage and Alisha Powell gave us the tools we needed to stay dedicated. I hate knowing people aren't aware of Couples Therapy Inc. before divorce papers are signed. This system can save marriages and it can prevent marriages from happening.

Just truly amazing—thank you for dedicating your lives to something that helps other lives.

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Atlanta Georgia Couples Retreat - Dr. Alisha Powell

We were worried that it would be as ineffective as other therapy.

Our marriage was very troubled. We had trouble communicating and resolving issues.

We had tried couples therapy several times, and it was a waste of time and money. We were worried that this therapy would be as ineffective as that other therapy we tried. Jenny Fang was well researched, intuitive, and positive. She helped us focus on building a better future rather than arguing about the past. Now we are more appreciative of each other and able to engage in effective communication, I have a better understanding of where we each come from and how that affects how we, each, perceive the world. I also have a better appreciation of the goodness in my partner. For a couple in trouble this has been the best experience.

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Orange County California Couples Retreat - Jenny Fang

It is the best investment we've made in our marriage.

We tried traditional counseling. My husband felt it was one-sided. I felt I wasn't ready to reconcile. It wasn’t successful at all.

We had turned a corner after a year's separation, and both of us wanted to try one more shot before a divorce. We chose Couples Therapy because of the science behind the method, and the intense weekend therapy.

James Ramsey was so good at explaining how women and men think and act differently. He didn’t judge one spouse over the other. He had our backgrounds and gave us insight into why our communication and actions were not working well together and caused our conflicts.

Now we are understanding each other better and have the ability to talk about things calmly, not judging or becoming defensive. We've learned to be empathic to each other's needs and to consider compromise. And what words and actions have triggered past behavior.

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

If you are committed, go. You will learn a lot. It is the best investment we've made in our marriage. This would be greatly helpful for couples who want to be emotionally close, better understand each other, and communicate better at any stage in their relationship.

Both parties need to be open and to hear the information. We needed to hear things from another source rather than each other.

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Missoula Retreat - Jim Ramsey

Couples therapy is incredibly personal.

Our relationship was cold and icy. We didn't fight much, if at all, and we lived our lives like roommates for the past year or so. We had a difficult time opening up to one another and getting past the boredom and dullness of a 7 year marriage with kids.

Couples therapy is incredibly personal. I was worried about what my partner would say and I was worried about the vulnerability I would feel in expressing my true feelings about myself, my partner, my children and our relationship. We had tried couples therapy before through other therapists and it was not successful. Part of me thought we could never repair our relationship and I was worried that our session with Couples Therapy Inc would be our last effort - that everything was riding on the success of this program - so there was a lot of pressure for our intensive marriage retreat to succeed.

My partner and I now have tools we can use to communicate more effectively with each other. We're also more in tune with each other's past and we understand how the families we grew up in greatly affect our outlook, our participation in, and the expectations we have for our partners. We're actively building love maps and we schedule time to discuss the day’s events and to truly listen to each other. Marriage is for life so the journey ahead is long. We'll change over the years but I'm confident Couples Therapy Inc has given us a framework we can use to overcome obstacles and stay on course.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc?

  • I have hope in my relationship and in the ability for my partner and I to communicate effectively.
  • I have faith in couples therapy. After a few ineffective therapists, Couples Therapy Inc has restored my faith in marriage counseling.
  • My partner and I have noticed an immediate change in the way we view our family and each other. We're warmer to one another and we're more patient with children. We owe a lot of that to the road map our therapist created for us, which gives us hope and confidence.

Our intensive marriage retreat also reminded us of why my partner and I are together, what attracted us to one another, and why we're good partners. Somehow, sadly, we lost sight of that.

My partner and I visited two therapists before finding Couples Therapy Inc. Both were completely inadequate in terms of content and continuity. The sessions were 60 min long and we often had a difficult time resolving any conflict within that time. Also, we often had to wait weeks or even a month between sessions, which made it difficult to build any momentum. Meanwhile, we'd suffer during that time with absolutely no support from our therapist. Lastly, our therapist had to rely on notes they took from our previous sessions and would often forget what we talked about, ask us to repeat something, or miss important issues. After attending Couples Therapy Inc's Intensive Marriage Retreat, I honestly wouldn't consider any private therapists, even to support the groundwork CTI put in place.

Havi Klifeld was amazing! I felt very comfortable with her from the start - like I've known her my entire life or like she could be a best friend. She was very warm and inviting and really took the time to listen to my partner and I. She offered advice and shared stories when it was appropriate but she kept the conversation focused on us.

Havi is very professional and she knows her material well. Other therapists my wife and I visited tried to teach us material from Gottman, but it wasn't presented well and it was lost on us. Havi is an excellent teacher and my wife and I instantly understood what she was talking about how we could apply it to our marriage and our everyday lives.

I would recommend Couples Therapy Inc to anyone experiencing marital issues and I would recommend them as a FIRST option. My wife and I visited a few therapists before finding Couples Therapy Inc and it almost made our relationship worse. The short sessions, the long delays between sessions, and the therapists who couldn't remember the details of our relationship presented barriers were not conducive to solving our problems. We felt more and more like we were alone in this and that therapy (in any capacity) wouldn't succeed. We felt hopeless. Couples Therapy Inc, in many respects, was our last effort to repair our relationship. However, it should have been our first choice. If we had led with Couples Therapy Inc, we would have repaired our marriage years ago and with much less pain and suffering.

I can't express how impressed my wife and I are with Havi, she's really amazing!

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Los Angeles Couples Retreat - Havi Kligfeld

There was reinforcement of the love that already existed.

Our relationship was good but stuck. Communication was a core issue. We were concerned about whether or not any therapist would really get the problem and us...and the cost.

Lisa was fantastic. I honestly have nothing bad to say. She was perfect. I was overwhelmed by how she handled us. We are now more open, have better communication, barriers have broken down, and there was a reinforcement of the love that already existed.

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

Just do it.

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Northern California Couples Retreat - Lisa Lund

I am feeling positive about the future.

I was close to accepting that our relationship was over. We were not getting anywhere and needed intervention.

The intensive mode was preferable and in a safe place away from our home town. My husband told me the research showed the intensive mode was more successful than ongoing therapy.

Jack was fabulous and was very knowledgeable. He challenged us both and was professional at all times. I felt very safe with him.

I feel much more on track and able to have better discussions with my husband. My husband has also accepted some responsibility for aspects of the problems so I am feeling positive about the future.

It was extremely worthwhile and got our relationship back on track.

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

  • Better communication
  • Clear strategies to improve communication
  • Honesty with each other

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New South Wales, Australia - Jack O'Leary

This was the first time that we both felt like couples counseling really had the impact we wanted it to...

How would you describe your relationship before you called Couples Therapy Inc.? What were the core issues you wanted to improve?

Our relationship was on the rocks. After a second incident of cheating, we wanted to find out if we could mend our relationship, stop avoiding conflict, and learn to let each other in.

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

Honestly, the expense. It's a lot of money to put into something that you're not sure will work and to meet with someone you've never met.

What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship from your work with Couples Therapy Inc.?

I think it was really beneficial for us to just clear the air and talk about all the things we had been avoiding. Dr. McNulty is very skilled and he was able to pick things out that we needed to talk about that we weren't even really aware of. He also made sure to spend a good deal of time taking us through skill building segments that would help us in the future, and that we've continued to focus on using after we got home. Since we got home our communication has been much better and we've been feeling much more affectionate towards each other. I finally feel like we've figured some things out!

Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessfully was it?

Yes. For a few years we had been trying couple's counseling with a few different counselors. We had (have) real avoidance issues and we haven't ever found a counselor who could see through the facade and force us to talk about things we needed to talk about.

What specific qualities did you like most and least about working with this therapist?

We really liked Dr. McNulty a lot. He was easy to talk to, listened very well, and was able to see through to our issues quickly. I particularly appreciated his skill in talking 'for us' - helping to translate feelings and positions that we were having trouble articulating. I also feel grateful for his skill and interest in working with my spouse and his profession - he was able to see what issues might arise as a result of his job and how it would affect our relationship. My spouse was able to have a great individual session with Dr. McNulty due to this and his knowledge about the profession really was able to impact our weekend in a helpful way.

I think the only thing that could be a little distracting was that his office is in an old building and the heat fluctuated - but this didn't really detract much. Overall, Evanston is a great place to visit and we were within walking distance of everything. There are tons of restaurants, shopping opportunities and things to do.

Would you recommend your couples therapist and Couples Therapy Inc? If so, why? If not, why not?

Yes - I would. 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.

What three benefits resulted from working with Couples therapy Inc?

I would say that the long days were really great - draining, but great. We spent a few hours talking just about one particular issue - something we could have never done in traditional counseling. The second benefit was knowing we were going to see Dr. McNulty, and knowing that this was his area of expertise. We felt more confident knowing that we'd get some real help after researching him online. The third benefit was that this was the first weekend in a long time that we had taken away from our house and our pets and gotten away together. Even though the days were long and draining, going out to eat together afterwards and walking around Evanston was fun and recharging, and we were able to do it together.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thank you! We really benefited from the weekend and we are glad we did it.

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Evanston & Highland Park, Illinois Retreat - Dr. Mike McNulty

I feel reassured about our relationship and optimistic about the future.

How would you describe your relationship?

Distant. We wanted to reestablish emotional intimacy.

I thought Dr. Patricia Gorman was great. She was warm and sympathetic to both of us and it was easy to trust her. Her advice made sense to us. We learned some concrete techniques for talking to each other and our relationship feels reinvigorated.

We were able to open up to each other and talk about some old problems. We were able to get in better touch with our love for each other. I feel reassured about our relationship and optimistic about the future. It was a really good experience for us. We liked the fact that it was intensive.

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

Try it. But it’s important to be willing to take the process seriously. We were both really interested in doing this weekend and I think that helped us.

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Amherst MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Gorman

Not knowing the therapist or the program - we were uncertain if it would be a fit.

We were looking to improve on conflict resolution and to improve our communication skills on subjects where there is disagreement.

Marisa was very professional, very approachable and disarming. We immediately felt at ease and comfortable talking to her. I really can't think of a criticism of her.

What changes resulted in your marriage from the work you did?

It was a powerful weekend - that we both enjoyed. We both came away with a fresh perspective on each other. We have a deeper understanding of why each of us reacts the way we do on certain issues. I believe we will have a stronger relationship due to the weekend and be better at resolving conflicts without anger. We were very pleased.

We left with: 1) better perspective on each other's positions and why we are like we are on certain topics 2) better communication techniques on areas of disagreement. 3) we learned how damaging anger can be and how to avoid it.

For us - it was exactly what we needed. it was an intense, weekend, but very very helpful. I thought the time allowed was great - the one on one sessions were very good and beneficial. Marisa was really good - we identified with her. She is very affirming, warm and sincere. the whole weekend exceeded our expectations.

Absolutely would recommend.

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Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems...

What core issues did you want to address?

My Intimate Relationship with my spouse.

What hesitations did you have, if any?

Cost, given the value of our past therapy. Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems.

What changes resulted in your marriage/relationship from your work with Couples Therapy Inc.?

It gave us exactly what we needed to address, we resolved issues verses fighting about them.

Had you considered or tried couples therapy before? If so, how successful or unsuccessfully was it?

Common therapy prior was unsuccessful. This therapy with Couples Therapy Inc. was successful and effective.

Dr. Wolfe was excellent. He did an outstanding job.

What did you like most and least about your therapist?

Most, facing my issues. Least, facing my issues.

Results?

We have better intimacy, regular relationship, and overall feeling of closeness. The ability to discuss verses arguing.

Overall, it was excellent and effective. Our therapist was excellent and high quality.

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Las Vegas, Nevada Couples Retreats - Dr. Scott Wolfe

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

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.

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Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

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

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.

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Houston Texas Couples Retreat - Marisa Mundey

We had done couples therapy several times with varying degrees of success. 

We had done couples therapy several times with varying degrees of success. We have communication and trust issues, particularly my partner’s willingness to commit.

Dr. Maryanna Ham is affable, very skilled and knows how to push into the deep water. Now, there’s more honesty about where we are, more risk-taking to say what we feel/need/want.

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Northampton, MA Couples Retreat - Dr. Ham

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