Intensive Couples Retreats
Research shows that intensive initial treatment can be of assistance for some couples. Marathon or Intensive Couples Therapy is a powerful alternative to traditional weekly therapy sessions providing a condensed and intensive approach to address specific issues and get your relationship back on track.
Read on to understand more about how our Intensive Retreats can help you and your partner heal, grow, and move forward.
Intensive Couples Retreats
In addition to providing couples therapy on an hourly and weekly basis Kristina also offers 2-Day Weekend Retreats for Intensive Couples Therapy in the beautiful Samford Valley.
In this powerful therapy format the sessions run across two full consecutive days to help couples move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time.
The intensive therapy sessions take place at Kristina’s garden retreat in Samford about 23 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD (about 30 minutes drive). Typically we commence each day at 9am; break for morning tea (provided) and at lunchtime you can eat at one of the many cafes or restaurants in Samford Village. We wrap up the day around 5pm.
I suggest you suspend any difficult discussions until the next day and spend the evening together to put into practice some of the relationship building skills you’ve been learning. You can choose to stay at your usual accommodation or check into one of the many BnB style accommodation places around Samford Valley.
A follow up session is included to consolidate the coaching. Further sessions can be booked if required. Many couples choose to have “check in” sessions at increasing intervals over a few months.
Watch my video to learn what happens during an Intensive Retreat
Is an intensive-style programme right for you?
Research shows intensive initial treatment can be of assistance. If your relationship is in crisis, all-day sessions provide a condensed and highly focused approach to relationship issues that can help couples move quickly through specific issues and learn important new skills in a short period of time.
Intensive couples therapy is suitable for clients travelling from out of town who cannot attend weekly therapy sessions. Zoom (online) sessions are available for the assessment and follow up sessions for those clients outside easy travelling distance.
Check out my blog post here to read some examples of Intensive-style programmes for different couples and how it might suit you.
Practicing evidence based couples therapy
Kristina is a relationship and marriage counsellor based in Samford Valley servicing Brisbane Northside. Kristina is trained in Gottman Method for Couples (Level 3), an evidence based couples therapy backed by 40 years of research.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy provides:
- Proven strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
- Skills that empower partners to discuss their worst gridlocked issues
- Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
- Techniques for couples to deepen their intimacy and minimise relapse
Are you ready to take the first step?
Working with a Gottman trained therapist can help you learn the skills to build, manage and maintain your unique relationship.
Weekend or midweek dates are available for 2022. For more information or to register your interest you can use our contact form. To book an appointment phone 0487 480120 to speak with our Practice Manager.
Intensive Retreat FAQs
What is expected of you?
An assessment phase is first. The Gottman Institute research evidence supports a thorough assessment phase before therapy begins, and in practice we find this phase is beneficial for couples to look at all aspects of their relationship to understand the strengths and weaknesses.
You will get the most benefit from therapy if you put into practice what you learn during the programme.
What does the Assessment involve?
The therapy begins with a thorough assessment to understand your unique situation. Couples start with completion of two individual online assessments in your own time. The results are sent to Kristina for analysis. Kristina will then meet with each partner for individual interviews. These interviews typically occur within the week before the intensive 2-day programme.
What is the structure of the 2 Day Retreat?
The intensive therapy sessions take place over two consecutive days at Kristina’s garden retreat in Samford about 23 kilometres from Brisbane’s CBD (about 30 minutes’ drive). We commence each day at 9am; break for morning tea (provided) and at lunchtime you can eat at one of the many cafes or restaurants in Samford Village. We wrap up the day around 5pm. You can choose to stay at your usual accommodation or check into one of the many BnB style accommodation places around Samford Valley.
How many follow-up sessions will we need?
There is not a universal approach so it will differ from couple to couple – you may decide one is enough. However many couples choose to have “check in” sessions at increasing intervals over a few months. Some couples look to refresh their assessment at a 6-month check-in. Kristina aims to teach you the skills you need to build and continue to work on your relationship in the future, together at home. Additional appointments can be booked if required.
Post-Retreat, some couples choose to purchase a product called the Gottman Relationship Builder which allows you to practice the Gottman Method concepts you learn during the Retreat, whilst in your own home. The Builder is a collection of role-playing exercises and powerful videos designed to improve your relationship and to greatly minimise chances of relapse. Kristina’s clients can choose to purchase the Builder at a heavily discounted price- see more information further below.
How much does it cost?
Retreat’s held between Monday-Saturdays have a total fee of $4000 or if one of the days falls on a Sunday the fee is $4,147 (which includes a weekend loading rate).
The fee includes: Assessments and analysis, Individual pre-workshop sessions for each partner (50 minutes each), therapy sessions over 2 full days and one follow-up joint 50 minute session. This is typically payable in 3 installments:
- Deposit of $500 due at time of booking/prior to questionnaires being sent out.
- Mid-term payment of $2000 after individual appointments
- Final payment due ($1,500 or $1,647) due at close of Retreat
You may be eligible for rebates from your private health insurer depending on your personal plan.
What’s included in the cost?
The fee above includes:
- 2x online assessments and analysis for each partner
- Individual pre-workshop sessions for each partner (50 minutes each),
- Therapy sessions over 2 consecutive days
- Morning tea and afternoon tea provided, as well as tea & coffee and refreshments
- A Resource Pack (also provided in electronic format)
- One follow-up joint 50 minute session
Additional Offer ~New in 2022~
Couples can choose to purchase the Gottman Relationship Builder, a collection of 13 modules with 35 research-based exercises and 90 exclusive videos to choose from in an easy-to-use online tool. You receive indefinite access to the Builder for the cost of USD$149 (approx. AUD$200) – this is a discounted rate of 71% (at the time of writing, the standard price for the Gottman module library & Builder is USD$520).
Is it an overnight Retreat?
Accommodation is not included in the cost of this Retreat. If you want to make this an overnight Retreat where you can truly focus on your relationship the whole time without the distractions from home, you may like to explore staying at an idyllic bush retreat via Airbnb or a local accommodation provider in the Samford Valley and surrounds. Turn your therapy retreat into a short getaway where you and your partner can truly connect in quiet nature and beautiful surrounds.
Will I tell you there’s no hope for your relationship?
No. I’m committed to your overall health and wellness. The skills you learn will help you repair, rebuild or rejuvenate your relationship – if that’s what you want; they will help you separate and coparent on good terms if that’s what you want; and they will enhance your relationships with family, friends and work colleagues too.
When is couples therapy not advisable?
If there is serious violence in your relationship including threats of or fear of serious violence on the part of one or both partners.
If there is untreated, diagnosed mental illness (bipolar, psychotic disorders and major clinical depression), not including past and successfully treated mental health conditions that are currently stable and/or in remission.
If one or both of you have suicidal or homicidal thoughts, or a history of serious harm inflicted on another person.
In these cases, please speak with your GP for referral for specialist treatment.
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