At the Relationship Therapy Center, our therapists are committed to helping you heal, grow, and love well. Our couples weekends are a retreat, an intensive, and couples therapy all wrapped up into one marathon event.

During these retreats, our goal is to facilitate breakthroughs in your relationship and provide you the tools to build a healthy and lasting marriage. Evidence shows that intensives produce immediate results with fewer chances for relapse in the future. We believe that relationship problems are natural, but how you handle them sets you apart.

What is a Couples Intensive?

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A couples intensive is the equivalent of six months of 50-minute therapy sessions wrapped up into one intensive weekend. It is a fast and efficient way of breaking through barriers, a chance to resolve lingering issues, to learn healthy communication and conflict resolution skills, and to build trust, connection, and intimacy in your relationship. 

More than anything, a couples intensive is a chance for rapid healing by getting to the heart of the issues that are causing disease in your marriage, and spending extended time together enables immediate results.

When is the Right Time?

If you are wondering whether or not a marriage retreat is the right choice for you, ask yourself if you are experiencing any of the following.

  • Are you facing a relationship crisis?

  • Are you in a rut and need a jumpstart in your marriage?

  • Do you feel that somehow, somewhere, you and your partner have gotten off track and are no longer connected

  • Has there been a loss of intimacy in your relationship that you want back?

  • Are the romance and sex all but gone?

  • Has there been infidelity or betrayal of trust within the partnership?

  • What about a sudden loss or upheaval in the family?

  • Do you feel lost or uncertain and do not know what steps to take next?

 The reasons each couple chooses to attend a couples retreat are many and varied. The only criterion we have here at the Relationship Therapy Center is that both you and your partner are committed to the work.

What Exactly Happens During a Marriage Intensive?

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Couples retreats at the Relationship Therapy Center are private one-on-one weekends with a Gottman trained therapist. The Gottman Method is a science-based approach to couples counseling based on over thirty years of evidence-based research. The weekend includes three consecutive days and over fifteen hours of therapy personalized for your marriage.

Before the intensive begins, both partners will complete an online assessment tool called the Gottman Relationship Checkup. This assessment enables your therapist to conduct a scientific evaluation of your relationship. It includes 480 questions about everything from children and finances, to intimacy, trust, and friendship and takes about 90 minutes to complete.

 The sessions are as follows: three hours of therapy on Friday and two three-hour sessions on both Saturday and Sunday. Your therapist will also provide supplemental materials to be used at home. We have one-day, two-day, and pre-marital couples intensives options available as well should those better suit your specific needs.

What Can You Expect?

By attending a Gottman Method couples retreat, you will have an opportunity to learn healthy communication skills, increase connection and intimacy, learn the value of admiration and appreciation, disarm the Four Horsemen, and deepen your levels of understanding for one another. 

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A couples retreat is a chance to recommit to your love, your partner, and your marriage. These intensives facilitate healing by guiding you to recognize the underlying patterns that cause pain and misunderstanding in your relationship and by helping both partners reestablish safety with one another. A marriage intensive is a chance to understand yourself and your partner better, to learn tools for connection and communication, and to leave with hope for a better future. 

Who Will Benefit From a Couples Retreat?

There are many ideal candidates for couples retreats, including couples on the brink of divorce, couples who are busy and find it difficult to align their schedules each week for regular therapy sessions, couples who want to make a rapid change, couples who live out of town, and couples who are committed to the intensive nature of this process. Should you choose to join us for a couples intensive in the Sacramento area, contact the Relationship Therapy Center today for more information.

 Sign Up for a Couples Retreat in California or Marriage Intensive:

If you would like to join us for a couples retreat or marriage intensive, we would love to speak with you. Our highly trained Gottman couple’s therapists are ready to help you and your partner reconnect and sustain a happy relationship. Follow these steps to book a couples retreat in California:

  1. Submit the above form to our relationship therapy clinic for a free 20-minute phone consultation to determine which retreat is a good fit for you and your partner,

  2. Take the Gottman Relationship Check-Up Assessment

  3. Meet with one of our relationship therapists for a couple’s retreat or marriage intensive and find happiness in your relationship.

Other Services offered at The Relationship Therapy Center in California:

In addition to couples retreats, Our Sacramento area counseling clinics located in Roseville and Fair Oaks, CA are pleased to offer a variety of mental health services. Our couples services include: Couples Counseling, Counseling after infidelity, sex therapy, co-parent counseling, family therapy, divorce counseling, intensive couples retreats, and premarital counseling. Our individual therapy services include anxiety treatment, therapy for children, teen therapy, depression treatment, codependency counseling and individual relationship counseling. Our therapists offer online counseling in California to treat a variety of mental health concerns. Please reach out to our Sacramento area therapy office to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your loved ones.