Couples Therapy Intensive Sessions

Florida Couples Retreats

We spend 2 full days with you (in-person offered) to help you work on your relationship

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Couples Intensives are an elevated version of weekly therapy

Even though weekly couples therapy is the most typical format, intensives couples therapy retreats have the potential to significantly shift your relationship.

They aren’t only for married couples, but for anyone ready to dive into 2 days focused on implementing repair strategies in your relationship. Plus, you’ll learn so much about yourself and your partner along the way.

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Who are therapy intensives for?

Couples therapy intensives work well for couples who wish to focus on working on and repairing their relationship without ‘starting and stopping’ between weekly sessions.

Couples who prefer an intensive format tend to fall into one or more of these categories:

  • Have complicated schedules that have made it difficult to schedule and attend weekly therapy.
  • In the midst of a crisis – for example, they are experiencing high conflict or recently suffered a significant loss or trauma.
  • Have neglected their relationship for many years and realize they need to jump start it in a big way.
  • Are considering splitting up and would like to give enough time to really think it through.
  • Are not yet married and would like to get to know each other on a deep level and create healthy patterns before making a lifelong commitment.

How do therapy intensives work?

Couples Intensives are a focused, condensed form of couples counseling that occur over a period of 2 consecutive days offered in-home. These sessions work through the stages of Emotion Focused Therapy.

The intensive format allows couples to dive deeply into their issues without losing momentum between sessions each week. By investing in a weekend dedicated to counseling, you are able to reach stages of therapy that would typically take five months.

Intensive retreats are offered in Naples, Florida over 2 days that are set aside for YOU

To make these sessions even more effective and convenient, we come to you and work in your own space. This helps with the ease of translating therapy insights into your day to day life, while making sure you are comfortable for 7-hour days of therapy.

Alternatively, this format is a great option for couples wishing to spend a weekend away on the Florida gulf coast while working on their relationship.

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What is it like to work in the intensive format?

Generally, the schedule looks something like this:

Day 1

  • 9:30-12:30- discuss immediate concerns and goals, and I will meet with each of you 1×1
  • 12:30-1:30- you’ll break for lunch while I’ll compile the info so far and create a plan
  • 1:30-5pm- we’ll work together as a group of three toward the goals established

Day 2

  • 9:30-12:30- continue working as a group of three and discuss reflections from prior day
  • 12:30-1:30- you’ll break for lunch while I’ll evaluate progress
  • 1:30-5pm- deeper emotional work where we work on reestablishing your connection and consolidate the work we did

If you’re counting, that’s about 14 hours of relationship-changing therapy.

These sessions are offered 2 consecutive days, most typically Friday/Saturday or Sunday/Monday- please inquire for availability.


Why an intensive?

In weekly therapy, the reality is that you only have so much time to get into the deep work. I have clients before and after you, and you have other obligations before and after session.

During an intensive weekend, timing is not an issue. If we’re on the edge of a breakthrough, we can keep going without worrying about the clock. The time is yours.

When you make the decision to step away from life for a couple days, you are showing yourself and your partner that you are ready to focus on your relationship in a way you never have before.

You’re less likely to have putting the kids to bed or replying to that work email on the back of your mind, because you’ve stepped aside from other obligations for these 2 days. All of which allows you to show up fully for each other.

They are a wonderful opportunity to build momentum and accelerate results in therapy, with the option to add periodic check-in sessions after the intensive. Any therapy you do after an intensive will be more meaningful and effective.

What is the treatment approach?

The weekend will focus on moving through the stages of Emotion-focused therapy, which is the gold standard treatment model in the field. The approach is based on clear, explicit research-based concepts of individual growth, health and dysfunction and of relationship distress and adult love.

Couples intensives work through the same principles as our online couples counseling services, only on an accelerated timeline.

Over the course of the 2 days, we will review your history, break down patterns that aren’t working, and learn to interact in new, connecting ways. The steps and goals include:

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We’re ready to change our relationship.

Next steps ↓

Couple intensives require an introductory consultation conducted over video (free of charge). This gives me a chance to understand your relationship status and goals, gives you a chance to ask me questions, and us all to decide if we would be a good fit to work together.

You can find my contact information here or use the form below to get in touch with me and set up a call.

Couples intensives start at $2,500 for the weekend. Additional fees may be added for distances over 20 miles from the Naples, Florida area.

While this is a specialized service not paneled on insurance plans, we are able to accept out-of-network funds as payment.

Please refer to our FAQ page for more details about out-of-network coverage.

These weekends are specifically designed for couples looking to repair and strengthen their relationship.

I work with adults over 18 who are residents of the state of Florida.

Because I am qualified to work with Florida residents, I am able to continue seeing intensive clients for follow up sessions after the weekend. This creates convenience so that you don’t have to source and update an entirely new therapist after putting in all of the work of the intensive and allows me to support you in the maintenance phase so you can retain all the insights and benefits of treatment.

It’s completely understandable to have preferences on a provider based on factors like their age, gender, or marital status. These preferences usually come from a desire to be seen and understood by a therapist with whom you are sharing so much of your personal life. The sense of feeling seen and understood is extremely important part of therapeutic success.

With that being said, while a therapist is bringing their own humanity into sessions, a good provider is primarily drawing on evidence-based models of treatment in session, not on personal experience or opinion. Therapists are trained in skills to facilitate the rapport and trust needed to have successful outcomes in the models they work from.

For this reason, our intake process includes a free introductory call before scheduling an intake session. This call will give you a chance to assess whether you think the provider could be a good fit based on your interaction.

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