What is a Therapeutic Couples Retreat?
Intensive therapy programs, or therapeutic couple retreats, represent some of the most innovative healthcare currently available. The model stems from the theory that high doses of treatment over short periods of time can produce the kind of results that are virtually impossible to achieve within the traditional weekly therapy encounter.
This approach is intentionally time-limited, goal-driven, depth-oriented, and highly concentrated, making it an excellent option for resolving issues that demand immediate attention, as well as for revisiting a recurring challenge in a purposeful way.
While standard therapy practices can be effective, they are not always the most efficient. Some problems are too costly to let drag on from week to week. Intensive therapy retreats afford you the opportunity to quickly get to the root of the problem and begin the journey toward making long-lasting, permanent changes, sometimes in as few days as over a long weekend.
By stepping away from normal routines and responsibilities, couples are able to bring all their resources and strengths to the work at hand. In addition, short bursts of focused therapy might be more economical than long-term treatment.
While many couples successfully engage in stand-alone retreats, intensives are not a substitute for traditional ongoing couples therapy. Some people find that they might require more rigorous effort at the onset of therapy and take an intensive to jump-start the therapeutic process. Others find intensives serve as a boost when stalled or at an impasse during regular therapy.
If you require more support, you have the option of returning for another retreat, following up with me in person (if local) or by phone/secure video.
What is an Intensive Therapy Retreat Like?
Intensives are often planned as 2-3 day retreats scheduled over a weekend, typically at a beautiful, exclusive location within the state of Alabama.
Each experience is customized, but generally includes:
- Both individual and group couple sessions each day
- Trust-building activities
- Exercises to enhance effective communication
- Exercises designed to teach effective problem-solving skills
- Intimacy-building activities
- Ample breaks for naps, walks, journal writing, and relaxation
- “Homeplay” exercises for you to deepen your exploration between sessions
Not all therapy is emotionally intense or tiring, and most couples are surprised to find they are not only able to work for many hours, but find it deeply satisfying to do so. While intensives can be demanding, the hope is you’ll return from the experience with a renewed sense of trust and empowerment to be your own greatest healer.
How do I Plan my Retreat?
I will be available to help plan and guide your experience from beginning to end. Once enrolled in a retreat, I will follow up with you with details about what to bring with you and how best to prepare in order to get the most out of our time together.
I am currently accepting registration for Couples Therapeutic Retreat: Couples on the Brink of Divorce to be held January 17th-19th.
Registration includes lodging accommodations at an exclusive property located on the beautiful and relaxing Lewis Smith Lake in North Alabama *pictured above*.
Registration is limited to 4 couples, on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register, click HERE!