Get Help at Your Own Married Couples Retreat
If you like my philosophy and approach, a good way to get started is to arrange your own, personal married couples retreat. Couples retreats are particularly helpful for those of you who come from out-of-town and others who want an intensive marriage counseling experience. We schedule multiple 2- and 3-hour appointments over two to four days to create a marriage couples retreat.
Learn Marriage Skills Without Interruption
This program allows time for you to learn skills during the sessions and usually without interruption. You have the opportunity to immediately go out and practice, and then return the same day or the next to go over what worked for you and what didn't while it is still a fresh experience.
This is a particularly powerful way for you to begin your healing experience. As you might expect, this approach comes with a cost.
Background and History of Couples Retreat Counseling
Let me begin with some background in couples retreat counseling and its costs. Many years ago, when Masters and Johnson began treating couples for sexual dysfunction, the two-week treatment cost, not including transportation to the clinic in Missouri and not including meals and lodging on their own for two weeks, was more than enough money to purchase an automobile. In addition, the couple had to devote two weeks to the treatment and to each other without other obligations; in other words, no work and no children during the two weeks.
Improvements in Your Marriage Will Become More Valuable Over Time
An intensive with me will not cost as much as a car, but plan for a minimum of $2,600, depending how much time we schedule together. This is a small investment compared to the full cost of a divorce. See my article on the True Cost of Divorce.
An automobile begins to lose value from the moment you purchase it. Improvements in your marriage, however, will become more valuable over time, as long as you continue to work on your relationship.
You Will Learn Helpful New Ways of Thinking
Breaking old destructive habits and establishing new healing ones do not happen like magic. Change in your marriage requires implementing new ways of thinking. You will learn and establish thinking patterns that are helpful rather than destructive to your relationship. I will guide and supervise your initial practice to help you disrupt your old behaviors and insert the helpful thinking. In most cases, an intensive helps you create this cycle during the first several days.
I am a marriage-friendly therapist. You can find me in the Marriage Friendly Therapists Registry. This tells you that in addition to being properly licensed and experienced, that I am in the minority of marriage therapists fully committed to preserving your marriage, if it is at all possible.
Unfortunately, a therapist can subtly lead you to divorce and even undermine your efforts without your knowledge if he or she holds an opinion different than yours.
I look forward to working with you.
Warm regards and my best wishes for a wonderful marriage,
Frank Gunzburg, Ph.D.
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