Relationship Institute Australasia

Counselling and
Professional Training

Intensive Marathon Couples Therapy

Marathon Couples Therapy is an innovative and highly successful approach to couple distress recovery that consists of 2 days in which you and your partner engage in intensive marital therapy for 6 – 7 hours per day broken down into 4 x 90 – 120 minute sessions with one of our highly trained and experienced therapists. This is a very intensive process so the day is split with regular breaks and opportunities to take time out and enjoy your beautiful beach side surroundings at Burleigh Heads, QLD, Australia.

During your rmarathon, you work together with your therapist to learn new skills to:

  • Transform inevitable relationship conflicts so you can build solid bridges between the two of you
  • Deepen your understanding of one another
  • Repair old hurts and resentments
  • Unearth the values and life purpose you share
  • Strengthen your friendship
  • Spice up your intimacy

Prior to your marathon we email you and your partner a number of questionnaires for each of you to complete.  Sometimes these can feel onerous to complete but, these questionnaires help us to understand both your individual histories and the history of your relationship as well as some of the main issues that have developed over time and bring you to couples therapy now.  It also helps us fasttrack your therapy.  The more detail you include in these questionnaires the better we will be able to get to the heart of matters.

Following your marathon we usually recommend  a few appointments either in person or via web conferencing a fortnight later and then monthly "top-up” web conferencing appointments until you both feel like you can implement the relationship processes consistently well.  These additional sessions are charged at $200 per hour.  Couples who have engaged in this process in the past have reported that while the 2 days were taxing, they were able to process a range of unresolved issues, "leave the baggage behind" and go home with a renewed sense of commitment, closeness and hope for building a closer, more satisfying and intimate relationship together.  On-going web conferencing sessions help to consolidate these gains and reinforce the skilful use of new communication strategies and behaviours.

Once you have made a decision to engage in marathon therapy it is very important that you try to “call a truce” on any on-going issues in your relationship for the time being.  Marathon therapy is a commitment to re-build your relationship and the process begins right now.  Whatever issues you are currently struggling with will be addressed over our two days together in a way that allows both of you to feel heard, understood and validated.  Effectively, what this means is that for the next few weeks until we get started you can ‘shelve’ your problems knowing that they will be addressed then, and now is an opportunity for you to have a break from working on those concerns and instead focus on what you would like to build once we have effectively dealt with them together.

The cost of your retreat/marathon includes 3 nights accomodation* in a one bedroom apartment overlooking beautiful Burleigh Beach within easy walking distance to our clinic, return personalised transfers to and from Brisbane or Gold Coast airports*, a thorough pre-marathon assessment process, 2 full intensive days working on your relationship in a safe, calm, professional and private environment with the full attention of one of our highly trained and experienced clinicians, a toolkit full of resources and information to take home that assists you to continue to deepen your emotional connection and master the skills for constructively managing conflict.

We have both male and female therapists who are both Certified Gottman Marital Therapists and have completed additional training in Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples.  You can find more information on our About Us Page

* These options are negotiable.

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