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Marathon Counselling

A marathon is an approach to couples therapy that is an alternative to regular weekly sessions. It’s an opportunity to put to bed long standing issues and get your relationship back on track. Marathons are an opportunity for couples to process past hurts, perpetual issues in their relationship, and to learn and practice effective communication. A marathon is especially beneficial for couples who don’t live near a trained Gottman Couple’s Therapist, have hectic work schedules and couples who require immediate help.

Couples will engage in 2 days of couples counselling that will involve 5-6 hours of therapy on each of these days, plus a break for lunch and other short breaks each day.

All couples are required to complete a comprehensive online relationship assessment a week prior to their retreat, as the results of this assessment are required to ensure the retreat will address the most pressing issues of each couple. This significantly reduces the amount of time you would otherwise spend helping your therapist understand your relationship. All results are presented as joint strengths or weaknesses and individual results are confidential.

Therapy will take place at the clinic in a private counselling room. For interstate couples therapy can (at an extra cost) take place in a private meeting room at the Mercure Townsville, a resort style hotel close to the city. Corporate discounts are available on accommodation (details provided at the time of booking). Couples are welcome to stay in alternative accommodation if they prefer.

A marathon will often address conflict, lack of friendship, negative relationship sentiment, lack of appreciation and respect, poor communication and trust and commitment issues.

Inclusions for marathon counselling;

  • A highly experienced psychologist who has extensive training in the Gottman method of couples counselling
  • 5-6 hours of focussed couples counselling per day
  • A Gottman relationship check up assessment
  • Lunch, snacks and tea and coffee provided
  • A personalised booklet containing the strategies relevant to your relationship to ensure you can continue to implement these strategies once therapy has finished (e.g. strategies to manage conflict, solve ongoing issues, how to communicate your needs, improve connection, improve intimacy
  • Corporate discounts on accommodation are available (if coming from interstate)
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“Marathon sessions get so much momentum, couples are so focussed on their relationship that they really move through interventions and process attachment injuries much quicker"

Julie Gottman

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