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 2-3 days of couples counselling that will involve 6 hours of therapy on each of these days, resulting in blocks of therapy lasting between 1 to 1.5hours each. Breaks will be provided at the end of each counselling block.

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.

Couples are invited to stay in Townsville in a resort style hotel close to the city and are provided with corporate discounts on accommodation costs (details provided at the time of booking) as therapy will typically take place in a private meeting room at the hotel. 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 a Marathon;

  • A highly experienced psychologist who has extensive training in the Gottman method of couples counselling
  • 6 hours of focussed couples counselling per day
  • A Gottman relationship check up assessment
  • Full catering 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
“Maintaining a relationship can be one of the hardest things you will do in your life, why not get some guidance from the experts in relationships to make this part of your life a little easier”


Schema Therapy

Individual counselling is provided via 50-60 minute sessions, either in person or via Skype, to enable access for those who don’t live close to a schema therapist, or who prefer to have therapy in the comfort of their own home. 

Create a life that is satisfying by breaking free from repeated problems in sustaining intimate relationships, difficulty in letting go of disturbing memories from childhood, and dysfunctional patterns of behaviour. Schema Therapy has been developed by Dr. Jeffrey Young, and has been found to be an effective therapy for helping people who haven’t found traditional forms of therapy helpful.

Schema Therapy addresses early maladaptive schemas (core beliefs), unmet emotional needs, schema modes (our thoughts, emotions and behaviour), and maladaptive copying styles. There have been 18 maladaptive schemas identified, which are considered unhelpful beliefs about the self, that result in repeated maladaptive behaviours. Each schema relates to the unmet emotional needs of the child, while the coping mode was developed in childhood to counteract the painful childhood experience and unmet need.

Schema therapy is helpful for;

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Emotional Dysregulation
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chronic Depression & Anxiety Disorders
  • Other issues that you have struggled to overcome through traditional therapy



Learn what the relationship masters do to ensure they have a rewarding and happy relationship via a 2 day small group retreat, in far North Queensland, in a luxury resort in paradise. You will have the opportunity to take time out from the group to practice the strategies you have learnt in a private setting with your partner.

Inclusions for a Group Retreat;

  • 6 hours of focussed learning and practice per day
  • Learn how to build and maintain a strong friendship and understanding of each other
  • How to improve passion, romance and intimacy
  • Work through ongoing issues and learn how to reduce arguments
  • Explore each others views on different aspects of life; i.e. life goals and missions, the importance of family, finances, travel, time spent together...  

Exact dates to be confirmed... expected to run June 2020

Register your interest in the next group retreat via

Bringing Baby home workshop

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