In our 18 years working together as marriage and couples co-therapists, we have observed that clients who begin therapy intensively progress more quickly from the counselling experience. That’s why couple intensives have been at the heart of our work.
Our serene country setting is an ideal place to provide the tranquility needed to gain the most out of your intensive therapy sessions. In this peaceful environment, we can create a safe and secure space to begin the process of relationship repair.
You might want to consider attending a private counselling intensive if:
Attending our retreat will help you turn things around. As your husband-and-wife co-therapists, we will guide you through the process so that your relationship moves forward in a more positive direction. You will become clearer about the principles that will guide your relationship forward.
Leaving work and family pressures behind — as well as the time restraints associated with weekly couples counselling — you will gain new insights about yourself and your partner. You will begin to develop a relationship that is built on safety and security, mutuality, and respect.
Please note: This Retreat is just for the two of you. It is not a workshop, so the time that you spend with us will relate directly to what is challenging you. Our goal is to help you become more secure-functioning as a couple. We will help you create a clear framework for moving forward.
We are both licensed clinicians with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). We have been working as co-therapists (i.e. both of us in the room with each couple) for over 18 years. Clients who have attended our co-therapy Intensives say that our couple-to-couple counselling approach is a particularly enriching experience for them. They benefit from the double input and easy interplay of two married therapists, with very different personalities, who have personally experienced the highs and lows that come along with any long-term relationship.
If you have budgetary concerns, you can choose one of us as your therapist for the Retreat. We will help you decide whether one or two therapists would work best for you during the initial phone consult.
We have worked successfully with both married and non-married heterosexual and same-sex couples. Many have come to us when they were:
If you are having trouble communicating, if you long for more intimacy, if you want to be more united as parents, or if you dream of making a good relationship even better, our Couple Intensive will provide you with an exciting opportunity for relationship repair and enrichment.
If your relationship has been lacking emotional or physical intimacy — if you can’t stop triggering each other negatively — or if infidelity has kept you apart, this Intensive will give you the time to:
During your Couple Intensive, you will meet with us for 3-4 hours each day. We do not give you homework assignments. All the work is done in session. The remainder of the day will give you an opportunity to spend time together as actively or as quietly as you like. We will encourage you to continue the process that you have begun with us in the sessions.
Our Intensive Retreat is equal to weekly or bi-weekly couples counselling that you might attend typically over a 3-to-6 month period, but you will benefit from the intrinsic value of being together and being focused on your relationship over a few successive days. Over 3 days, the continuity that you will have from one session to another will help you feel more connected more quickly as a couple. You will begin to understand each other more deeply, learn more practical skills, and quickly gain knowledge about what will make your relationship work. You will move forward faster and you will do so as a team.
We know that you will benefit, no matter how challenging the issues that you bring us. You will have our full attention and expertise during each session, and you will be able to call or write to us for further assistance as you begin to practice all that you have learned when you leave for home.
Our Couple Intensive Retreat includes…
Of course, we will support you beyond the completion of your retreat and followup sessions. Additional counselling is scheduled in two to three-hour time blocks, based on our hourly fee.
We usually meet clients in our Caledon, Ontario, home office (the location will be given to you when you schedule your first appointment).
In Kingston, Ontario, we meet at the Delta Kingston Waterfront Hotel or the Four Points by Sheraton. In Ottawa, Ontario, we often meet at the Westin Hotel Ottawa, or another downtown hotel.
Both Kingston and Ottawa are very interesting cities steeped in Canadian history, and they each offer many attractions and dining experiences that will make your visit together enjoyable.
In Ajijic Mexico (January - March 2019)
We are now scheduling Couple Counselling Intensives in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico during the winter. Ajijic is a very safe, colourful and lively little Mexican town, popular with Canadian and American expats. It is just a 30-minute drive south from Guadalajara. Intensives in Mexico are limited to two per month, so let us know soon if you are interested in coming to see us there — and would enjoy a sunny mid-winter getaway while you are at it!
For the most part, we work as co-therapists. We do not work with you separately as individuals, so there are always four of us in the room. Most Intensives take place in our country home office in Caledon, Ontario. The fee for a “couple-to-couple” Counselling Intensive at our Caledon location is $4,200 (+HST) CAD. This includes 10.5 hours counselling with both of us over 3 days, followed by a 1.5 hour on-site or videoconference session within the next 3-4 weeks (12 hours in all).
If you choose to work with either one of us alone, our Intensive Fee is $2,100 (+HST) CAD. This includes 10.5 hours counselling with one therapist over 3 days, followed by a 1.5 hour on-site or videoconference session within the next 3-4 weeks (12 hours in all).
Fees for other locations in Canada
Fees are adjusted upwards to account for the rental of a hotel suite suitable for our out-of-town sessions. We will always give you a quote to include the cost of these sessions based on the current market value of hotels/inns. We will also do our best to find the most reasonable seasonal rates.
Ajijic Mexico (January - March 2019)
The Fee for an Intensive Counselling Retreat in Mexico is $4200.00 CAD, which includes 12 hours counselling (with two therapists) over 3 days. if you wish to see only one of us for the Retreat, the fee is $2,100.00 CAD. Followup (which we highly recommend) is on a fee-for service basis. It can be arranged online via videoconference, or in-person in Caledon, Ontario, when we return to Canada. You are responsible for arranging your own accommodations (see more information below.)
Accommodations are not included in our Caledon Intensive Retreat fee. If you are travelling from out-of-town to our Caledon home office, you will be responsible for arranging your own accommodations (minimum two nights). Once you have confirmed your Retreat dates, we will offer you nearby hotel and Bed & Breakfast recommendations, and our corporate rate, where possible. You can expect to spend a minimum of $150.00 (+ HST+ CAD) per day for accommodations.
Fees for Couple Intensives taking place in Ottawa or Kingston are adjusted to account for the rental of a room or hotel suite with a separate living room where we can meet for our sessions. When your accommodations are part of a hotel booking, we will give you a quote that will include the cost of our counselling fees and your accommodations, which will be based on seasonal rates and the current market value of the hotel or inn.
In Mexico you will be responsible for your own accommodations, as we have an office there where we will meet for your sessions. Though there are many B&B’s, a few boutique hotels, and some short-term apartment and house rentals in Ajijic, they can fill up quickly between January and the end of March. So we recommend two inns that our near our Ajijic office. One is a fairly new boutique hotel/spa/restaurant, Hacienda del Lago. It faces Lake Chapala and is just a 10-minute walk from our office. The other is a Mexican-style BnB/Inn, Casa del Sol Bed & Breakfast Inn, located a couple of blocks from us. Room rates at the Casa del Sol Bed & Breakfast Inn start at $95.00 USD/night. At Hacienda del Lago, they start at $175.00 USD/night.
Because each Intensive is tailored to the individual counselling needs and financial abilities of our clients, we ask you to call us to discuss payment plans and availability. We will talk about your expectations, address your immediate concerns, and outline the benefits of working intensively with one or two therapists over three days. If you are interested in proceeding with an Intensive, we will look at open dates on our calendar that match your availability.
The Intensive is booked according to your convenience and our availability. If you are able to come midweek, you may have more choices, as the weekends tend to fill up more quickly.
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