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Couples Retreats - Intensive Marathon Couples Therapy

For immediate sustainable results

Marathon Therapy is fast becoming one of the most popular and successful approaches to helping couples through relationship crisis.  

It is an approach that we would recommend for all couples presenting with significant relationship distress.  

Marathon Therapy usually consists of 2 consecutive days of intense, structured, evidence-based couples therapy with just you - one couple and one therapist.


Marathon Couples' Therapy is a specific type of therapy that is short-term and intensive. Its purpose is to move couples quickly through your current crisis or specific perpetual issue. It is not meant as an on-going, long-term couples' therapy. 


We currently have 2 very experienced Gottman therapists available. 

Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan are both Certified Gottman Therapists, Master Trainers & Consultants as well as the 

founding partners and co-facilitators of Relationship Institute Australia.  

They are only 2 of 26 certified Master Consultants and Trainers in the world - as well as being the only 2 in Australia.


Trish is a Clinical Psychologist with over 40 years in the workforce and was the first therapist in Australia to become Gottman certified 


John is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with 31 years experience.  He holds a Masters in Gestalt Therapy and was the 

first Accredited Mental Health Social Worker in Australia to become Gottman certified. 


Gottman Marital Therapy is the gold standard when it comes to successful couple recovery.  

It is a process oriented, phenomenological, cognitive, emotionally based approach to assisting couples gain better understanding 

of each other and to develop a range of new skills and behaviours that foster closer, more intimate relationships where conflict is managed in a functional manner.  

Trish and John have also both completed training in Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples and Collaborative Couples Therapy 

and use an integration of these modalities.


Marathon therapy usually 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 – 100 minute sessions. 

This is a very intensive process so the day is split with regular breaks and opportunities to take time out. 


During your marathon, 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


The Marathon Couples' Therapy approach has been demonstrated to have significant benefits for couples. It often leads to a significant reduction of feelings of distress, resolution of specific problems, and a stronger relationship. In many cases, it has moved couples from thinking of ending their relationship to recommitting to it in new ways.  Couples who have engaged in this process in the past have reported that 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.