Couples Retreats - Intensive Marathon Couples Therapy

For immediate sustainable results

Marathon/Intensive 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.  


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


Progressive Intensive Couples Therapy is an approach designed specifically for working for couples online.  This approach begins with a thorough 4 hour assessment process to determine if online therapy is appropriate for your needs.  If it is determined that an online approach is likely to be helpful then you will be booked for three 4 hour intensive sessions over the following 2 weeks.  Progress will then be assessed and the therapy will most likely move to fortnightly follow-up consultations to ensure you are well equipped to continue the positive improvements in the relationship.

Marathon/Intensive 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 3 very experienced Gottman therapists available - Trish Purnell-Webb, John Flanagan and Brhea Ind are all Certified Gottman Therapists.


Trish and John are also Master Trainers & Consultants as well as the founding partners and co-facilitators of Relationship Institute 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 over 30 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.


Please note:  Trish is ONLY available for Online Progressive Intensive Couples Therapy.

During your marathon/intensive, 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 /Intensive 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. 

For more information about this wonderful service, please email