Marathon Couples Therapy - 2 Days

For immediate sustainable results

Burleigh Heads Psychology Clinic / Relationship Institute Australasia is proud to be the lead organisation that offers Gottman Relationship Therapy - and is lead by Australia's only Gottman Therapists, Master Trainers & Consultants in Australia - Trish Purnell-Webb and John Flanagan.

Marathon Couples’ Therapy has become one of the most popular and successful approaches to helping couples through a relationship crisis.  It is an approach that we would recommend for any couple presenting with significant relationship distress.  

It 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 time commitment.   The process consists of 2 consecutive days of intense, structured, evidence-based couples therapy.  It can either be done face to face in Burleigh Heads or can be adapted to be undertaken via ZOOM online.
We currently have John Flanagan who is conducting both face to face Marathon Therapy here on the Gold Coast -  and is a Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer & Consultant as well as one of the founding partners and co-facilitators of Relationship Institute Australia.  John and Trish are only 2 of 26 Certified Master Consultants and Trainers in the world - in addition to being the only 2 for that skill level in Australia.

Between them they have undertaken 100’s of hours of advanced training with the Gottman Institute to hone their skills and are the only Certified Gottman Therapists in Australia who are trained and approved to utilise the the entire Gottman Love Lab process with couples.  They are also trained in Emotion Focussed Therapy for Couples and have collectively had over 10,000 hours experience working with couples that have identified challenges within their relationship.  Trish and John both cite Marathon Therapy as their preferred way to work with couples as they know from experience that this is the model that gets the best outcome for couples moving forward.

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. 
Marathon Therapy is a dynamic alternative to traditional weekly sessions as it is a condensed and focused approach to relationship counselling that will provide you with the time you need to address specific issues and get your relationship back on track QUICKLY. In this powerful approach to relieving couple distress, you and your partner will meet with your highly trained and experienced therapist for two consecutive days and engage in intensive couples therapy for up to 7.5 hours per day face to face - or for ZOOM we meet you for a 3 hour assessment session the week before - and then 2 consecutive days of approx. 6 hours. each day.

Your therapy will include 3 broad phases.  

Phase 1 is the assessment phase. Prior to your Marathon, we will email you and your partner a number of questionnaires for each of you to complete.  This comprehensive relationship assessment will pinpoint the areas in which you can achieve the greatest growth so you can move forward to a place of strength, reconnection, and hope. 

Phase 2 is the treatment phase.  This is what we do during your two days. Based on all of the above information, along with your responses to our comprehensive relationship questionnaires, we will conduct an analysis of your interaction patterns, strengths and challenges. These findings will be shared with you so that we can collaboratively identify specific outcome goals for your relationship.  After that you will begin working on your most problematic concerns.  Your therapists role is to assist you and your partner to have constructive conversations so that you can reach greater understanding and a closer more connected relationship.  The focus will be both on addressing issues and on assisting you to develop better skills for managing your relationship - to become ‘Masters' of your relationship.

Phase 3 is the relapse prevention phase.  From here, your therapist will recommend a follow-up program designed to suit your particular situation and needs.  We will pop in 2 x follow up sessions of 1 hour each approx. 3 weeks and 6 weeks after your marathon.  They can be either in person or via ZOOM as needed - these are charged at $250 per hour.

The cost of your marathon includes the thorough pre-marathon assessment process, 2 full intensive days working on your relationship in a safe, calm, professional and private environment with John, a toolkit full of resources and information to take home that assists you to continue to deepen your emotional connection and master the skills for constructively managing conflict.  

Marathons are usually conducted on a Wednesday / Thursday.  Marathons may be organised on selected weekends by prior arrangement.  


For more information including fees and availability - please contact Kylie at .