A private loveseat view of the lake at the end of the dock.
What if you could spend a weekend at a beautiful cabin or resort in the Seeley Swan Valley in Western Montana experiencing a private intensive marriage counseling retreat and fully focusing on the patterns and underlying feelings that leave you and your partner feeling unheard and misunderstood? What if you could reestablish the close, connected friendship you once had when you did a lot of fun things together and laughed a lot and found it really easy and natural to be together? What if this weekend will be remembered as the "turning point" in your marriage, where a paradigm shift occurred in the nature and direction of your relationship, transforming the remaining years you have together?
You can schedule a private weekend couples therapy retreat with Jim Ramsey, a Gottman Method certified therapist from Aletheia Marriage Counseling today.
Using the evidence-based Gottman Method tools, you and your partner can accomplish the equivalent of four months of weekly 50-minute marriage counseling sessions in a single focused and individualized private couples therapy retreat in just a relatively short scenic drive from Missoula, Montana.
This marriage healing retreat provides useful tools and insights that can change your day-to-day relationship more quickly than weekly sessions and help you both move forward with a clear and empathic understanding of your partner’s past experiences and future commitment.
The intensive weekend retreat approach is often the best choice for couples who:
Want or need to make meaningful change quickly
First, you will have an initial 50-minute session together with the therapist to give you an overview of your relationship and your relational challenges. Then, each of you will have an individual session to fill in important details and feelings from your perspective. Then, you will both be invited to go online with the Gottman Institute to each fill out their Couple's Checkup, which will identify your relational dynamics and issues and then compare them to their 35-year research on "Why Marriages Succeed Or Fail.”
By taking the Couples' Checkup you receive an eye-opening diagnosis of your marriage. Then, you are asked to purchase one of John Gottman's books, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, and study it as your "Marriage Manual." Finally, you have your Private Intensive Marriage Counseling Weekend to work on your customized treatment plan, applying the skills learned from your marriage manual, and receive other marital tools and learn to use them. Attending an intensive marriage counseling retreatreinforces your trust and commitment to each other and will help you weather relational challenges and emerge even stronger as a couple. Most couples that have attended one of these weekend Marriage Intensives agree that the experience has "transformed their marriage."
A typical 50-minute session a week for four months isn’t as effective as a private couples weekend intensive because you lose time at the beginning of weekly sessions and often discuss the fights from the previous week. To top things off, you typically run out of time when you are partway through trying to work through this difficult relational issue. Since your relationship has not been diagnosed and there is no treatment plan, this session pattern recurs over and over again, each week.
Frustration, discouragement and pain continue to mount. Is it any wonder that the typical marriage counseling approach has had a poor reputation with many people over the years?
The Gottman Method has helped thousands of committed couples to strengthen their relationships. However, in order to provide therapy with this method, a counselor must first obtain certification.
Jim Ramsey is the first Gottman Method-certified counselor in the state of Montana. He has been the only fully certified Gottman therapist in this state until recently.
His experience also extends beyond Gottman Method certification with over 50 years as a marriage specialist, and 56 years of experience as a husband. All of these factors make Aletheia the choice for couples who want to effect real and lasting change in their relationships.
You and your partner will retreat to Seeley Lake, Montana, just 45 minutes from Missoula, where you can renew your relationship, away from the bustle and distractions of your hometown, while spending a weekend at a state campground, resort, or cabin.
Take an extra day or more and paddle the Clear Water Canoe Trail or hike to Holland Lake Falls or Morale Falls. Visit nearby trails, lakes and streams, or just sit outside your scenic lodge or campsite and relax during your downtime.
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Whether your relationship problems have recently manifested or you have been trying to resolve them for some time, professional therapy using the Gottman Method can make all the difference. Our couples marriage counseling retreat can provide you with many benefits.
Jim Ramsey has limited openings for weekend retreats, so the best time to schedule is right now.
If you have questions about whether the weekend marriage counseling retreat is the right choice for your situation, reach out to us for more information. Whichever route you choose to strengthen your connection, we are committed to your therapeutic goals and the long-term health of your relationship.