Marathon Couple Therapy

At the Therapy Hub we understand the business of life and your responsibilities can limit available time, so we offer Marathon Couple Therapy which comprises an immersive alternative to traditional couples therapy sessions.

Do you want a safe, non-judgemental environment to feel more strength, reconnection and hope within your relationship?

Perhaps you have limited available time during the week, but require immediate help to explore and address specific relationship issues?

Maybe you would like to work through the “nuts and bolts” of your relationship to begin to recalibrate your relationship?

Marathon Couple Therapy, using the Gottman Approach to Couple Therapy, is a dynamic, intensive alternative to traditional weekly or fortnightly couple counselling. Marathon Couple Therapy is an increasingly popular and highly effective short-term process to support couples who want relationship help immediately.

Gottman couple Therapy is pretty much the top choice for couples looking to patch things up and get closer. It’s all about really getting what your partner’s about, emotionally and cognitively, and then picking up new ways to deal with conflicts and connect on a deeper level. It’s like getting a toolkit for your relationship, helping you both understand each other better and navigate through the rough patches more smoothly.

What we can help with

At the Therapy Hub, Marathon Couples Therapy can support couples through a variety of challenges such as:

Emotional disengagement 

Infidelity 

Sexual dissatisfaction 

Long distance relationships

Value and role conflicts

Problem solving and communication difficulties

What to expect

Marathon Couple Therapy runs over two or three consecutive days. They are intensive, structured treatment days with 5-hours of therapy per day. Days will comprise 3-4 sessions of between 90-120 minutes.

You will receive customised resources and books. 

“Marathon sessions get so much momentum. Couples are so focussed on their relationship that they really move through interventions and process attachment injuries much quicker” – Julie Gottman

You can also find additional information on The Gottman Institute website at https://www.gottman.com/couples/marathon-couples-therapy/

Marathon Couple Therapy can benefit:

Couples seeking immediate help to gain skills to manage conflict, explore past pain and actively engage in strengthening your relationship.

Couples who face time constraints and therefore are seeking an intense experience.

Program 1: Two Day Option

Prior to your session

Prior to your Marathon, we will email you and your partner a number of questionnaires for each of you to complete.

Day 1: Assessment and Understanding
  • Morning: Introduction and setting goals for the therapy sessions.
  • Mid-Morning: Individual interviews to understand each partner’s perspective.
  • Afternoon: Joint session focusing on the relationship history and identifying recurring patterns and conflicts.
Day 2: Addressing Core Issues and Future Planning
  • Morning: Begin with focused discussions on specific relationship issues.
  • Mid-Morning: Engage in communication and conflict resolution skills training.
  • Afternoon: Practice new interaction skills through guided exercises, review progress, and revisit goals.
  • Late Afternoon: Develop a continued growth plan, including maintenance strategies, and conclude with strategies for handling future conflicts and planning follow-up sessions if needed.
Post Marathon
  • Post-workshop 2×1 hour sessions 

    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 are included in the price.

    You’ll get to understand each other on a deeper level, work through some lingering issues, and rediscover what brought you together in the first place. It’s all about strengthening your bond, healing old wounds, aligning your life goals, boosting your friendship, and adding a bit more spark to your intimacy.

Each day includes breaks and reflective exercises, ensuring the couple has time to process their experiences and insights gained.

Whats included

Assessment and customised treatment plan

10 hours of therapy over 2 days

2 hours of follow-up sessions, customised resources and materials [books, handouts etc]  and light refreshments on the day.

Price: 

Weekend (Fri-Sun) $5500

Weekday Mon-Wednesday $4500

25% deposit is required to secure the booking and full payment is made within 7 days. 

Program 2: Three Day Option

Prior to your session

Prior to your Marathon, we will email you and your partner a number of questionnaires for each of you to complete.

    Day 1: Assessment and Understanding
    • Morning: Introduction and setting goals for the therapy sessions.
    • Mid-Morning: Individual interviews to understand each partner’s perspective.
    • Afternoon: Joint session focusing on the relationship history and identifying recurring patterns and conflicts.
    Day 2: Addressing Core Issues and Future Planning
    • Morning: Focused discussions on specific issues identified on Day 1.
    • Mid-Morning: Skills training for communication and conflict resolution.
    • Afternoon: Guided exercises to practice new skills and ways of interacting.
    Day 3: Planning for the Future
    • Morning: Reviewing progress made and revisiting goals.
    • Mid-Morning: Developing a continued growth plan, including how to maintain and build upon the changes made.
    • Afternoon: Closure session with strategies for re-engagement in case of future conflicts and scheduling follow-up sessions if needed.
    Post Marathon
    • Post-workshop 2×1 hour sessions 

      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 are included in the price.

      You’ll get to understand each other on a deeper level, work through some lingering issues, and rediscover what brought you together in the first place. It’s all about strengthening your bond, healing old wounds, aligning your life goals, boosting your friendship, and adding a bit more spark to your intimacy.

    Each day includes breaks and reflective exercises, ensuring the couple has time to process their experiences and insights gained.

    What’s included

    Assessment and customised treatment plan

    15 hours of therapy over 3 days

    2 hours of follow-up sessions, customised resources and materials [books, handouts etc]  and light refreshments on the day.

    Price: 

    Weekend (Fri-Sun) $6500

    Weekday Mon-Wednesday $5500

    25% deposit is required to secure the booking and full payment is made within 7 days. 

    Limitations to Couples Therapy

    Gottman Method Couples Therapy has shown benefits for many couples, often leading to reduced distress, resolution of specific problems, and a stronger relationship. However, therapy may involve addressing difficult areas in your relationship, which can evoke uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, guilt, shame, anxiety, anger, loneliness, and helplessness. Therapy may also involve recalling unpleasant aspects of your history together or individually, potentially amplifying difficulties temporarily. Effective therapy requires both partners to put in a good-faith effort to work on their problems and their relationship. The following situations are not advisable for couples therapy:

    • Active alcohol and/or drug addiction
    • Serious violence or threats of violence in the relationship
    • Untreated major mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia, recurrent psychotic depression)
    • Undisclosed or ongoing affair
    • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts or a history of serious harm

    You can read more here

    About Marie

    Marie Vakakis is our Gottman Marathon Couples Therapist. She is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Family Therapist, with a Master’s degree in  Social Work and Family Therapy. She has completed all three levels of Gottman Couples Therapy training, as well as advanced training in addiction recovery and treating trauma and affairs.

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