Therapy intensives can be extremely helpful under certain circumstances, but intensives should not be a replacement for ongoing therapy. The shorter and more intense the length of treatment, the more it should be regarded as consultation/counseling and not therapy. Having said that, Stan usually recommends 3-4 consecutive days in his office with about 3-4 hours per day. Stan prefers that couples have a couple therapist available in their home town for continued support and consultation. If the visiting couple is struggling with the following concerns, a phone consult is required prior to scheduling an appointment:
Major issues with drugs/alcohol
Post-traumatic stress syndrome (untreated)
History of physical violence
Major psychiatric illness (e.g., schizophrenia, bipolar)
Active suicidality or any other matter of danger to self/danger to others
COST: The per-couple cost is $8850 for the 3-day Private Retreat, and 4-day or 5-day retreats are proportionally priced.
TIMING: We meet from 10:30 AM to 6:00 PM, with a 90 minute lunch break. https://healingcouplesretreats.com/couples-retreat-california/
Intensives are paid for in advance and are refunded at 80% with 30 days notice; 50% refundable with 2 weeks notice, and not refunded if cancelled within two weeks of intensive date.
It is important to know that it is highly suggested that couples stay in a nearby hotel OR Airbnb over the course of the couples work intensive, rather than returning home between sessions. Creating space between both the familiarity and stressfulness of your usual home-life will facilitate deeper focus, uninterrupted connection, regulation, processing and needed rest / relaxation.
Additional consultation beyond our initial phone consultation may be required if one or both partners struggles with any of the following conditions:
Major drug or alcohol use or abuse
Current or History of Physical Violence
Untreated Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Major psychiatric illness such as schizophrenia
Active or Previous Suicidal Ideation or Self-Harm
Please know that therapy intensives should not serve as a replacement for routine couples therapy sessions. Prior to and following enrolling in intensive couples work, I strongly recommend couples to establish and continue a therapeutic relationship with a couples therapist in their local area.