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Australia Couples Counselling Retreats

Welcome to Stirling Relationships Australian couples counselling retreats. Our exclusive three day Gottman couples counselling retreats are the perfect escape to relax, rejuvenate, and potentially transform you relationship. Our Gottman couples counselling retreats offer a complete getaway from the day to day stressors of life, enabling you to give your relationship the attention it deserves. Our relationship retreat process offers a highly intensive form of couples counselling designed to assist couples to  build connection and rapidly improve communication in their relationship. Utilising the Gottman Method, this process supports couples to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their partner and their relationship.

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Why Stirling Couples Retreats Australia?

Couples Counselling Retreats offer the opportunity to escape day-to-day stressors and really prioritise your relationship, giving it the undivided attention it deserves. From the beautiful year round tropical Sunshine Coast to beautiful Byron Bay, we offer retreats at a range of location or you can find the destination of your choice and we will meet you there.

  • Improve intimacy and enhance connection in your relationship.
  • Better understand how you and your partner respond to conflict and learn strategies to de-escalate communication.
  • Learn strategies to manage day to day stressors and ensure your relationship remains a priority.
  • Relationship Counselling will support you to better understand patterns in your relationship and how to shift them.
  • Develop a greater understanding of your own and your partner's needs and desires.
  • Explore unresolved conflicts, using frameworks that you can utilise at home.

Retreat Process

Our Couples Counselling Retreats in Australia are facilitated by Certified Gottman Couples Therapist and Board Registered Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Katie Stirling. During your 3 day retreat Katie will work exclusively with you using an intensive couples counselling format sometimes referred to as Marathon Therapy


Prior to your couples counselling retreat you will complete a range of questionnaires designed to develop a complete understanding of you as individuals and your relationship.

This includes: 

  • Gottman Connect Questionnaire including a range of psychometric assessments.
  • A written questionnaire to understand you as an individual and your perspective in the relationship.
  • A written questionnaire about your relationship history, strengths and patterns of connection and communication.

Treatment Planning

 Your Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, Dr Katie Stirling, dedicates time to review your completed information and develop a comprehensive treatment plan, prior to your couples counselling retreat,

This information offers an opportunity for Katie to develop a thorough understanding of you as individuals and your individual perspectives in your relationship. As well as an understanding of your relationship and your patterns of interaction.

Based on this comprehensive understanding, Katie will develop a thorough treatment plan tailored to your unique relationship needs and goals. 

 Couples Retreat Australia

Your couples counselling retreat commences with a welcome session where Katie will present an overview of the strengths of your relationship and the areas you will work on strengthening over the course of your couples retreat. Katie will present a framework for your couples counselling retreat to ensure this meets your relationship goals and needs.

Over the 3 days you will complete a further 7 couples therapy sessions. 

Your couples counselling retreat will end by reflecting on what you've learnt and an outline of tools and strategies for maintaining these changes as you return to every day life. 

Australia Couples Retreats

Our Australian couples therapy retreats have been carefully curated to ensure a relaxing, romantic experience for couples. The couples retreats are a 2 night/ 3 day experience. Throughout the couples retreat, you will receive 8 sessions (80 mins duration each) of couples’ counselling.

All couples retreats prices include: 

Sunshine Coast, QLD

Fri 1oth - Sun 12th June 2022
Fri 17th  - Sun 19th June 2022
Thurs 18th - Sat 21st  August 2022


Byron Bay, NSW

Sun 5th - Tues 7th June 2022
Mon 2oth- Wed 22 July 2022
Mon 15th - Wed 17th August 2022


Airlie Beach- Whitsundays

Thurs 25th - Sat 27th August 2022


Townsville, QLD

Fri 2nd - Sun 4th September 2022


Cairns, QLD

Mon 5th- Wed 7th September 2022


Port Douglas, QLD

Thur 8th- Sat 10th September 2022


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Wednesday 14th June - Friday 16th June 2023
Sunday 20th June - Tuesday 22nd June 2023
Wednesday 21st June - Friday 23rd June 2023
Friday 23rd June - Sunday 25th June 2023

Rate:                                            $5000 
Early Bird (Before Dec 2022):    $4000
NOTE: Weekends incur $500 fee

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