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Couples Retreats Mornington Peninsula 

Welcome to Stirling Relationships retreats. Our exclusive 3 day Mornington Peninsula couples therapy retreats are the perfect escape for any couple to rejuvenate, reconnect and potentially transform their relationship. Located in Victoria, on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula, our couples therapy retreats offer a getaway from the day to day stressors of life, enabling you to give your relationship the attention it deserves. 

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Why Stirling Relationship Counselling Retreats?

Our couples retreat process offers a highly intensive form of relationship counselling designed to assist couples to rapidly improve communication and build connection in their relationship. Utilising the Gottman Method, this process assists couples to gain a deeper understanding of themselves, their partner and their relationship.

  • Couples Retreats offer the opportunity to escape the day-to-day and prioritise your well-being, by giving your relationship the attention it deserves.
  • Understand patterns of interaction in your relationship and how to begin changing them.
  • Develop a greater understanding of each other’s needs and desires.
  • Understand how you and your partner respond to conflict and learn strategies to de-escalate communication.
  • Explore previous unresolved conflicts or areas that you would like to deepen your understanding, using frameworks that you can implement at home.
  • Enhance connection in your relationship and improve intimacy.
  • Learn strategies to manage day to day stressors and ensure your relationship remains a focus moving forward.
  • Strengthen the foundation of your relationship, future proofing your relationship for potential challenges.

How are Couples Therapy Retreats Structured?

Our Couples Retreats are facilitated by Certified Gottman Couples Therapist, Board Registered Clinical Psychologist and the Founder of Stirling Psychology, Dr. Katie Stirling. During your 3 day couples retreat Katie works exclusively with you using an intensive couples retreat format sometimes referred to as Marathon Therapy. 

We have created a short video to help you understand the Gottman Relationship Counselling Retreat process. 



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

This includes: 

  • A written questionnaire focussed on you as an individual and your perspective in the relationship.
  • A written questionnaire about your relationship history, strengths, and patterns of communication and connection.
  • The evidence- based Gottman Connect Questionnaire which uses a range of psychometric assessments to evaluate a range of areas. 

Treatment Planning

Prior to your relationship counselling retreat, your couples therapist Dr Katie Stirling dedicates time to review all of your completed information and develop a comprehensive treatment plan. 

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

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

Couples Retreat

Your couples therapy retreat begins with a feedback session where Katie will present an overview of her understanding of the strengths of your relationship and the areas you will work on strengthening over the course of the couples retreat. Katie will present a framework for your relationship retreat and together you can tweak this to ensure that it meets your relationship goals and needs.

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

Your couples therapy 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. 


"Build Your Own Couples Retreat"

We are currently offering our Build Your Own Couples Retreat Option throughout COVID, with necessary safety precautions adapted to changing COVID guidelines. Please contact accommodation providers for their cancellation policies should you or your couples therapist be required to isolate. In most instances your couples therapist will still be able to offer your couples retreat online. 

This package is perfect for any couple seeking a couples retreat tailored to their unique needs. Our Build Your Own Couples Retreat includes the same retreat process with 8 relationship counselling sessions, but allows clients the freedom to plan their own stays and activities to cater to their budget and preferences.

Our couples retreat psychologist Dr Katie Stirling will meet you:

  1. At your onsite retreat accommodation on the Mornington Peninsula  (or at a location of your choosing anywhere in Australia*) OR
  2. At our warm and welcoming Mornington Practice OR
  3. Online from a location of your choosing- in Australia or overseas.

We want to take away some of the stressors of finding accommodation and activities, so we have created a list of some of the amazing stays and activities available on the Mornington Peninsula to help you find an option that suits you and your relationship. 

 $5,000 - $5,500

*Additional charges may apply for long distance travel

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Sun July 24- Tues July 26  2022
Fri July 29 - Sun July 31 2022
 Mon Aug 1- Wed Aug 3 2022
Fri Aug 7- Sun Aug 9 2022

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