The Connections™ Approach to Relationship Distress
Methods & Goals
Connections™ Staff – Program Counselors, Therapists, & Coaches
Connections™ Private Couple & Marriage Counseling Retreats, 2 or 3-Day Private Sessions
Brief Intensive Couples Therapy Package for South Florida Residents
Enrollment, Location & Resources
Relationships are challenging and painful at times. Relationships are injured by too much conflict, fighting, and resentment – and sometimes the walls go up with emotional and physical distance. The powerful feelings we experience in distressed relationships are universal. We may react with blame, anger and shutting down. Then our spouse or partner reacts to the anger and distance, and this creates a reactive pattern – a relationship “dance”. The specific problem areas that we address in our retreats and intensives include:
The Connections™ approach to relationship distress is based on the new science of love and relationships. Recent advances in neurology and research studies of relationship and marital satisfaction reveal how our brains are hard-wired for a deep level of emotional attachment to others.
“This program is something that any couple can truly benefit from, no matter how young, old, new or ongoing your relationship is. It awakens the connection and the love between partners that can sometimes get buried and forgotten…” T.B.
Our state-of-the-art counseling methods are based on scientific studies and research findings. Our integrative approach combines the most effective methods available today, including EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), behavioral couples therapy, and humanistic psychology.
Connections™ – Our 3-stage Integrative Couples Therapy model:
Throughout this process, couples are guided through several corrective emotional experiences. These powerful experiences are the most healing aspects of our program. Our primary goal is to facilitate these vital moments of change for couples. Other goals include improving communication, learning how to manage conflict productively, and improving all aspects of intimacy.
“If you are looking to understand how to improve a relationship, this is the single best investment you will make. I recommend it whole-heartedly.” J.S.
The Connections™ program staff has many years of training and experience in relationship and marriage counseling. Most of our intensives are conducted by both a male and a female therapist. All counselors, therapists and coaches have worked extensively on their own personal growth and development in therapy and personal growth workshops.
Richard J. Loebl, LCSW, BCD is the Founder and Director of the Relationship Center of South Florida, and is a Board Certified Psychotherapist with over 30 years experience. He has conducted retreats and intensives for over 15 years, and is the creator of the Connections™ program.
Karin Witte, LMHC is an experienced individual and couples therapist with advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She has conducted many couples retreats and intensives with an empathic approach that allows for each couple to experience a softening in their connection to each other. Karin specializes in working with women’s issues and has a unique integrative clinical background with extensive experience using mindfulness practices to reduce the impact of childhood trauma, resolve relationship conflict and eliminate anxiety.
Ivona Bhadha, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist who has completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. She is an experienced relationship counselor and family therapist, and has conducted many intensives and workshops for couples. Ivona has extensive experience in the fields of addictions and trauma recovery (for adults who experienced childhood abandonment and abuse).
Mark Levinsky, MS, LMHC has been supporting, advising and transforming others professionally since 1986. He is a licensed psychotherapist, a life coach and a Certified Instructor for a personal development seminar. With an intuitive sense for helping others, Mark has always taken pride in his ability to assist individuals and couples in personal change.
Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC is a couples counselor and psychotherapist with years of experience in helping couples rediscover their passion, learn new ways to communicate, and resolve childhood issues that impact relationships. She is a therapist and coach for a personal development seminar. Amanda is a Certified Addictions Professional and National Certified Counselor.
Janet Woodhouse, Practice Manager is the primary contact person for the Connections program. Janet conducts most of the pre-screening interviews for retreats and intensives. She facilitates the enrollment process and manages all aspects of scheduling, staffing, and communications with couples. Janet has many years of experience in the field of mental health, and has been an active participant in personal growth and development workshops.
All Connections™ retreats are uniquely designed for only one couple at a time. These 2 or 3-day intensive sessions may be scheduled over the weekend or on a Thursday – Friday.
Day One from 1:30-6:30
Day Two from 9:00-6:00
Fee for 2-Day Intensive: $2,975
Day One from 1:30-6:30
Day Two from 9:00-6:00
Day Three from 9:30-1:00
Fee for 3-Day Intensive: $3,750
A 3-day intensive is suggested for couples who have separated or experienced infidelity – or for couples who want to go beyond repair and new solutions to higher levels of personal and relationship development.
Follow-up marriage counseling or relationship coaching sessions are generally recommended. Our Connections™ staff are available to conduct distance coaching sessions via Skype or FaceTime.
“We would like to sincerely thank you both for the weekend Intensive Retreat. You made us feel very comfortable thus allowing us to be open and honest regarding our issues. Your warm, professional and helpful style gave us the confidence we needed to express our innermost concerns. You also gave us tools and understanding with which we can use to help enrich our marriage.”
L.D. Boston, MA
This program is recommended primarily for residents of South Florida, because follow-up office sessions are included in the package.
This special package includes:
One full day session on a Friday or Saturday, followed by six 90-minute follow-up couple’s therapy sessions at our offices in Boca Raton. This package is a highly effective, less costly alternative to traditional, weekly relationship counseling.
Research studies show that successful marriage counseling and couple’s therapy generally require 12-20 sessions. Over approximately 4-6 months. The Connections™ Brief Intensive Couple’s Therapy package is generally completed in half that time.
Please note that all 6 sessions must be completed within 6 months of the Friday or Saturday session.
Special Package Prices:
Friday Intensive Package – $2,595: (8 hours on Friday + six 90-minute follow-up sessions)
Saturday Intensive Package – $3275: (8 hours on Saturday + six 90-minute follow-up sessions)
Payable in advance by credit card or personal check. There will be no refunds for follow-up sessions not used after 6 months. Follow-up sessions canceled with less than 48 hours notice will be forfeited. Additional follow-up sessions may be scheduled for an additional fee.
Pre-screening & Preparation
All couples who attend Connections™ programs are pre-screened by Janet Woodhouse or another member of our staff. Our goal is to recommend the best program for your specific needs. We prefer to speak to both partners in the relationship at the same time. Pre-screening calls are usually 15-20 minutes in length. We will ask about your current relationship situation, and we’ll answer any questions you have.
Upon enrollment, we will send you confirmation and registration information, and we will ask you to complete a couple of questionnaires available on this web site.
Payments and Cancellations
A deposit of 50% (or full payment if preferred) is required to reserve scheduled program dates. Full payment is due no later than 2 weeks prior to scheduled program. Full refunds will be granted if cancellation is made more than one full month prior to scheduled program. 25% of the 50% deposit will be refunded up to 2 weeks prior to scheduled program. Refunds cannot be granted within the 2-week period prior to scheduled program.
Location & Accommodations
Connections™ programs are conducted at our offices in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton is a “destination location” – many couples extend their time in South Florida to create a memorable experience that includes the wonderful resorts and amenities available in our area.
We are located 25 miles north of the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and 25 miles south of Palm Beach International Airport. Our offices are about 3 miles from the beach (15 minutes), in the Town Center area of Boca Raton.
For additional information please contact Janet at RCOSF, or call her at 561-955-6090.
A wide range of resorts and hotels are available in the Boca Raton area. For additional information, please contact our staff. We recommend 4 properties representing different levels of convenience, location, luxury and rates, located within 5 miles of our offices.
Boca Raton Resort and Club
Exclusive, elegant Waldorf-Astoria property on the beach, with spa, marina, golf, tennis and world class restaurants.
Waterstone Resort and Marina
Newly renovated DoubleTree Hilton property, located on the Intracoastal Waterway, just across from the beach. Modern, stylish, with fitness center, sun deck, and updated waterfront pool.
Wyndham Boca Raton
Boutique-style retreat, within walking distance of the Relationship Center of South Florida. Health oriented, with natural and vegetarian dining options, a fitness and yoga center.
Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel (Marriott)
Newly renovated, chic property with resort-type pool and spa. Located within walking distance of the Relationship Center of South Florida.