The Connections Approach to Relationship Distress
Methods & Goals
Private Couple & Marriage Retreats, 2 or 3-Day Sessions
Brief Intensive Couples Therapy Package
Enrollment, Location, and Contact Information
All Denver Connections participants receive two complimentary copies of our Connections: Workbook for Couples. This 97-page workbook (a $98 value) contains extensive information about marriage and relationships, the science of love and attachment, the nature of relationship distress, relationship repair and creative solutions. The workbook also contains many exercises for couples, designed to improve understanding, empathy, and create successful outcomes.
“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.
Relationships can be loving and fulfilling. They can also be challenging and painful. Relationships are damaged 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 don’t feel safe, our needs are unmet, and we react with blame, anger and shutting down. Then our spouse or partner reacts to the anger and distance, and this creates a negative pattern – a relationship “dance”. The specific problem areas that we address in the Connections program include:
The Connections approach to relationship distress is based on the new science of love and attachment. Research studies reveal how our brains are hard-wired for a deep level of emotional connection to others. During childhood, most of us tend to learn ineffective responses to relationship conflict and emotionally upsetting experiences. In our adult relationships, we are triggered emotionally when we don’t feel safely connected, and when our needs aren’t met. Our partners react to our distress, and this sets up an endless spiral of negative reactivity that includes conflict, distance, or both.
“We both learned a lot about ourselves and about each other. Implementing what we learned has made a difference in our relationship and alleviated much of the tension in our home.” E.M.
The Connections program is based on cutting-edge counseling methods and evidence-based research findings. Our integrative approach combines the most effective methods available today, including EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), RLT (Relational Life Therapy), experiential methods, behavioral couples therapy, and humanistic therapy.
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 wholeheartedly.” J.S.
The Connections program staff has many years of training and experience in relationship and marriage counseling. Our intensives are usually conducted by both a male and a female therapist. Our therapists and coaches have worked extensively on their own personal growth and relationships in therapy and personal growth workshops.
Richard J. Loebl, LCSW, BCD is the Founder and Director of the Relationship Center of South Florida, and the Denver Connections program. He is a Board Certified Psychotherapist with over 35 years’ experience. He has conducted retreats and intensives for over 15 years and is the author of Connections: A Workbook for Couples. Richard also created the self-help model called “Who’s In Charge?” and has written many articles on relationships and men’s issues. His LATE Man concept is nationally recognized (adult men who function as Lost, Angry Teenagers). Richard is also a consultant and workshop instructor for several personal development courses.
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, childhood, and adult trauma and integrative psychotherapy.
Janet Woodhouse, Practice Manager is the primary contact person for the Denver 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 Denver Connections retreats are uniquely designed for only one couple at a time. These 1 or 2-day intensive sessions generally scheduled over the weekend, starting on a Friday or Saturday.
Day One from 1:30-6:00
Day Two from 9:00-5:00
Fee for 2-Day Intensive: $2,975
Follow-up marriage counseling or relationship coaching sessions are highly 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 includes one full day intensive session and six follow-up sessions. The package is recommended for residents of the Denver metro area, because of the follow-up office sessions.
This special package includes:
One full day session on Saturday, followed by six 90-minute follow-up couples therapy sessions at our offices in Denver – or via Skype.
This package is a highly effective, less costly alternative to traditional, weekly relationship counseling.
Research studies show that successful marriage counseling and couples therapy generally require 12-20 sessions over approximately 4-6 months. The Connections Brief Intensive Couples Therapy package is generally completed in half that time.
Please note that all 6 sessions must be completed within 6 months of the Saturday session.
Special Package Price:
Saturday Intensive Package – $3,275: (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 unused follow-up sessions, and 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 website.
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 the 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, nor any time during or after the program.
Location & Accommodations
Connections programs are conducted at our offices in Denver, Colorado. (Note that we also offer the Connections program in Boca Raton, Florida). Denver is known as the Mile High City and is the state capital of Colorado. Located only 19 miles east of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is the point of departure for an extensive array of outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, beautiful scenic drives. And the city of Denver offers an impressive collection of museums, world-class shopping and dining, and endless neighborhood attractions such as Larimer Square and the Red Rocks amphitheater.
A wide range of accommodations are available throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Hundreds of B&B lodging options, inexpensive motels, five-star luxury hotels, and everything in-between are readily available near our Connections program offices.
For additional information please contact Janet at RCOSF, or call her at 303-656-9162