Couples Counseling Retreat- FAQs

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 Couples Counseling Retreat  FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Couples Counseling Retreat

What is the couples counseling retreat program like? Where is it located?

The couples counseling retreat is an interactive, lively and comprehensive program based on the pragmatic, step by step process laid out in the book Relationship Transformation: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too-a Practical Guide for Couples Who Want To Be Free and Connected. The location of the seminar in Mendocino, Northern California creates a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere for couples to leave their daily routines and cares behind, and focus on their life together.

During free time, participants have the opportunity to discover the rich offerings of the Mendocino Coast, walk the dramatic headlands and beaches, browse art galleries and boutique shops, and enjoy the local cuisine. Or they may simply want to unwind and relax at their lovely accommodations.

Our weekend retreats and seminars are experiential with a focus on interactive exercises rather than lecture.

Who benefits from these retreats?  Any couple who wants to…


  •  Re-imagine and re-design their relationship
  •  Launch a new relationship with a strong foundation
  •  Decide whether to stay together
  • Tune-up their relationship

What happens at the retreat?

Couples will be immersed in the Relationship Transformation couples counseling process that enriches couples with life-long tools to create a satisfying relationship–one capable of navigating with understanding and love the inevitable conflicts and struggles that surface in any relationship.

Couples will work separately and together and have  plenty of down time for processing and fun. The couples counseling retreat is active and respectful of a couple’s privacy. The atmosphere is relaxed, low-key and safe.  Couples can choose to participate or sit quietly on the sidelines and listen. No one is pressured to share their thoughts, feelings or past with the leaders or the group. Couples choose how deeply they want to go. They know best what’s right for them.

What are the benefits?

We will guide you to:

  • Unblock what holds you back.
  • Puncture cultural myths, dissolve distortions, and discard outmoded beliefs.
  • Gain clarity. Get to know yourself in a different way.
  • Articulate what you need and want, and feel confident about getting it.
  • Re-connect with your partner, reinvigorated with a new sense of purpose.
  •  Create a compelling shared relationship vision that honors your individual uniqueness.
  • Have the opportunity to negotiate an agreement to support your shared vision.
  • Identify Your Inner Relationship Fingerprint™

Who Leads the Retreat?

Meet Jerry Duberstein, PhD and Mary Ellen Goggin, JD.   

Please join Jerry and Mary Ellen for a Weekend Couples Retreat that will change your relationship and your life.

Dr. Jerry Duberstein

Dr. Jerry Duberstein has counseled individuals and couples for 40 years. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology at Saybrook Institute in San Francisco in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology at Antioch New England University in 1976.  Dr. Duberstein’s upcoming book Relationship Transformation: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too-A Practical Guide for Couples Who Want To Be Free and Connected will be available during 2012. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Mary Ellen Goggin.

Mary Ellen Goggin

Mary Ellen Goggin has worked with individuals and businesses for 35 years as a lawyer, mediator, personal coach and educator. She received her J.D. at University of New Hampshire Law School and a Master’s Degree at Harvard University. Ms .Goggin is the co-author of Relationship Transformation: Have Your Cake and Eat It Too-A Practical Guide for Couples Who Want To Be Free and Connected . She lives in Northern California with her husband, Jerry Duberstein.


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