Intensive Christian Counseling for Marriages

Does your marriage need help?

A’nesis Retreats “Bootcamps” are tailored specifically to your individual situation. With no GROUPS, you will receive personal attention to YOUR marriage.

Attend an A'nesis 5-Day Marriage "Bootcamp!"

85% of marriage problems are brought in from your family of origin

According to Dr. John Gottman, the average couple waits for six years of their marriage being in crisis before they go for therapy.  What are you waiting for?  More pain?  More trauma?

What is YOUR 85%?

The two most important components of marriage are commitment and communication.  If you have commitment but no communication, you are heading for a “dead marriage.”

Communication Checklist
Is your communication based on reactivity? (Many times the source is pain from your family of origin.) Are you an external or internal communicator? (Do you need the bottom line to feel safe or do you need to use your words and talk through things before you feel safe?)

How do you change conflict into problem resolution?  Learning to problem solve is the hardest challenge for marriages.  Usually, the problem resolution ends off in conflict, not a win-win answer for both parties.

Is your marriage a “team” for God’s purposes?
What is your God-given redemptive gift? What is your spouse’s God-given redemptive gift? (Romans 12 gifts and callings) You may be trying to change your spouse’s God-given unique qualities! Learn your redemptive gifts as a couple so that your marriage can be a “team” for God’s Kingdom building purposes! Possess your birthright in your marriage!

 

Treating Marriage Counseling as Trauma Resolution

Has your communication style as a couple created attachment panic for you and your spouse? Through Trudy’s decade+ of working with couples, she came to the realization that couples can actually get traumatized by their dysfunctional communication and styles of relating in their marriage relationship.  Many times this communication reactivity can result in each party feeling completely traumatized and immobilized.

When an impossible marriage presents itself, Trudy treats the marriage counseling the same way she would launch head-on into trauma resolution for individuals. Sometimes couples can get triggered by the mere physical presence of their spouse!  This creates additional attachment panic when couples start distancing their hearts to stay self-protected and safe.

Trudy uses Holy-Spirit led trauma resolution techniques to expose guarded hearts and attachment panic in relationships with couples.  Talk therapy cannot get to the depth of these deep-seated relationship issues.  This cutting-edge marriage counseling technique will be different than anything you’ve ever tried.

When couples can have new eyes to see each other’s attachment brokenness, great strides can be made to rebuild the marriage. 

 

How Things Work at The A’nesis Intensive Marriage Retreat

You are required to take the Gottman Relationship Check-up BEFORE you attend your intensive.  This evaluation will take you 60-90 minutes to complete. The Gottman Relationship Checkup not only automatically scores a couple’s strengths and challenges, but takes years off the time required to make headway in the counseling process. The cost for you as a couple is $29.00.

YOU MAY NOT ATTEND THE RETREAT IF THIS PIECE OF THE INTENSIVE IS NOT COMPLETED BEFORE YOUR ARRIVAL.

Fully HIPAA compliant, the questionnaire consists of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust, as well as parenting, housework, finances, individual areas of concern, and more.

This relationship assessment relies on intensive, detailed, and evidence-based information on why relationships succeed or fail. Developed from over 40 years of scientific research by Dr. John Gottman, this relationship assessment tool relies on intensive, detailed, and evidence-based information on why relationships succeed or fail.

Click Here for a few Frequently Asked Questions about the Gottman Relationship Evaluation.

How does the Marriage Intensive Work?

Most couples have a hard time getting away for intensive therapy, even though that is usually what they need.  The intensive format for marriage therapy is proven to be much more effective than 50 or 60-minute sessions.  In marriages that have long-term conflict, affairs, or addictions, or when couples are separated or having seemingly unresolvable issues, the hourly sessions simply are just not an effective solution.

The five-day intensive is 21 hours total with Dr. Trudy. All sessions focus entirely on you and your marriage.  On the first day, each person will meet for 30 minutes with Trudy.  All other sessions are with both of you in session.  THERE ARE NO GROUP SESSIONS – only the two of you are together in one room.

Day 1  |  TUESDAY

  • 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm:  Assessments, In-take History, Covering Prayers to Restore the Broken Cord, 30 minutes individual time with Dr. Trudy

Day 2  |  WEDNESDAY

  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm:  What is your 85%?  Exploring individual brokenness brought into the marriage
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:  Begin Trauma Work

Day 3  |  THURSDAY

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Letting go of the old marriage
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:  Continued Trauma Work

Day 4  |  FRIDAY

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm:  Continued Letting Go and Beginning Communication
  • 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:  Continued Trauma Work

Day 5  |  SATURDAY

  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm- Gift and Calling, Communication Tools Summary and Plan for New Marriage

PREPARATION FOR THE MARRIAGE BOOTCAMP

  • Complete the Gottman Relationship Online Evaluation before Arrival

EXPECTATIONS OF BOOTCAMP EXPERIENCE

  • There must be a genuine intention of commitment to the restoration of the marriage (not preparation for divorce)
  • Couples commit to participating in the trauma resolution techniques using Holy Spirit prayers combined with Muscle Response Testing
  • Couples commit to exploring Bible verse work using their own Bibles

This is an intensive therapy program that incorporates many unique tools that “normal” counseling does not provide.  This is not a “fluffy” experience.  It will grow you not only in your marriage but also you will learn a lot about yourself personally.

“What a safe place for our marriage counseling!  I felt totally at peace from the beginning.  This far exceeded my expectations.  I am so happy we did this!”

“Trudy is omnivorous and Spirit-led in her approach to counseling.  We have seen counselors over the years and so many were on-trick phonies.  Trudy draws from a wide variety of tools and training using the skills of an artist to bring amazing help to marriages.  She was the most effective and powerful counselors I have had the privilege to work with…ever!”

Is this a Biblically-based program?

Trudy is a Level II Gottman-trained therapist and uses the Biblical Reference Guide for the Gottman Method so that all teachings for the process are Biblically sound. Trudy also has her Doctorate in Biblical Counseling and will always refer to God’s Word as the Source of her information.

Click Here for complete descriptions, durations, and costs for all individual intensive counseling sabbaticals with Dr. Trudy Johnson.

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