Ponte Vedra Beach Intensive Couples and Marriage Retreat

Ponte Vedra Beach Intensive Couples and Marriage Retreat

by Dr. Justin D’Arienzo, Psychologist and Relationship Expert

Premarital and cohabitating couples are welcome depending on the length of relationship. Please contact us at 904-379-8094 to determine your eligibility.

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In the tranquility of Florida’s beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, learn research-based strategies for building and maintaining relationship intimacy and connection.

Have you ever planned a romantic getaway or evening, thinking about all of the details – candlelit dinners, romantic beaches, intimacy – only to have your getaway go sour when continuous arguing or worse, silence, spoils the romance? I’ve been a psychologist and relationship therapist for more than a decade, listening to these same scenarios play out over and over again with couples in marital distress.

Now you can restore your relationship while having a world-class romantic getaway at the exclusive Ponte Vedra Inn & Club in beautiful Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Our marriage retreat is a small-group, two day couples retreat, with no more than six couples in each retreat. We offer you research-based skills for deepening intimacy, resolving and managing conflicts, and building, or restoring, your shared path in a private, comfortable, and beautiful setting.

Both days of the retreat will offer lectures, research-based information, role plays, discussion, and exercises (that you will do only with your partner). When listening to educational components you will be seated together as a group in a private setting. When doing the exercises, couples will separate from the group to complete exercises in private, as to not pressure anyone to disclose anything publicly unless a couple is interested in doing so.

Here’s what you will learn during the two days of our retreat together:

Day One: Restoring and Deepening Friendship and Intimacy

Day Two: Resolving Conflict, Improving Communication, and Building a Shared Path

Dates:       December 6 – 7, 2014

Location:  Ponte Vedra Inn & Club

Cost:         $2,500 per couple (does not include hotel accommodations or meals)

REGISTRATION

Refund/Cancellation Policy:   A 50% retainer (non-refundable) is required to guarantee your reservation. This retainer will be applied to the final payment, which is due two weeks prior to the event. 100% of the estimated balance will be charged to your account if cancelled within 14 days of the retreat.

Location Information:           The retreat will be held at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a AAA Five-Diamond rated resort and hotel located in Ponte Vedra Beach on Florida’s east coast. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers quiet opulence and upscale accommodations paired with fine service and a wide array of leisure pursuits.  Please visit www.pontevedra.com to make hotel reservations. If you would prefer to stay at a nearby location, please contact us at (904) 379-8094 for a list of nearby hotels.  The nearest airport is Jacksonville International Airport.

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PLEASE NOTE: After you complete the registration for the intensive couples retreat, a member of our staff will contact you for a follow-up screening.  Your registration is not complete until the follow-up screening has been conducted.  We will then send you an additional confirmation email and/or letter.

The Sound Off – Real Relationship Radio

#LISTEN #NOW to our latest podcast episode, Top Juicy Relationship Questions with returning special guest Psychologist Dr. D’Arienzo!
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thesoundoff/2014/09/28/6-juicy-relationship-questions
Dr. D’Arienzo, author, of Florida Online Premarital Preparation Course, was a special guest on The Sound Off Real Relationship Radio on September 29, 2014. Dr. D’Arienzo is a quarterly special guest. We invite you to listen for helpful relationship tips.
The Florida Online Premartial Preparation Course is available on our main website at http://www.drdarienzo.com and at our Premarital Preparation Course Page. 
Our premarital course is approved in 67 counties of Florida to include:
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Washington

Signs of Divorce, Dr. D’Arienzo, Relationship Expert

Great post from the Huffington Post

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Courses are provided by Dr. Justin D’Arienzo, Jacksonville, Florida Forensic and Clinical Psychologist at D’Arienzo Psychological Group

6 Signs Your Marriage Is Headed For Divorce

Posted: 01/18/2014 3:09 am EST  |  Updated: 01/25/2014 4:01 pm EST

 
 

Written by Cathy Meyer for DivorcedMoms.com

If you are married, having problems and sticking your head in the sand, where is your marriage headed? Divorce court! I recently worked with a couple who were in year 21 of their marriage. According to both there had been trouble from “day one.”

Twenty-one year’s worth of problems that should have been dealt with starting at “day one.” Not dealing with their problems as the problems came up led to years of built-up resentment for both. Hurt feelings, anger and emotional detachment from each other meant it would take a lot of effort to get the marriage back on track.

If you love your spouse and are committed to your marriage, do not ignore the follow six signs of impending divorce:

1. You fantasize about a life without your spouse.
I have a friend who recently divorced. For years before the marriage fell apart completely she spent a lot of time daydreaming about how much better life would be without her husband. This isn’t unusual, but if it is something you do often and with great abandon, it is time to seek help from a marital therapist.

Talk with your spouse about whatever it is that is causing you to long for the single life. It won’t be a pleasant conversation, but your spouse should be given a heads up and your marriage (especially if you have children) deserves the second chance it might get through counseling.

2. The bad outweighs the good.
Problems in a marriage feed on inactivity. If you have problems and don’t seek solutions, the bad will soon outweigh the good. Marriages can become breeding grounds or a vicious cycle of one problem after another. Do you and your spouse a favor seek help and advice from a trained professional before the scales tip too far and you find yourself with unsolvable problems.

3. You don’t share your thoughts and feelings.
Yes, some things are sacred — you don’t need to share every thought or feeling — but you aren’t doing your marriage a favor if you don’t share marital unhappiness with your spouse. Unless you feel there is a threat of abuse (physical or verbal retaliation),communication is an important way to relieve stress and build a healthier bond with your spouse. And problems can’t be worked through unless you are both aware of the problem.

4. Engaging in negative defense mechanisms.
Does your spouse become overly defensive when you express a concern? Do you dismiss your spouse’s needs? Does your spouse criticize your beliefs, or engage in stonewalling tactics? If so, you are at high risk of divorce. If either of you engage in negative defense mechanisms when attempting to solve a problem, you are building more problems and solving nothing. This can be the kiss of death for your marriage.

5. You feel alone in solving marital problems.
My ex engaged in negative defense mechanisms. He avoided conflict at all cost. He was a master at walking away, refusing to communicate and dismissing my concerns over problems in the marriage. He kept his head so far up his butt he could see his tonsils!

If there were problems, I was responsible for solving those problems…with no help from him. He handed me full responsibility for our relationship on a silver platter and when I failed to solve the problems, as he saw them but failed to share with me, the marriage was over.

It takes two to make problems and two to solve problems. Hopefully you are married to someone who understands this concept.

6. One desires sex and the other doesn’t.
A marriage that lacks sexual intimacy and affection will either end up in divorce or end up being a marriage of convenience. Nothing is more damaging to a marriage or the self-esteem of a spouse than having a partner reject them sexually.

Want your marriage to die on the vine? Ignore the sexual bond with your spouse and stand back and watch it wilt.