Frequently Asked Questions for “Let’s Focus on Us: A Devoted Couples Retreat”

What is this retreat?

  • This is a romantic getaway or “staycation” with a focus on deepening your connection and love for one another with the help of a licensed couple therapist.
  • This is not designed to focus on current high-conflict situations. However, its benefits include learning how to approach difficult arguments effectively.

Who is this retreat for?

  • This retreat is for committed couples of all ages who want to refresh their love life and learn how to create a strong base for the future of their relationship.

How will this benefit me?

  • This couples retreat is more of a couples’ intensive rather than weekly counseling sessions.
  • Both can be equally beneficial to your relationship. However, the retreat will allow you to take a break from your daily stressors with a commitment to a one-weekend time frame, rather than a one-hour block spread over the course of several weeks.
  • Read up here on why you should do a couples retreat.

How much does it cost?

  • The first 3 couples that sign up get a special rate of $899. Regularly priced at $999

What does the $999 price tag come with?

  • 4-course fine dining dinner at Lucienne (Hotel Alessandra’s restaurant).
  • Breakfast pastries, coffee or espresso-based beverages, such as lattes or cappuccinos, for both Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Most retreats are 1.5 days, but this will be a 2.5 day retreat, starting with check-in at the hotel at 3pm and dinner on Friday, February 22nd and ending at 3pm on Sunday, February 24th.
  • An experienced, licensed therapist who will guide you through the entirety of the retreat.
  • Two ( one pre- and one post-) 30-minute counseling sessions one-on-one to be scheduled at your convenience either by phone or in person.

Where is the retreat located and where do we stay?

  • The retreat will located at Houston’s premier boutique hotel, Hotel Alessandra, located in vibrant Downtown Houston at 1070 Dallas St.
  • When you’re ready to book your hotel, click here.
  • If you prefer, you may call the hotel at 713-242-8555 and ask to book the rate for “Let’s Focus on Us: Couples Counseling Retreat”.

How do I get there?

  • To complete the retreat experience, we recommend getting dropped off at the hotel, whether it’s asking a friend or family member or taking a Lyft or an Uber. This option will also be the most economical and stress-free to kick start your weekend.
  • If you prefer, self-park at the hotel’s parking garage is $25 per day or $38 for valet per day.

What if I can’t stay at the hotel?

  • We highly recommend staying at the hotel and getting the discounted room rate to complete your “retreat” experience.
  • If you are unable to stay at the hotel, we recommend these tips to create a retreat-like atmosphere click here.

What does the schedule look like?

  • Friday, February 22nd
    • Check-in and make use of the hotel’s amenities.
    • 4-course dinner at Lucienne, Hotel Alessandra’s in-house fine dining restaurant.
    • First couples retreat activity.
  • Saturday, February 23rd
    • Meet in Autre Conference Room by 8:00am to enjoy pastries and coffee.
    • The workshop will begin at 8:15am and end at 6:00pm with a 2-hr break in between for lunch and relaxation.
  • Sunday, February 24th
    • Meet in Autre Conference Room by 8:00am to enjoy pastries and coffee.
    • The workshop will resume at 8:15 and end at 12:30.
    • Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

How do I participate?

  • Contact our office 832-559-2622 to talk with one of our schedulers, or if you’d like you may schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Charisse to get more details on the retreat.

What if we’re not married?

  • All couples who are in a loving and committed relationship with a desire to work on strengthening their future together are welcome.

I have small children – Can my whole family stay in the hotel room while we go to the retreat?

  • To benefit most from the weekend, the focus of the retreat is you as the couple.

Why do I need to spend time and money on this retreat when I can just go on a vacation with my partner?

  • Going on a vacation may help revive your relationship in some ways, but maybe only for a short time. It doesn’t resolve the deeper issues that may be tough in your relationship.
  • This workshop, which also feels like a mini-getaway, can help you get guidance on tackling these deeper issues that may cause your relationship to feel stuck.

I want to do this retreat, but I don’t want to air my “dirty laundry” in front of people that I don’t know.

  • It’s already scary to notice that there may be something concerning in your relationship, and to think of the possibility of talking about this in front of people can be overwhelming. However, this retreat is designed to be in a small-group format limited to less than 6 to 8 couples registered at a time, and even with this small group, you are not required to share your issues.
  • The format will be instructional with breakout sessions where only you and your partner will share with one another.

Who is organizing this event?

  • Charisse Ferrer, M.Ed., LPC of Eddins Counseling Group. She has received training in both Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and Gottman Method. She uses these skills, along with other therapeutic models, to give you the most comprehensive approach to helping you in your relationship.