Create loving connection, trust and partnership.
Master the new science of love, and the art of relationship.

Proven Benefits for Relationship Success

  • Intensive sessions accomplish more in less time – traditional couples therapy requires a minimum of 3-6 months
  • Connections integrative model combines the most effective couples therapy methods
  • Uniquely tailored program components, individually designed for each couple
  • Use of proven methods to improve communication, intimacy, and partnership
  • Follow-up marriage counseling
  • Beautiful South Florida location with world-renowned beaches and resorts

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…

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The Connections Approach to Relationship Distress

Relationships reward us with companionship, emotional support, physical and mental health, security – and love.
Relationships are challenging and painful at times. Relationships are injured by too much conflict, fighting, and resentment – and sometimes the walls go up with emotional and physical distance. We may react with blame, anger and shutting down. Then our spouse or partner reacts to the anger and distance, and this creates a reactive pattern – a relationship “dance”. The specific problem areas that we address in our intensives include:

  • Conflict, power struggles, and angry escalations
  • Patterns of complaining, blaming, and defensive reactions
  • Shutting down, emotional and physical distance, and lack of communication
  • Intimacy and sexual problems
  • Infidelity and affairs (including problems like sexual addiction)
  • Trust issues, insecurities, feelings of betrayal

Methods & Goals

Our state-of-the-art counseling methods are based on the new science of love and attachment. Recent advances in neurology and research studies of relationship and marital satisfaction reveal how our brains are hard-wired for a deep level of emotional attachment to others.

Our integrative approach combines the most effective methods available today, including EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy), the Gottman Method, and RLT (Relational Life Therapy).

We guide couples through a 3-stage process that includes:

  1. Identification and understanding of problem areas and issues to be addressed
  2. Exercises to clarify relationship patterns, underlying emotional triggers and unmet needs, and relationship styles learned from early life experiences
  3. Relationship repair, re-establishment of trust, and new relationship and communication skills

Our primary goal is to facilitate lasting corrective emotional and relational change for couples. Other goals include improving communication, learning how to manage conflict productively, and improving all aspects of intimacy.

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.


1-Day Brief Intensive Couples Therapy Package

This program is recommended primarily for residents of South Florida because follow-up office sessions are included in the package.

This special package includes:

  1. Full-Day Intensive Couple Counseling Session: Friday or Saturday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  2. Six (6) Follow-Up Couple Counseling Sessions: Each session 90 minutes in length

Please note that all 6 sessions must be completed within 6 months of the Friday or Saturday session.

Special Package Prices:
Friday Intensive Package – $2,995: (8 hours on Friday + six 90-minute follow-up sessions)
Saturday Intensive Package – $3,325: (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-hour notice will be forfeited. Additional follow-up sessions may be scheduled for an additional fee.

Connections Private Couple & Marriage Counseling Retreats, 2 or 3-Day Private Sessions

All Connections retreats are uniquely designed for only one couple at a time.

2-Day Intensive

Friday Day One from 1:30-6:00
Saturday Day Two from 9:00-5:00
Fee for 2-Day Intensive: $3,525

3-Day Intensive (by request only)

Friday Day One from 1:30-6:00
Saturday Day Two from 9:00-5:00
Sunday Day Three from 9:30-12:30
Fee for 3-Day Intensive: $4,995

A 3-day intensive is suggested for couples who have separated or experienced infidelity.

If you are looking to understand how to improve a relationship, this is the single best investment you will make. I recommend it whole-heartedly.


Connections Staff

The Connections program staff has many years of training and experience in relationship and marriage counseling. All intensives are conducted by both a male and a female therapist.

Richard J. Loebl, LCSW, BCD is the Founder and Director of the Relationship Center of South Florida and is a Board Certified Psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. He has conducted intensives for over 15 years and is the creator of the Connections program.

Mark Levinsky, MS, LMHC has been supporting, advising and transforming others professionally since 1986. He is a licensed psychotherapist, a life coach, and a Certified Instructor for a personal development seminar.

Gerda Anna Muyen, LCSW is a licensed therapist with over 20 years of experience. In addition to her private practice, she taught a 30-hour weekend self-development seminar for over 10 years. Gerda’s primary specialty is couples therapy. She teaches couples to enhance or save their relationship by being open, attuned and responsive to each other.

Amanda Patterson, LMHC, CAP, NCC is a couples counselor and psychotherapist with years of experience in helping couples rediscover their passion, learn new ways to communicate and resolve childhood issues that impact relationships.

Julie Shaikh, Ph.D., LCSW is an experienced marriage and couples therapist with a Ph.D. in Counseling and advanced training in several therapy modalities. She is an adjunct professor at FAU, and she has a special interest in working with people who are recovering from infidelity.

Janet Woodhouse, Practice Manager is the primary contact person for the 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.


Payments and Cancellations
Full payment upon registration is necessary to reserve your preferred program date(s).
Alternatively, upon request, registration by phone is available with a 50% deposit. The remainder will be automatically charged to the payment method on file two weeks prior to your first scheduled session.
Full refunds will be granted only if a cancellation is requested a complete 30 days prior to your first scheduled session.

Connections™ Workbook
All Connections participants receive a copy of our Connections: Workbook for Couples. This workbook contains extensive information about marriage and relationships, and many exercises designed to create successful outcomes.

Location & Accommodations

Connections programs are conducted at our offices in Boca Raton, Florida. Boca Raton is a “destination location” – many couples extend their time in South Florida to create a memorable experience that includes the wonderful resorts and amenities available in our area.

A wide range of resorts and hotels are available within the Boca Raton area. For additional information on where to book your Marriage Retreat, feel free to visit our Accommodations page.

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