Valentine's Couples / Marriage Retreat

  • Presented By: The Esposito Institute, Inc.
  • Speaker / Facilitator: Benita A. Esposito, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Topic Area: Marriage Enrichment, Individual Growth and Development, Spirituality & Faith

  • Start Date: 02/11/2023
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Daily Schedule: 9:00AM - 6:30PM
  • Recurring: This is an annual event near Valentine's Day
  • Registration Deadline: Early Bird Date: Save $50 by January 5

  • Location: This is an online event. Please see description for Details
  • Fee Info: See webpage:
  • Open To: Mental Health Professionals, General Public, Couples

  • Contact Information: Benita A. Esposito, MA, LPC, LCMHC 770.998.6642

Married, engaged, co-habitating and dating couples are welcome.

As couples move beyond the ecstatic “honeymoon” phase of the early weeks and months, they inevitably encounter conflicts. If not handled skillfully by both people, emotional wounds mount up, adding one more brick in the wall, until one day, the wall is too high to climb.

I believe that healthy relationships are the backbone of a healthy society. That’s why I am passionate about helping couples create healthy romantic relationships. It’s our biggest challenge in society.  When a couple learns how to be healthy, it has far-reaching impact into their children’s lives, their siblings, parents, friends, and workplaces.

It breaks my heart to see couples suffer with the slowness of private counseling sessions. There’s only so much we can cover in 55 minutes, and then the session is over. We can move so much more swiftly by meeting for 16 hours over a weekend.

(If you prefer the privacy of private couples retreat, we can do that. Let me know your interest, and I will respond to you within 24 hours. Call 770.998.6642. Email:

These are some of the complaints I hear from couples:

  • I don’t feel safe opening up to my partner. I sometimes feel judged and criticized.
  • I hate conflict. Why can’t we just be happy?
  • One of us gets too emotionally reactive.
  • I am too critical.I know I shouldn’t be that way but I can’t stop myself sometimes.
  • I want us to communicate our needs so we bond more deeply.
  • My partner doesn’t connect with me when I get emotional. I feel lonely.
  • We don’t have enough fun together.
  • Our love-making is too infrequent.
  • My spouse is distant. I just can’t reach him or her.
  • When my partner makes agreements, he or she doesn’t follow through.
  • To avoid conflict, I do the chores myself, and then I feel unappreciated.
  • By the time we get home from work and the kids’ events, we have to prepare dinner, do homework and get the kids to bed. We’re exhausted. We don’t get enough time alone