Do You Need Immediate Help for Your Marriage?

My Couples Counseling Retreat is an Alternative to Weekly Therapy.

Are you and your partner:

  • Struggling to communicate?
  • Longing for greater emotional or sexual intimacy?
  • Recovering from betrayal or infidelity?

My practice is dedicated to empowering couples with the awareness, connection, and tools to turn a struggling relationship into one of security and connection.

Scheduling office visits every week can be difficult for professionals and working families. My couples counseling retreat can give your marriage new direction, hope, and clarity in just three days.

Retreats are held exclusively with one couple at a time, with the option to meet during the week or over the weekend.

Whether you are traveling from Seattle, Bellevue, Bellingham or beyond, my retreat is a getaway to Washington’s beautiful San Juan Islands for you to focus on your relationship with a highly effective marriage specialist.

If you want to take a significant step forward now, I will be there to help you and your partner reach your goals. Once you go back home, you’re not alone: I’m also here to provide continued support in the form of follow-up sessions, and online guidance.

Don’t miss this opportunity to make significant progress in your relationship with a highly qualified marriage counselor. Learn more about my counseling retreats and my approach to helping couples renew and enhance their relationship.

Schedule your free phone call now.


“Heather is a genuine and dedicated professional.
She is compassionate with clients and colleagues, and is always striving to be of help to others.
She is someone who is constantly learning and growing, being whole-hearted in her life and her work.”

Laura Gambrel, PhD, LMFT, LPC
Professor of Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy—Appalachian State University

“Heather is genuinely caring, supportive, compassionate, and a very good listener.
She is very present with you, and knows what you need to work on.
We trust her and have always felt that she has our best interest in her heart and mind.”

—Greg and Marcia, WA

“After working with Heather for only a few sessions, we gained valuable skills that
helped us get through a very difficult time in our relationship.
Our communication has never been better, and our commitment to one another is stronger than ever.
We are grateful for Heather’s mindful guidance and support, and highly recommend her services to
any couple who feel ready to take their relationship to the next level.”

—John and Meike, WA

“When I first met Heather, I was in crisis mode, and she immediately helped me through the most difficult time in my life.
I feel comfortable telling her anything.

I have gained the wisdom to not only love myself again but have the confidence to love someone else without reservation.
Heather saved my life, gave me hope, and a purpose again.”

—Mike, WA

“We came to Heather at a very difficult time in our marriage.
She provided us with a safe, neutral space to share our feelings and communicate on a level we never knew was possible.
We truly believe we would not have succeeded as a couple without her help
Today we are closer and stronger than ever before.

—Miles and Sarah, WA

“Heather is a dynamite clinician.
She is that wonderful blend of very smart and deeply intuitive.
Heather exudes warmth and compassion while handling any situation put before her with grace, skill, and competence.
I refer to her frequently with the utmost confidence.”

Connie Feutz, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapist and Master Teacher for the Gottman Institute

“I often need to refer my patients to a qualified couples counselor and for over 10 years it has been an absolute relief to recommend Heather Varnau.
The work that Heather does is so effective that I see rapid change in the people I work with as a result.
She is passionate about helping couples find lasting ways through their challenges. She is compassionate, open minded, curious, and helps both partners feel seen, heard, understood, and supported.
We are very lucky to have Heather in the Pacific Northwest!”

Charlotte Underwood, MA, LMHC

Psychotherapist in Private Practice, Anacortes and La Conner, WA

“We came to Heather after my husband’s infidelity. I didn’t know if our marriage could survive and it was a very difficult time for our family.
We both really appreciate Heather for her help during such a crucial time. She not only helped us recover from the affair but we are stronger as a couple and closer than we ever have been.
She saved our marriage and helped us keep our family together, and for that I am so grateful.”

—Alan and Judy, AK

Lopez Island Location