About Us

We are experts in the science of relationships

Blueprint was founded by a group of well-credentialed mental health professionals whose specialty is the science of relationships.  We are well-versed in the empirical science that best directs us to help couples achieve their specific goals in a time-efficient manner. 

We believe that your romantic relationship is your most valuable asset for healthy living. The quality of your romantic relationship affects everything: your physical health/longevity, your job performance, your children and extended family system.

Our Promise to You

Our promise to you is that you will depart with a clear sense of why you and your partner are struggling and exactly what you can do to overcome your particular challenges. You will not be given a generic template for success, but, rather, we will empower you to co-create future success based on your specific needs and desires. 

Couples want to be reminded of who they were when they originally made this extraordinary commitment to one another – to reconnect to the feeling that they had for one another when they made the promise to build a life together. Together we will reconnect you with those powerful aspirations.

We are pleased to have worked with a diverse array of couples: heterosexual, gay, married, unmarried, monogamous, non-monogamous… There are countless ways to be a successful couple; however, there is no one recipe that suits all couples. Your clinician will get to know you and your partner in-depth and will craft your unique blueprint to account for your specific dynamic and your exact relationship needs.

Our Team

Robert Riordan is a clinician at Blueprint Private Couple Therapy Retreat

ROBERT RIORDAN, JD, PsyD

Rob is a former international securities lawyer and current clinical psychologist. He holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He trained at Bellevue and completed his postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania Health System. Rob maintains a private practice in NYC and Connecticut.

Rob has worked clinically with over 250 couples with a specialty in high-conflict couples and couples in crisis. He has over 15 years of experience as a couple therapist.

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KERI MARCOVICI, MPH, PhD

Keri completed her Master of Public Health at Columbia University in the field of forced migration and health. She went on to earn her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Graduate Center, CUNY, focusing on couples and families. She completed her doctoral training at the New Jersey Veterans Affairs and The Community Health Center. She maintains a private practice in Connecticut.

Keri has worked clinically with over 75 couples, helping them communicate effectively and build intimacy in times of crisis. Keri’s premarital counseling work focuses on building on the couple’s strengths, while also focusing on each individual’s intergenerational family patterns. She has over 15 years of experience as a couple therapist.

Abigail Gunn is a clinician at Blueprint Private Couple Therapy Retreat

ABIGAIL GUNN, LMHC, LPC

Abby holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California and a Masters degree from Hunter College, with a focus in sex therapy. She completed her training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals on the impact of sexual impairment on quality of life. Abby maintains a remote private practice in Chicago, Illinois. 

Abby has worked clinically with over 75 couples with a specialty in non-traditional and unmarried couples. She has extensive experience working with couples that seek support before making the decision to marry or become parents. She has over 10 years of experience as a couple therapist.

Megan Warner is a clinician at Blueprint Private Couple Therapy Retreat

MEGAN WARNER, PhD

Megan holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University.  She completed her postdoctoral training at Brown University Medical School and Yale University School of Medicine. She has served as an assistant professor at New School in NYC and Yale School of Medicine.  Megan is the founder of Guilford Psychological Services, a group practice that offers therapeutic services on Connecticut’s shoreline.

Megan has worked clinically with over 75 couples with a specialty in discernment counseling.  She has over 15 years of experience as a couple therapist.

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NANCY LUCAS, MA

Nancy holds Masters degrees from Springfield College and Smith College in counseling and psychotherapy. Her training includes an internship at Shepherd Pratt Hospital; and, she has advanced training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Imago Relationship Therapy. She is also a certified MBTI Practitioner, published author and university lecturer. Nancy maintains a private practice in Essex, Connecticut.

Nancy has worked clinically with over 100 couples, and her areas of specialty include emotional and physical intimacy, deepening communication, and affair recovery. She has over 30 years of experience as a couple therapist.

Joshua Korth PsyD is a clinician at Blueprint Private Couple Therapy Retreat

JOSHUA KORTH, PsyD

Josh received his undergraduate degree in psychology from NYU and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University. He completed specialized training experiences in autism spectrum disorders at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York University Langone Medical Center. He maintains a private practice in NYC.

Josh has worked clinically with over 50 couples with a specialty in helping couples impacted by the challenges of parenting (including differing parenting philosophies and/or children with challenges).  He has over 10 years of experience as a couple therapist.

Jorge Nieto, Blueprint Creative Director

Jorge is a fine and graphic artist, who brings his talents to all of the aesthetic aspects of your Blueprint stay. Jorge manages all of Blueprint’s social media platforms.

Alison Schenck, Blueprint Administrator

Alison is the founder of Alison Schenck Consulting & Management Services.  Alison will guide you through all administrative aspects of your Blueprint experience.

Maya Bradstreet, Blueprint Catering

Maya is the founder of A Recipe for Wellness. She is a seasoned chef, well-versed in a variety of dietary theories. Maya will work with you to prepare healthy and delicious meals during your stay at the retreat.

The Blueprint Curriculum

At Blueprint, we are educators.  Our subject matter is human relationships. We are well-versed in all empirically supported treatments that help couples achieve their best outcomes. We have developed a curriculum that will furnish you with new ways to conceptualize your relationship. The curriculum is flexible enough that it will be tailored to your specific needs. Our intensive work together allows us to have in vivo observation and intervention in order to help you address the specific challenges faced by you and your partner. 

We have worked successfully with all different types of learners. Our curriculum offers an educational component and an experiential component, both of which are therapeutic in nature. We will not simply overwhelm you with information; rather, we will work individually with you to identify the learning language that evokes the greatest growth in you.

A perfect marriage is just when two imperfect people refuse to give up on one another. 
– Unknown

insight + emotion

The Blueprint Model

Change happens when we pair insight and emotion.  Insight alone is not enough (we all know that we should not overeat, but we do it regardless).  Emotion alone is not enough (we all know that when we get lost in emotion, our ability to think clearly becomes impaired).  The Blueprint model promotes optimal change through the pairing of both insight and emotion in a safe space with ample time for each party to process, identify and articulate their respective feelings. This is how lasting change is ignited. 

Our model allows couples to immediately deploy and practice the skills that they will learn with us, doing so in a truly controlled setting. Further, by moving therapy out of the professional office, into a setting that better mimics your home life, you are better able to transfer learned skills after the completion of your stay.

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Empirically Supported Treatments

We are passionate about our work, and we are always educating ourselves on the latest research in the field of couple therapy.

Our clinicians are well-versed in the leading evidence-based therapeutic models.

Emotionally Focused Therapy

Dr. Sue Johnson 

EFT rests on the premise that, as social beings, we seek to create and maintain emotional connection (an attachment) with loved ones.  When that connection is in distress, it is conceptualized as the loss of a secure attachment. When relationship distress occurs, each partner engages in behaviors (often maladaptive) to try to cope with the loss of the secure attachment and a negative cycle develops. In time, this cycle, if repeated consistently, will erode the couple’s sense of security in the relationship. 

EFT seeks to help couples illuminate the negative cycle and to help the couple to each articulate their needs so as to promote better understanding, reciprocal empathy and ultimately a path back to a secure attachment to one another. 

To learn more about EFT, please click here.

The Gottman Method

Dr. John Gottman

Through a rigorous assessment, the Gottman Method seeks to create in a romantic relationship a foundation of lasting stability.  The specific goals of the Gottman Method concern: communication (disarming conflicting verbal communication); relational behavior (promoting in the couple increased intimacy, respect and affection); aliveness (the removal of barriers that create in the relationship a feeling of stagnancy); and emotional growth (creating a heightened sense of empathy and understanding in the relationship). 

Additional RESOURCES

At Blueprint, we also incorporate into our work research / theories / concepts proposed by:

  • Esther Perel (research on the role of eroticism in romantic relationships)
  • Dr. Brene Brown (research on perfectionism/shame)
  • Dr. Stan Tatkin (the PACT Method (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy))
  • Gary Chapman (The Five Love Languages
  • Terry Real (theories on men in romantic relationships)