Live, Online and In-Person
Join us for a hybrid course on couples therapy that provides a simple yet comprehensive map for working with couples. Love Made Simple emphasizes somatic and mindfulness-based work while integrating the essence of leading therapeutic modalities.
Our training uses hands-on experiential learning and goes beyond learning techniques; it helps participants become better therapists by developing their skills, unique style and therapeutic presence.
We created Love Made Simple as an integrative framework…
It brings together the most important insights from leading couples therapy approaches (EFT, PACT, IFS, Hakomi Mindful Somatic Psychology and others) with our experience of working with over a thousand couples one-on-one and in our workshops.
Somatic & Experiential
Relationship patterns happen fast and in an unconscious way. An eye roll, a change of breath, a turn of the head can create an impact. Likewise, the therapist can use experiential exercises and somatic interventions to get beneath the words and the mind defenses and provide an embodied experience of change.
Mindful & Growth Oriented
Using mindfulness enables people to slow down, develop self-awareness and learn to see their relationship challenges as an opportunity to grow. We believe that “secure attachment” is not enough and focus on relationships as paths of personal and spiritual growth.
Intuitive and Structured
Simple tools, maps and structured exercises help make couples therapy more effective and less chaotic. But they are only effective if you combine them with deep attunement to the clients and learning to trust your own intuition.
Therapist-Focused Rather Than Technique-Focused
We focus on improving the maturity and relational skill of the therapist. We believe that developing these qualities is at least as important as learning techniques, if not more so. We want you to develop your own style of therapy, not follow a rigid method.
What You Will Learn
The relationship blueprint – Understanding what makes us feel loved; communication as a cycle and the structure of conflict; main challenges couples bring to counseling; a vision for satisfying and fulfilling relationships
About couples counseling – What makes couples counseling different from individual therapy or coaching, and what is required from the counselor; an integrative framework that combines attachment and differentiation; goals and frame of couples counseling
Strategies and skills – How to work somatically and experientially with couples; effective interventions – contact, empathic reflection, crossing interventions; how to use mindfulness and experiential exercises
Self of the therapist – Looking at the counselor’s own models of relationship and capacity for intimacy; developing empathy and intuition; learning to work with high conflict couples; developing a sense of confidence, groundedness and trust in yourself; working with countertransference in psychodynamic, somatic and energetic levels.
Who Is This For?
This training is designed for psychotherapists and experienced coaches who have a calling to transform people’s relationships. If you see relationships as a path for spiritual growth, if the words somatic, mindfulness and experiential excite you and if you know that being a better therapist starts with learning about yourself, then you’re the right fit!
This training is suitable for professionals with a variety of experience levels; new practitioners will gain tools, strategies and confidence in couples counseling, while more experienced practitioners can expand their skills of working somatically and with mindfulness, as well as develop their therapeutic presence and intuition.
Early Enrollment through May 1:
Coaches and licensed practitioners: Use coupon code EARLYBIRDMAY to save $150 off regular tuition
Associates: Use coupon code ASSOCIATE300 to save $300 off regular tuition
Regular Tuition: $2,200 if enrolled by June 20, 2023 (final registration date)
VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express accepted.
Cancellations accepted via email. If you cancel 30 days in advance of the first day of training, you will receive a full refund less a $30 administrative fee. If you cancel 15 days in advance of the first day of training, you will receive a 50% refund less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be granted less than 15 days before the first day of training. No refunds will be granted for non-attendance.
This is a hands-on training that focuses on helping participants develop their skills, unique style and therapeutic presence. The majority of the time will be devoted to experiential learning, including analyzing videos of live sessions, practicing with each other and doing exercises that are designed to promote personal reflection. Participants will be asked to learn some of the theoretical material at home through watching videos recorded in a previous training.
Online Training Dates
Thursday: June 22
Fridays: July 7, July 14
In-Person Training Dates
Fri-Sun: June 23-25
Fri-Sun: July 21-23
Schedule: All times are Pacific
(with two 15-minute breaks and an hour for lunch)
Online via Zoom sessions and at Sacred Stream in Berkeley for in-person sessions
CEs for this training will be provided by The Couples Center. This course meets the qualifications for 48 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. To qualify for CEs, the student must attend all of the training sessions and submit a program evaluation form. The certificate will be sent via email at the end of the training.
The Couples Center is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education, provider number 144125. The Couples Center maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
For More Information
For any questions, including requests for accommodation for special needs and for addressing grievances, contact [email protected].