Love Made Simple - Somatic and integrative couples counseling training
A couples therapy training that is based on an integrative framework, bringing together somatics, mindfulness and personal growth aspects with a strong emphasis on developing the self of the therapist and their unique style. 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
Presented by: Gal Szekely, MFT and Liron Cohen, MFT .
Dates: weekly meetings from September 16th to November 11th , 2022.
Couples therapy can be challenging even for seasoned therapists... It’s easy to feel lost, overwhelmed and even stressed. Still, it’s also a place for creativity, in which you can bring your unique style and life experience, and - most importantly - feel that you’re making a real difference in the lives of others.
We created Love Made Simple as an integrative framework...
It brings together the most important insights from leading couple therapy approaches (EFT, PACT, IFS, Hakomi and others) with our experience of working with over a thousand couples one-on-one and in our workshops.
Somatic and 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 and 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. Yet, 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 and see them as important (if not more important) than learning techniques. We want you to develop your style of therapy, not follow a rigid method.
Presenter Bios: Gal & Liron
We are psychotherapists, teachers, parents, business owners and university professors. But, (this is probably the most important part) we’re also a real couple who have different personalities, different likes and dislikes, yet we share a common vision.
We started The Couples Center in 2011 and Love Made Simple in 2020 - this is how passionate we are about couples work! We’ve offer couples workshops (Level 1 & Level 2) for over 7 years, and we’ve built a comprehensive online course, plus several other mini-courses, as well as date-nights for couples.
Gal is a recovered tech guy who became a tree hugger, somatic believer and a meditation enthusiast. He is a teacher of the Hakomi mindful somatic psychotherapy and of the Tamura Method of Conscious Energetic Touch in therapy, and he is an adjunct faculty at CIIS university. In his spare time, you will find him on the tennis court, trying psychological techniques to improve his forehand shots (or forehand shots to improve his psychology).
Liron started as interior designer, but later realized she was called to transform the “interior design of the self.” She is known for her natural authenticity, intuition and ability to balance warmth and directness. She explores the realms of sound healing and shamanic hypnotherapy in psychotherapy, and she is also an adjunct faculty at CIIS university. She leads a couples-focused supervision group, as well as couples workshops. In her spare time, you will find her baking delicious desserts while holding a baby in one arm.
Training include 52 live instruction time (28 hours online, 24 hours in-person) and 14 hours via a prerecorded online course.
This training combines 7 virtual meetings and 2 in-person meetings in Oakland California:
• All the virtual meetings will be held on Friday mornings from 8 am to 12 pm (Pacific Time) and will include two 15 minutes breaks.
- Dates: 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 11/4, and 11/11
• Two in-person trainings will be held on Fridays – Saturdays from 9am to 430pm (Pacific time) in Oakland and will include an hour for lunch break and two 15 minutes breaks:
- Dates: September 23rd & 24th, 2022 and October 28th & 29th, 2022
Cost: $1980 for regular registration, or $1780 if you register by July 15th.
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 Science
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