Experiential Couples Therapy

Winter 2022

The winter 2022 “Experiential Couples Therapy” is now full. Please contact us if you would like to be on the waiting list. Also, consider joining our mailing list for information on upcoming trainings. 

This is a training group for clinicians who have some background in experiential therapy, but are new to couples therapy — or, have experience with couples therapy, but not with experiential work.

The group will meet 8 times over four months. Meetings will include didactic presentation, intervention demonstration, and experiential skills practice.

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The material covered will draw from experiential therapy traditions: Person-Centered, Gestalt, Focusing, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

When: We will meet on 8 Thursdays, from 9am to 12:15pm. Here are the dates:

  • January 13th & 27th
  • February 10th & 24th
  • March 10th & 24th
  • April 7th & 21st

Where: We presume this program will be held live, though Zoom may be an option depending on pandemic conditions. Assuming we’re meeting in person, here’s the address:

95 High Street, Suite 207, Portland, ME, 04101

Cost: $750 for 8 three-hour meetings.

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC, NCC

Program Learning Objectives:

1. Utilizing a systemic understanding, participants will analyze partners’ relational conflict cycle, and be able to describe it in process terms, both for themselves and for their clients.

2. Participants will be able to assess clients’ moment-by-moment depth of experiencing, as distinguished from client verbal production, and sensitively access more primary experience.

3. Participants will demonstrate the ability to structure client enactments in order to arrest and reverse relational conflict cycles.

4. Participants will isolate the idiosyncratic impact of emotional injuries, and coach partners toward effective repair.

Topic Schedule:

Meeting 1: Introduction of the course; the rationale for working experientially; perception, emotion, meaning & action in couple difficulties.

Meeting 2: Establishing two relationships, appreciating two worlds, tracking two pains; moving from confusion toward understanding.

Meeting 3: Varieties of Relational Conflict Cycles;Attachment & Identity.

Meeting 4: Working with Polarities: pursuers/ withdrawers, dominants/submitters, under- functioning/over-functioning; reality fights.

Meeting 5: “The Music and the Lyrics” (Clearly distinguishing client verbal production from client experiential meanings).

Meeting 6: Accessing and Deepening Client Experiencing; the vital importance of the Growth Tendency.

Meeting 7: Deepening contact with Enactments:The When, the How, and the Why.

Meeting 8: Affairs, Emotional Injuries, and Repair Work.Working between two cycles.

Maximum of 5 participants, to ensure plenty of time and attention for each participants’ understanding and practice.

A certificate of 24 Contact Hours will be issues on completion of the program.

For more information, call (207) 699-4979 or write to info@getme.org

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