Introduction to Experiential Couples Therapy

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.

Program Objectives:

Participants will learn an experiential approach to de-escalating anger and blame, restructuring conflict and distancing, and strengthen couples’ emotional bonds.

By the end of the program, participants will be able to identify, define, and make clinical use of  the following topics:

  • Relational Conflict Cycles
  • Primary vs Secondary Emotional Experience
  • Polarities (i.e., pursuer/withdrawer, dominant/submitter)
  • Emotional Injuries (including affairs)
  • Repair Work
  • Accessing Emotion
  • Working with Anger, Sadness, Shame and Fear
  • “I” messages vs. “You” or “It” messages
  • Attachment
  • Identity
  • Enactments

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

  • September 14 & 28
  • October 12 & 26
  • November 9 & 23
  • December 7 & 21

Where: This program will be held live, as long as there are no re-emergent pandemic concerns during the time frame of the training. If necessary, we will complete the program using Zoom. Assuming that doesn’t happen, here’s the address:

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

Cost: $600 for 8 three-hour meetings.

Trainer: Tom Kubasik, LCPC

Maximum of 6 participants.

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

For more information, call (207) 699-4979 or write to

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