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Couples Intensive Workshop

This specialized program is designed for one couple to work exclusively with a licensed family therapist for 2-3 days. The workshop is created to meet the specific needs of the couple based on telephone interviews and information obtained from their application. Within the context of this program, couples will have the opportunity to explore underlying patterns of conflict and unresolved problems, as well as identify and create trust, intimacy and effective communication. Couples decide what needs to stay the same, and what they want to create in their relationship. Program dates are arranged to accommodate availability to both the couple and E.H.S.

The E.H.S. couple’s workshop can help you:
• Learn essential conflict resolution skills
• Learn what are my individual responsibilities in the relationship
• Learn to model healthy boundaries in relationships
• Learn and practice communication skills
• Strengthen or reestablish trust in yourself and others
• Learn to increase intimacy with your partner

Group Couples Workshop

Couples who are striving for greater intimacy and fulfillment can benefit from this program. This is for couples who have been together for many years, as well as those who are in a new relationship or those contemplating ending their relationship.

Couples workshop is a 3 1/2 – day program that helps couples learn vital skills for creating or maintaining a healthy relationship.
The skills taught include: how to enhance overall communication through sharing of feelings, creating excitement through renewed intimacy, and understanding commitment, forgiveness, and accountability. Group exercises address such issues as how the past affects current relationships and intimacy, how to negotiate conflict resolution, what blocks/barriers keep your relationships from growing, and what are romance responsibilities. This helpful information is combined with rich sharing, practice, and connection in couples groups. In all, participants gain a clearer picture of their relationships. Couples leave with the vital tools that will create what they want and need in their relationships.

• Learn vital relationship skills
• Learn and practice communication skills
• Increase intimacy
• Learn to model healthy boundaries in relationships
• Identify relationship issues and options
• Reestablish trust in yourself and others
• Be aware of individual responsibilities in the relationship

What do the couples learn?
This process helps couples get a clearer picture of where the relationship stands and helps to create new skills to enhance the relationship. Because the couples are here for such a concentrated time and because of our active experiential techniques, the couples learn how history impacts the relationship today and how their current life situations and patterns of interaction interfere and/or enhance the relationship.

Who should attend the couples group?
We have couples attend who are in every stage of their relationship. Some couples in a new relationship come with the goal of developing and creating a healthy, positive relationship while others are in great pain and have ended or are considering ending their relationship. Most fall somewhere in between. Many couples attend who are in transition and experiencing life changes, who want to rekindle the passion in the relationship, or who need to rebuild trust.

What model of couple’s therapy do you use?
As with our individual and couples therapy programs, we use experiential therapy. This dynamic method combines techniques from group process, equine assisted learning, art, music, and behavioral therapies to allow issues, awareness, and feelings to emerge. In addition, couples practice communication and conflict resolution skills throughout the program. The workshop considers the couple as our client while you are here, thus any major individual issues that emerge during the program are referred out for further work at home. We focus only on how these individual issues affect the couples.