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Psychology - Couples Therapy

Psychology - Couples Therapy


The acclaimed, research-based program that's helped thousands of couples

Drawn from Dr. John Gottman's four decades of research with over 3000 couples, the material in The Art & Science of Love rebuilds or increases the friendship, intimacy and respect in your partnership. Our lab and field work revealed exactly what separates the "masters" of relationships from the "disasters." And that research enabled us to build a program that teaches everything we've learned about creating the kind of partnership we all hope for.

The latest edition of The Art & Science of Love was filmed at a live workshop with Drs. John and Julie Gottman.

4 DVDs (With Manuals) / 2011 / 7 hours

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This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Therapy! A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 training will give you new insight into couples' struggles using research-based assessments and effective interventions.

You'll learn:

  • How relationship problems change over time, but never go away - even in 'happy' couples
  • How to understand couples' struggles using new assessment questionnaires
  • Research-based strategies and tools to help couples successfully manage conflict
  • Techniques to help couples presenting with multiple co-morbidities including incest, the effects of poverty, PTSD and infidelity
  • Skills that empower couples to dialogue about their worst gridlocked issues by uncovering their underlying dreams, history, and values
  • Methods to help couples process their fights and heal their hurts
  • Techniques to help couples to deepen their intimacy and minimize relapse
  • How to increase your confidence regarding couples dynamics

    6 DVDs (With Manual) / 2009

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    Immerse yourself in the Gottman Methods & gain confidence using the techniques in your clinical work

    During this home study you will have the opportunity to practice and integrate Drs. John and Julie Gottman's Assessment and Intervention Methods. The goal of this training is to immerse you in the Gottman Methods to help you gain confidence in using the techniques in your own clinical work.

    Refine your clinical skills:

    Learn to internalize and integrate the powerful, research-based Gottman Method Assessment and Intervention techniques. Gain insight as to when to use these methods and when couples therapy is contraindicated Become skilled in using our Level 2 Clinical Manual, that now includes revised Gottman Core Assessments, Gottman Supplemental Assessments and 50+ Gottman Interventions.

    This workshop covers:

  • Basics of Observation
  • Assessment - Sessions 1, 2, 3
  • Core Assessment Questionnaires
  • Supplemental Assessment Questionnaires
  • Intervention - Philosophy and Goals
  • Interventions - Managing Conflict
  • Interventions - Strengthening Friendship and Romance
  • Interventions - Minimizing Relapse
  • Co-Morbidities - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Affairs, Domestic Violence (DV), Depression

    13 DVDs (With Manual) / 2009

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    Proven info for better relationships!

    Start learning and turning things around

    Here's the science behind happy relationships! Dr. Gottman outlines the findings, tools and techniques that have helped thousands of couples from around the world build a "Sound Relationship House." A terrific introduction and companion to The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work and the rest of Dr. Gottman's life-changing research. Begin building your own "Sound Relationship House" and learn about

    Nurturing the friendship between the 2 of you
  • How 'positive perspective' occurs (and solves problems) when the friendship bewteen you is strong
  • Dealing with your relationship issues and managing conflict
  • Finding ways to make each other's life dreams come true
  • Creating shared meaning - building a shared sense of purpose

    DVD / 2008 / 95 minutes

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    Be an emotion coach for your children.

    This 90 minute audio program is a wonderful overview of Dr. Gottman's research and findings on raising emotionally healthy kids.

    An outstanding resource for parents and caregivers! Dr. Gottman explains how research has yielded better methods to coach children to regulate their emotional world. This increases self-confidence, improve school performance, and contribute to greater physical health and healthier social relationships. For parents of children of all ages, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child helps explain how parents and child can enrich their bonds, and contributes immeasurably to the development of a generation of emotionally healthy adults.

    Dr. Gottman draws on his studies of more than 120 families to zero in on the parenting techniques that ensure a child's emotional health. In short, these are:

  • Be aware of a child's emotions
  • Recognize emotional expression as an opportunity for intimacy and teaching
  • Listen empathetically and validate a child's feelings
  • Label emotions in words a child can understand
  • Help a child discover appropriate ways to solve a problem or deal with an upsetting situation

    DVD / 90 minutes

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    In-depth re-enactments of powerful, moving sessions with Gottman clients

    In this set Drs. John & Julie Gottman show you how to apply Gottman Method Therapy tools in your clinical work. View these sessions time and again to enhance your skills.

    Here are clear, masterful video training demonstrations of just how Gottman Couples Therapy can be integrated into your clinical work. Based on actual clinical cases, these sessions include:

    DVD 1: Assessment, Couple Interaction, Individual Sessions, Contracting Session

    DVD 2: Dreams Within Conflict Intervention and Compromise, 4 Horsemen & Culture of Appreciation, Aftermath of a Fight

    DVD 3: Doing a 'Dan Wile', Softened Start-up, Video Playback & Enduring Vulnerabilities, Internal Working Model and ID'ing Negative Cycles, Conversation They Never Had, Repair Checklist

    DVD 4: Behavior Exchange, Rituals of Emotional Connection, Aftermath of Failed Bids, Building Shared Meanings, Resistance to Change, Rappaport Intervention, the Marital Poop Detector

    DVD 5: The Stress Reducing Conversation

    5 DVDs / 10 hours

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    Essential enhancement for the Level 1 Home Study

    With Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman

    Compelling and emotion-filled, this 5-disc set shows Dr. Julie Gottman skillfully working with a real couple who progress through the change process in Gottman Couples Therapy.

    Ten live clinical films demonstrate how to transform a destructive cycle into hope and healing, via movement through the levels of the Sound Relationship House. Filmed in Dr. Gottman's office, these sessions clearly show how to integrate key Gottman Method Assessments & Interventions into your own clinical work.

    DVD 1: Assessment - First Session & Love Maps
    DVD 2: Dreams Within Conflict & Aftermath of a Fight
    DVD 3: Softened Start-up & Rituals of Connection
    DVD 4: Creating Shared Meaning & Rapoport Intervention
    DVD 5: Flooding, Stress Reducing Conversation & Shared Feelings, Expressing Vulnerability and Stating Needs

    Observe couples during their assessment sessions; watch attacks of The Four Horsemen, see how to stop them and facilitate the implementation of their antidotes; view an Aftermath of a Fight intervention and watch a couple move from attack-defend to a collaborative mode; observe a Dreams Within Conflict intervention and see how a couple moves from gridlock to dialogue with a perpetual problem; observe many key clinical interventions including Softened Start-up, the Stress Reducing Conversation, Creating Shared Meaning, and more.

    5 DVDs / 10 hours

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    With Andrew Christensen, PhD

    Integrative behavioral couple therapy (IBCT) is an empirically validated approach that integrates the twin goals of acceptance and change as positive outcomes for couples in therapy. Using a variety of treatment strategies in a consistent behavioral theoretical framework, IBCT's key features include emphases on case formulation, emotional acceptance as a basis for concrete change, and evocative rather than prescriptive interventions.

    IBCT is keenly focused on the emotional underpinnings of a couple's problems as the therapist offers a conceptualization of the problem from an IBCT perspective and engages in a variety of strategies to promote greater emotional acceptance as well as concrete change.

    In this demonstration, Andrew Christensen works to give the couple a dyadic perspective on their problems and uses the IBCT interventions of empathic joining and unified detachment to evoke compassionate and caring responses from the couple.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With Jeffrey E. Young, PhD

    Schema therapy is an innovative, integrated therapeutic approach, originally developed as an expansion of traditional cognitive-behavioral treatments. This therapeutic method blends the active, structured elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the more depth-oriented and emotion-focused strategies used in other approaches.

    In comparison to CBT, schema therapy emphasizes lifelong patterns (or schemas), affective change techniques, and the therapeutic relationship, integrating all of these strategies as opposed to focusing on just one of them.

    Schema Therapy With Couples demonstrates this integrative method, in which each partner's schemas are explored to determine how they interact and connect. Dr. Jeffrey E. Young works with a couple to identify the conflicts they experience, how these conflicts are linked to each partner's schemas, and how they can better express to each other what they need in the relationship.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With Sue Johnson, CPsych, EdD

    In Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Clients Dealing With Infidelity, Sue Johnson demonstrates this experiential, integrative approach for helping couples deal more effectively with feelings of distress and negative interaction patterns so that they may restore trust and develop more secure attachment bonds.

    Emotionally focused couple therapy centers on emotions and how partners communicate their emotions to one another. This is a collaborative approach in which the therapist focuses on sitting with the couple as they make sense of their emotions, creating a secure base that facilitates the forgiveness process and the sharing of core fears and needs. The ultimate goal of therapy is to help couples to learn to speak in a direct and open way about their feelings so that they may state their needs and develop a deeper, richer attachment bond.

    In this video, Johnson helps a couple as they struggle with issues surrounding infidelity.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    Madanes demonstrates with a young couple who is conflicted about holiday celebrations and vacations. The husband has wounds from his past that resonate with family holidays. He also wants to be more a part of his wife "inner circle" with her son from a previous marriage and vacations challenge him in this area. Madanes uses humor, insight and emotional connection to guide the couple to an accepting compromise.

    DVD / 2009 / 60 minutes

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    Patsy and Josh are a volunteer couple, already in Emotionally Focused Therapy. They are further helped through an EFT session with Sue Johnson. Patsy, suffering from deep wounds of the past, is vulnerable and fearful, and often shuts down-even though she knows her actions prevent connection with Josh. Her husband tries to be caretaker and nurturer. Johnson helps them stay with emotion, expand their connection and shapes their interaction bringing both to a safer, more loving place.

    DVD / 2009 / 60 minutes

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    By Harville Hendrix, PhD, Randall C. Wyatt, PhD

    "Relationship is the context in which you get healed... and we think couplehood is the most powerful source of healing there is." - Harville Hendrix, PhD

    The founder of Imago Therapy, and one of the leading experts in couples therapy sits down with Randall C. Wyatt to discuss a bold turn in the way we think about psychotherapy and relationships.

    Moving away from individual psychology, Harville Hendrix asserts that because we are wounded in relationships, it is ultimately through relationships that we must heal and grow. Relationships often begin full of hope of healing these wounds, but everyday we see couples in our offices, trapped in painful conflicts, unwittingly re-injuring each other.

    Hendrix introduces a dialogue process that engages couples in mutual empathy and genuine curiosity, discusses "the defense against love" and other relational challenges, tells us how his therapy model saved his own marriage, and explains the biggest mistake couples therapists make.

    From watching this program, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the connection between childhood wounds and difficulties in adult relationships.
  • Develop skills to help clients work through their childhood wounds and enact healthier patterns in their intimate relationships.
  • Learn to ask new kinds of questions that lead couples towards positive growth, and away from painful rehashing of conflict.

    DVD (With English Subtitles) / 2008 / 52 minutes

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    With Donald H. Baucom, PhD

    In Enhanced Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy, Dr. Donald H. Baucom demonstrates this approach to working with couples coping with relationship difficulties. Although regular cognitive-behavioral therapy has been useful in working with couples, it has largely neglected the broader patterns and core themes in intimate relationships, such as differences in needs for intimacy. In addition to focusing on a couple's interactive processes, enhanced cognitive-behavioral therapy attends to the two unique individuals, including all that each partner brings to the relationship, as well as to the context in which the relationship exists.

    In this session, Dr. Baucom works with a couple who have a history of resistance to vulnerability, helping them to learn to open up and truly listen to each other.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    With Don-David Lusterman, PhD

    In Couples Therapy for Extramarital Affairs, Dr. Don-David Lusterman demonstrates his empathic, psychoeducational approach to working with couples in which one partner has had an affair. Therapy begins with acknowledgment of the "victim" status of the partner who discovered the affair. Dr. Lusterman then works to restore trust and helps the discoverer to transcend the role of victim by encouraging empathy in the offending partner for the discoverer's feelings. In this session, Dr. Lusterman works with a couple in which the husband has admitted to an affair with a coworker. The emotionally charged nature of this session requires the therapist to actively guide the couple away from the dynamic of blame and blame-avoidance toward honesty and openness.

    This program features a client portrayed by an actor on the basis of actual case material.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    Susan Heitler, Ph.D.

    The Angry Couple dramatically recreates key moments in the six-month course of therapy with Judith and Richard, a distressed couple whose marriage is threatened by a cycle of explosive anger and silent withdrawal. Dr. Heitler quickly reins in their anger, cuts through the impasses that have prolonged their conflict, and uncovers the core issues that have blocked intimacy from flourishing.

    Watch Dr. Heitler in action, and you'll learn how to:

  • Gain control in the first session, and keep subsequent sessions safe
  • Defuse anger in the therapy office, without taking sides
  • Teach techniques for preventing anger escalations at home
  • Convert inflammatory interactions to cooperative dialogue
  • Help couples develop positive communication skills, so core issues are addressed and resolved.

    DVD / 2006 / 75 minutes

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    By Ackerman Institute, Constance Scharf, LCSW

    A growing number of couples in the United States find themselves facing the profound disappointment of infertility, which can place enormous strain on even the healthiest of relationships. When asked to rate their most stressful life experience, research participants in one study reported that the stress of infertility was nearly as devastating as the death of a child or spouse.

    Using a clinical illustration of a family systems approach to treatment, this program offers a framework for understanding the emotional and psychological impact of infertility upon couples who have sought unsuccessfully to conceive.

    Presented by the Depression Project of the renowned Ackerman Institute for the Family, the therapists walk viewers through a series of emotionally charged clinical sessions with a real couple struggling with infertility.

    By watching this program, you will learn to help couples:
  • Work through the feelings of profound loss, mourning, and shame that often surround a diagnosis of infertility.
  • Recognize and cope with the common problems arising from an infertility diagnosis (e.g., marital dissatisfaction, sexual dysfunction, loss of spontaneity, and increased conflict).
  • Reduce the feelings of isolation the members of the couple feel from each other, as well as from family and friends.

    DVD / 2006 / 41 minutes

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    with Ellyn Bader.and Dan Wiles.

    In this videotape, two renowned couples and marriage experts, Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Dan Wile discuss what couples therapy is and what it is not. Dr. Randall Wyatt masterfully engages these experts in the key issues that many couples face when considering couples therapy. In numerous heartwarming stories, they describe the positive changes that can occur in couples therapy, even for couples who appear at first hopelessly deadlocked. They describe the two most common patterns in couples: withdrawal from each other and avoiding dealing with critical issues, or engaging in repeated conflict that leaves each partner hurt and angry. The relationship that each has entered with such excitement and hope has become a painful disappointment.

    Despite the hope couple's therapy offers, many couples (or one partner) are reluctant or afraid to seek professional assistance. Couples Therapy: An Introduction can help ease these fears by laying out a roadmap of what the process entails, and providing some reality-based encouragement on what kinds of changes are possible. This videotape will be valued by couples of all types, as well as the therapists and counselors who work with them.

    DVD / 2006 / 43 minutes

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    With Tamara Goldman Sher, PhD

    In Couples and Illness, Dr. Tamara Goldman Sher demonstrates her approach to working with couples in which one or both partner suffers from an illness. The goal of this therapy is to help the couple understand how the illness or recovery process affects the couple's relationship, and identify resources that will help the couple to cope.

    In this session, Dr. Sher helps a couple deal with older relationship issues that have affected their ability to rebound as a couple from the stress of a recent serious illness, concomitant surgery, and the return to health.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / Approx. 100 minutes

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    By Insoo Kim Berg, LCSW

    Insoo Kim Berg's unique style and unwavering optimism comes to life in this demonstration of Solution-Focused BriefTherapy.

    When couples come to therapy they are often combative, quick to point the finger, and about to give up on the relationship. In this program, Insoo Kim Berg demonstrates her approach with one such couple, and in two sessions shows how effective it can be to focus a couple on their strengths and resources, moving them away from fighting and towards collaboration.

    Leslie is angry with her husband, Bill, for working long hours and neglecting her and the children. Bill is struggling to support his family and believes Leslie doesn't appreciate or trust him. Insoo Kim Berg uses techniques to focus this fiery and argumentative couple on solutions, and bring their mutual commitment to the relationship and family to the forefront.

    From watching this program, you will:
  • Gain an understanding of the goals of a solution-focused brief therapy approach with couples, and what it means to support, generate and enlarge solutions.
  • Learn how to apply solution-focused techniques to your work with couples including finding Exceptions to Problems, the Miracle Question, Scaling, and Amplifying Change.
  • Witness Berg's remarkable ability to connect with challenging clients and inspire them to discover their strengths and resources.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 1994 / 92 minutes

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    By Daniel Wiener

    We frequently struggle to help our clients get out of their heads and into the present moment. Improvisation is a powerful tool in the therapy room to help people let go of their fixed identities and experience more freedom, spontaneity, and aliveness. It is especially useful with couples, who often get stuck in limiting relational patterns. In this video, you get to see the transformation of a married couple as they participate in various theater games that help them creatively explore common themes that most couples face, such as: power, competition, dealing with differences, vulnerability, conflict, mutuality, and sex. Dr. Wiener will show you how to create a safe space for your clients to experiment with different ways of being and how to facilitate insight-oriented discussions about the exercises, so that they can discover a host of options and possibilities they never knew they had.

    Although many innovators in our field claim that their approaches work for all populations, Wiener freely (and refreshingly) admits that many couples are not open or interested in trying out these exercises; but these improvisations techniques are indeed a valuable resource to have in your therapy toolbox. If you find yourself feeling restless with therapy as usual, this video may add some creative spark to your practice.

    By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the components of Rehearsals for Growth™ and how to apply these improvisational techniques to assessment and therapy with couples.
  • Learn how to facilitate discussions that will enrich each couple's understanding of their relational tendencies, enabling them to try out new ways of being.
  • Find more ease in transitioning between action methods and talk therapy.

    DVD (With English subtitles, Instructor's Manual) / 99 minutes

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    By Richard Stuart

    Richard Stuart demonstrates his integrative approach to Behavioral Couples Therapy in an actual couples therapy session.

    Stuart utilizes basic principles of Behavioral Therapy to empower clients to change their own behaviors and develop insight and understanding into how what they do influences the behavior of others.

    In this program, Stuart works with Adele and Wesley, a couple with many elements of a successful marriage but struggling to find a way to stay together. While issues from her past trouble Adele, Wesley feels hurt and rejected and does not know how to recapture his loving feelings for his wife.

    Using information derived from a brief developmental history as well as pre-session questionnaires, Stuart is able to quickly dive into the language and metaphor of each client-using anecdotes and personal stories to reflect his understanding. He then moves on to identify each of their primary concerns, and reframe their understanding of problematic behaviors. After negotiating strategies for achieving a mutually desired solution, the clients are then asked to engage in specific behavioral changes that can be evaluated the following week.

    Consistently focusing on their strengths and the positive aspects of their marriage, Stuart helps the couple re-commit to each other in order to successfully undertake the behavioral changes asked for.

    By watching this program, you will be able to:

  • Describe the specific techniques used in Stuart's approach to couples therapy.
  • Identify the basic principles of Stuart's Integrative Behavioral approach to couples therapy.
  • Explain how a clinician employing Stuart's approach would conduct an initial session with a couple.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 120 minutes

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    By James Coyne

    James Coyne demonstrates Strategic Couples Therapy in an actual session with a gay couple. Watch this master therapist and learn the basic principles of Strategic Therapy, which seeks to help the couple develop a problem-solving strategy tailored to their specific concerns and values.

    Hugh and Alan have been together more than a decade, and now find themselves ready to work on some of the more persistent annoyances in their relationship. Coyne illustrates many core Strategic Therapy techniques, including meeting with each partner individually prior to bringing them in together, describing the problem explicitly and concisely, investigating all solutions that have been previously tried, defining a clear and concrete change to be achieved and formulating and implementing a strategy for change.

    Coyne demonstrates other techniques such as reframing, and gives Hugh and Alan a paradoxical homework assignment: permission to do what they are already doing in order to view their conflicts as an opportunity for change. The therapy session is both preceded and followed by an in-depth exploration of the principles of Strategic Therapy and a discussion of Coyne's own thought process and methodology.

    By watching this program, you will:

  • Describe Coyne's approach to couples therapy, including the specific techniques used in Strategic Therapy.
  • Identify the basic principles of Strategic Therapy.
  • Explain how a clinician employing a Strategic Therapy approach would conduct an initial session with a couple in conflict.

    DVD (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 120 minutes

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    By Sue Johnson

    Dr. Sue Johnson has been hailed as "the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years." Now you'll have the chance to watch her conduct an actual session with a challenging couple haunted by the "echoes of war."

    By watching this video you'll learn:
  • The core theory and principles of EFT;
  • How to help couples identify the negative cycles that keep them stuck;
  • Specific techniques to help clients access the primary emotions that drive their conflicts, including reframing, amplification, "relentless empathy," and enactments.

    2 DVDs (With Instructor's Manual, English subtitles) / 213 minutes

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    By Richard Schwartz

    What really happens in therapy over time? Watch from the front row as Richard Schwartz, founder of Internal Family Systems Therapy, conducts six full-length sessions with a real couple facing a devastating crisis.

    Renee and Dennis, married for sixteen years, enter treatment a month after Renee discovered Dennis had been having an affair. This video documents their entire course of therapy, as Schwartz demonstrates how to help a couple work through this difficult issue.

    See how Schwartz helps Renee and Dennis gradually identify the key parts of themselves that interfere with their ability to be intimate with each other; for instance, Dennis's "minimizer" part activates Renee's rageful "Cruella" part by concealing and trivializing the details of his affair. While they still have work to do by the end of the sixth session, you'll be impressed with how far this couple has come with Schwartz's expert guidance.

    The video also includes Schwartz's introduction to the principles and techniques of Internal Family Systems Therapy, along with his commentary after each session, giving the viewer an opportunity to hear why he chose specific interventions.

    By watching this video, you will be able to:

  • Help couples identify their own parts that get in the way of getting and staying close to each other,
  • Create a safe atmosphere for couples to drop their defenses and engage in Self-to-Self connection,
  • Apply IFS principles to your own countertransference reactions so you can be more present with your clients.

    2 DVDs (With Instructor's Manual, English Subtitles) / 332 minutes

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