October 25th, 2019
Austin IN: Relationship
How to Cultivate Healthy Intimacy and Attachment
with Dr. Felicia De La Garza Mercer PhD, Kristal DeSantis LMFT, and Adam Maurer LMFT LPC
Join us for a lively public discussion about cultivating healthy intimacy and attachment in your romantic relationships.
Our night will begin with a 45-minute facilitated discussion with some of Austin’s most dynamic couples therapists, followed by 45-minutes of Questions and Answers with our audience.
Topics we’re highlighting in our discussion include:
- Attachment Styles
- Desire Discrepancies
- Milestone Conversations + Sex
- Expansive Sexuality
This event is LGBTQ+ and Polyamorous inclusive. ALL are welcomed!
- Dr. Felicia De La Garza Mercer, PhD
- Kristal DeSantis, LMFT (Austin STRONG: Relationship Building Center)
- Adam Maurer, LMFT, LPC (Moontower Counseling)
Moderated By: Marissa Rivera, LPC (Ola Wellness)
October 26th, 2019
Cutting through The Blame Game and Rewiring for Love
with Dr. Brent Atkinson, PhD
Join us for a one-day professional workshop with Dr. Brent Atkinson of The Couples Clinic as he outlines his pragmatic, experiential approach for clinicians working with couples.
- 6.0 CEUs
- Light breakfast and a boxed lunch will be provided.
- Dr. Atkinson will pre-select case studies from attendees prior to the workshop. Stay tuned for more info on how to submit your case study for consideration!
- Ample, free on-site parking included.
Part 1: Cutting Through the Blame Game
Most people who are in distressed relationships believe that their partners are more to blame than they are, but studies suggest that partners tend to engage in unhealthy relationship behaviors at approximately the same rates. Studies further suggest that mistaken beliefs about overall blame are no small matter. They fuel contempt, which is the most powerful predictor of divorce. In this workshop, Dr. Atkinson will demonstrate how you can go straight to the heart of the matter, helping partners realize that it’s in their own best interest to understand how their own dysfunctional habits have caused just as much trouble in the relationship as have their mates’. You will learn how to give critical feedback to clients without them feeling criticized, and help them understand the concrete changes they need to make.
Step by step, Dr. Atkinson will show how you can motivate and guide clients through the process of “laying down their weapons,” explicitly acknowledging mutual responsibility for the depleted condition of their relationships.
Part 2: Rewiring for Love
This workshop will build upon Part 1 by teaching you how to create detailed mind/body workout routines for inmate partners that enable them to develop the abilities that have been proven to be necessary to develop and maintain satisfying relationships. To execute the needed abilities, one’s brain must be wired in ways that promote mood-regulation, self-soothing, response-flexibility, and empathy. The neural mechanisms that enable such abilities cannot be willed at a moment’s notice, but hundreds of studies suggest that they can be strengthened through three types of daily practices. Dr. Atkinson is a master at translating the advances in neurobiology and relationship science into usable methods.
Through engaging examples and videos, he will show you how you can guide partners step-by-step in implementing them.