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Eight Dates: Conversations for Strengthening Your Relationship

Every Wednesday at 6:30pm-8:30pm PST

The success or failure of any long-term relationship hinges on the couple’s bond and ability to communicate harmoniously. Renowned psychologist John Gottman has devoted his forty-plus-year career to understanding how to improve communication between married partners and couples. Using findings from Gottman’s book Eight Dates: Essential Conversations For A Lifetime of Love, this 12-week group will guide you through eight couple “dates” designed to strengthen your bond and teach you the art of respect, empathy, and understanding of your partner. Topics will include: Trust & Commitment, Addressing Conflict, Sex & Intimacy, Work & Money, Family, Fun & Adventure, and Growth & Spirituality. Reading or listening to the Gottman book will aid in understanding and utilizing concepts covered and is highly recommended for group participants. Resources will be made available.

Facilitators: Will Conner, MFT Trainee and Scott Macomber, MFT Trainee
Supervisor Name: Adina Ascher
RVSP/Contactwillc@liberationinstitute.org
Bio: Will & Scott are both pursuing their Masters in Marital & Family Therapy at Alliant International University
Location: California
Who this group is for: This group is for couples seeking to improve their communication dynamics. Reading (or listening to) John Gottman’s book, “Eight Dates: Essential Conversations For A Lifetime of Love” (180 pages), is REQUIRED for participation in this group.
How many weeks will this group run: 12 weeks

Mindful Relational Couples Group

Every Thursday evenings starting May12, 6:30-8:30 pm for 8 weeks

Bring awareness to your relational patterns with an experiential and somatic approach. Build tools to connect, listen, and communicate. – The group will begin 5/12/22 open to accepting couples for first 2 weeks, after that we will close the group for the remaining 6 sessions. – maximum people 12 ( 5 couples) – all kinds of couples welcome Using Mindfulness and Somatic exercises.

Facilitators: Co-led by Aimee McConneloug MFT Trainee and Jen Antill MFT trainee
Supervisor Name: Lynndal Daniels
RVSP/Contactaimeem@liberationinstitute.org
Bio: Aimee is an MFT grad student at the WISR Institute. She has 20 years of experience in somatic healing and body-based awareness in groups. Aimee has been married and working in a deep relationship with her partner for 24 years. Jen is a grad student getting her master’s in Counseling Psychology. She spends much of my time reading and practicing the art of depth psychology and integrating it into her Archetypal Astrology practice. She has spent the past two years studying Jungian psychology. Jen has been partnered for ten years and recently just got married to her now wife. Jen has fluency in queer and heterosexual relationships, brining a diverse array of experience to the table.
Location: California
Who this group is for: People joining the group must be able to contain and hold their process. They also must be be able to self-regulate in a group setting.

Couples and NonViolent Communication – 10 Week Crash Course


WHO: For couples and partners
WHAT: Learning non violent communication techniques
WHEN: Rolling admission
TIME: TBD on couple’s and therapist’s availability
COST: Sliding Scale

Let’s explore ways to communicate and share our truths with one another. Learn Non violent communication techniques, how to listen and deeper ways to connect. This group will give us spaciousness to share our truths and learn how we are being heard

Facilitators

Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee

Barbara is a therapist in training at Liberation Institute, and completing her second master’s in Child and Family Therapy at Alliant International University. Barbara has had extensive experience running peer-led support groups for over a decade and is grateful to be able to create a loving and kind space for supporting your inner journey. Barbara is a Bay Area native, mom, lifelong student, and would love to own a big farm full of rescue dogs.
Supervised by Adina Ascher, LCSW #28900 & Crystal Haviland, LPCC #7633

Halie Anderson, AMFT
Halie is an Integrative Holistic Therapist intern. Her favorite modalities currently are Humanistic, Gestalt, Jungian Dream work, Expressive arts therapy, and Sex
Therapy. Her approach is informed by a fascination with the interplay between self and other; how inner and external connection is interwoven into the blooming evolution of human authenticity. Her strong belief is that we can learn from the patterns, constellations, phenomenology crafted within language and effects within nature and relationships to actively shift our perceptions, helping us to rest in and embrace life. She’s excited to be both a presence and a mirror as she works with you.
Supervised by Lynndal Daniels, LMFT #78183


RVSP/More Infohalie@liberationinstitute.org

Postpartum Family Support Group for Parents, Partners and their Babies

Time: TBD
For parents, partners, and the little ones

Transitioning into parenthood can be unique and challenging.  This support group is to hold space for your parenting journey. We will explore the connection with our children, and partners and talk about the parent journey.  You are welcome to show up solo as well to take the time to process and share what your individual needs might be. This group is to share ourselves and our inner worlds with those who might be experiencing similar issues. It is a space to have community, connection, and understanding for times that are different or isolating.

Facilitators: Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee & Halie Anderson, AMFT
Supervisors: Adina Ascher, LCSW #28900 & Crystal Haviland, LPCC #7633, & Lynndal Daniels, LMFT #78183
RVSP/More Infohalie@liberationinstitute.org

Mommy and Me Art Group

Every Wednesday at 12:30pm-2:00pm PST
For mothers, fathers, and children ages 2-7 years old

Let’s make art together with our kids and deepen our connection with each other.  It will be a fun group of art and singing songs as well as sharing our art with our friends in the group.  The art activities will include painting, construction paper, crayons, etc.

Facilitators: Barbara Lowenstein-Weglein, MBA, MFT Trainee & Halie Anderson, MFT Trainee
RVSP/More Infohalie@liberationinstitute.org