Conflict & Communication:
A relationship workshop for couples
Conflict & Communication is designed to help couples deepen their understanding of the common issues that can plague relationships, especially after becoming a family. Through a combination of education and break-out exercises, couples will gain knowledge and insight into their own behaviours within relationships and build skills to address conflict and stress in a safe and healthy way.
This workshop is based upon the methods created by renowned couples researcher Dr. John Gottman’s as well as elements of Dr. Sue Johnson’s emotionally focused couples therapy. The foundation of our work as therapists is rooted in attachment and the importance of the relationships within our lives.
- LEARN about common patterns that occur within relationships and how to navigate them.
- PRACTICE strategies and skills for connecting with your partner and improving your communication.
- ENJOY a laid back and fun group environment with other couples.
Couple’s Intensive Workshop
Our Couples Intensive workshop is designed to help couples understand negative patterns within their relationship and develop strategies for managing stress and conflict. Each session is co-facilitated by both Erin and Amanda, Certified Canadian Counsellors. We offer a blend education and exercises that allow couples to build upon their friendship, create deeper understanding of each other’s struggles within the relationship and practice some of the skills for navigating difficult issues.
The workshop is based upon the methods created by renowned couples researcher Dr. John Gottman’s as well as elements of Dr. Sue Johnson’s emotionally focused couples therapy. The foundation of our work as therapists is rooted in attachment and the importance of the relationships within our lives.
We meet with our couples for 3 sessions. Each session is 1.5 hours long and is tailored to suit the specific needs of the couple. We schedule the sessions according to what works best for you. We are flexible and able to meet most scheduling requests.
Our office is located in the Kensington area at 1982 Kensington Rd. NW #221
The goals and objectives of the workshop are to:
- Explore and understand conflict and communication specific to YOUR relationship
- Learn about common issues that couples experience
- Express needs to your partner in a secure environment
- Receive specialized support in addressing issues within your relationship
- Build strategies to strengthen and encourage friendship with your partner
- Engage in exercises designed to improve communication and connection
Bringing Baby Home
A relationship workshop for expectant couples
“I’m as ready as I’ll ever be!” is a common phrase we hear from expectant couples. They’re right. Becoming parents is a life experience that no amount of planning can prepare us for. However, expectant parents can inform themselves about the changes around the bend. The Bringing Baby Home workshop draws on decades of research to prepare couples for the transition to parenthood.
Welcoming a new baby into your lives is a beautiful experience – and can also cause unexpected stress and mixed emotions. Feelings of joy, bliss and excitement mingle with feelings of uncertainty, frustration, guilt and loneliness. Our dynamic with our partner inevitably feels the strain of these emotions – especially when lack of sleep comes into play! Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings in their relationship. Even the strongest couples struggle during the transition to parenthood, and this stress affects babies too!
In a relaxed and supportive environment, new parents learn ways to foster baby’s development and strengthen their relationship as they transition to becoming their own unique family. Bringing Baby Home combines scientific research, exercises and education to improve the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families.
Couples will learn about:
- What to expect throughout the transition to parenthood
- Infant development during the first year
- Communication and conflict management skills
- How to strengthen friendship and maintain intimacy
- Develop strategies for co-parenting
- Signs of postpartum mood, anxiety and adjustment disorders and available resources within the community
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Transition to Parenthood
A Relationship Workshop for Expectant Couples
In this condensed version of the Bringing Baby Home workshop, we offer expectant couples a fun and laid back environment in which to build strategies for maintaining connection and navigating conflict during the transition to becoming parents. Couples will learn about:
- What to expect in the days after welcoming baby
- The importance of fathers
- Establishing a co-parenting plan
- Explore family of origin issues and how they can arise in parenting
- Common patterns ad pitfalls that occur in relationships
- Ways to manage conflict and express needs
- Skills for constructive communication
- How to reconnect and keep the magic alive in your relationship
This workshop is 5 hours in length with a one-hour lunch break.