405, 505 – High-Impact Couples Therapy

Going Deep with Troubled Clients
Terry Real

Parts 1 & 2

The secret to helping couples have a powerful, transformative experience in therapy is to get them to deeply explore—while in each other’s presence—their own character structure and family-of-origin trauma. For the therapist, this process involves six steps: arriving at the couple’s relational diagnosis, helping them articulate their repeating loops, getting the backstory of their childhood adaptation, imaginatively reparenting each inner child, loving confrontation, and helping each partner master new skills. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:

  • Quickly arrive at a clear map of the repeating loop the couple is mired in
  • Use their relational diagnosis to wake them up to their patterns of dysfunction and wish to connect
  • Smoothly transition from the dysfunctional family of origin backstory to a reparenting dialogue
  • Introduce relational skills like having good boundaries, speaking up for oneself with love, and responding to criticism nondefensively with a generous heart

Continued with workshop 505


Terry Real, PhD, LICSW, is the author of the bestselling I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression, and has been featured on numerous national news programs. He’s the founder of The Relational Life Institute.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Terry Real is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Terry Real has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

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