Couples Workshop

Marriage & Couples Workshop and Retreat in NYC

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Ready to Rebuild the Ties that Brought You Together?

Since 2002, the Loving at Your Best Couples Workshop has been helping hundreds of couples significantly improve their relationships. Working together in a small, classroom-like setting, you'll learn the latest skills and techniques to make your relationship better. We limit the size to no more than 6 couples, so you'll receive plenty of personal help with your spouse or partner. Together, you can make strides to:

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  • Improve your communication 
  • Repair your conflict effectively
  • Enhance your passion, romance and sex
  • Set a foundation for lasting love and security

You and your partner/spouse will participate in skill-building exercises and role-plays together, view videos of couples demonstrating each point, and receive one-on-one support from an expert in the field of couples therapy. There is no group work or public disclosure necessary.

The Marriage & Couples Workshop Topics

1. Learn the latest findings from science that can help you and your spouse build a secure, lasting relationship

2. Identify destructive patterns in relationships that can lead to distress and separation

3. Identify specific areas of sensitivity for both you and your partner/spouse and learn antidotes to effectively heal them

4. Learn how to repair mistakes and create a secure base in your relationship

5. Communicate safely together with your partner/spouse

6. Learn how to forgive injuries in your relationship and how to develop or rebuild trust

7. Create secure connections during sex and touch

8. Learn how to care for and sustain the love in your relationship

The Workshop Philosophy

The Loving at Your Best Couples Workshop will show you how long-term love helps you become stronger and more satisfied in your life when you feel secure with your partner or spouse. You no longer have to accept that romantic love is a mystery, or an unattainable ideal. Science is now able to help you identify key moments in your marriage or relationship that create joy or anguish.

The Loving at Your Best Couples Workshop is based on top-rated models of couple therapy showing excellent results with lasting effects. We can help you identify precisely how change can occur in your relationship. Our approach can help you significantly reduce the stress in your relationship, and help you and your spouse or partner create trust and intimacy together. The ultimate goal is to help you create a loving and lasting connection in your relationship, while reducing conflict and moments of disconnection.

The workshop can help you and your partner or spouse take control of your negative patterns, and clarify your fears and needs. Love and compassion between both of you can become stronger.

The Workshop Leader: Travis Atkinson

The creator of the Loving at Your Best Plan, Travis Atkinson, leads the workshop. He has been conducting the marriage and couples workshop since 2002, helping hundreds of couples significantly improve their relationships.

Travis is a Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor, a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, a Certified Schema Therapist, Supervisor & Trainer, and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. He is specially trained in top-rated models of couples therapy recommended in The New York Times.

Travis has also trained couples therapists internationally, presenting a keynote address at the Dutch Society for Schema Therapy in Amsterdam, and providing many trainings in the Netherlands and Italy. Travis also trained couples therapists at the Mettaa Institute of Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Seoul, South Korea. He is affiliated with Dr. Jeffrey Young’s Cognitive Therapy Center of New York, is co-author of the latest schema mode therapy inventory, the SMI 1.1, and published “Schema Therapy for Couples: Healing Partners in a Relationship” in the Handbook of Schema Therapy, published in Dutch by Bohn Stafleu van Loghum (October 2008).

Trained by Top Leaders in the Field of Marriage & Couples Therapy

Travis was trained specifically by the founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy, Dr. Sue Johnson, the founder of Schema Therapy, Dr. Jeffrey Young, and the founder of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Dr. John Gottman. He has also co-presented with Dr. Young for three years at the New England Educational Institute, training other couples therapists in the latest schema therapy techniques for couples therapy. You can be assured he uses the latest empirically validated therapeutic techniques and skills, has broad experience in your area of concern, and genuinely wants to help you improve your relationship.

Who Should Attend the Marriage & Couples Workshop?

All couples, married or in a committed relationship, who want to improve their relationship are invited to attend the couples workshop, whether together or separated, with a few noted exceptions below. The retreat is designed for couples only, so it is not possible to attend alone without your partner/spouse. If one partner is hesitant about attending, you may wish to share Dr. Johnson’s book Hold Me Tight to increase motivation. While the educational portion is presented to all couples, sharing or public disclosure is optional. The number of couples attending is small, capped at 10 couples per workshop. Childcare options are not provided.

If you live outside the New York area, after you’ve registered you may contact our coordinator for hotel accommodation suggestions near the retreat. Food and accommodations are not included with the retreat fee.

The Loving at Your Best Couples Retreat is not appropriate for couples when:

  1. one partner is explicitly not committed to working on the relationship
  2. there is extensive and long-standing distress where couples therapy would be more appropriate
  3. there is a pattern of significant physical or emotional abuse in the relationship
  4. one or both partners have significant untreated mental health problems such as schizophrenia or suicidal depression

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