To relate and to connect are the most essential of human desires. Who among us does not want to deeply belong—to be loved and to love in the most authentic and connected way? And yet, as vital as our relationships are, they are rarely—if ever—easy. The good news is that there are skills-based, time-tested ways to navigate the inevitable difficulties that arise within us and between us. This weekend, learn how to move deeper into compassion and bring more effortless understanding of your partner.
Join Michelle Becker, LMFT, licensed marriage and family therapist and certified Compassion for Couples facilitator, and Steven Hickman, PsyD, psychologist and director of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion, in a step-by-step guide to meeting yourself and your partner with greater awareness and empathy.
Compassion for Couples (CfC) is a program designed to help us meet ourselves and our partners with greater awareness and empathy. It builds on the skills developed in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), an eight-week program created by Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer and affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Together, you will draw on the skills of mindfulness and compassion and learn skills to help navigate the difficulties that arise within us and between us. Partners attend together and build a stronger foundation for healthy relating by:
- Cultivating greater presence with each other
- Identifying shared values and communicating with kindness and understanding
- Building a base of warmth, security, and connection
- Comforting themselves and their partner
- Skillfully relating during times of difficulty.
Gain a greater understanding of your own, your partner's, and your shared relational patterns in this thorough and dynamic workshop where all are welcome. While prior experience with MSC is helpful, it is not required.