Private 2-day Couples' Workshop
Personal coaching in the relationship skills
Deeper work - combination of workshop & couples counseling
Tailored recommendations for continued progress
In the exclusive private couple's workshop of 2 full days you work directly with Dawn Lipthrott, LCSW in her office. You receive a combination of the Getting the Love You Want workshop and couples counseling/coaching. As both a Certified Imago Therapist for 20 year working exclusively with marriages and relationships, and a certified Imago workshop presenter for over 12 years, Dawn brings the best of both worlds to you in this unique opportunity.
What are the primary benefits of a private Getting the Love You Want workshop?
• The couple has one on one counseling/coaching with Dawn for each of the tools and skills.
This usually allows you to work at a deeper level because she is helping you as she does with couples who come to regular marriage counseling or couples counseling.
• After the workshop, you get suggestions tailored for you
Dawn will send you some of the notes and items you identify in the workshop as well as suggested next steps for you to continue your progress based on the work you did in the private workshop.
• Flexibility in scheduling
Sometimes the regular group workshop dates do not work for a couple or they would have to wait longer than they wish for a workshop. Sometimes a person might work on Saturday, or have religious concerns about attending on a Sunday or Saturday. Sometimes a regular workshop happens to fall on a weekend for which you have a prior commitment. With a private workshop we find days that work for you. Most couples schedule two full days together. They can be weekdays, weekends, or a Friday/Saturday, or Sunday/Monday.
For example, some couples have scheduled one full day, a half day for the second day with time in the afternoon to practice some of the skills they are learning, and then come back for a half day the following morning. They have liked having the opportunity to practice and see where they might need some additional help before we finish the workshop. One couple had some health issues, so we did one full day, skipped one day, and resumed the third day for a full day.
• Complete privacy
Sometimes couples are reluctant to attend a regular workshop because they are afraid someone might know or recognize them. This way your privacy is completely respected.
If I attend a private marriage workshop, what do I miss out on from the group Getting the Love You Want workshop?
The focus is on you working with your partner in the group workshop as well as the private workshop, so except for breaks, you do not have the opportunity to interact with other couples. However, in a group workshop you do hear the questions and comments of other couples which can help you know that you and your issues in your marriage or relationship may not be as unique as you think. It can be encouraging to hear through comments that other couples go through many similar issues.
There are a few presentations that I do in the regular Getting the Love You Want workshop, that I do not do in the private workshop. Instead, I weave that material into my instructions as we work together.
In the regular workshop, I have couples do some of the written parts in the workbook. In the private workshop I do less because I spend the time working with you and some of that you can do at home after the workshop. You will still get a copy of the regular workshop manual. It has some good activities to do after the workshop.
What else will I receive in a private Getting the Love You Want workshop?
• In the private workshop you receive a summary of our work together and suggestions for your next steps specific to your situation. In the regular workshop I tell the group general next steps to help couples continue the work on their own.
• You will also receive the same materials and after workshop benefits as those who attend the regular workshop. You will get:
• Workbook from Imago Relationships International for each of you.
• Folder of additional handouts from Dawn with guidesheets for some of the tools/skills.
• Both regular workshop and private workshop attendees are welcome to come back to a regular workshop for free as a refresher.
Does the private workshop take the same amount of time as a group workshop?
Yes and no. A regular group workshop starts on Friday night for 2 hours and continues all day Saturday and Sunday. The private workshop does not need the extra 2 hours because you are just one couple. Breaks tend to be shorter and in the group workshop, I have to take time to demonstrate a skill/tool with a couple in front of the room, process it and then send couples off to try it on their own. In the private workshop, I am coaching you instead of demonstrating it, so we save time on every skill.
How much is the private workshop?
The private workshop is currently $1500 for the couples. You can hold your place with a $700 deposit, with the balance due 1 week before the workshop. Meals and hotel are on your own.
How do I schedule a private workshop?
The best way to reach me is by email because I can usually get back to you much more quickly. If you leave a message on my voicemail, please ask any questions you have and if you know a general time frame, days of the week that work best, please leave that as well. That way, if I call you back and if get your voicemail, I can leave answers.
Once we have decided on a date, you register online. (Your information is NOT stored in any database online.)
(See our Counseling Services page for information on regular counseling, extended sessions of 3-4 hours, or 1 day intensive marriage counseling sessions for those who live out of town.)
Decide what option is right for you!
Decide what's important to you and then find the right resource, whether it is this workshop or something else. I am happy to discuss options for your situation.
Don't let your relationship continue to decline by inaction! Make this the day, you take a new step to turn things around and get back to creating the marriage or partnership that you both want.
If you are just starting out, don't deprive yourselves of gaining tools that can help you continue deepening your connection and working successfully through challenges to build a stronger marriage or partnership.
Learning to love well as a couple, and as an individual, is a lifelong journey! We can all learn ways to love better!
- Our next regular Getting the Love You Want Workshop for Couples:
• March 10-12, 2017
(Starts 7:30pm Fri.)
(Private couples' workshops also available)
Our last couples' workshop group was wonderful! Congratuations to all the couples who did amazing work!
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Making Marriage Simple
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