CREATED FOR CONNECTION A Relationship Education Seminar for Couples
What past participants said about the Created for Connection seminars with the Prescott Relationship Center
When asked what was most helpful about the program, participants said:
- “See where my communication is key to our relationship.”
- “Giving us the tools to do the dance right.”
- “Understanding her feelings.”
- ”Presenters, combined with materials, truly positive program for couples/close relationships.”
- “Dr. Cross’ warmth, compassion, expertise.”
- “I enjoyed doing this work with input with other couples. I liked hearing the information presented and then doing the exercises and discussions afterword. Getting this on many levels. Pretty deep stuff but very understandable.”
- “The way it explained a new concept of communication and sympathy and understanding.”
- “I learned how to communicate more positively with my partner; to empathize with her.”
When asked what you would say to couples considering this seminar, participants said:
- “Come in prepared to think/reflect/be open to what you might do/let yourself think new thoughts.”
- “DO IT! Very positive. Obviously cost and time can be a challenge for some, but your efforts to make it accessible to all are appreciated!”
- “That it is so helpful.”
- “It is worth it!”
- “I got so much from this. I experienced a lighter and loving way to deal with hairy issues. THANK YOU!!”
- “Everything was great. Both of you [the presenters] have been so safe and positive and helpful.”
- “Very open, comfortable, welcoming, warm, genuine and useful.”
- “Don’t put it off, do it!”
- “It will be helpful no matter how strong or struggling your partnership is.”
- “Go – experience the hope and growth in your marriage.”
- “I would highly recommend this seminar/retreat.”
- Understand the science of love
- Control negative “dances”/interactional cycles that often result in despair or confusion
- Understand how our emotions and relationship needs can hijack our attempts for connection
- Shape a positive loving bond to increase connection, safety, and appreciation in your relationship
The seminar is structured around learning and applying the seven conversations detailed in Susan Johnson’s Hold Me Tight® book through structured activities that couples complete privately throughout the seminar. We spend time learning about the basics of communication and interactional cycles in relationships, followed by private time where couples work through the seminar workbook activities. Although time is spent as a group discussing each couple’s experience completing each conversation, please know, at no time during the seminar, are couples required to disclose anything about their relationship (Created for Connection is a relationship education seminar, not group therapy).
Based on the book Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love By Dr. Sue Johnson
Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark of Sue Johnson
REGISTRATION FEE: TBD (includes one day of instruction and seminar workbook, lunch is provided)
Scholarships are available for couples in financial need.
Please note, the seminar has limited seating, register now to reserve your spot!
CREATED FOR CONNECTION SEMINAR PRESENTERS
Keith A. Cross, Ph.D., Faculty, Department of Psychology and Counselor Education, Prescott College, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Prescott Relationship Center
Keith has extensive experience working with diverse clients in a variety of settings including social service agencies, in-home therapy, college counseling centers, in-patient psychiatric hospitals, and crisis clinics. He has served in a variety of teaching and administrative positions in higher education. Keith has a passion for working with couples and has extensive training in the most empirically validated couples therapy, emotionally focused couples therapy. He earned his Bachelor’s in Psychology from Arizona State University and his Masters and Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University.
Sherrina Johnson, M.S., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at the Prescott Relationship Center
Sherrina found her passion integrating family systems thinking to help couples build long term bonds in their relationship. Backed by decades of extensive research, the two main evidenced based treatment methods she utilizes are the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy.
She enjoys empowering couples to take control over their communication dances of disconnection and conflict in order to move towards an open, close embrace of a secure loving bond, in order to reconnect and learn how to best deal with needs and support with one another. Sherrina also has experience as both an active duty service member and the supportive family member. Sherrina earned her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy from Capella University and her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Thomas Edison State College.
Lee Geldmacher, M.A., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor at the Prescott Relationship Center
Lee is passionate about helping couples establish and/or regain closeness in their relationships. She has extensive experience helping couples and has particular expertise in helping couples dealing with trauma and addiction. She has experience (over 20 years) and training to guide couples in improving their relationships. As a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), she has a step by step road map and can provide “a safe haven” to explore the issues and topics that bring couples into therapy such as jealousy, sex, affairs, parenting or money. Conflict-whether it is distance or arguments -creates a negative interaction cycle that is exhausting and defeating. When those we are attached to are not available, or are not responding to our needs to feel close or supported, we feel distressed. She helps couples improve their ability to collaborate, problem-solve, have more fun, and compromise in order to develop a long-lived, successful relationship! She earned her Master of Arts-Counseling from the University of Nevada Reno.