Have you ever noticed how things can be going along really well in your relationship—and all of a sudden, it all blows up? Someone shuts down and the other blows up! The more one pursues, the more the other withdraws or runs away. Then, the silence becomes so palpable and cold, you can’t help but wonder, “Why the hell are we still together?” We know that discontented lovers fall into set patterns of behavior that plunge them into cycles of recrimination and withdrawal, scaring them deeper into rigid defensive patterns. By choosing to attend the “Art and Power of Connection” IMAGO-based workshop, you and your partner have taken an important step toward learning how to interrupt and dismantle these destructive sequences and then actively create a more emotionally open and receptive way of interacting, one in which you feel safe confiding your hidden fears and desires. As participants you will learn:
- How conflict is driven by panic, fear and the pain of disconnection.
- How defensive mechanisms trap both of you.
- How to have real conversations using “three invisible connectors”
- How withdrawn partners can open up and engage, and how blaming partners can risk vulnerability and ask for what they need.
- And how the spiritual potential of your relationship is at the core of being your partner’s best friend.
The workshop will be held at the Hope Artiste Village 1005 Main St. Suite 1208 Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The cost is $350 per couple. The workshop is on Saturday, May 20, at 11:00am – 3:30pm. You can make your reservation by calling 401-782-7899 and I can help you over the phone or you can click the secure button below.
- Registration for 2 people
- Lights Refreshments
Dr. Paula M. Smith, is a Certified IMAGO Therapist, Workshop Facilitator, Published Author, Marriage Scholar, speaker and former adjunct professor. Paula has been married to her wife Yael for 10 years. She and Yael co-Founded IMAGO Providence, in Providence Rhode Island where they offer private intensive sessions, therapy, workshops, training and education for couples and individuals. Paula is a clinical member of American Association of Marriage Family Therapist, Imago Relationships International, Rhode Island Association Marriage Family Therapist. She was a featured speaker at the Harvard Faculty Club and Harvard Medical School where she presented IMAGO Relationship Therapy & Theory. Click here to read more about Paula.