Is A Couples Workshop Right For Us?


You may have seen a Couples Workshop advertised and, although you were intrigued, you still had many questions and weren’t sure if it would be right for you and your mate.

It’s possible you were considering if your relationship was just troubled enough to justify attending, or you may have been concerned about having to share personal details about your relationship in front of others.

In this post, I’ll address all those concerns and answer the common questions related to Couples Workshops so that you can determine if a workshop would be a good fit for you and your partner. (Hint: I bet it will be.)


A New Approach to Happy Relationships

Couples Therapy and Couples Workshops aren’t what they used to be – last ditch efforts to save a failing relationship. The field of Couples Therapy (and Couples Workshops) has evolved to encompass a more preventative approach. Not that these methods aren’t utilized to save relationships on the brink – they still are.

However, couples are now realizing the benefit of investing in a healthy and happy relationship before more serious concerns arise. Research has shown that preventative relationship work is 3X more effective than intervention. You heard that right – THREE TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE!

Gone are the days that you wait until you are ready to leave your relationship before you seek support.

Couples who are doing well are still coming to see me in my practice so that they can be at their best when they are faced with the inevitable ups and downs in their relationship.

Relationship Enrichment services are growing in popularity because couples are working smarter (not harder) on their relationships – before the shit hits the fan.


Is a Couples Workshop Right for Us?

A wide variety of couples attend workshops, but I’ll share a little more information here about the workshops and the couples who will get the most benefit from attending.

Couples Workshops are typically utilized by couples who:
-want to enrich their relationship
-are not yet ready for couples therapy, but would like some tools and additional support
-are currently working with a counselor, but want a supplement to therapy

There are many couples who are a good fit for Couples Workshops. They may be considering engagement, recently engaged, newly wed, long-term partners, or senior couples. The couples are of all ages, races, backgrounds, faiths, genders, and sexual orientations. They may want to enhance an already great relationship, or they may want to learn better communication and conflict management tools.

There are a few couples that are not the best fit for Couples Workshops – and are better suited for individual or couples therapy. Those couples are dealing with severe relationship distress, emotional abuse or domestic violence, active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.), or serious mental health problems in one or both partners. If you or your partner are experiencing any of the above and would like support, please feel free to reach out and I will help you to find an appropriate individual or couples therapist.

One of the main concerns of couples is that they will have to ‘air their dirty laundry’ in front of other attendees. This is not the case. You don’t have to share any details about your relationship in front of others. All exercises and activities are done privately.


Are You Ready To Attend?

Now that I’ve answered your questions and concerns related to Couples Workshops, you may be ready to give it a go.

**Please note that the information provided above is related to the workshops presented by Asheville Couples Workshops. Workshops offered by other groups listed below may have a different approach and requirements.**

Here are a few upcoming workshops in Asheville, North Carolina that you can register for:

The Seven Principles

This is a weekend workshop for couples based on the book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman. This workshop will offer proven, effective, practical, and research-based tools and techniques to enhance and improve your relationship.

This workshop is presented by Cindy Norton, Tamara Hanna, and Leah Webster of Asheville Couples Workshops.

Upcoming Dates: November 16th & 17th, 2019 and February 22nd & 23rd, 2020

Cost Per Couple: $480 (Early Bird Rate), $580 (Regular Ticket)

To find more information and to register for this weekend workshop for couples please visit The Seven Principles.


The Art & Science of Love

This workshop is also based on the research of Dr. John Gottman. The Art and Science of Love workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

This workshop is presented by Shelly Hummel and Carole Cullen of Couples Workshops NC.

Upcoming Dates: October 12th & 13th, 2019 and February 15th & 16th, 2020

Cost Per Couple: $750

To find more information and to register for this weekend workshop for couples please visit The Art & Science of Love.


Love & Sex 360

This retreat combines high quality couples workshops and private couples therapy with experienced and qualified marriage therapists to help you reconnect emotionally and re-ignite intimacy.

This workshop is presented by Laurie Watson, Adam Mathews, Carole Cullen, & Shelly Hummel of Love & Sex 360.

Upcoming Dates: November 15th, 16th, & 17th, 2019

Cost Per Couple: $1,250 – $4,200

To find more information and to register for this weekend retreat for couples please visit Love & Sex 360.


Hold Me Tight Asheville

Hold Me Tight® is a groundbreaking and remarkably successful program for creating stronger, more secure relationships. The Hold Me Tight® Workshop is a structured educational program, designed by Dr. Johnson to give couples additional support working through the material in the book.

This workshop is presented by David Bate and Elli Schmeltekopf of Hold Me Tight Asheville.

Upcoming Dates: October 5th & 6th, 2019 and December 7th & 8th, 2019

Cost Per Couple: $650 (Early Bird Rate), $695 (Regular Ticket)

To find more information and to register for this weekend workshop for couples please visit Hold Me Tight Asheville.

I'm Here For Your Relationship

I'm on a mission to reduce the stigma of couples therapy. We are not always taught how to be part of a couple, how to have healthy relationships, and how to make love last. So there's no shame in getting support for your most important relationship. The services I offer could be compared to relationship school.

School is in session and I'm here to help you and your partner increase friendship and intimacy, improve communication, manage conflict, and enrich your relationship.

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