Couples Therapy Workbook is a series of guided questions to promote meaningful couple conversations and build ongoing, connected communication. The core of this unique guide is 30 guided conversations of the most critical relationship struggles. For each of the 30 topics, there is an introduction, goal-setting strategies and 10 scripted questions to ask each other - all presented in an easy-to-use mindful style.
Set in a weekly format over 30 days but can be tailored to any timeframe. Designed to be used to couples, and also by therapists working with couples (bonus clinician prep included with each conversation).
Week 1- Who Are We?
Falling in Love, Friendship, Caring, Acceptance, Empathy, Emotional Intimacy, Rituals
Week 2 - Who Am I?
Childhood, Family Origin, Temperament, Influences, Spirituality, Values, How I Think
Week 3- How do we work?
Communication, Conflict, Defensiveness, Intimacy, Trust, Fidelity and Boundaries, Parenting, Staying in Sync
Week 4 - What do we want?
Romance, Joy and Gratitude, respect, Apologies and Forgiveness, Challenges, Relationship Savings Account, Past, Present & Future, Keeping Connected
Kathleen Mates-Youngman, M.A., LMFT, is an author and speaker. She has a private practice in Southern California specializing in couples therapy as well as treating individuals with anxiety, depression, grief, chronic illness and life transition issues. She is the author of Couples Therapy Workbook: 30 Guided Conversations to Re-Connect Relationships (PESI, 2014) and the card deck, Love & Connection Cards (PESI, 2015).
She is completing a second book for couples therapists based on this seminar and is also a regular contributor to a local lifestyle magazine in Orange County, California. Along with her work as a national speaker for PESI, Kathleen does workshops for couples and individuals, as well as graduate students.
Financial: Kathleen Mates-Youngman maintains a private practice. She is an author and receives royalties. Ms. Mates-Youngman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Kathleen Mates-Youngman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
“What a unique resource! A treasure-trove of guided conversations to increase intimacy and friendship.
Therapists often ask me for good homework assignments. This book does the thinking for you. Keep it on hand and whether its values, sex, conflict or other challenging issues, you'll have a ready-made way to help your clients make immediate progress.”
-- Ellyn Bader, Ph.D, Founder/Director The Couples Institute
"This is a valuable resource for anyone working with couples. Any couple can profit greatly if they are willing to take Kathleen Youngman's challenge to explore these important topics and discuss these wonderful questions."
-- Milan and Kay Yerkovich, Authors of best-selling How We Love series
“Instead of offering analysis, advice or theory, The Couples Therapy Workbook offers just that, a set of questions to stimulate conversations that help couples deepen their engagement with each other and reconnect. All couples will find this an exceptional guide, and all therapists will find it an effective instrument to supplement the therapeutic process. I highly recommend it and complement the author on her creativity and attention to the core details of a connected relationship.”
- -Harville Hendrix, Ph. D. and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph. D.; Authors of Making Marriage Simple and Getting the Love You Want.
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