Loving with the Brain in Mind: A Relational-Neurobiological Approach to Couple Therapy

Couples coming to therapy are often caught up in cycles of emotional reactivity, each blaming the other. This workshop explores individual, interpersonal, intergenerational, cultural, and neurobiological factors fueling couple distress. Informed by research from relationship science and interpersonal neurobiology, Dr. Fishbane will explore the neuroscience of couple impasses, and will offer techniques to help clients bring prefrontal thoughtfulness to emotional reactivity, develop relational resilience, and co-create more satisfying relationships. Her approach is one of relational empowerment, helping partners to gain skills of emotion regulation and empathy, and to cultivate positivity, gratitude, and generosity in their relationship. The dynamics of habit and change will be explored, informed by research on neuroplasticity, the ability of the brain to change.

In this workshop, participants will learn:

  • The basics of neurobiology as it affects emotional functioning in human intimate relationships
  • To identify couples’ problematic dances of reactivity, and ways to intervene to facilitate change and help the couple maintain change in their relationship
  • How to utilize neuroplasticity, the ability of the adult brain to change, to empower couples in their change process
  • How to help partners become more relationally empowered, increasing empathy, connection, and generosity in the relationship

Presented by Mona Fishbane, PhD

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  • October 20, 2017
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm