When we met, Gal was a marketing manager in tech and Liron was a design student. At first, the romance was everything we could hope for—but all too soon, trouble showed up.
Liron wanted to “talk about things,” but Gal didn’t understand what there was to talk about. Liron complained that Gal was married to his work and was no fun anymore. Gal complained that he carried all the financial burden in the relationship.
Things escalated. We wanted to be together, but we broke up twice.
Then we decided to work on it.
We took workshops and took on our own personal growth—and what we learned transformed us. Gal left his tech job to become a therapist. Liron let go of her design career and also became a therapist. Now, we enjoy a relationship that’s more fun, loving, and passionate than either of us ever could have imagined.
We appreciate each other’s gifts and talents and learn so much from each other. In fact, we felt so inspired that we decided to dedicate our lives to working with couples. Liron has a gift for teaching couples how to overcome barriers to connection and create a deeper, more exciting love between them. Gal teaches other therapists how to work with couples. He is a teacher in the Hakomi experiential method and an adjunct faculty at CIIS University where he teaches marriage counseling.
And we want to share our experience with you.
This workshop is for you if...
- You see a future with your partner and want to make sure you’re on the right path
- You want to safeguard your relationship from breakup or divorce
- You’re in a good relationship, but want it to be exceptional
- You have certain hot-button topics that keep coming up and you can’t seem to resolve
- You want a strong emotional connection that only deepens with time
- You want to make sure your sex life gets even better!
This workshop is for good for all couples regardless of gender or sexual orientation!
Now’s the time to build a Love that Lasts.
In Love Made Simple you’ll receive a map for creating a successful relationship, especially how to bring passion, intimacy, and ease to your love life. This is a hands-on workshop in which you’ll do practical exercises with your partner that are both fun and educational. Our approach is unique in that it brings the latest tools and methods in an experiential, enlivening, and engaging way. And, the workshop is private—you’ll never be asked to share anything you don’t want to.
Yes, you can build a love that lasts a lifetime! With activities that are both lighthearted and insightful, you will fall more deeply in love with your partner.
Practical, science-based tools
This workshop incorporates the latest findings from attachment theory and research—also known as the science of love. You’ll also learn techniques based on mindfulness—the skill known to reduce stress and increase overall happiness.
We’ve combined all this with our extensive experience with hundreds of couples just like you. It’s this work that led us to create the 7D (7-dimension) model of exceptional couples. These skills are known to help you in all aspects of your life, not just your relationship. You’ll get more than just tools and techniques—you’ll learn how to truly, deeply celebrate your love!
Couples love working with us! Hear what they’re saying.
“I really appreciated the positivity and playfulness in this workshop. We had been to another workshop through another organization and that one felt depressing! The activities we did, although simple, were really telling about personal patterns. We tuned in to each other’s level of personal space and learned how to respect that."Abby
“I attended the weekend-long couples communication session with my husband. Although the workshop is advertised as a premarital workshop, I found it to be very helpful for us as newlyweds. It was a great opportunity to grow closer to my other half. I really treasured the time we spent together focusing on making our relationship stronger. Gal & Liron have a wonderful approach and created a very welcoming and comfortable environment. The weekend opened my eyes to many things and I really appreciated the passion and sincerity they brings to their work.”YY C. , San Francisco
"We recently attended a weekend workshop with Gal and Liron. I previously had assumed that such things were for couples having major difficulty. After having this experience, I now realize that it's for everyone. Being good in a relationship is not something we're taught. Perhaps we learn a thing or two from our parents, but for the most part, we're just figuring it out as we go along, often developing bad habits that we take with us from one relationship into the next.Doug K., Sunnyvale
Gal and Liron focus first on the triggers which spark the conflict impacting nearly all couples. From there, we begin to understand how the that conflict goes back and forth in a cycle. More importantly, we start to learn the tools to break those cycles. It was surprisingly easy to grasp these concepts and even easier to make the small changes to avoid repeating many of the same bad habits I've surely had for decades.
In addition to handling conflict, Gal and Liron focus on developing the connection with your partner. Much of this comes down to the daily habits that make us feel close to our partner, such as the hug when you say goodbye in the morning and when you return after a long day at work. It's often the little things that matter most in feeling close to your partner.
If you're in a relationship and want to make the most of it, I highly recommend Gal and Liron. I only wish I had done this a decade ago."
"We were looking for some nonreligious, pre-marriage couples counseling. There wasn't any issue on our minds to be resolved, we just wanted to set ourselves up for a better future together as a couple. We found The Couples Center on yelp and were curious how they obtained an average five-star rating. After calling to find out our options, we decided to go with the 2-day weekend workshop rather than the weekly personal sessions because we liked the scheduling better and thought it could be helpful to hear insights from other couples.Megan L., San Francisco
Boy, did we make a good decision to signup! Well worth the money!! After day one I already felt more secure in our abilities to communicate with each other about small or complex conflicts, simply because we both had mutual 'training' and understanding from being in the class together.
Gal and Liron created such a safe and welcoming environment of understanding and acceptance that even my super private husband felt comfortable sharing insights about our relationship with the group. They have a well-prepared and thoughtfully executed itinerary and helpful resources to guide the process along. It was engaging to hear their own personal stories as well as real life examples of situations they have helped couples grow through. We benefited from the bits of one-on-one attention during they offer during each exercise (and they make sure to have additional experts present so that all couples can receive this attention and helpful guidance).
I could go on and on about things we learned, but you don't need to know all that. What you need to know is that you have found the right place. Stop looking. Call Gal and Liron. They will certainly be the place we go when we need any relationship guidance."
All this, at a fraction of the cost.
The most comprehensive premarital workshop you’ll find!
Create a new paradigm of relationship.
Most of us learned about relationships from our parents, friends, and the media. But our thoughts and myths around relationship don’t serve us in creating a long-term, happy connection. In this workshop, we’ll show you what does contribute to marriage success, how to avoid destructive patterns, and how to recognize the red flags.
Understand the science of love: what we are (really) looking for and why.
Cutting-edge research on attachment—the science of love—is teaching us that there are simple yet powerful needs that we all bring to a relationship. These needs are the cause of our happiness, and also of our distress. Partners tend to have different styles of connection, and that leads to a lot of misunderstandings. At the workshop, you’ll discover your own style and gain insights that give you a map for successful relationships.
Align around common vision and values
For a successful future, couples need to discuss and align around your most important life values and a shared vision of the future. Through guided discussions and helpful tips, you’ll clarify and connect around issues like money, kids, sex, life goals, and spirituality.
Learn how to make your partner feel truly, deliciously loved.
We’re all different. At times, we try to give love in the way that we want to receive it. The result: you find yourself in an “ok” relationship, rather than a ”butterflies in the stomach” relationship. Here, you’ll learn how to read (and respond to) your partner’s love language and preferences.
Find the key to communicating with ease.
The cause of your communication challenges isn’t what you think. While you might argue over many different things, when you get right down to it, there are only few things that matter for each person. Once you discover what they are, you’ll know how to communicate with your partner and address the real issues.
Cultivate passion and sensuality.
Open your senses and discover more pleasure! Touch is a form of communication. Done with intention, presence, and playfulness, you’ll deepen your erotic connection and leave your partner begging for more!
Our work is praised by the pros.
Adrian Klaphaak, Career coach
“As a career coach I work with people who lead busy lives and their relationships often suffer from the demands of work. I can certainly say the same for myself :-) I've learned that a relationship takes work just like careers take work. I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who is looking for a deeper connection, and especially for busy professionals who want to have a successful career and a passionate marriage. It is packed with useful tools and skills while also being fun and enjoyable. Gal & Liron are excellent therapists (and an amazing couple) who are not only experienced and gifted but also passionate about this work and see it as their calling. This workshop is a fun and powerful way for you and your partner to reconnect to your love for each other and rekindle the passion and intimacy in your relationship. There’s nothing like a live in-person experience with other couples an expert facilitators to create deep positive change that gets you unstuck. Enjoy!"
Tamra Rutherford, Consciousness coach
You know that old phrase, "it takes a village to raise a child"? Well, I think it also takes a village to raise a relationship! None of us are given the training and tools necessary to master committed relationships. We need the help of mentors, teachers & positive role models. Gal & Liron are exceptionally skilled at all three. I love that their work includes providing tools and processes for couple's to adopt BEFORE the trouble starts as well as effective interventions for difficult relationship issues. They teach from their own very personal experiences and bring a wealth of science-based tools into their work. As a Life Coach committed to never-ending learning, I deeply appreciate their commitment to mastering cutting-edge therapeutic modalities as well as the balance they strike between attending to self-awareness (the inner) & interpersonal tools (the outer). I consider Gal & Liron experts in the field and I'm grateful that they are a part of MY village!
Xanet Pailet, Sex & intimacy coach
I completed a 6-day Experiential Couples Training Workshop with Gal and had a fantastic experience. I am not a psychotherapist but do see a lot of couples in my sex and intimacy coaching practice. Gal is an outstanding teacher. So clear in his instruction, incredibly knowledgeable. I have already used many of the tools I learned and I look forward to taking more workshops with him. I later collaborated with Gal and Liron on an evening for couples and got to know them more closely. I highly recommend taking their workshop. They are an amazing couple and the information and tools they can teach you are invaluable. Every couple who is looking for lasting love should go!”
Matt Foley, Marriage & family therapist
"In my work with couples, I’m always looking for ways to help partners directly experience their love for each other. Passion can’t just be a memory; its a living, breathing thing that’s alive between you. If you don’t cultivate the connection it dies! You need to be digging in the dirt and getting your hands dirty—and that may mean ditching the routine date night. Gal and Liron’s workshop is designed to reignite your connection as a direct experience, not an intellectual exercise. Couples come away from their workshops not only feeling closer, but knowing why—how they give and receive love, what their attachment style feels like, how to touch mindfully. I recommend these workshops to my couples because I know that spending a weekend with Gal and Liron builds the foundation for our work together. This is the foundation every couple deserves to have, and one that brings lasting passion and happiness!"
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Yes! Communication problems is the number one challenge couples face, and the workshop is focused on helping you get perspectives and tools to improve it.
Absolutely! You don’t have to have problems to work on your relationship. In fact, it’s better to do that when you’re not having problems. We are focused on you connecting with your partner, having fun, and building skills.
Absolutely. This workshop is intended to all couples—heterosexual, gay, lesbian, queer, or others. It also addresses both monogamous and nonmonogamous couples.
Yes. This workshop will teach you tools that you can use and continue to build on with your counselor. It will actually help speed up the process and save you money.
Yes. Our workshop is appropriate for people in committed long-term relationships, married or not.
Whether you’re dating, recently married, or have been together for years, you need to learn these fun and effective tools. So, during the first day and a half of this workshop you’ll all be together. During the last half day, we split the group. With premarital couples we’ll explore specific future planning issues such as your goals, talking about money, discussing family and kids, and other related topics. With married couples or couples who have been together for a while, we’ll review and deepen skills around communication, sensuality, and play.
The workshop is focused on doing exercises with your partner, so unfortunately coming by yourself will not work. However, if you have a good friend that would like to come with you and you can see yourselves practicing some exercises together, that could be possible.
Ask your partner what would they like to have “more of” or “less of” in your relationship. Don’t argue with them, just invite them to consider that this workshop might help them in achieving that. You can also check in about their concerns or questions, and have them contact us so we can address them directly. Finally, you can show them this web page!
We welcome adult couples of all ages to our events. Our past events have had couples ranging from 25 to 70. Love can be celebrated at any age!
San Francisco is a romantic city and a great destination. Combining this workshop with a trip to the area can be an excellent idea. Besides staying at The Lodge at Tiburon (with a 15% discount if you book through The Couples Center—use this link), there are numerous lodging options in the workshop area; we encourage you to check major websites like www.hotels.com, www.booking.com, www.airbnb.com, or others.
More about Gal & Liron:
Gal Szekely & Liron Cohen are a married couple (and new parents!) who live and work together—it doesn’t get more real than that! They are couples counselors and founders of The Couples Center, a relationship counseling and education center. Through counseling, workshops and events they have helped hundreds of couples create a deep, lasting connection.
Gal has dedicated his work to helping couples create thriving relationships. He is a teacher in the Hakomi experiential therapy method and he teaches therapists in the bay area and nationally how to use experiential methods that create effective change. He is also an adjunct faculty at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he teaches marriage counseling from a body-mind perspective. He hold a masters in Counseling Psychology from CIIS University and a masters in Social Psychology from Tel-Aviv University.
Liron has a gift for teaching couples how to overcome barriers to connection and create a deeper, more exciting love between them. With a background in design, as a doula and priestess, and a gifted chef, she brings creativity and beauty to everything she does! Liron is known for her warmth and engaging style, as well as her ability to get to the heart of the matter quickly and effectively. She is trained in Hakomi experiential method and has served as an assistant teacher in therapy trainings. She holds a master’s in counseling psychology from CIIS University.