My husband and I have been married almost 17 years. We are not in conflict, but realized that we were not as close as we were when we first married. Life, kids, jobs, all of that gets in the way, sometimes…At first we thought we would try to have weekly counseling sessions with Gal and Liron, but the timing was impossible! My husband and I couldn’t even find one hour a week to meet consistently with counselors. It is hard to find that time! But then we heard about the Love Made Simple two day workshop that they hold in Mill Valley. It is pretty intense, and it isn’t cheap up front. HOWEVER it is worth every penny. If we had been doing traditional counseling, it would have taken us months and much much much more money to get to where we got at the end of two days in this seminar.
Gal and Liron touched on many important topics that are sometimes hard to bring up. But we were always supported, and given words and techniques to use, to make it easier. There were so many breakthroughs in the class. My husband and I came out of the experience amazed by how much closer we felt, and how much stronger we felt to move forward. The leaders of the class were warm and funny and easy to follow, and shared many personal stories to underscore the points they were making. They are both psychotherapists and they also had about five therapists on hand, to help move around the room and listen to couples (with their permission) and help out in tough spots. Some were trained in trauma, in case something underlying might surface. It all felt very safe and supportive.
I also need to add that my husband and I were worried that it would be a very touchy feely, woo woo, share your feelings kind of thing, and were kind of dreading all of the prolonged eye gazing, mushy talk that we were pretty sure we would have to share in a group setting. It wasn’t like that at all. All sharing was done one on one with each other. It was very private. The only time we heard other peoples’ stories was when they chose to share them. And those times were very powerful. So if you are worried that it will be some sort of 12 step program meeting…it isn’t. Not at all!
If you are on the fence about this class, or want to do couples counseling, but just can’t find the time – I highly recommend it. Both my husband and I found it immensely helpful.
– Natalie C. Berkeley, CA
My husband and I just attended the “Love Made Simple” workshop and found it to be everything we were hoping for, plus more. As busy working parents, we were hoping for an experience and concrete tools that would help us feel closer and more connected. We were a little hesitant about committing the time and dollars for this, but could not be happier with our decision. I honestly think this should be a required workshop for any couple in a committed relationship. The retreat helped us better understand ourselves and each other, and included individualized time with the certified practitioners, practical tools for improving communication and intimacy, and a fun, warm, and inviting atmosphere.
During the intensive two days, the workshop had a perfect balance of lessons/discussion and individual exercises and reflection. We would do this over in a heartbeat (and might at some point as a refresher!). Gal and Liron are amazing–warm, insightful, respectful, and I especially loved how they made everyone feel welcome through sharing their own specific struggles and tools. We both left the workshop feeling closer than we ever have, more confident and knowledgeable about our own patterns and needs, and with very practical and useful tools for continuing our growth.
– Ashley Z., CA – Couples Workshop