Love Made Simple – Premarital Counseling Workshop2019-08-09T00:28:13+00:00

Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop

Secure your future with a love that lasts.

Build a strong foundation by learning the secrets to more passion, intimacy, and playfulness!

As you and your partner approach marriage or long-term commitment, the best way to prepare for your future together is by learning the tools and skills that form the foundation of a successful long-term relationship. A premarital counseling workshop can help you build that foundation by creating a safe space for you and your partner to attune to each others needs and align on your future together.

All couples start with a strong commitment to make their relationship successful, yet between 41%–50% of them will end up in a divorce. Without realizing it, most couples have unrealistic expectations about their marriage, fueled by myths and popular media. Moreover, most people don’t have good relationship role models, so despite their best intentions, they end up repeating unproductive patterns.

If you have found yourselves thinking about your future together, new conflicts and struggles may have surfaced. This might bring more anxiety and even doubt, but they are all normal parts of planning this big commitment.

You really love each other, and with the right skills and tools, you can have a successful relationship filled with passion, intimacy, spontaneity, and support.

Prepare for your future together.

Safeguard your relationship from breakup or divorce.

Learn how to confront certain hot-button topics that keep and how to resolve arguments.

Understand family values and how to align with future goals.

Learn how to create lasting passion.

Learn how to grow strong emotional and intimate connection that only deepens with time.

Understand what it takes to make sure your sex life only gets better!

Be able to tell your partner what you really want.

Already good? Learn how to be great!

Do you rarely fight, but argue more than you would like to?

Do you feel happy, but feel like there should be a bit more?

Are you seeking more fire?

Sign Up for Our Premarital Workshop

Do you see a future with your partner and want to make sure you’re on the right path? This premarital counseling workshop is for good for all serious couples or engaged couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The advice and tools shared can be applied to committed relationships of all kinds.

A premarital counseling workshop led by a real couple.

We (Gal Szekely & Liron Cohen) are a married couple, parents, and business partners. It doesn’t get more real than that! We are experienced couples counselors, and together we founded The Couples Center, with the vision of helping couples create relationships that are deep, passionate and lasting. We invite you to join a new way of being – a conscious one.

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 holds 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.

Prepare for you future, together.

Now’s the time to build a Love that Lasts.

In Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop, 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.

In our premarital counseling workshop, you’ll learn the essential secrets of a successful relationship:

  • How to set powerful intentions that will help your relationship grow
  • What your partner really needs to feel loved—and how to give it to them
  • Ways to align around a common vision and values (money, kids, goals and more)
  • Practical communication tools for talking about the hard stuff
  • How to talk about in-laws and other touchy-subjects
  • The hidden needs beneath your fights
  • Real ways to maintain the spark (in just few minutes a day)
  • How to build (and sustain) passion and playfulness in your relationship!

Here’s What We’ll Cover in our Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop:

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 premarital counseling workshop, we’ll show you what really works.

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. Plus, because we know these topics are tough, our premarital counseling workshop will have assistants and therapists to help you when you get stuck!

Make your partner feel your love.

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. In Love Made Simple, 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 a 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! At our premarital counseling workshop, you’ll learn deceptively simple exercises to tap into the juice that nourishes your relationship!

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We’ve created a uniquely transformative experience.

Our premarital workshop is uniquely designed to be both fun and intellectual. We teach you the latest tools and methods in an experiential, enlivening, and engaging way, and we share our own life experiences and challenges with you. In the workshop, you’ll receive practical advice and real-life techniques to take home with you – so that your love continues to deepen.

In the last few decades there has been an explosion of information about how the brain and our nervous system works and how to apply that to human growth and romantic relationships. The scientific findings validate what we have been doing all along, for example our focus on mindfulness and non-verbal commnication, our emphaiss of putting security and connection first in relationsihp, the tools we use for emotional regulation and more. We also keep oursleves informed with the latest findings and update our workshops materials and tools accordingly.

Dozens of scientific studies have measured the far reaching effects of mindfulness on life satisfaction, reduced stress and overall well being. Mindfulness is the capacity to observe our inner experience from a place of neutrality. In our workshop you will learn how to harness the power of mindulness for learning about yourself and for improving your connection with your patner.

Learning is enhanced through direct experience. Experiential learning is about more than just learning a concept or getting insight, it’s about feeling things directly in the body, and it’s about doing things differently. Our workshop includes experiential exercises that help you bring ideas and concepts into live experiences and create more powerful change.

If you truly want a great relationship, one that is emotionally, spiritually and sexually satisfying, you have to keep learning. While other methods and workshops stop at the first level of helping you resolve problems and get closer, we’ve created a greater vision of the full potential of relationships. In the upcoming months, we’ll launch a more comprehensive learning path for couples and this workshop is the first step towards that. So if you want to keep growing, and if you want to learn what’s possible for you and your partner, stay tuned.

We communicate with our body language much more than with our words. Love is transmitted through eye contact, facial expression, body gestures, proximity and distance and more. Many times couples miss each other because they misinterpret each other’s body language. Becoming mindful of the body is also a shortcut that bypasses the complicated tangle of mind and helps us get directly to the root of our experience. We bring decades of experience in using the body wisdom for growth and transformation.

Our Premarital Counseling Workshop is #1 on Yelp!

Read some of our reviews from Love Made Simple Premarital Counseling Workshop participants!

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.

Fall More In Love With Your Partner, Natalie C.

I’ve known my husband for 16 years yet I still discovered so much about him during the couples workshop. I wish we discovered this workshop and the tools Gal and Liron provided to us sooner in our relationship. But I am forever grateful for discovering and participating in one recently.

First of all, my husband isn’t the type to ask or want to participate in therapy. So I was so glad they offered the 2 day weekend workshop format. I felt I could pitch the idea to him much easier than couples counseling. I called it “couples retreat” for a weekend!
Then, we got there and my husband was still thinking why was he there and going through this. But the format was comfortable, inviting, and allowed for everyone to be vulnerable. He opened up! I was shocked myself.

To be honest, I was timid in writing a public review because it will reveal we needed help. But I felt I owed it to Gal and Liron and to any couples needing a bit of help to really consider their “couples retreat.” It has been amazing! I can’t thank Gal and Liron enough for what they are teaching and providing to couples everywhere.

Gal and Liron’s idea of a “couples” school is definitely what all communities, societies, and cultures need. In school and many educational workshops, we are constantly trained on how to do a better job at work or enhance our careers. No where can you find help in building relationships and connections. As they all say it’s emotional intelligence that brings you far in life and not IQ. The idea of a couples school or emotional intelligence school is brilliant and much needed.

Life Changing!, Lily, V.

We just finished the class and I can’t even explain how much my husband and I have learned about one another. Going into this experience I had no idea what to expect or what our issue was but I knew we needed help. A little background… my husband and I met in rehab and to say the least we have been thru hell and back and against all odds stuck by each other’s side through the worst of times. We have an amazing connection but are awful at communicating.
The material provided along with the many hands on exercises really opened my eyes to where we were losing each other. Learning that how I express and receive love is different than how my husband, which made so much sense.

We got down to the real reason why we were arguing and what it was that the other needed.
The instructors were amazing and really took the time to guide us. Even though it was a group setting we got individual sessions with the instructors and professional therapists. It was crazy to think that we have been operating in this relationship without the manual!
I would highly recommend this workshop for new comers, old timers and everyone in between. Even if you are living your happily ever after there is no way you should wing this thing called love with out learning the language.

Thank you so much Gal and Liron we are looking forward to the next workshop in October!!!

To Explain My Experience in One Word: WOW!, Danielle, J.

I’ve known my husband for 16 years yet I still discovered so much about him during the couples workshop. I wish we discovered this workshop and the tools Gal and Liron provided to us sooner in our relationship. But I am forever grateful for discovering and participating in one recently.

First of all, my husband isn’t the type to ask or want to participate in therapy. So I was so glad they offered the 2 day weekend workshop format. I felt I could pitch the idea to him much easier than couples counseling. I called it “couples retreat” for a weekend!
Then, we got there and my husband was still thinking why was he there and going through this. But the format was comfortable, inviting, and allowed for everyone to be vulnerable. He opened up! I was shocked myself.

To be honest, I was timid in writing a public review because it will reveal we needed help. But I felt I owed it to Gal and Liron and to any couples needing a bit of help to really consider their “couples retreat.” It has been amazing! I can’t thank Gal and Liron enough for what they are teaching and providing to couples everywhere.

Gal and Liron’s idea of a “couples” school is definitely what all communities, societies, and cultures need. In school and many educational workshops, we are constantly trained on how to do a better job at work or enhance our careers. No where can you find help in building relationships and connections. As they all say it’s emotional intelligence that brings you far in life and not IQ. The idea of a couples school or emotional intelligence school is brilliant and much needed.

Life Changing!, L.V.

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Take one weekend to build a foundation for the rest of your lives.

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In our premarital counseling workshop, you will learn how to hear each other, discuss difficul topics, deepen intimacy and handle conflict respectfully with your partner. You will gain the tools you need to help your partner feel deeply loved by you while allowing them to learn the ways they can help you feel truly loved and valued.

If you find yourself wondering what is next for your relationship, or you are getting ready to tie the knot, a Love Made Simple premarital counseling workshop can help you both align. With a safe, inviting environment, and a handful of assistants and therapists to guide you, you and your partner will be able to create a roadmap for the rest of your lives. Take a weekend, in the beautiful location of Mill Valley, Marin, California, to build a foundation for forver together.

The total cost for the workshop is $750 per couple.

LOCATION

Aqua Hotel, Mill Valley

Choose to stay at the hotel – LMS Participants get 11% off!

DAYS + HOURS

Saturday and Sunday

10 am – 7 pm

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Common FAQs

We are kind of private. Do we have to share things with everyone?2019-05-30T22:17:00+00:00

The workshop is completely private. You only share what you want with your assigned therapy assistant.

Will this workshop help us with our communication problems?2019-05-30T22:18:53+00:00

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.

What if we don’t have any major problems? Is this workshop still for us?2019-05-30T22:19:34+00:00

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.

What’s the difference between this workshop and your premarital workshop?2019-05-30T22:48:28+00:00

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 specifics such as planning your future together, talking about money, and other related topics. With married couples or couples who have been together for a while, we’ll review and deepen your skills around communication, sensuality, and play.

How can I convince my partner to attend this workshop? 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!2019-05-30T22:51:59+00:00

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!

How many couples attend your workshops?2019-05-30T22:52:48+00:00

Our workshops vary in size, but we make sure that every couple feels that they have individual attention and support. Your positive experience is important to us!

We do not live in San Francisco but would like to attend. Where can we stay?2019-05-30T22:54:38+00:00

You can stay at the event site – The Acqua Hotel – or in any hotel in the Greater Marin County area. Marin has lots to offer – from coastal beaches to hiking – no matter where you stay, you will enjoy your experience together.

What form of payments do you take?2019-05-31T01:46:49+00:00

We only accept Credit Card, Debit Card or HSA via debit card. We are able to send you an invoice if you are unable to pay in person under certain circumstances.

Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend?2019-05-30T20:17:10+00:00

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.

Is this workshop LGBTQIA+ friendly? Or just for straight couples?2019-05-30T20:16:22+00:00

Absolutely. This workshop is intended to all couples—heterosexual, gay, lesbian, queer, or others. It also addresses both monogamous and nonmonogamous couples!

Can we attend the workshop if we are already separated or in the process of divorce?2019-05-30T20:15:13+00:00

If you can come with an intention to learn about yourself and your relationship patterns, then the answer is yes. The tools you learn might serve you in this relationship or in a future one.

Is there an “appropriate” age-range for the workshop?2019-05-30T20:14:16+00:00

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!

Can we attend if we aren’t married?2019-05-30T20:13:32+00:00

Yes. Our workshop is appropriate for people in committed long-term relationships, married or not.

What is the cancellation policy?2019-05-30T20:11:06+00:00

Once you reserve a spot the payment is final. However, if you can’t make it to the workshop you can transfer your registration to a future workshop or receive a 25% refund.

Still unsure? Contact us today.