Embodied Couples Training 2019

Upcoming 2019 Professional Training

The Fairview Space for Transformation

(located 15 minutes outside of Asheville in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains)

June 27, 2019
July 1, 2019 10:00am to 2:00pm

This five day intensive training is designed for therapists to step up and support couples on a whole new level. Imagine helping committed couples to feel more power, laugh more fully, desire each other more intensely, see each other in truth, have greater compassion for the other’s struggles, engage in vibrant and constructive conflict and bring their highest selves to the relationship and the world. This training will you to open new doors to your practice as your bring into your work an innovative paradigm for helping couples.


  • Exploring the relational “shared energy field” and how to work with it

  • Assessing and working with the four levels of interactive experience (Reactive, Reflective, Mindful, and Embodied)

  • Identifying and intervening successfully with a couples “control patterns” (ritualized ways that each partner protects their vulnerability)


  • Exploring the neuroscience; how couples engage in “fight or flight” arousal and how they can reclaim “limbic resonance”

  • “Metaskills” teaching couples the essential skills of resonance (the skills we already possess)

  • Identifying and intervening successfully with a couples “control patterns” (ritualized ways that each partner protects their vulnerability)

  • Exploring the transformative potential in conflict

  • Learning basic interventions to help couples move beyond reactive cycles

  • Distilling couples conflicts to their essence using a process called “amplify and simplify”




  1. The first step is to fill out the application for the Program.

  2. You will be asked to submit a $300 deposit with the application to hold your place. If accepted into the program this deposit will be applied to your tuition. Otherwise it will be refunded in full. Deposits are non-refundable after your acceptance in the course has been confirmed.

  3. You will be contacted to confirm your acceptance.

  4. Upon acceptance you will be sent an information packet including the syllabus, assignments and required reading for the program.


The cost of the Couples Program is XXXX.

Please contact Marcia and Brian Gleason with any questions you have.


  • Distinguishing between childhood and mature needs as crucial to an interdependent relationship

  • Practicing 3 levels of “embodied interventions” (Presencing, Leading by Following, & Catalyzing)

  • Gaining awareness of how your own parents relationship influences your work with couples.


  • Learning and practicing the template of emotional layering we call “Full Self Expression,” where couples can move from blame to deeper levels of vulnerability and back to love


  • Redefining sexuality; meaning of exceptional sex

  • Common sexual difficulties and how to work with them

  • Control patterns and sexuality; how to intervene

Certification Program Additional Requirements

  1. Six group supervision classes, once per month via zoom meeting, starting with a practice building group supervision.

  2. Two additional modules on working with infidelity, trauma and sexuality including LGBTQ couples. You can do these modules in your own time frame in the form of an online course. We will be giving you additional relevant reading material as well and some homework assignments.

  3. Six individual supervision sessions with either Brian or Marcia. We will support you in identifying your individual needs and areas of growth to make these supervisory sessions productive for you.

Exceptional Relationship Training follows these major premises:

The “Four Es” – Expressive, Embodied, Emotionally Focused and Experiential.

  1. Communication occurs on both a verbal and non-verbal level and couples need to learn to“dialogue” with the whole of their body/mind in order to create emotional resonance.

  2. Conflict engagement is the doorway to deep understanding and growth.

  3. There is a need for couples to incorporate not only mindfulness, but to embody their shared experiences.

  4. The therapist must be willing to take “leaps of faith” to encourage a broader and more flexible range of expression for each partner.

  5. That each couple creates a “shared energy field” from which both problems and breakthroughs will occur.

  6. Couples connect through here and now experiences and not only by talking about their dynamics.