Couples Work: How Three Proven Models Approach the Challenge

  • 26 May 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Bo's Place
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As marriage and family therapists, we are often sought out specifically for our expertise in working with relationships.  Couples counseling is one of the top reasons people present for therapy, and while no two couples are alike, the hurt and hopelessness shared in our offices follow similar patterns or cycles.  Three major models developed for working with couples, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method, and Pragmatic-Experiential therapy (PEX), will be presented in this workshop. Each model pulls from attachment theory, decades-long research on couple interactions, neuroscience, and the fight or flight threat system. Three therapists with advanced training in each of these models will approach the same case study through their unique theoretical lens, , highlighting the overlap and the fundamental theoretical differences. Workshop participants will not only become greater familiarized with these models but will also have the opportunity to consider which model may be a good fit for his or her own work with couples.  The workshop will end with a panel discussion and Q & A with the presenters.


  1. Participants will be able to list one difference and similarity between the three models.
  2. Participants will be able to list at least one intervention from each of the models.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the application of one model to a unique case model.

Our presenters are:

Liliane Nahas, M.Ed, LMFT-S, LPC
Director of the Houston Community for Emotional Focused Therapy and EFT Supervisor

Mary Beth George, M.Ed, LPC
Certified Gottman Therapist and Master Trainer and Consultant for the Gottman Institute

Gina Watson, MS, LMFT
Couples Therapist 
Advanced training with Dr. Brent Atkinson of The Couples Clinic in Chicago, developer of Pragmatic-Experiential Therapy 

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