Marital Enrichment Class

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Lisa Butler, a clinical marriage and family therapist from Cana Counseling at Catholic Charities will offer a marital enrichment workshop October 16, 23 and 30 and November 6 and 13. The five-part workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the catacombs at St. Vincent de Paul parish in Andover. The cost is $100 per couple.

The workshop is appropriate for couples contemplating engagement, pre-marital couples and couples married for decades. The sessions are not for those experiencing severe relationship distress including abuse, addictions, affairs, etc.

The workshop’s aim is to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships within the context of Dr. John Gottman’s internationally acclaimed research. The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

Tools discussed in the workshop are intended to improve friendship, fondness and admiration; enhance romance and intimacy; manage conflict constructively; gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems; create shared meaning and maintain gains throughout a lifetime.

Butler said couples who have already attended Gottman training report that it drew them closer and heightened their feelings of friendship toward one another. She said the series is a unique opportunity to focus on a relationship, fellowship with like-minded couples, learn together how to reap the benefits of decades of relationship research and pick the brain of a trained professional and her husband about the real-life application of these proven tools.

“My hope is that couples will have hope themselves that the best years are not behind them,” said Butler. “Yes, life is hard and marriage sometimes feels harder, but my prayer is that we can come together to use the best of science and faith to strengthen couples for the journey ahead.”