BOULDER CAP BREAKFAST TALK – Bob Dressler 'We're in This Together'

  • 15 Nov 2018
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • LePeep's Restaurant 2525 Arapahoe Ave (Next to McGkin Hardwared) Boulder


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We’re In This Together - Alone: Connection and Differentiation in Relationship & Marriage - Bob Dressler, RP

  Presentation counts for two hours of Colorado Continuing Competency Units (CCs).

Le Peep’s Restaurant, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (next to McGuckin Hardware), 8:00-10 am,   Cost is ordering a breakfast or $10 to CAP.

 Le Peep’s Restaurant, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue (next to McGuckin Hardware), 8:00-10 am

Intimate relationship presents the challenge of confronting and exploring the fundamental mystery of another human being, as well as the mystery of one's own existence. The challenge is to balance a supportive inter-dependence with the freedom to lives one's own adventure and to bear witness to the partner's own adventure. We’ll start with an Arthurian story from Joseph Campbell and apply it to couples therapy. Then we’ll discuss how couples therapy can help us with this fundamental and sometimes difficult truth: Intimacy is fundamentally paradoxical. Of course, it is also rewarding. But healthy relating doesn’t mean abandoning either oneself or one’s partner in favor of a lukewarm compromise that satisfies no one. Rather it means facing the challenge of learning how to support our own and each other’s freedom––what couples researcher John Gottman called our individual and mutual “dreams” or life quests. Otherwise we encounter the complaint of many couples whose relationship feels drained of the mystery along with the romance: The juice has gone out of the relationship. The mystery is what keeps the juice flowing.

Bob Dressler is a Registered Psychotherapist specializing in relationship, couples, and marriage counseling in Louisville, Colorado. Prior to beginning his career as a psychotherapist, he worked for over twenty years in the information technology and business world, including nine years as an organizational consultant focused on supporting leadership, teamwork and change processes in a variety of large and small companies. He is an existential therapist, trained in and practicing Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP).

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