Couple Therapy Seminar

Couples therapy is complicated and transformative. The field is both rich and confusing. Many therapists notice they feel less confident and grounded when working with couples, and may even shy away from working with them. With so many therapeutic approaches practiced, it is important to find an approach that best fits your style and frame for change.


We are starting a 3-session seminar for therapists who would like to feel more successful and impactful in couples work. In each 3 hour Zoom session, we will look at multiple leading theoretical frameworks including: Systems, RLT, Developmental, Gottman, and EFT. Using our own approaches as examples, we will demonstrate interventions using participants’ case material.  We will also pay special attention to working with affairs and sexual dynamics.


The group is both didactic and experiential, with an emphasis on personal process and integration with whichever approach feels most congruent. Readings and videos will be available before and between sessions to encourage lively discussions.


Course Outline

Session 1: January 23

8:30: Coffee and Social Time

9:00 – 9:30: Introductions and Seminar goals

9:30 – 10:30: Theory Overview of Differences and Similarities of EFT, Systems, Gottman, RLT

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45: Best Practices for Couples work (keeping secrets, seeing partners individually, etc) with case application and enactments

11:45 – 12:00 Conclusion and Questions

Session 2: February 27

8:30: Coffee and Social Time

9:00 – 9:30: Article review and discussion

9:30-10:30: Case Presentation with theory application

10:30 – 10:45: Break

10:45 – 11:45: Case Presentation with theory application (this section would be where we apply the prior discussion and learning points to actual cases)

11:45 – 12:00: Conclusion and Questions

Session 3: March 27

8:30: Coffee and Social Time

9:00 – 9:30 Article/Media review and discussion

9:30 – 10:30: Working with Sexual Desires and Affairs 

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:30: Working with Affairs with Case application (this section would be where we apply the prior discussion and learning points to actual cases)

11:30- 12:00: Conclusion and Questions 


Learning Objectives 

Session 1

Identify similarities and differences of the leading couples approaches discussed.

Identify a minimum of 3 practice debates in the field.

Apply best practices to couples therapy demonstrated in enactments.

Session 2 

Identify techniques from an Integrative Systems Approach.

Describe RLT (Relational Life Therapy).

Identify at least one criteria to be met in each of the Three Phases of Couples Therapy Model.

Session 3

Identify your own countertransference in working with affairs and sexual issues in couples.

Identify 3 different long term outcomes for couples who stay together after an affair.


Structure and Meeting Times

The 4th Saturday in January, February, and March from 9-12noon. There will be a short break mid-way and a coffee “get settled” half hour beginning at 8:30. Limited space available to promote process and connection. 

Fee and Participant 

This Seminar is open  to MFTs, LCSWs, Psychologists, Registered Interns and Associates, and Graduate Students. This course is aimed at the beginning and intermediate couples therapist. 

The cost is $300 for the Seminar if you enroll before January 1 and $375 after that date. 

To register for the Seminar, call or email Alison 916-712-6233 or or Sharon at 530-304-3004  Preferred payment through Venmo. Other arrangements upon request.

For questions or concerns during or after the Seminar please email Alison at or Sharon at

Continuing Education

8.25 CEUs are available upon satisfactory completion of the 3 sessions for an additional $40 paid directly to R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, attended all 9 hours of the Seminar, and completed an evaluation in order to receive a certificate. Partial credit for partial attendance is not available.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds given for withdrawal by January 16th minus a $40 processing fee. No refunds after that date. 

For questions or concerns contact Sharon at 530-304-3004 or or Alison at (916) 712-6233 or



Alison Buckley, LMFT, Certified RLT Therapist

Alison has over 20 years working with couples and is certified in RLT (Relational Life Therapy). She has worked in the past with Ellyn Bader and Peter Pearson and their developmental model and was trained in both systems and attachment models. 

Her current practice is dedicated to couples exclusively. 

For further information about Alison visit her website more information about RLT visit 


Sharon Thompson Wilson, LMFT, Integrative Couples Therapist, ICEEFT Lifetime Member

Sharon has specialized in working with couples for over 35 years in Sacramento and Davis, providing therapy, case consultation, and teaching.

Her practice is grounded in the natural union of Family Systems and Humanistic Theories, while constantly evolving through the integration of emerging theories and insights from masters in the field.

From 2008 until 2016 she was in private and small group case consultation with Esther Perel.

For further information about Sharon visit

*There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program

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Alison Buckley, LMFT

2011 P St. #302

Sacramento, CA 95811


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