Couples Weekend Workshops

At our couples weekend workshop, you will quickly identify patterns of behaviour, gain some fundamentals about biology and the human brain, and begin to understand how you and your partner are wired. You will learn how you can maintain closeness and intimacy, even when you are disagreeing or feeling misunderstood.

How can you benefit from the time you invest in this workshop? By attending, you will:

  • clarify the purpose of your relationship
  • learn how your attachment styles impact your relationship
  • gain insight into your couple dynamics and interactions
  • have the opportunity for face-to-face emotional experiences as a couple
  • practise real-time skill-building and benefit from feedback from your facilitators
  • begin to integrate new ideas and skills

By the end of this couples weekend, you will have gained new tools and deeper understandings to help keep your love alive. You will have some new ideas about what it takes to create a safe, secure, and lasting relationship. You will be able to talk more intimately and comfortably as a couple, and will leave more emotionally connected.

The workshop offers a balance of facilitator and video presentations, and one-to-one exercises that will focus on just the two of you. Attendance is typically limited to 6-10 couples, but we can also present it to larger audiences.

You will complete all the couple activities together with your partner, and you will then be invited to share with the other participants what you have learned. (Disclosure is always optional.)

Please Note: This workshop is educational in nature, designed to present information in a practical and informative way. A workshop does not take the place of couples therapy. Please contact us if you feel you need a more private, one on-one therapeutic experience.

What Can You Expect from Our Couples Weekend Workshop?

In the words of Stan Tatkin, Ph.D., author of Wired for Love and Wired for Dating: “There is nothing more difficult to deal with than another person… As individuals, we are complex. We don’t come with manuals to help our partners understand us.”

In this couples workshop, we will help you create a “working manual” as you start to know your partner better. You will learn:

  • how your attachment and communication styles impact your relationship
  • to read each other better
  • how you trigger each other
  • understand what a secure functioning relationship looks like
  • learn what is safe and what is threatening to each other

David Rubinstein & Louise Dorfman

As close partners for more than 46 years, as parents and grandparents, as individual therapists, and as a husband-and-wife marriage and couples co-therapy team, we have acquired a rich source of theoretical and practical knowledge that we draw upon to help couples develop safe and secure, loving relationships.

Our more recent studies with Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT., have clarified for us what holds couples together. Dr. Tatkin’s work integrates Attachment Theory and Neuroscience in his Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT). As Level 11 PACT therapists, we are convinced that couples need each other to grow. Taking care of each other, they create safe, secure-functioning relationships where there is mutuality, empathy, and greater tolerance for each other’s differences.

This workshop is based in part on Dr. Stan Tatkin’s Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT), and inspired by his book, Wired for Love.

Both Louise and David have Masters Degrees in Counselling Psychology. They are Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Members of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP – formerly known as OACCPP), the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Louise is also a student member of the Canadian Association for Integrative Energy Therapies (CAIET) and the Association for Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT International).

Join marriage and couples co-therapists Louise Dorfman and David Rubinstein of Couple Enrichment as they present this 2-day couples weekend workshop in Ottawa, Ontario. Plan to attend now, and begin to envision your life together through a new lens.

Our Weekend Couple Counselling Workshops typically take place in Ottawa, Canada. Check our Events Calendar in 2020 for announcements of workshops in Toronto, Kingston and Montreal.

$950.00 CAD per couple + 13% HST

For More Information and Registration

Call Louise at 877-897-2333 ext 2, or click on the button below to send us an email:

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Registration Deadline: A deposit of 50% is required upon registration, and the balance is due two weeks before the workshop begins.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel 14 or more days prior to the workshop, we will issue a full refund less an administrative fee of $150.00; or, alternatively, you can defer the paid tuition towards another “Know Your Partner” workshop, as long as you attend it within one year of your original workshop date. If you cancel within 7 days of the workshop, we will not be able to issue a refund, unless you cancel for medical or family emergency reasons. If the Facilitators cancel the workshop for any reason, you will be given a full refund.