Couples Counseling with Dr Bren

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Learn to Communicate

 DR BREN has counseled hundreds of couples through their intense interpersonal conflicts. She quickly diagnoses the breakdown in communication and teaches the couple how to communicate effectively. She uses several different communication models from the "imago dialogue" to the non-violent communication

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Personality Type Differences

 DR BREN starts with Jung's psychological types, now known as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI. This tool allows her to explain the differences in how the couple perceives the world and how they also interpret the world in different ways. Then she gently leads the couple towards understanding and respecting these differences.

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I vs. We

 Next DR BREN introduces the couple to the inevitable polarity in all relationships between being an "I" and also being a part of a "We." Often, this is where she sees the woman identifying with the "We" and the man identifying with the "I." She helps to relieve many of the long standing conflicts and resentments by leading the couple through a process of understanding the areas where one should respect the individual boundaries and the areas where one should act as a couple by taking joint responsibility for the "We" areas, like home, finances, family, holidays, etc. 

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Beyond Right and Wrong

 So many conflicts and communications seem to be about who is right. To this DR BREN often says, "you can be right, or you can be in relationship but you cannot be both."Getting to an objective truth is a trap, especially in relationship, because this pursuit negates the other's subjective reality. There are always three realities happening at once in a relationship:  the two subjective experiences, and the one objective reality. Often each party believes they have the scoop on the objective reality, but this is simply incorrect. No human can escape their subjective frame of reference and see clearly the whole objective truth. 

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Jungian Parts Work

  Once these basic skills of communication are in place, the couple can move onto the deeper psycho-dynamic or unconscious processes undermining the relationship. These unconscious dynamics were formed in childhood about self, other and the relationship between the two. Because they are unconscious, they are projected onto the other as if it is the other. But the other, at this point, is simply a screen for one's projections. Essentially, this person is completely isolated in a unconscious fantasy believing it is reality.  

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Enneagram

 I use the enneagram test at The Enneagram Institute to get information on your ennea-type. This gives me information about how your personality developed away from your soul seed and how to help you find your way back to your true self.  

Video on Spiritual Relationships

DR BREN talks about why we keep attracting the same type of person over and over again. 

Couples Counseling costs

DR BREN'S WORK IS NOT CONSIDERED PART OF WESTERN MEDICINE AND THEREFORE SHE DOES NOT BILL THROUGH MEDICAL INSURANCE.

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