Transformative Couple Therapy (TCT)
Supervision Groups with David Mars
TCT One-to-One or Small Supervision Groups
with David Mars Ph.D.
Online through the ZOOM confidential platform or in-person in San Rafael or San Anselmo.
2020-2021 Marin County
TCT Supervision Group Series
Led by David Mars, Ph.D. MFT
This series of ten monthly training sessions is designed to further cultivate the internal capacity, skills and awareness of each training group member to treat patients using the TCT treatment method. We meet one Friday afternoon a month with a group of six therapists from 1:15pm to 5:15pm.
This TCT Supervision Group provides a medium through which participants deepen their skills and effectiveness in engaging couples in a transformative process directed toward building bonds and connectedness and for healing attachment level trauma and deprivation.
Participants will learn how to:
Identify three ways to establish a secure base in the first session of treatment
Describe two ways to regulate emotional reactivity in each couple member when either is triggered
Name the Seven Channels of Experience (Sensation, Emotion, Energetic, Movement, Auditory, Visual and Imaginal)
Additional Learning Objectives:
Practicing the moment to moment tracking through the seven Channels of Experience will help in the building of new skills as a clinician specializing in treating couples
Regulate affect through slowing down the process and selectively deepening affect to generate an experience of safety and connection with each couple member
Link the safe base generated through the therapeutic bond with the therapist with each member of the couple to assist them to connect and communicate with each other
Encourage the felt sense of love between the couple members and assist them to move from an experience of enhanced attachment security to encourage couple members to build greater capacity for productive truth telling
Participants will learn three strategies to regulate the affect of couple members who are easily triggered into angry reactivity
Participants will be able to identify the defensive strategies of avoidant, anxious and disorganized couple members
Participants will learn two ways to help patients identify and regulate anxiety
Participants will be able to offer psycho-education about affective neuroscience at key moments in couples treatment
Participants will learn three methods to assist couples to move from conflict to peaceful resolution
Craig, A. D. (2002). How do you feel? Interoception: the sense of the physiological condition of the body. Nature Review Neuroscience. 3, 655–666
Fosha, D. (2000). The transforming power of affect: A model for accelerated change. New York: Basic Books.
Johansson, R., Frederick, R. & Andersson, G. Using the Internet to provide psychodynamic psychotherapy, In press in Psychodynamic Psychiatry.
Mars, D. (2011) AEDP for Couples: From Stuckness and Reactivity to the Felt Experience of Love. Transformance Journal, 2011, D. Mars
Porges, SW. (2009). Reciprocal influences between body and brain in the perception and expression of affect: A polyvagal perspective. In D Fosha, D Siegel, and M Solomon, eds. The healing power of emotion: affective neuroscience, development, and clinical practice. New York: Norton, 27-54.
Wallin, D. (2007) Attachment in psychotherapy. New York: Guilford.
The cost: $200 for each four-hour group supervision session. Payment may be made at the time of each session with the understanding that the commitment is for the entire series of ten sessions. CE’s for MFT’s, LCSW’s (only) are available.
How many: Membership is be limited to six participants.
Where: The group is held in San Anselmo.
For more information and to receive an application form,
email Dr. David Mars at firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone Contact: (415) 454-3640
Meet the Course Supervisor:
DAVID MARS, Ph.D. MFT
Developer of TCT
Director of the Center for Transformative Therapy
David Mars, Ph.D. is the developer of Transformative Couple Therapy (formerly AEDP For Couples). He has specialized in the somatically focused treatment of couples and groups for four decades, as an innovator in developing process-oriented, somatically, and empathically focused couple treatment. David develops and presents training seminars and workshops nationally and internationally that focus on the TCT model. He is the lead supervisor of the TCT Trainings. For eleven years he was an AEDP Institute Faculty member and taught at AEDP Immersion Courses and Essential Skills Programs.
David is on the adjunct faculty of the California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco where he infused AEDP into his teaching of courses on the Clinical Relationship.
David’s style as a presenter is described as inspiring, warm and deeply personable. He quickly evokes trust from his audiences, which ushers in a deep level of transparent exchange of ideas and points of view about how therapists can more effectively treat the historical trauma and deprivation that underlies marital dysfunction. Perhaps most importantly, participants are moved to apply what they learn in these training programs, due to the depth of experience they take in while witnessing videos, live demonstrations and engaging in experiential practices.