Couples "can" make love last, says psychotherapist and clinical social worker Marcia Naomi Berger. They just need to learn how. Her prescription is deceptively simple: have an interruption-free thirty-minute (or even shorter) meeting each week and follow an agenda that includes the kind of appreciation and planning for fun that foster intimacy and pave the way for collaborative conflict resolution. With this book, you'll learn how to effectively communicate and connect with your spouse each week, and for a lifetime, with step-by-step guidelines that walk you through the four parts of a marriage meeting: expressing appreciation, coordinating chores, planning for good times, and resolving problems. Inspiring real-life stories demonstrate how transformative these brief meetings can be. The communication tips and techniques Berger has gleaned from helping hundreds of couples will guide you toward a deeper, more lasting love.
About the Author
Marcia Naomi Berger, MSW, LCSW, leads dynamic marriage and communication workshops and is a popular speaker at conferences. In addition to working as a clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice in San Rafael, California, she teaches continuing education classes for psychotherapists and counselors at the UC Berkeley Extension and Alliant International University in San Francisco. While employed by the City and County of San Francisco, she held senior level positions in the fields of child welfare, alcoholism treatment, and psychiatry. She also served as a lecturer on the clinical faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, and as executive director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of the East Bay. Marcia Naomi Berger lives in Marin County, California, with her husband, David Berger. She gives their weekly marriage meetings major credit for their happiness together and for her passion to share this tool with couples everywhere. Visit her on the Web at www.marriagemeetings.com.
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