Couples Experiential Observation

The Couples Experiential™ is a 2-day workshop, designed to give therapists a unique opportunity to observe Terry Real, creator of Relational Life Therapy (RLT), and who Diane Sawyer called, “One of America’s foremost couple’s therapists.” Working live with six different couples, and then having up to two hours per day to discuss, debrief, and deconstruct the sessions. The workshop includes twelve participants (6 couples) and local medical professionals to come and observer.

Terry works intensively with each couple in turn – in front of the group and observers – and then group members are invited to give feedback to the couple. Using techniques drawn from the approach he created, Relational Life Therapy, each couple is led, with extraordinary quickness and precision, to its Next Step ™ toward unlocking its fullest potential. As couples open their hearts, the power of the group grows.  Known for his straight talking, no-nonsense style, Terry disarms with humor, warmth, and compassion. Some couples go from good to great, some pull back from imminent divorce, changing patterns that have plagued them for years. Participants have described the work as riveting, deeply moving, funny, sensible, and humane. Many couples and individuals visibly, substantially, and permanently transform.

For part of lunch break and up to an hour at the end of the day, Terry discusses the sessions in detail with the therapists only – revealing the consistent RLT methods behind the art. It’s like an immersion course with a master teacher. Both advanced students and those brand new to RLT have described it as the best teaching experience they’ve encountered. There’s simply nothing that rivals the richness of intensive, live work, which is then carefully annotated and discussed. If you’ve trained with us, take your RLT practice to a whole new level. And if you are new to RLT, come learn ‘up close and personal’ about the quick, dramatic, profound change made possible by this radical new approach.

Please note, during Terry’s work with the couples, therapist observers are not permitted to participate or ask questions.  Observers are seen and not heard. Lunchtime and the extra time at the end of each day is when Q&A is offered with Terry. Most workshops will have 40-50 Observers, some may have as many as 85.

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Workshop Calendar

All in person workshops are currently ON HOLD until we feel it is safe to gather in large groups. Please be patient, we will post dates here when we are able.  

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About Terry Real

Terry Real is an internationally recognized Family Therapist, Speaker and Author. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology. A family therapist and teacher . . . more

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“I love sending my clients to this workshop which never fails to accelerate my work. My clients always come back changed, moved, and grateful.”
Lyn Jones, MSW

Albuquerque, NM

“Observing Terry was extraordinary, powerful – lives changed, including, perhaps, my own. The ‘debriefing” was essential. Amazing training!”
Amy West, MFT

Detroit, MI