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Esalen Institute- Intimacy and Intimacy Disorder

February 15-17, 2013

Esalen Institute 55000 Highway One, Big Sur, CA 93920

Featured Speakers:

Mark F. Schwartz, D. Sc.

Lori Galperin, LCSW

Laura Wood, LPC

Mike Rechtien, MA, PLPC 

            Using a combination of lecture, role playing, video and expressive formats of therapy, this workshop will focus on the application of Attachment Theory to a Coherent Model of Intimacy and Intimacy Disorder.  Therapists will learn interventions to help their clients who have destructive relationships move towards “earned-secure” attachment.  Special emphasis is placed on working with the intimacy difficulties with addicts and helping them repair:

  • Affect expression and tolerance
  • Self-Differentiation
  • Self-esteem and efficacy
  • Interpersonal boundaries, appraisals and interrelationships

Cost: Click here to learn more about Esalen's charges for the conference and accommodations

Registration: Space is limited to 12!  Click here to register for the weekend event

Accommodations: Click here to reserve your room at Esalen


Friday 5:00 -7:00 pm

Saturday 8:30- 5:00 pm

Sunday 8:30-12:00 pm

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to summarize the latest research related to attachment theory.

Participants will be able to define intimacy disorder and earned secure attachment.

Participants will be able to implement at least 3 interventions with clients to help them achieve an "earned-secure" attachment.

Presenter Bios:

Mark Schwartz, Sc.D- Mark earned his doctorate in Psychology and Mental Health from Johns Hopkins University and is a licensed psychologist. Over the past 30 years, Dr. Schwartz has achieved international recognition for his contributions in a variety of clinical arenas, including the treatment of intimacy disorders, marital and sexual dysfunction, sexual compulsivity, sexual trauma and eating disorders. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has authored numerous articles and book chapters, as well as the books, Sexual Abuse and Eating DisordersSexual Compulsive Behavior and Sex and Gender. Dr. Schwartz is currently the consulting clinical director for Castlewood and the Clinical CO-Director for Monarch Cove Treatment Center for Eating Disorders.

Lori Galperin, LCSW- Ms. Galperin initially earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and later completed her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work at Tulane University. She is an accomplished contributor in the fields of marital and sexual dysfunction, sexual compulsivity, sexual trauma, dissociative and eating disorders. Lori lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has authored various journal articles and book chapters. She is trained in Clinical Hypnosis, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Expressive and Attachment-based therapies.

Laura Wood, LPC, RDT- Ms. Wood graduated with her Masters of Art in Drama Therapy and Counseling from New York University and is currently a PH.D student in counseling psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has been selected to serve on the board for the National Association of Drama Therapy as the Central Region Representative. Laura is currently a primary therapist at Castlewood Treatment Center where she facilitates individual and group therapies. Her focus areas include the treatment of trauma and dissociation, attachment, grief and loss and the use of drama therapy and expressive action based methods to treat these areas.

Mike Rechtien, MA, LPC- Mr. Rechtien earned his Master’s from Lindenwood University in St. Louis. He is trained in the Internal Family Systems model of therapy, Hypnotherapy,  and administering and scoring the Adult Attachment Interview. Mike is a primary therapist at Castlewood and facilitates group therapy sessions as well. He incorporates attachment based psychotherapy and internal family systems into his approach to therapy. His current areas of research interest are attachment and neuropsychology.


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