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.
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About the Author:
Marcia Naomi Berger (née Fisch), 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 University of California 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.
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This was a great book for any couple, married or common law. This isn't a book just for the struggling relationship, this is a book for everyone as it helps maintain a healthy relationship. This was a really quick read as I found the author speaks to the average person and doesn't make you feel like you need to be a therapist to understand each concept. Each section is precise and straight to the point with no extra "stuff" that just makes things drag on. I love that at the end of each chapter there is a Do's and Don't's that run through what we learned.
The book is laid out with the first half of the book is about each section of the "meeting" with three chapters after about positive communication which can be used in everyday life - at work, friends, family, etc. Then there are a few chapters of examples of couples meetings. I look forward to using the authors techniques in our own marriage meetings. Hubby is reading the book now and we will schedule our first meeting. We have been using a lot of the positive communication, I statements, during conversations and it really does help when you need to discuss feelings with each other.
I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!
~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn. I received a copy of the above book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are honest and my own.*~