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Golden Threads of Couples Counseling

  • May 11, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Good Shepherd Ctr. iLeap: 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. Seattle 98103
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Spend the morning with three seasoned couples therapists, each with advanced training in the respective couples therapy modalities. Come away not just with a basic understanding of each method, but also the “golden threads” that weave their way across these approaches. This clinical workshop promises to be engaging and fun as well as informative.

Conference Objectives
1. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples
Therapy (PACT)

2. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of the Gottman Method
3. Participants will recognize the basic assumption(s) of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

About the Presenters

Ken Fremont-Smith, MA, LMHC
has an MA in Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS). In practice since 1986, and specialized in couples work since 2000, he became a Gottman-Certified Counselor in 2006. Besides having worked with hundreds of couples to change their relationship patterns, he has also supervised over 50 counselors to become Certified Gottman Counselors. The Gottman approach is an incredibly rich method that consistently shows him how to work respectfully with couples, no matter how stuck and whether their style is to attack each other with all guns blazing or to withdraw into frigid silence.

Melinda Stone, MA, LMHC - has counseled adults, adolescents and couples for over fifteen years in private practice.  She earned her Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and Systems Counseling from the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) at Bastyr University. After graduation, she worked as a member of the psychological assessment team and group therapist at Fairfax Hospital. She has served as adjunct faculty in the Healthy Psychology department and at Bastyr University, and in the counseling program at LIOS. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Washington. Before beginning work as a psychotherapist, she was the Executive Director of a non-profit organization that served children and families. Melinda integrates hypnotherapy into her with individuals, and has completed Level 2 of PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) with Stan Tatkin. She specializes in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced adoption.

Christine Howard Gieben, PsyD - A licensed Psychologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon.  She received her doctoral degree in 2001 and was licensed as a Psychologist in Oregon in 2003. Christine works with both individuals and couples and was drawn to both Gestalt and Mindfulness-based approaches to therapy. Her passion for working with couples got her interested in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).  She began training in the EFT model in 2012 and was certified as an EFT therapist in March 2016.  She is currently pursuing certification as an EFT supervisor.  Christine’s interest in sharing the EFT model with others has led her to assist certified EFT Trainers in training other therapists via workshops, training modules, classes and other events.  in her free time, Christine enjoys bike touring with her husband on their tandem bicycle, hiking with her dog, teaching and practicing meditation and yoga, and having fun with friends.

Friday, May 11, 2018
8:45am- Registration Opens
9:00am- Conference Begins
12:15pm- Conference Ends

Early pricing ends April 27th!
WSSCSW General Member: $50/$60

WSSCSW Associate Member: $25/35

Student: $25/$35
Non-Member: $75/$85

CEU's Offered, included in the price

Meeting Location
Good Shepherd Ctr.
iLeap- East Hall, 4th floor
4649 Sunnyside Ave. North
Seattle  98103


Take route #44 (east-west) or route #16 (north-south); get off at 45th and Meridian, walk three blocks north, Meridian Park and Good Shepherd Center are on the right.

Limited parking on site. The Good Shepherd Ctr. is located in a residential neighborhood, parking on the street will be very limited. We encourage taking a Bus, bike or carpool.

Refund Policy
Fees may be refunded, minus a $20 administrative charge, up to two weeks prior to the conference date, . No refunds will be given after April 28, 2018.

Questions? Contact Lara ( or
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**If you register and are unable to attend, please keep us informed so we can properly adjust our reservation. It is important as we engage in the community WSSCSW is regarded as good stewards of the places that we meet.

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