If you would like further information on the workshop, or you have any questions regarding the workshop please complete the form on the "Contact Us" page.  

Further information

Lionel Davis, a Psychologist with over 30 years’ experience, will lead this workshop. Lionel worked in the community for the first 10 years of his career with families and young people. He is a trained Family and Couples counsellor, a psychotherapist and consultant to many government and non-government organisations. Lionel was also the founder and Executive Director of the Australian College of Applied Psychology from 1989 to 2006.

Dhurva Davis is a Psychotherapist and Counsellor with over twenty years’ experience. She is an exceptional group facilitator and trainer and has worked in a number of agencies and in private practise. As a therapist and teacher, she has developed a unique ability to deeply relate to clients in a way that facilitates their change and learning.   

Workshop format and fees

The workshop is delivered over a weekend - 2 days 9.00am to 5.00pm.  It can also be delivered as a 5 week program for one evening each week for 3 hours - 6.30pm to 9.30pm. 

The cost of the workshop is $750 per couple. You may reserve your place by payment of a $250 deposit. This deposit is non-refundable.  Mail your cheque to MindPsych PO Box 246 Potts Point NSW 1335. You can pay the balance at the first session. On receipt of your payment you will be sent further details of the venue, directions and parking arrangements. 

Workshop facilitators

Couples who want to develop their relationship into a collaborative and fulfilling venture will benefit from this workshop. Couples from heterosexual or same sex relationships are most welcome and will find the information and the activities in the workshop relevant.
How many participants will there be in the workshop?
There will be no more than 16 in the workshop. This ensures that the group operates at its optimum and that individual concerns can be addressed. 

Creating intimacy and maintaining it in a relationship is often a major challenge for couples. Maintaining our individual identity and independence in the context of a modern relationship is a further challenge. If the balance between expressing our need for independence and our need for intimacy is not found, then conflict arises and relationships can flounder in spite of our best intentions.   

This workshop allows couples to safely explore and express their own needs for intimacy and to help identify where    feelings are blocked or difficult to access. Couples learn new ways of communicating their needs and partners learn how their responses encourage the mutual satisfaction of needs. With some couples, the individual’s goals can get lost or subsumed by the relationship. This workshop is designed to uncover these needs and through exercising compassion and understanding for our partner, we learn that our own fulfilment is intimately tied up with our partner’s.                 

If you want to:
. Gain a better understanding of your partner’s needs for intimacy and independence 
. Understand your own relationship needs, particularly for intimacy
. Discover the “intimacy killers” in your relationship 
. Learn how to discuss intimacy needs in a supportive and non-demanding fashion    
. Appreciate how to sensitively create an atmosphere conducive to productive problem solving in your relationship 
. Explore both individual and relationship goals and the need for planning 
. Learn and practise better communication skills with your partner
. Learn how to minimise your reactions to negative interactions with your partner through the use of meditation and       the practise of compassion 
. . . then this workshop is for you!


Exceptional relationships - balancing intimacy and independence