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THRIVING MARRIAGES PROGRAM

by John & Claire Yzaguirre, Ph.D., MFT, M.Div.

www.ThrivingFamilies.com

The Thriving Marriages Program was created and is taught by John & Claire Yzaguirre, Ph.D., MFT, M.Div., with over 30 years of professional experience in marriage therapy and ministry. It responds to today’s critical need to strengthen and save marriages and to offer ongoing Christian marriage education at the local church level. The Marriage Initiative by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops and many Christian denominations are recommending that their churches become ‘marriage-building churches’. This program offers the unique value of integrating the best psychological research with a contemporary Christian spirituality of unity.

 

Part 1: THRIVING MARRIAGES - A VISION OF UNITY FOR YOUR MARRIAGE

This 3-hour mini-retreat offers a Trinitarian vision of unity and teaches couples the essential skills to achieve marital unity: empathy (intelligent love), autonomy (stress management, time management, the gift of a healthy self), and mutuality (meaningful communication, effective conflict-resolution, and restoring unity). 

 Part 2: RESILIENT MARRIAGES - BOOSTING GROWTH AND INTIMACY

This 2-hour mini- retreat focuses on helping couples boost their emotional and spiritual resilience by learning skills to eliminate resentment, manage anxiety, overcome discouragement, and become agents of joy in their marriages. Couples learn how to practice daily, weekly, monthly and yearly rituals of intimacy that will deepen their love and sustain their unity and joy.

Part 3: COMPASSIONATE MARRIAGES - HEALING THROUGH FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION

This 2-hour mini-retreat teaches couples how to overcome marital conflicts and crises by activating the healing process of forgiveness and reconciliation whenever there is a loss of unity in the marriage. From small to large issues, couples learn how to heal from their marital wounds and restore the view of each other’s dignity, replace their toxic thoughts, cancel the emotional debt that can accumulate in marriage, make the changes necessary to integrate mercy and justice, and promote their healing and renewal.

About John & Claire Yzaguirre, Ph.D., MFT, M.Div.

We are a cross-cultural Catholic couple specializing in marriage therapy and marriage enrichment programs. Claire was born in California whereas John is a native from Barcelona, Spain, living in the U.S. for over 30 years. We combine our psychological training with graduate education in Sacred Scriptures, Biblical studies, Christian spirituality and many years in lay and ordained ministry. In addition to our extensive ecumenical experience with Catholic, Protestant and non-denominational Churches, we have worked closely with the departments of family life, religious education, discipleship and evangelization in several dioceses and denominations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Spain, and Italy.

To schedule the Thriving Marriages Program at your local church, or for further information, please call (949) 851-1572 or write to claire@thrivingfamilies.com.

 

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