Conscious Coupling, Saving Relationships from the perspectives of two divorce mediators wages war on saving relationships and ultimately saving families. Dana and Don, two divorce mediators and licenses couple’s and family therapist offer insight from the mediator’s/counselor’s perspective directly from real cases they have both counseled before and after divorce and during separation negotiations.
This book amplifies the “root cause analysis” within couples that without recognition or restoration, Dana and Don believe that any relationship will ultimately dissolve. Conscious coupling honestly addresses the true bases of relationship fulfillment as well as its ultimate demise. Each author writes separately his and her personal and professional experiences on each chapter. Such as, the future of relationship, money and sex values, infidelity, family of origin, extended family, social influences, as well as modern marriage, parenting, and the most common relational traits as compatibility, co-habitation and communications.
This is not a psychoanalytical or legal text book, this is a true to life, based on real cases, that young couples who haven’t married yet or couples who are already married need to be aware of if they intend on maintaining a happy and satisfying and blissful existence together.
There is no other book out there, that divorce mediators have written, to save families.
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About the Author
Don Desroches has over 20 years of experience mediating and facilitating in the Financial Services industry, providing him the ability to understand the complexities of each individual’s finances during mediation sessions.
Dana Greco and Don Desroches are the co-founders of The Mediation and Family counseling Group (www.mediationandcounselinggroup.com) and of Family Advocates Information and Resources (Fairnys.org) to help families in need due to family court and divorce laws in New York State.
They are also the hosts of the radio show “New Beginnings,” which inspired the writing and research for this book. In addition to volunteering time at Fairnys.org, he volunteers at other similar non-profit organizations, Fathers and Families New York, Inc., and Families Civil Liberties union, where he serves as a family advocate.
Dana Greco is an LCSW and Divorce Mediator. She holds a master's degree in clinical social work from Fordham University in New York City and a post master's certificate from the Ackerman Institute for Family and Couples, also in New York City. Dana is in private practice in Manhattan and Long Island, where she also serves as a divorce mediator with her partner, co-author, and co-founder of The Mediation and Family Counseling Group, LLC. Additionally, she provides services as an expert forensic social worker for Family and Supreme Courts in the Greater New York court system. Dana has been a specialist family therapist with New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering, a social worker for the public school system, and has held numerous workshops and forums for families in crisis.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Her Story 10
Chapter 2 His Story 14
Chapter 3 Dana: Do you have what it takes? 21
Chapter 4 Don: Will your marriage be forever? 26
Chapter 5 Dana: Marriage-is this really what you want? 30
Chapter 6 Don: Do You know why you want to marry? 38
Chapter 7 Dana: Is he trustworthy? 43
Chapter 8 Don: Do you believe? 49
Chapter 9 Dana: How do you keep the flame burning? 53
Chapter 10 Don: Is there sex after marriage? 59
Chapter 11 Dana: Do you see dollar signs when you look into his eyes? 65
Chapter 12 Don: Woes she mistake your initials for ATM? 71
Chapter 13 Dana: Do you really know him? 78
Chapter 14 Don: Do you really know her? 82
Chapter 15 Dana: Can he talk the talk? 85
Chapter 16 Don: Does she talk way too much? 91
Chapter 17 Dana: Have you really given this serious thought? 95
Chapter 18 Don: Are you trying the cow before buying the milk? 102
Chapter 19 Dana: Who wears the pants? 105
Chapter 20 Don: Do you feel like you are giving up your man card? 113
Chapter 21 Dana: Is he a dad or a father? 117
Chapter 22 Don: Is she a mom or a mother? 125
Chapter 23 Dana: I'll take "growth" for $500, please: What is self-awareness? 131
Chapter 24 Don: Which way will she grow? 134
Chapter 25 Dana: Will his past reveal the future? 139
Chapter 26 Don: Will her past reveal the future? 143
Chapter 27 Dana: Is he tough enough? 147
Chapter 28 Don: Can she handle a bad hair day? 153
Chapter 29 Dana: How to keep it cheat proof? 156
Chapter 30 Don: Are you a cheater? 158
Chapter 31 Dana: Do you smear like a sailor? 163
Chapter 32 Don: Do you wet win an argument? 168
Chapter 33 Dana: How do you measure self-worth? 173
Chapter 34 Don: Do you feel like a rock star? 176
Chapter 35 Dana: How will you know this is unhealthy? 179
Chapter 36 Don: Have you been verbally nattered? 189
Is It Time?
Chapter 37 Dana: Is it I Do or I Don't? 192
Chapter 38 Don: Is it I DO or I DON'T? 195
Chapter 39 Dana and Don: Deepening the Bond 201
About the Authors 212