• Love Addiction & Love Avoidance

    Based on Pia Mellody’s ground-breaking work conveyed in her book, “Facing Love Addiction.”

Workshop Quick Summary

Workshop: Love Addiction/Love Avoidance

Category: Relationships

What: A workshop that addresses the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, teaching them to practice self-love and self-care as they learn to find intimacy with healthy boundaries.

Who: Those who assign too much value to relationships, fear abandonment, neglect their own needs, put up walls to avoid connection, and struggle with an overdeveloped sense of responsibility.

Cost: $1250

Lodging: Call For more information and dates please email Lizcounselor@outlook.com

What is Love Avoidance/Addiction?

Love addicts assign too much value, time, and attention to another person, while neglecting to care for or value themselves. Focus on the partner is obsessive, and fear of abandonment drives the obsession. Love addicts can be addicted to anyone: lover, spouse, friend, parent, or child. It is a painful process that negatively impacts not only the love addict, but also the individuals with whom he or she is in relationships.

Conversely, the love avoidant systematically uses relational walls during intimate contact in order to prevent feeling overwhelmed by the other person, associating “love” with duty or work. The love avoidant’s greatest fear is that of vulnerability, which is explored throughout the workshop. During this process, authenticity is encouraged, and an overdeveloped sense of responsibility is released.

Workshop Goals

In this workshop, based on Pia Mellody’s groundbreaking book Facing Love Addiction, self-love and self-care are enhanced while a tolerance for feeling is instilled. The focus is on interrupting the destructive cycles of both the love addict and the love avoidant, helping them learn to find intimacy with healthy boundaries.Participants will gain a greater awareness of how these cycles have been evident in their own adult relationships as well learning how to overcome these dynamics. This experiential workshop consists of two “processes” that focus on

  • How and where participants get stuck into “addictive/avoidant” cycles
  • How to strengthen functional adult behaviors when those cycles get activated

Fine Print

  Workshops are designed to help you understand your own needs, desires, emotions, habits — everything that makes you who you are. The more you know about yourself, the better equipped you are to engage in healthy relationships and move through life with a positive, healthy sense of self. The group process is a springboard for growth by way of learning through others process. 

Due to the intensive nature of the work, the workshop is limited to 4-5 participants. Early registration is encouraged. Workshop groups run Friday through Sunday from approximately 8:30 am to 4 pm. The schedule is somewhat flexible to accommodate the size of the group and the group process.  This is strictly alcohol-and drug-free, cell phone, and smoking policy.

The workshop costs $1250 and is typically not billable to your insurance. The entire fee is due one week prior to the workshop. Your deposit of $400 holds your space in the workshop; once you fully pay your workshop tuition, it is non-refundable unless I can find another participant to fill your space in which case you will receive your tuition back, less a $100 administrative fee.
If you are interested in signing up for the workshop, please contact me for a brief assessment to see if this is the right workshop for you. After the assessment I will send the workshop forms that need to be filled out.
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