New studies in neuroscience tell us that it is possible to stay in love for the long haul. Scientists have found that the brain activity of couples who’d been together for 20-plus years and still experienced romantic love was similar to people who’d just fallen in love. If true and lasting love is possible than why do so many relationships fall apart? What gets in the way of maintaining the deep attractions and excitement that people feel early on in a romance?

One of the most important answers can be found within. Whether they know it or not, most people are afraid of really being in love. While their fears may manifest themselves in different ways or show themselves at different stages of a relationship, every individual harbors certain defenses that they believe on some level will protect them from getting hurt. These defenses may offer a false illusion of safety or security, but they keep people from attaining the closeness they most desire.

So what drives these fears of intimacy? What keeps people from finding and keeping the love they say they want? This Webinar will explore the six most significant reasons people fear love and how these fears work to sabotage real closeness and lasting intimacy. Both partners contribute to relationship problems, but by discovering and challenging one’s own, subconscious fears, one can create new possibilities for passion, fulfillment and love.

Learning Objectives:
  • Explain how early childhood traumas interfere with an individual’s ability to maintain intimacy
  • Describe how a person’s core defenses can sabotage romantic closeness
  • Apply techniques from Voice Therapy to help challenge clients’ negative thoughts toward themselves and their partners
  • Describe how the Fantasy Bond can interfere with couple relationships

Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.
90 Minutes

$15.00Add to cart

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About Lisa Firestone


Lisa FirestoneDr. Firestone is the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. An accomplished and much requested lecturer, Dr. Firestone speaks at national and international conferences in the areas of couple relations, parenting, and suicide and violence prevention. Dr. Firestone has published numerous professional articles, and most recently was the co-author of Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships (APA Books, 2006), Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice (New Harbinger, 2002), and Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion: The Wisdom of Psychotherapy (APA Books, 2003).


Ordering Information:


Once payment is received, you will be e-mailed a full video recording of this Webinar along with all presentation materials.

Optional CEs (3) may be purchased through R. Cassidy Seminars for $15. A link to purchase CE credits will be included in the email containing all your Webinar resources. More Info Here


Continuing Education Information:


This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.  A link to purchase CE credits will be provided to all Webinar registrants.


Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed any accompanying reading assignment, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.



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