Pragmaticl/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C) with Brent Atkinson


For about two years now I’ve been hearing and learning about a kind of systematic couples therapy that is sophisticated enough to work with the many facets of struggle that face the couples in crisis in our practice. In particular, I have thought much about what are the best ways to equip our practice to deal with the “treatment resistance” we see in some couples, no matter what brand of couples therapy we are using.

As I compare some of the benefits of the many great couples trainings that exist, I have been very impressed with Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C). PET-C gleans from a comprehensive knowledge of interpersonal neurobiology and uses of experiential therapy to training couples in the behaviors needed to have a successful relationship. BrentAtkinson is the developer of this model, which seems to package the work of the Gottmans, Harville Hendrix, Sue Johnson, Dick Schwartz plus the many neurobiology advances all into a rather neat experiential protocol.

His model, and the focus of this training, is explained in the book, Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy: Advances from Neurobiology and the Science of Intimate Relationships (2005), which I highly recommend for any couples therapist.

I think this article by Brent speaks for the appeal of PET-C to give you some sharp tools in your couples tool-bag.

I am excited to announce that Keith Miller & Associates Counseling is planning to host Brent coming to the DC area to present his 5 day intensive training for our staff and all others interested. The limit on registrations is 30 people.

Click here to see a description of the material covered in this training.

The dates of the training will be May 3-5 (Fri, Sat and Sun) and Sept 7-8 (Sat and Sun). Each day consists of 6 hours of instruction plus breaks.

The cost of the 5 day training is $869.

Normally to take Brent’s training is $1100 per person and only offered in Chicago. Travel and accommodations would easily tack on another $1K+ for a total cost of over $2000. The value for getting this amazing couples training in DC is a real deal! In addition Brent’s Chicago training is usually 5 days all at once. We will have the chance to break up the learning, practice, and come together again to fine-tune.

The deadline for registering with me (with payment) is March 29th.


WHAT: Brent Atkinson’s 5 day intensive Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples (PET-C)
WHEN: May 3-5 and Sept 7-8 (approximately 9am-5pm)
WHERE: Holiday Inn
15101 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
COST: $869
CE’s PROVIDED: 30 hrs for social workers, professional counselors psychologists ($8 for NASW members and $12 non-members)


*Cancellations before March 29 shall be refunded in full.
*After March 29th the registration fee is non-refundable.


Keith Miller
[email protected]
202-629-1949 ext. 2

Our fees are between $200-$400 for 50 minutes, depending on your counselor. We do not accept insurance, meaning we are not "in-network" with any health plans.
However, many of our clients submit claims to their out-of-network health insurance and receive 40-60% reimbursement.