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Michael Basta

LCSW

Michael Basta is a clinical social worker with 30 years experience helping emotionally distressed couples and families to improve their relationships and to develop more effective interpersonal skills. Basta began training as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist in 2002 and this method has become the central focus of his practice.

Currently, Basta primarily sees couples in my practice using Gottman Method; however, Basta also utilizes elements of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Dan Wile’s Collaborative Couples Therapy. Basta believes that one of the strengths of the Gottman Method is its adaptability to complementary methods. In addition to his work as a Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Basta has been providing the Art and Science of Love Workshop (with my colleague Marcia Gomez) three times per year since 2008.

Basta finds it invaluable to be part of the community of Gottman clinicians, as collaboration with my colleagues challenges me to continue to learn and grow as a clinician. Basta is honored to be part of this talented and dedicated group of professionals. One way that Basta maintain his connection with the community of Gottman clinicians is to serve as a Master Teacher at the Gottman’s couples workshops in Seattle, training Gottman Method Therapists to become effective roving clinicians.

Basta believes that consultation is the central process for therapists to integrate Gottman Method into their work. It troubles him that many clinicians seem to think of Gottman Method as being restricted to psycho-education. Basta believes that it is important for those learning Gottman Method to develop an understanding of the potential depth and breadth of the approach in addition to mastering the specific techniques. Further, Basta believes that the consultant-consultee relationship needs to be one of trust and honesty. He believes that it takes some courage for clinicians – who are often used to working in privacy – to expose their work to others through case discussion and video tape review. It is important to develop a relationship of safety and collaboration for the consultation process to be effective.

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March 2018
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The Art and Science of Love

Based on over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, this workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

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Registration Site

Location:

Sally Tomatoes/SOMO Village Event Center 1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States

Time:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm PST

Presented By:

Michael Basta LCSW
Marcia J. Gomez LCSW
May 2018
Fri18May
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Sun20May

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Level 2 Training

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples. Practice using Gottman Method interventions in group role-plays while receiving personal, supportive coaching from trainers.

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Registration Site

Location:

Address sent to confirmed attendees Santa Rosa, CA 95404 United States

Time:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST

Presented By:

Marcia J. Gomez LCSW
Michael Basta LCSW
August 2018
Thu23Aug
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Sat25Aug

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Level 3 Training

Through videotaped cases of real couples, hands-on role plays, demonstrations of assessments and interventions, and nuanced discussion of technique, the Level 3 Practicum significantly expands your understanding of when and how to use Gottman Method approaches.

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Registration Site

Location:

Address sent to confirmed attendees Santa Rosa, CA 95404 United States

Time:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST

Presented By:

Marcia J. Gomez LCSW
Michael Basta LCSW
September 2018
Sat8Sep
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Sun9Sep

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The Art and Science of Love

Based on over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, this workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

Find out more »
Registration Site

Location:

SOMO Village Event Center 1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States

Time:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST

Presented By:

Marcia J. Gomez LCSW
Michael Basta LCSW
October 2018
Sat20Oct
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Sun21Oct

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The Art and Science of Love 2

This two-day workshop is for couples who have previously attended The Art and Science of Love weekend workshop or who have completed the home study program.

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Registration Site

Location:

Sally Tomatoes/SOMO Village Event Center 1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928 United States

Time:

8:00 am to 5:00 pm PST

Presented By:

Marcia J. Gomez LCSW
Michael Basta LCSW
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