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Right Brain Psychotherapy with Couples: The Importance of Interpersonal Synchrony

Total Credits: 1 including 1 Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists, 1 Licensed Clinical Social Workers, 1 Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, 1 Licensed Educational Psychologist

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Right Brain Psychotherapy |  InterAnalytic Couples Therapy
Wendy G Cherry, PsyD
Course Levels:
Multiple instructional levels (introductory, intermediate and advanced)
1 hour
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 Transform your therapy practice with cutting edge neuroscientific research!

If you've been wondering how you can benefit from new research findings in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, this course is for you! The importance of a working knowledge of affect regulation theory and Right Brain Psychotherapy from the groundbreaking work of Dr. Allan Schore is foundational to work with couples, but will transform your work with individuals, groups, and families too.

Join Couples and Sex Therapy expert Wendy Cherry, PsyD and gain new knowledge and skills you can take directly to your therapy office! Multidisciplinary research illuminates cycles of emotional reactivity, both within individuals and in a relational context. There are automatic, implicit, non-verbal, bodily based processes which drive habitual and reactive couple interactions. Brain structures, hemispheric differences, and the role of the nervous system in couple interactions are presented. Affect regulation and dysregulation styles and responses are also explored. The integration of these findings can empower the couples therapists and the couple to make mindful choices about their interactions, affecting lasting change. Both explicit and implicit affect regulation skills are necessary to facilitate interpersonal synchrony and effective emotional connection and communication. Clinical vignettes demonstrate theoretical concepts presented.

Wendy Cherry has been hailed by Allan Schore, Ph.D., author of "Right Brain Psychotherapy," as "a gifted teacher, she is a master at explaining complex neuroscience in comprehensible terms, and in practically applying regulation theory to individual and couple psychotherapy. Studying with her will enhance the clinician’s relational and emotional skills in working in the psychotherapeutic relationship itself, with a wide variety of psychiatric patients and personality disorders.”

Dr. Cherry currently teaches Couples and Sex Therapy to psychiatric residents at both UCLA and USC, and also speaks for numerous organizations and companies. She is also a longstanding member of Dr. Allan Schore's Los Angeles Right Brain Psychotherapy Study Group.

In just one hour, you will gain new knowledge and skills you can immediately incorporate into your clinical work. 


  1. Describe two styles of affect dysregulation and two responses to affect dysregulation.
  2. Assess the affect dysregulation style and response of each member in a relationship.
  3. Apply five explicit affect regulation skills to clinical work.
  4. Describe four components of implicit autonomic co-regulation.
  5. Describe five traits of a mindful therapis

Target Audience:

1. Mental Health Professionals
2. Marriage & Family Therapists
3. Psychologists
4. Social Workers
5. Counselors
6. Nurses
7. Medical Professionals 



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Wendy Cherry, Psy.D, a licensed psychotherapist, is the co-founder and Executive Director of The American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST), and the Co-Director of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program at UCLA. She is an accomplished educator, lecturer and public speaker for numerous universities, organizations and businesses. Wendy trained with renowned couples therapist Dr. Walter Brackelmanns for seventeen years and furthers her knowledge in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology with membership in Dr. Allan Schore's Right Brain Psychotherapy study group. Wendy combines an empathic therapeutic stance with a straightforward approach. It is her goal to help her patients feel better as soon as possible. This is accomplished through balancing an understanding presence with the actual "work" of therapy. Wendy believes good therapists are life-long students, and enrich and expand their experience by continuing to educate themselves in emerging theories and techniques in the field of psychology. Dr. Cherry has a private practice in Encino, CA specializing in couples and sex therapy.