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DAPP Event: Creating Connection: Understanding and untangling couples’ negative communication patterns (that leave partners feeling stuck and disconnected)

Couples often get caught in negative communication patterns. The little things a partner does or doesn’t do, the way we perceive their tone of voice or the way they look at us can set in motion a distressing “relationship dance” of negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors. One partner reacts to the other’s reactions and then that partner reacts to the other partner’s reactions and round and round they go in a negative cycle that leaves both partners feeling upset and alone. This session, with Sabine Cornelius PhD, MSW, will explore real life examples of how understanding and untangling a couple’s negative communication pattern is a first step towards getting unstuck, creating a positive cycle of communication and finding connection and closeness. (Webinar – 60 minutes)

Hosted by: Malahat Baig-Amin

Presenter: Sabine Cornelius

TUE: 05/11/2021: 12:00 pm Wash DC, 7:00 pm Nairobi, 9:30 pm Delhi

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Sabine Cornelius, PhD, MSW is a Clinical Social Worker licensed to practice psychotherapy in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. She enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and feels passionate about helping clients to (re)connect with themselves and their partners in a safe environment. She has a background in working with clients in a variety of settings, including in- and outpatient psychiatry, LGBT-friendly mental health services, and university student counseling. She has extensive training and experience in helping couples with relationship difficulties as well as in working with clients struggling with painful childhood and life experiences. As a former World Bank staff and IMF spouse, she is familiar with the unique challenges faced by World Bank/IMF staff in their work and personal lives.