Couples Case Consultation: Treatment by attitude (and more!)

Re-PairingTime & Place

Saturday, May 7, 2011; 12noon - 2pm 1968 Green Street San Francisco, CA 94123 Cost: $40. ($15 extra if 2 hours continuing education desired). Limited to 8 participants.


This will be an opportunity for therapists to explore specific and non-specific treatment effects in couples therapy, with a nod to Hal Sampson's "treatment by attitude." Participants will be able to present case material, and we will also explore concepts from Buddhist psychology that have been helpful to both Buddhist and non-Buddhist couples.

Disappointments, arguments, and fights, feeling misunderstood and distant from one another, getting or giving the “silent treatment” – even long-practicing Buddhists can find these dynamics woven into interactions with even the family and friends we love and care for the most.

Embracing the humility and freedom of beginner’s mind, we will discuss specific concepts of Buddhist psychology that can help us break through the impasses often experienced in emotionally-close relationships.

We can learn to benefit from the inevitable challenges of intimacy rather than fear or avoid them, finding meaningful ways to “re-pair” and connect deeply again with our significant others, all while finding a greater understanding of Self/Non-Self and Other/Non-Other and deepening our wisdom and compassion.

“Re-pairing” represents my 30+ years of experience working with couples and my interest in Buddhist psychology. Buddhists, pre-Buddhists, therapists and non-ist people are all welcome.


David Bullard, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist and Marital and Family Therapist based in San Francisco, where he has a private practice and is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Recent workshops by David have been for the Institute for Health & Healing, California Pacific Medical Center; the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco; and the San Francisco Psychological Association. Three upcoming workshops will be held April 4- 9, 2011, at the Brazilian Institute for Stress, Trauma and Resilience (IBETres) in Sao Paulo. He is currently conducting a series of interviews with Buddhist scholars, therapists and practitioners in relation to the interface between western psychotherapy and Buddhist psychology. The first such interview, with Mark Epstein, is available online at For more information, please visit