Re-Pairing: Increasing Resilience

Helping couples have deeper conversations after difficult times

Re-PairingTime & Place

Saturday June 18, 2011; 10am - 1pm 2020 Webster St. (in the multi-purpose room) San Francisco, CA

Suggested Donation: $50 3 Continuing Education Credits Available ($15 additional) Proceeds go to the IME program of the Institute for Health & Healing, CPMC


We can learn to benefit from the inevitable challenges of intimacy and sexuality rather than fear or avoid them, and find meaningful ways to "re-pair" and connect deeply again with significant others when silences, pressures, arguments and differences have taken their toll. Specific processes will be presented to help couples reconnect.

This three-hour workshop includes:

  • An essential formulation putting “the couple” back in couples therapy
  • Specific Re-Pairing and nonspecific treatment effects, such as therapist attitudes
  • Role-playing of couples therapy
  • Buddhist concepts relevant to couple systems


David Bullard, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, has been practicing individual psychotherapy and couples therapy in San Francisco forover 30 years. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (Psychiatry) at the University of California, San Francisco, where he was affiliated with the Human Sexuality Program and the Behavioral Medicine Unit. He currently consults with the Symptom Management Service at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His recent workshops were in New York City (Tibet House) and in Sao Paulo, Brazil. David’s practice and teaching have been supported and deepened by exploring Tibetan Buddhism in Bhutan with Dr. Robert Thurman; by advanced training in the trauma therapy, Somatic Experiencing®, in Brazil with Dr. Peter Levine; and by enjoying time in the west of Ireland with David Whyte and others in celebration of the poetry of the human soul. For more information, please visit