About Us

Susan Campbell, PhD

Susan CampbellSusan Campbell received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Massachusetts in 1967. She went on to become a member of that school’s prestigious graduate faculty where she founded that school’s couple and family therapy graduate program in 1971. She has also received extensive post-doctoral training in couple and family therapy, group dynamics, organization development, Gestalt therapy, the Enneagram personality system, somatic therapies, Jungian therapy, NLP, Psychosynthesis, and Buddhist psychology. Since 1967, she has been a couples therapist, relationship coach, speaker, workshop leader, trainer of professional coaches, college professor, certified Radical Honesty trainer, and founding teacher of the Getting Real work. The Getting Real work is a body of communication and awareness practices that foster living a life of aware presence and becoming free of conditioned personality patterns. She has written ten previous books on relationships, including several best-sellers.

A faculty member at the San Francisco Gestalt Institute, Susan trains coaches and therapists throughout the U.S and Europe to integrate the tools in this book into their professional practices. In her own practice, she works with singles, couples, co-workers, and work teams helping them communicate respectfully and responsibly when conflicts arise or when buttons get pushed. She works from the model that all significant relationships can be a path for inner growth and healing. Her groundbreaking book, The Couples Journey: Intimacy As A Path To Wholeness, published in 1980, was the first popular book that introduced mainstream audiences to the idea of relationship as a spiritual practice.

She is the creator and publisher of four entertaining and educational card games for teens, adults, couples, work teams, and singles. All of her games promote more authentic relating among players. Susan’s work with couples has been featured on national television, including CNN’s News Night, Good Morning America, and The Dr. Dean Edell Show, and she has been published widely in popular magazines, such as Self, New Woman, and Cosmopolitan. In 2003-2004, she was the couples therapist on the reality TV show, Truth in Love, which aired on UPN, an ABC affiliate network. Her blogs and videos also appear regularly on major internet portals such as iVillage, Care2, and Your Tango.

A trained sex therapist, Susan is co-author of Revitalizing Sexual Intimacy: How to Keep Your Love Passionate, Alive, and Real (available as an e-book at www.susancampbell.com)

Her Getting Real approach to communication, conflict, and change is the subject of a twenty-minute professional training film produced and distributed by CRM Learning. Based on her book, From Chaos to Confidence: Survival Strategies for the New Workplace, the film and accompanying workbook are widely used by Fortune 500 companies and government agencies. As an internationally known professional speaker, she speaks to corporate audiences on such topics as: Surfing Chaos, Truth at Work, Honest Feedback in the Workplace, Coping with Constant Change, How to Build a Winning Team, and Dealing with Difficult People. She publishes a free newsletter/blog entitled, Getting Real with Susan Campbell, which you can subscribe to at www.susancampbell.com.

Susan leads public seminars throughout the U.S and in Europe on such topics as: Real Intimacy, Relationship Repair, Getting Real Confidence, Gestalt Therapy, Getting Real, Truth in Dating, What to do When Love Hurts, and Relationship as a Path to Awakening. She has a phone, Skype, and in-person relationship coaching practice in Sonoma County, California, where she also leads several Honesty Salons per month at her home. Susan trains and certifies professional Getting Real coaches to offer her unique brand of coaching and group facilitation. She conducts one-day to four-day private retreats for couples—in her home or at another mutually convenient location. These retreats give couples an in-depth experience of how to use the 5 Minute Relationship Repair tools and practices to re-build trust, heal past hurts, deepen intimacy, and create secure attachment.

To learn more about her retreats and relationship coaching, upcoming tele-seminars, e-books, free group coaching calls, and other self-help tools, visit her website, www.susancampbell.com.

John Grey, PhD

John Grey, PhD, is a relationship coach, workshop leader and author. His specialty is leading intensive couples retreats. As his work is deeply informed by neuroscience and attachment research, he also trains psychotherapists in this newly emerging, highly-effective approach to couples therapy.

John received his Doctorate in Psychology in 1975 from Stanford University, where he was trained as a research psychologist. His training included the fields of neurobiology, behavioral and social psychology, perception and cognition, psycholinguistics, somatic psychology, developmental psychology, and attachment theory. John’s research examined how the brain processes musical sound. After getting his PhD, he cofounded and codirected Stanford’s world-leading Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), acclaimed in the recent book This is Your Brain on Music. John’s research was supported by the National Science Foundation Department of Psychobiology. His studies have been published in scientific and professional journals, and cited in dozens of university textbooks. His work influenced the development of digital music technologies taken for granted today (out of which Stanford received one of the largest royalty incomes in history). The part he played in this is described in the new book The Sound of Innovation: Stanford and the Computer Music Revolution.

Since 1980, John has been in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. His specialty is leading intensive couples retreats, with individual couples as well as groups of couples. Over the past three decades, he has also presented workshops in communication skills at venues such as Esalen Institute, University of California Berkeley, Stanford University, the Scripps Institute, and throughout the Bay Area. He has led training programs for counselors, therapists, coaches, and other helping professionals on how to effectively help clients improve their relationships. He worked with (Tony Robbins’ teacher) John Grinder, PhD, the developer of Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), and led communication trainings for medical professionals and psychotherapists, including NLP Master Practitioner trainings. He has also presented personal transformation workshops, weekend intensives and week-long residential programs.

For the last 25 years John’s focus has been relationship psychology and working with couples. He was on Dr. John Gray’s (author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus) referral list of couples counselors. He has extensive training in: a Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT), developed by Stan Tatkin, PsyD (author of Wired for Love); Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, developed by Sue Johnson, PhD (author of Hold Me Tight); Somatic Experiencing, developed by Peter Levine, PhD (author of Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma); the Enneagram personality system from Helen Palmer (author of The Enneagram in Love and Work).

John authored the three previous books on the topic of relationship:The Joy of Relationship Cards, Becoming Soulmates, and Relationship Tools for Positive Change. Additionally, he created an interactive online self-help system — the Soulmate Oracle — which has been featured a major web portal, iVillage.com, as well as on divination sites Astrology.com and MyDivination.com. His work with couples has been featured on television series like Berman & Berman, and in popular magazines such as Men’s Health.

John is on the Core Faculty of the PACT Institute, training couples therapists in the state-of-the-art approach to working with couples that combines neuroscience and attachment theory as applied to how to foster and enjoy a securely functioning relationship.

For the past two decades John has specialized in conducting intensive retreats for couples in Sonoma County, California. John’s retreats give couples a fast track to positive change, an in-depth experience of how to use tools and practices such as those in the book Five-Minute Relationship Repair to get unstuck, rebuild trust, heal past wounds, deepen intimacy, and enjoy a securely functioning partnership.

For info about John’s retreats, and access to free self-help tools and information, visit his site at healingcouplesretreats.com.