We understand it can be difficult to commit to 9 consecutive sessions, and if you have to miss one session, that is acceptable. However, if you already know you will need to miss more than 2 sessions, we highly recommend you sign up for a future cohort to maximize the learning from each other and create a solid foundation for your learning.
Though there is no formal introduction session for this course (as we want to dive in to the content right away!) Dr. Saira has a variety of educational videos on her website and YouTube channel as well as two TedX talks where you can get a sense of who she is. Also, click here to get a sneak peak into her back story and teaching style.
Dr. Saira will be leading these workshops with her husband, Faizan. They’ve been happily married for 12 years. They’ve really been through it all – the modern-day struggles of juggling two careers, 5 city moves, conflicts with in-laws, managing finances, and also have 2 children together (ages: 10 and 6).
Dr. Saira normally charges $225 per hour for her services. The rate for this course is set at this price point to entice couples who don’t really need therapy but want to equip themselves for this new phase of life. Some may find the fee a bit inexpensive, and yes, it is a bargain for what she is offering.
We are social creatures, and our brains respond a particular way when we are learning and interacting face-to-face with other people. We hope to develop an online version of this course in the future, but for now the workshops are in-person only.
Just like when we’re 1st graders, we have friends in 1st grade, similarly, we also need a peer group when we start a new stage of life. These workshops are designed to provide a high quality experience led by Dr. Saira & Faizan and complemented by a strong peer group of 6-8 couples. The focus of therapy is on solving problems and understanding your past, while the focus of these workshops is learning the science of how to become a healthy, happy unit and avoid problems in the future.
(Since this is a very important question, we have a longer answer.)
We have been told that adults should be able to figure things out on their own, but there are some relationships that are simply too precious to risk screwing up. Most couples who end up in therapy seek help around SIX YEARS after the problems start! That’s probably because nobody’s really being honest about the dark side of domestic bliss.
This group is a place to be honest and to learn from others. For true personal growth to be possible, you have to be willing to take risks, learn from others, and be (temporarily) uncomfortable. You will likely hear about the details of other people’s lives, and there is no obligation to speak about anything that’s off limits for you, but your relationship will benefit immensely when you apply the lessons and exercises to your own life.
Dr. Saira has an extremely strict policy around confidentiality, which she is ethically and legally bound to through her professional association. Those who attend will be asked to formally declare their commitment to building a psychologically and emotionally safe space by not sharing anyone’s personal details outside our group. Faizan and Dr. Saira will also be sharing personal stories and examples from their marriage which they expect will be kept private. They take confidentiality breaches very seriously, and anyone found crossing this line will be asked to leave the group.