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In Real Life Men Presents: Closeness & Distance

As therapists we hear couples say things like this all the time:
“I want to be closer, but it’s like they don’t care to be!”

“Give me some space! I feel smothered.”

Balancing competing needs in relationship is a tough, universal challenge. Not to mention the task of figuring out what it is you want in the first place, and how to communicate that. Whether you tend to feel anxious in relationships, or like you often could use more space or a break from the demands of connecting with others, this workshop is for you. Join us as we explore one of the most fundamental parts of any relationship: the space between me and you.

In this workshop, you will be invited into a deeper relationship with your personal preferences for closeness or distance, and explore ways that we block ourselves from getting what we truly desire. In addition you will learn effective communication skills and the #1 thing that drives your preference for more closeness or distance at any given time.

This workshop is open and relevant to all men, regardless of your “relationship status”. Come ready to explore, connect, and learn something new about yourself in a light hearted, supportive (and challenging), authentic space.

General $15 // $20 Door - RSVP HERE

*Tickets will be sold at the door based on the capacity of the event and are not a guarantee

*Casual dress code

Brian Thompson, MFT is a light-hearted, somatic therapist who isn't afraid of, nor unfamiliar with, the sometimes scary and uncomfortable feelings our life's journey can bring. Brian received his Masters in Integral Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is a certified yoga teacher who has studied with a variety of spiritual teachers. Brian is trained in a body oriented way of working called the Hakomi method that he absolutely loves. He has also studied group process in a variety of contexts for the past two decades, and has trained in group theory at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, CA. Brian has a background in dance, stand up comedy and basketball. Find out more about Brian's practice at

Troy Piwowarski, PsyD is an Existential-Humanistic therapist with a private practice in Oakland, CA. He is also the Clinical Training Director at the Existential-Humanistic Institute, where he coordinates and leads trainings for fellow therapists from around the world. Troy has advanced training in E-H and relational psychodynamic theories, as well as somatic and group therapy technique. Beyond his passion for men's groups, Troy is also a visual artist and loves biking, chess, and a good sweaty ping-pong match. Find out more about Troy's practice at

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