Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy

Intimate relationship in the 21st century is uniquely stressed by ideals of equality and reciprocity. The skills involved in negotiation with an equal partner – such as dealing with conflict respectfully, transcending power struggles and authentically witnessing one another – are key elements of Dialogue Therapy.

Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy is offered by Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D. and her team of experienced and dedicated Certified Dialogue Therapists. The total package of training (providing approximately 85 continuing education credits for mental health professionals) is offered on-site at different sponsoring organizations and venues. The training provides an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of Dialogue Therapy with active skills training in the core competencies of this approach. Each session includes theory, observations of videotaped and live demonstrations, in vivo skills training, and mindfulness practice.

The completion of all of the session of the available programs, combined with two hours of supervision by a Certified Dialogue Therapist, leads to certification as a Dialogue Therapist.

Attendees who are not mental health professionals will receive a “Completion of Training” document that verifies the hours they have trained in the skills of “Real Dialogue Specialist” who can use Real Dialogue as a communication skill and method, but not in any therapeutic endeavor.

Foundational Training in Dialogue Therapy is appropriate for beginning and intermediate level licensed and non-licensed practitioners such as Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Social Workers, Licensed Marriage/Family Therapists.

Transformative. I feel the shifts in my perceptions in a personal…relational…global way. Understanding the humiliation-rage cycle and the power of empathy and curiosity to alter that cycle in substantive ways all in a relatively short period of time.”

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Clinical Faculty for the Institute for Dialogue Therapy

Clinical Director: Polly Young-Eisendrath, Ph.D.
Associate Clinical Director: Sarah Brodie, M.A., RP

Sarah Brodie                        
Sarah Brodie, MA, Registered Psychotherapist, Dialogue Therapist. Sarah is a psychotherapist with a specialty of art therapy, child psychoanalysis (Dipl. CICAPP), and Dialogue Therapy for Parents in Burlington, Ontario, Canada.

Bree Greenberg Benjamin    
Bree Greenberg Benjamin, LMFT is the founder and clinical director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Therapy.

Lisa Lewis                              
Lisa D. Lewis, Ph.D. provides couples therapy using Dialogue Therapy in California’s Bay Area, Central Valley and Central Coast. She also holds weekend intensives in CA, Hawaii and Montana. 

Susan Lillich                          
Susan E. Lillich, Ph.D., Licensed psychologist – doctorate.  Susan is a clinical psychologist seeing couples and individuals in her private practice in Williston, VT.

Stella Marrie                          
Stella Marrie, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice specializing in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and clinical supervision. She is a professor of psychology at the Union Institute & University where she teaches psychodynamic and mindfulness informed psychotherapy.

Irene McHenry
Irene McHenry, Ph.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Irene maintains a private practice in psychotherapy with couples and individuals in the greater Philadelphia area. 

Caroline O’Connor                 
Caroline O'Connor, LCMHC. Caroline maintains a private psychotherapy practice with couples and individuals in Burlington, Vermont.     

Savanna O’Connor    
Savanna O’Connor, MA is working towards licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Savanna has a private practice in psychotherapy with couples and adult individuals in Burlington, Vermont.                 

Jean Pieniadz                       
Jean Pieniadz, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst. Jean maintains a private practice with individuals and couples in Burlington, Vermont.

Leland Peterson                    
Leland Peterson, MA, ATR-BC. Leland is in private practice with individual and couples in Montpelier, Vermont.