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Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Workshop

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Helping new parents with the transition to parenthood

Before baby arrives, most parents spend a great deal of time working on a registry to ensure they have everything they need as they prepare for the baby to come home. Many parents attend classes to learn the intricacies of the birthing process, and while this is very valuable, many parents neglect to prepare for what to do once the baby arrives. Many parents find themselves coming from a hospital or birthing center holding their baby and thinking “well what do I do now?”

This workshop helps to answer that very question.

The Bringing Baby Home (BBH) workshop is a research-based and research–tested psychoeducational workshop that is dedicated to improving the quality of life for babies and children by strengthening their families.

Developed by renowned relationship and parenting experts, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, the BBH program is perfect for those who are:

– Interested in having a baby
– Expecting a baby
– Already parenting an infant or toddler (age 0-3)

The goal of BBH is to equip you with the knowledge and skill sets needed to constructively cope with the various changes that typically occur during the first three years after your baby is born.

In the BBH workshop you and your partner will learn how to do the following:

– Strengthen your friendship
– Increase intimacy and affection
– Work through conflict with greater ease
– Maintain relationship satisfaction
– Reduce hostility
– Create positive baby-child interactions
– Ensure quality involvement for both parents
– Reduce the incidence of severity of postpartum mood disorders

Not only will this program teach you what to expect during the transition to parenthood, it will also help you do things like:

– Better understand child development
– Create co-parenting strategies with your partner
– Improve the way you and your partner communicate, connect and compromise
– Recognize signs of postpartum mood disorders and gain awareness of treatment options

Upcoming workshops in 2019 offered in a two part series – back to back Saturday format:


Sign Up Today Online or by calling Thrive Therapy at (813) 291-4975. Feel free to reach out using the contact form if you have additional questions.

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7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Frequently Asked Questions

Considering joining our class? Often couples wonder:

Will we have to share our personal problems and issues with the class?

No. The class does not include sharing problems or issues publicly. Couples exercises are done privately.

Must both partners attend or can I come alone?

Since the class involves couples doing exercises together, both parents must participate. If the class is offered over a period of time and one partner must miss a particular class meeting, then the other partner is encouraged to attend the lecture portion of the class. He or she may use the Couples Exercise time to do part of the exercise and then do the full exercise with their partner later. They may also use the exercise time to read the Seven Principles book.

My partner isn’t a reader. Can we still come to the class if he/she won’t read the book?

Yes, still come to the class. While the book provides very valuable information, the class lectures will summarize the content of the book. Each person will need a Couples Guide, however, to do the Couples Exercises efficiently.

Should we do the exercises in the book at home or save them for class?

The class will involve doing some of the exercises from the book so doing them at home first would duplicate some of them. In some cases, the directions for doing the exercises in class have been revised and updated from those presented in the Seven Principles book. The Leaders also role play how to – and how not to – do some of the exercises in order to help participants get the most out of each exercise. There are some exercises in the book that the class will not have time to do and couples are encouraged to them at home after that chapter has been covered in class.

Sign up today! Contact Thrive Therapy by phone at (813) 291 – 4975 or reach out via our contact form. 


Welcome to Thrive Therapy!

I am excited to announce the opening of Thrive Therapy in Tampa!

While my blog will mostly contain content related to relationship enhancement, increasing relationship satisfaction, and tips for supporting closeness as a family, this first post will serve as an introduction to my practice.

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, my passion is serving others who are struggling with depression, anxiety, reactions to a traumatic experience, grief over the loss of a loved one, and relationship dissatisfaction. For many clients, while they feel happy in their relationship, they want to maximize their experience and establish healthy habits to sustain a thriving relationship.


Can I Benefit From Seeing a Counselor in Tampa?

Counseling can certainly help those who feel healthy but want most out of this life, A healthy relationship with self and others is the goal and that is where I feel I can help. Each experience in the counseling room is going to look different, because each story, each person, each perspective is unique. I see it as my role to meet the client where they are at, and allow the expertise of the client to be revealed in order to solve the presenting concerns or issues.

Why Did You Choose the Phoenix As Your Symbol?

I chose the phoenix as the logo for Thrive Therapy very intentionally, as it represents what I hope my practice will offer to the Tampa community. I previously worked with a client that had experienced a sexual assault. Through the counseling process, this client resorted to painting to represent their healing journey. At the termination of counseling, this client donated a painting of a phoenix to the agency where I was working to represent their transformation and to be able to help inspire others who had experienced what they had.

A phoenix represents rebirth, victory, and renewal. It represents overcoming, that he or she has arisen from the flames of life’s challenges. This is what I hope for those I work with, to feel empowered by their experience, for beauty and meaning to be revealed in the struggle and “ugly” that this life presents, and to leave feeling as though they are the best versions of themselves. Thriving.