Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy

This 8 Week course is for both experienced and new couples therapists to integrate the Relational Brain Model, Presence Bridge Model and the 5 Step Therapy Progress Model (Alliance, Acknowledgement, Responsibility, Needs, & Intimacy) into their practice. PORT teaches therapists to improve outcomes through decreased conflict, decreasing time in therapy and decreased recidivism.

PORT: Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy

Sale price$399.00 USD

Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy is an integrated approach to couples therapy designed specifically to for therapists starting to work with couples for the first time and more experienced therapists looking to integrate other models.

January 2024 Update: Relate has partnered with PESI to offer PORT with CEUs. This will be offered live and then as a video course via PESI. This training is PORT Level 1 and is focused upon the history of couples therapy and the 3 foundational theories of PORT: the Relational Brain Model, the Presence Bridge Model, and the 5 Step Therapy Progress Model.

The content included here includes the information in the PESI / PORT Level 1 course, does not have continuing education credits, and includes many more educational resources:

1. 30 hours of lectures which includes 4 hours of example sessions.

2. Dealing with couple conflict

3. Going Deeper - Using couples work to help with unresolved childhood wounds

4. Working with attachment breaches such as affairs, infidelity and betrayal

5. Understanding culture and relationships

6. Using couples therapy to work with sexual trauma

7.  Helping couples separate

8.  Strategies for online couples therapy

9. Integrating PORT into your practice

10. More depth into each of the 3 foundational models.

PORT Demonstration Video

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Conversations with our therapists and visiting experts.  Short and long courses on all things Relational. It’s what you need to know to create great relationships.  Regularly updated and interactive - send in your questions for tailored answers.  Always available on any device, it's there when you need it.

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  • Can my relationship be better? 
  • Will couples therapy help? 
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  • How do I survive a betrayal? 
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PORT Description

About PORT

Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy

PORT is an integrated eclectic approach developed over the last 8 years by the Relate NZ team. Initially developed in the context of the weekly team training sessions it was honed over the next 6 years of the intern programme to help distill the core insights of successful couples and relationship therapy to clinicians who had not been specifically trained to work with couples.


PORT is an intensely practical course that coalesce around the challenge of finding the successful common features of therapy models as diverse as PACT, EFT, Imago, Gottman and the Developmental Model. What became clear is that each of these models offered significant strengths but often lacked essential features or flexibilities present in other model. In addition insights from other modalities including Narrative, ACT, NLP, Psychodrama, Gestalt, Relational Neurobiology were incorporated.
Port's focus was simple and driven by the clear imperative of research that indicated that untrained therapist's working with couples show similar rates of success to couples trying to work it out themselves and occasionally they were worse. The challenge of course is that everyone needs to start somewhere and our focus was to support our interns to be successful as soon as possible.


While Steven was cross-training in Imago, Gottman and EFT he noticed a recurring pattern underlying their seemingly different methods. Steven adapted a tool for interns to use and tested this among the team. PORT also includes a developmental brain model that is simple and accessible to clinicians and clients and therapy progress model among other innovations. Ultimately what became most useful was the ability that interns and the team could then incorporate other training and experience more seamlessly and effectively.


Students will schedule for 4 live sessions of group skills training with Steven which are 2 hours long.


Please contact practice manager for next course offering.

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PORT Description

About PORT

Presence Oriented Relationship Therapy

PORT is an integrated eclectic approach developed over the last 8 years by the Relate NZ team. Initially developed in the context of the weekly team training sessions it was honed over the next 6 years of the intern programme to help distill the core insights of successful couples and relationship therapy to clinicians who had not been specifically trained to work with couples.


PORT is an intensely practical course that coalesce around the challenge of finding the successful common features of therapy models as diverse as PACT, EFT, Imago, Gottman and the Developmental Model. What became clear is that each of these models offered significant strengths but often lacked essential features or flexibilities present in other model. In addition insights from other modalities including Narrative, ACT, NLP, Psychodrama, Gestalt, Relational Neurobiology were incorporated.
Port's focus was simple and driven by the clear imperative of research that indicated that untrained therapist's working with couples show similar rates of success to couples trying to work it out themselves and occasionally they were worse. The challenge of course is that everyone needs to start somewhere and our focus was to support our interns to be successful as soon as possible.


While Steven was cross-training in Imago, Gottman and EFT he noticed a recurring pattern underlying their seemingly different methods. Steven adapted a tool for interns to use and tested this among the team. PORT also includes a developmental brain model that is simple and accessible to clinicians and clients and therapy progress model among other innovations. Ultimately what became most useful was the ability that interns and the team could then incorporate other training and experience more seamlessly and effectively.


Students will schedule for 4 live sessions of group skills training with Steven which are 2 hours long.


Please contact practice manager for next course offering.

Go to 5 Secrets