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Mindfulness-Based Skills for Lovers

Mindfulness-Based Skills for Lovers (MBSL) is an 8-week skills building program developed by R. Brian Denton, Psy.D., Ph.D. as a way to help partners enhance their level of intimate connection through building the skills of mindful awareness. 

Based on the eastern wisdom practice of Mindfulness and informed by research supported intervention strategies such as MBSR, MBCT, MBRE, ACT, and classical Sex Therapy techniques, MBSL adaptations and exercises for partners will help to draw greater awareness into each individual’s contribution to their relationship and give space for greater connection in intimate interactions. 

MBSL is a group program in which partner participants gather to learn intimacy skills and mindfulness exercises designed to increase nonjudgmental, moment-to-moment awareness of bodily sensations, thoughts, and emotions. Participants use mindfulness to cultivate a new way of relating to internal and situational experiences using curiosity, acceptance, and compassion, and how to apply those skills to further their intimate communications and sexual interactions.


Who is this Program for?


MBSL is designed to instruct partnered individuals together in the skills of mindfulness, with an emphasis on partnership interactions, and emotional and sexual intimacy.  Intended for romantic partnerships that are generally functioning well, the MBSL skills building group focuses on intimacy enhancement for partners involved.



Benefits May Include:

  • Lowered relationship distress

  • Improved individual and relationship well-being

  • Increased compassion/empathy

  • Increased ability to respond to relationship stress

  • Improved emotional stress responses

  • Improvements in perceptions of the relationship (before and after disagreements)

  • More adaptive communication and emotional intimacy

  • Increased enjoyment of physical intimacy and sex

Program details:

  • One-hour evaluation session for screening and orientation to the program.

  • Eight 1.5-hour group sessions.  (Requires a commitment to attending 8 weeks of group sessions)

  • Between session home practice of the skills taught and practices in the group.


Class Times:

Thursdays – 6:00-7:30 P.M.

*Start Date TBD based upon interest.



$795 for a couple

($350 for each additional partner)

For Inquiries or to Register, Please Contact:

R. Brian Denton, Psy.D., Ph.D.

(216) 307-4454

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