The Couples Therapist Inner Circle

Education, training, support, and community for couples therapists, counselors, and coaches.

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What do I get with my membership to the Inner Circle?

You will have access to hours of content right away as well as lots of direct support. See the details below.

Each month there is a new workshop taught by other experts in the field. These videos are dropped into the membership and always available for you to watch when it is convenient for you. After you watch, you can ask questions and have discussions in the group.


Here are the workshops we've had so far and the ones coming up in the next couple of months:


  1. Emotionally Focused Therapy with Rebecca Jorgensen


  1. Working with Sex in Couples Therapy with Erika Miley


  1. Gottman Strategies for Roommate Syndrome with Laura Heck


  1. Working with Couples and Infidelity with Jennifer Lagrotte


  1. Special Coronavirus Telehealth Training (Coming Soon)


  1. Relational Life Therapy (Coming Soon)

3 times per month we have a webinar where you can ask questions about couples therapy or bring cases to discuss and get feedback on. You can choose as much or as little involvement with these as you'd like.


  1. You will have the opportunity to post questions beforehand that could be addressed during the webinar.


  1. You can come on live during the webinar and ask questions or talk about a case.


  1. You can post questions in the comments as it is happening.


  1. You can watch the video live or catch it afterwards in the Facebook group. All videos are stored in the membership site afterward.


You Will be Able to Watch All Previous Installments as Soon as You Join

This group by itself is worth the price of the membership. It is a small group so we can really get to know each other and provide support to one another. I try to be available there on a daily basis.


You can...


  1. Become part of a community of other therapists working with couples.


  1. See all the questions and conversations that people are talking about.


  1. Ask questions about any topics related to working with couples.


  1. Get up to date information on what is going on in the membership.


  1. Ask about cases you have and how to work with them.

Hosting the Couples Therapist Couch podcast has given me a unique opportunity to interview so many leaders in the field of Couples Therapy. Part of my goal with this membership is to keep you up to date about all that is new in the world of Couples Therapy.

1. Information on the newest books and articles that are being published

2. Examples of practice paperwork that you can use with couples in your practice

3. Information and comparisons of different models of couples therapy

4. Handouts and activities that you can use and give to couples you work with


That's right! As part of your membership to the Inner Circle, you will get a log in and free access to Clearly Clinical which is a podcast with over 70 hours of CE credits for you to choose from in all different topics of therapy. You can literally get all of your CE credits done by being part of the Inner Circle.

Free Report Comparing Seven Different Models of Couples Therapy

This 12 page report goes into detail about some of the differences between Relational Life Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman, IMAGO, PACT, Internal Family Systems, and the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.

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Figure out which Couples Therapy training to do next

About me...

☞ I'm Shane Birkel. I'm a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice near Boston. 

☞ I am the creator and host of the podcast, The Couples Therapist Couch about the practice of couples therapy.

☞ I have had the chance to interview Sue Johnson, Terry Real, Harville Hendrix, Ellyn Bader, Harriet Lerner, Bill Doherty, and so many other leaders in the field.

I have been working with couples for ten years and am a certified Relational Life Therapist.

☞ I want to help you have the private practice of your dreams.

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The sad reality I found out when I started to work with couples.

1. Couples Therapy is nothing like individual therapy and my MFT program did not prepare me for the work

2. I needed more training, but didn't know where to start. There were so many options like Gottman, EFT, RLT, IMAGO, PACT.

3. I was alone in my private practice without a community to turn to.

4. I felt a lack of confidence about how to create real change for the couples I worked with.

5. I didn't have a place to bring my questions and get support on an ongoing basis about all of the issues that I were coming up, like sex, parenting, finances, infidelity, communication, etc.

And that is why I created the Couples Therapist Couch Podcast and Inner Circle.


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The Ultimate Peer Supervision Group For

Couples Therapists

  • You know you need more training, but you don't know which one to start with.
  • You wish you could get good consultation, but it's so expensive.
  • You want to feel confident to handle any issue that comes up in session.
  • You want direct, personal feedback from other Couples Therapists right after sessions.

Are you ready?

  1. To get quality training without diving into a program that is going to cost you $5000 and 2 years of your life?
  2. To have the ongoing support of a community that can answer questions for you right when they come up?
  3. To feel that excitement you once had about doing the work?
  4. To be a leader in your community and build a six figure practice?
  5. To feel confidence about what to do going into every session?
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Before you spend thousands of dollars and several years becoming certified in a particular model of couples therapy, you can get access to trainings in several different models. the Trainings in the Inner Circle will teach you all about EFT, RLT, Gottman, and more.


In addition to that you can get trainings on working with sex, money, infidelity, parenting, attachment, mindfulness, and many other strategies so you can start feeling more confident in your work with couples right away.


You will not be alone. There will be as much support as you need. You will be connected with a peer supervision group, have the ability to ask questions in the group, and have numerous zoom calls to watch and ask questions about whatever you want.

And what if you had the confidence and support you needed to be a relationship expert with a thriving practice in your local area?

  • Working with couples as a therapist can be both exciting, and overwhelming. As Couples Therapists know, it is completely different than Individual Therapy.
  • There is little support in most communities specifically for Couples Therapists. 
  • I think everyone should get certified in a specific model of couples therapy, but you are going to spend thousands of dollars and a couple of years once you decide to do that.
  • Joining a consultation group will easily cost you $100 per month for one meeting. Not to mention if you want one on one supervision it will cost much more. 
  • The Couples Therapist Inner Circle is designed to give you the foundation you need to build your confidence in your work with couples.You will instantly be part of a community of likeminded professionals and be provided with training, support, consultation, and the ability to connect with so many other couples therapists.

Pricing Options

This will continue to get more expensive for new people signing up, but if you join today, you lock in this price for a lifetime.

Monthly Membership



Monthly Training with Experts

3 webinars per month

Resources, Bonuses, Paperwork, Handouts

Access to Private Group

Clearly Clinical Membership

Personalized Guidance


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Monthly Training with Experts

2-3 Webinars per month

Resources, Bonuses, Paperwork, Handouts

Access to Private Group

Clearly Clinical Membership

Personalized Guidance


Join the Inner Circle

"I would like to thank you so much for creating this amazing community of couples therapists who walk in many different modalities and approaches! I have been running my own private practice for 5 years in NZ and to have finally discovered your podcasts is like a lifeline for me. Not to mention the lovely FB community that share resources and the inevitable challenges that come up in our practices. This is a truly helpful and inspiring forum so thank YOU Shane Birkel!"

Kira Follas
Private Practice Counselor in New Zealand

"I am a member of the Couples Couch Facebook group and listen to your podcast almost on a daily basis. Just wanted to thank you for what you do. I’ve only been doing couples therapy work since February and I find your interviews to be one of the most helpful learning materials that I use! The content, people you interview, and the resources are so relevant in the work I do. Definitely appreciated!"

Brandi Gibson
LCPA in North Carolina

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