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The Resiliency Center: Your Place for Healing, Education & Community in Ambler, PA
Spring Greetings
A Message from Elizabeth Venart, LPC, Resiliency Center Director

What a beautiful Winter and Spring! I hope this month’s newsletter for healthcare providers finds you happy, relaxed, and energized by the warmer, sunny weather of recent weeks and the promise of longer days. In addition to enjoying the gorgeous weather, I have been getting excited about new projects and appreciating the strengthening relationships among practitioners in our community.  I welcome individual and group conversations with professionals from a wide variety of practice specialties, always gaining new insight or inspiration from our time together. I hope you’ll be able to join me at the center soon for the networking breakfast or another program – and would love to hear about any events you are hosting as well. 
This issue of the newsletter includes a Practitioner Highlight on Max Rivers, a local marriage mediator, an invitation to join our networking community and build your practice, and an overview of trainings for therapists and groups for the general community.
If you would like to be featured as a practitioner in future newsletters or have a group or professional training that you would like for me to share on your behalf, please email me at  
Wishing you peace, joy, and prosperity,
Practitioner Highlight
Max Rivers: The Marriage Mediator

Day after day, it’s the same old argument – until 50% of American couples get so tired of having it they end up divorced.  Max Rivers says it doesn’t have to be that way. He has discovered a surprising purpose of marriage, and a surprising solution. While people may think they marry based on compatibility and then are just unlucky when unseen differences arise, the surprising truth may be just the opposite.

What if we (unconsciously) select our mate because they are different from us? What if we select our partner because they have a particular set of differences which actually create the potential for a married life which is better than the life either person could have alone, or even with another person just like themselves? Our differences are like the interlocking atoms of hydrogen and oxygen: they are each fine on their own, but when combined the result, water, has properties and capacities that neither had when on their own.
If difference is the surprising purpose of marriage, then mediation, which is the science of resolving differences, is the surprising solution. Not therapy.
In light of this discovery, Max has developed a new form of mediation, which he calls Teamwork Marriage Mediation (TMM), during which couples learn in only six sessions the skills they need to get the benefit of their differences.  In addition to showing WHY mediation is the right tool, and changing WHAT mediation is, Rivers has shown that WHEN it is applied is just as important. Pre-emptive mediation works, and he has hundreds of happily married clients that can attest to it.
Max Rivers
508 E. Sedgwick Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Skype: max.rivers

Counseling Groups
Women’s Personal Growth Group
This group provides support, inspiration, and community in your journey to create a heart-centered life.  Perfect for women artists, healers, and entrepreneurs who may feel isolated in their efforts to do meaningful work outside the “mainstream” – and an ideal place for all women looking for the support of community in developing greater happiness and inner peace. Meets twice monthly on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Interested women are encouraged to contact me to schedule a pre-group interview at 215-542-5004 or
Male Sexual Abuse Survivors Support Group
The immediate and long-term impact of incest, childhood sexual abuse, and rape can include feelings of anxiety, depression, low self-worth, self-doubt, identity confusion, and a sense of shame. Groups provide healing as men connect with other survivors, understand that the abuse was not their fault, and begin to see themselves as resilient and whole. Group meets for 90 minutes, weekly for 12 weeks and is co-led by Elizabeth Venart and Jeff Katowitz. Tentatively scheduled for Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.  Please call with any questions and encourage clients to call me at 215-542-5004 or Jeff at 215-307-0055 to schedule a pre-group interview.
Therapist Trainings

EMDR Consultation Group
3rd Friday of the month, 9:30–11:30 am
If you have already completed the EMDR Basic Training and are interested in pursuing EMDR Certification and/or in deepening your knowledge and understanding of EMDR in practice, this group is for you! We’ll review cases, discuss challenging issues in EMDR, and review latest research findings and clinical applications. Participation requires a minimum six-month commitment, and cost is $50 per group. Learn more by calling 215-542-5004 or emailing
Supervision Group for Therapists Seeking Licensure
3rd Wednesday of the month, 4–7pm
For counselors seeking licensure, I offer individual supervision as well as monthly 3-hour clinical supervision groups where practitioners have an opportunity to present cases and expand their skills and understanding. Group sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual participants and may include attention to a variety of special topics including integrating creativity into individual and group work, managing suicidal risk, identifying and intervening with traumatic re-enactments, working effectively with children and families, and mindfulness strategies to decrease anxiety.

The cost is $120 per 3-hour group session. Learn more by calling 215-542-5004 or emailing

Opportunity for Practitioners
The Resiliency Center currently has both full-time and part-time office space available for healthcare or healing arts professionals interested in joining our community of independent practitioners. To learn more, contact me at 215-542-5004.

Networking and Practice-Building
Monthly Networking Breakfast
1st Wednesday 9 - 10:30 am
Join me at The Resiliency Center in Ambler for this friendly gathering of healthcare and healing arts practitioners. During our time together, we’ll introduce ourselves and take time to learn more about the heart of each person’s practice and passion.

RSVP early, as space is limited – at our Meetup group

Creating a Thriving Practice Program Series
Wednesdays 8:30 am, Begins on April 11th 

This six part series of two-hour group workshops provides practitioners with the ingredients necessary to build a successful private practice. We begin by identifying your passion for the work, using what you love as a blueprint for how to grow your business in a way you’ll find most energizing and meaningful. Workshop topics include identifying your ideal client and basic message, breaking through barriers to prosperity, speaking your message with clarity and confidence, marketing strategies, and building strong referral relationships.

RSVP by calling 215-542-5004 or online on Meetup
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