Communication Essentials & Beyond

Workshop Series will meet on Thursdays starting February 16, 2023

Communication Essentials & Beyond

Facilitated by Diane Duan, MA and Antonia Jurkovic, Psy.D., this two-part workshop series on effective communication is open to all.

  • Do you find yourself having the same argument over and over again?
  • Do discussions seem to spiral out of hand with no resolution?
  • Would you like to learn how to make discussions more productive, or simply brush up on your listening and speaking skills?

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This two-part workshop series on effective communication combines psychoeducation and partnered practice.

Part I: Speaking Your Truth: Communication Essentials

4 weeks, begins February 16, 2023

In Part I, “Speaking Your Truth,” we will cover active and empathic listening, speaking your truth with compassion, and communicating needs and requests.

Part II: Difficult Conversations: Beyond Communication Essentials

4 weeks, begins March 30, 2023

In Part II, “Difficult Conversations”, we will apply the skills learned in Speaking Your Truth to having difficult conversations. We will explore challenges in communication, including identifying and managing triggers, emotional regulation, and addressing ineffective cycles of communication.

Who can benefit?

This group is appropriate for people wanting to communicate more effectively in relationships of all kinds, including with friends, partners, family members, coworkers, etc. We welcome all genders, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds and relational styles!


About the Facilitators

Diane Duan
Diane Duan, MA (she/her)

Diane Duan, MA (she/her) holds a Master’s degree in Professional Psychology from William James College. She is completing her doctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at LifeWorks Psychotherapy Center. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various settings, including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, and in-home therapy settings. Diane identifies as a queer, kinky, non-monogamous Person of Color and is passionate about working with those populations, as well as with survivors of complex trauma.

Antonia Jurkovic, Psy.D. holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She has experience working in various settings including community mental health centers and VA hospitals. Her specialty is working with different forms of trauma (i.e., physical, sexual, intimate partner violence, combat trauma) and complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (cPTSD). Additionally, she has experience working with substance abuse, personality disorders, neurodiverse populations, and those facing end of life issues. Dr. Jurkovic completed her doctoral dissertation on perceptions of verbal sexual coercion and has presented on various topics in the past including Rejecting the Heteronorm.


Session Dates, Times and Fees

Please complete the interest form links below. You will be contacted shortly to set up a 15-minute consultation with one of our facilitators. We want to get to know you and what you hope to get out of the group!

Registered participants will receive a Zoom link one week prior to the first meeting.

Sliding Scale

We offer limited sliding scale spots. Please contact diane@lifeworkspsychotherapy for further information.

Missed sessions, cancellations and refund policy:

While we understand that emergencies happen, we expect participants to commit to all four sessions in each series. We will be building upon skills learned each week.

If you are unable to attend a session, please inform Diane at diane@lifeworkspsychotherapy at least 24 hours in advance. We will be happy to provide you with any supplemental materials we used that session. Please note that we will NOT be recording these sessions.

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