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Breaking Stuck Patterns: Understanding the Sore Spots Driving Couple Conflict with Dr. Traci Maynigo

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM
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Breaking Stuck Patterns: Understanding the Sore Spots Driving Couple Conflict

WITH Dr. Traci Maynigo

Does it seem like you and your partner get into the same fight over and over again? Or that arguments start with what seems like a minor issue, like a pile of dirty laundry, but somehow explode into a full-on verbal battle? So much so that you forget where it began in the first place? Couples frequently get stuck in harmful communication patterns, ones that seem impossible to break, especially if you have been together for years. These destructive dialogues contribute to disconnection in a relationship, and can feel particularly distressing when the relationship is already under a great deal of stress—like during a global pandemic. In this experiential workshop, licensed clinical psychologist and couples therapist Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., will draw from her own expertise, as well as decades of relationship research from experts like John Gottman and Sue Johnson, to help you and your partner understand what lies beneath your destructive dialogues, and how to replace them with healthy ones. She’ll cover:

  • The 4 most common communication mistakes couples make
  • How these harmful strategies reinforce each other, creating negative pattern
  • The “sore spots” that drive these patterns and where they come from
  • How to use repair conversations to break destructive dialogues and increase trust



Traci Maynigo, Psy.D., Ed.M., M.A., is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in couple and family therapy, multicultural psychology, and maternal mental health. She has been researching and writing about diverse couples, with a particular interest in intercultural couples, for the past decade, and her work has been published in various academic publications and peer-reviewed journals. She received her B.A. in English from Yale University, Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. She has specialized training in Gottman Method Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and is also a Certified Bringing Baby Home (BBH) Educator. She also holds a faculty position at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She and her husband live in Brooklyn with their 2 children and dog.


Traci is also the Program Director of Montefiore Medical Center’s Supporting Healthy Relationships (SHR) program, a FREE program designed to empower couples by improving their communication skills, learning how to reduce destructive conflict, and gaining financial stability. Funded by the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and led by a team of psychologists and mental health counselors, SHR provides families with a supportive, safe community where they can obtain the skills and resources to develop strong and committed relationships. SHR is currently enrolling for its upcoming virtual 4-week series. Eligible couples must be in a committed relationship, 18 years or older, and be expecting or have a child under 18. For more information, and to enroll, email Traci at