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Relationship Resilience

How to cultivate and sustain a healthy relationship using research-based practices. .

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Evidence-based therapy and emotional resiliency—for everyone.

At some point in everyone’s life, most of us will struggle with our mental health. This could include depression during a breakup, a period of unemployment, or the death of someone we loved. It could be anxiety over life changes, work challenges, or relationship difficulties. It can happen to anyone … but not everyone can get the professional support they need to get over it and get through it.

We founded Resilience Tree to give people the opportunity to learn self-care strategies and skills that have transformed many of our client’s lives as well as our own. We want to overcome stigma and to make changes in how mental health is understood and perceived in our country and the world.

We have over 50 years of combined clinical experience helping clients learn how to to improve their mental health. One key way we did that is by building their emotional resiliency. Resilience training, backed up by evidence-based research, has always been at the heart of our evidence-based therapy practice—and we believe it can help you, too.

We know how to keep a healthy relationship.

If you been hurt or burned before, building healthy relationships can be harder—even if you are happy with your current partner. What makes a healthy relationship? Even when things are going well, you might not know how to build trust in a relationship or maintain a good relationship.

If you struggle sustaining relationships, developing emotional resilience can help. We have over 50 years of experience helping to heal heartbroken people and unhappy couples—including our own lived experiences. This has taught us that emotional resiliency is at the heart of effective, long-term relationship building.

When we are in strong relationships, we can trust in our partners and in ourselves. We can acknowledge miscommunications and mistakes without lashing out. We can hear constructive criticism without shutting down. We can experience negative emotions and setbacks without giving up. And we can live in the moment while planning for a shared future.


No matter where your relationship is right now, you can do these things, too! We designed our Maintaining Healthy Relationships Course so that people unable or unsure whether to start individual or couples counseling can still start building better relationship skills.

Over six modules (a 90-minute course), we share the latest evidence-based research on ways to have and keep a healthy relationship with your partner. Each course includes a helpful study guide filled with additional research and resources that you can refer to again and again. And whenever you need answers, reassurance, or advice, we can respond by email or through our website.

We want you to know we’ve been there. We want you to know how much we care. And we want you to know that you can do this. You can have the healthy, happy relationship you want.

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Course Curriculum

Our easy to use Relationship Resilience Course is presented in 6 video lectures that are concise but packed with skill-building information which is research based. While the course is not a substitute for therapy, we present many of the techniques that we use with our own clients in session. Each module is approximately 15 minutes long and each has a study guide that supports the material and offers links to helpful sources. We want you to succeed and welcome encourage students to reach out with any questions, concerns or suggestions in our open forum comment sections included at the end of each lecture and attached to the study guides.

Your Instructor


Jim McElrath and Myriam Mayshark
Jim McElrath and Myriam Mayshark

Jim McElrath is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-R and has over 25 years of experience in a variety of settings with diverse populations. He is enthusiastic about working with researach-based interventions. His particular interest is in relationships. He is versed in men’s issues throughout the lifespan such as parenting, work, caregiving, and friendships.

Jim’s private practice includes individual counseling for emotional health challenges such as anxiety and depression. He uses eclectic treatment interventions tailored to the individual or couple with a mindfulness informed approach.

Myriam Mayshark is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 20 years of experience in clinical counseling. She was Associate Director at Family Service of the Chautauqua Region until 2004 where she served as clinical supervisor and head of programming for Partners for Children, a New York State Initiative for school based counseling. Partners for Children Program received recognition from the United Way at the state level in New York State in 2002.

During her entire professional life, Myriam maintained a private clinical practice in addition to her work at the agency. Her specialties include: Women’s issues throughout the life span, Couples' Counseling and working with children, young adults and their families.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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