Sharon M. Rivkin M.A., M.F.T.
Sharon has been a long time marriage counselor in Santa Rosa, California. Whether on radio, speaking publicly, or leading a workshop in Sonoma County or nationwide on the First Argument Technique, how to break the argument cycle, surviving an affair, or coping with infidelity, Sharon goes beyond conflict management and resolution with her time-tested experience and strategies that have brought so many couples the missing understanding and bonding that creates the solid basis for relationships. Sharon has brought new meaning to the definition of argument and affairs’ management and resolution.
She is the “Go To” argument and affairs expert who has been a licensed marriage family therapist in Santa Rosa, California for over 28 years. Sharon is the author of BREAKING THE ARGUMENT CYCLE: HOW TO STOP FIGHTING WITHOUT THERAPY, a comprehensive, step-by-step guide and workbook revealing Sharon’s groundbreaking three-step method that transformed Sharon’s life and the lives of hundreds of couples that have come to her for marital therapy. In BREAKING THE ARGUMENT CYCLE, Sharon outlines in the book and workbook, her three-step System for argument and conflict resolution that uses a couple’s first argument as the source for uncovering critical information from the past that can break the argument cycle and ultimately save a marriage that’s in danger of collapsing. You will learn that what you DON’T know about arguing can ruin your marriage, and how, in three crucial steps, a couple can end their relationship battles, rewrite the script of their marriage, affair-proof their relationship, recover from and survive an affair, and turn arguments into their best friend. Through her private marriage and family therapy practice in Santa Rosa, Sharon has helped countless couples not only resolve their conflicts, but solve the mystery of why the same issues keep arising. Her theory of the first argument has universal appeal and will work with anyone from celebrities, newsmakers, and politicians, as well as with straight or gay couples, men, women, children, parents, and bosses, employees and colleagues.
The First Argument Technique has been featured in O: The Oprah Magazine in the United States and South Africa, and Reader’s Digest. Her work has also been featured in Eve Magazine UK and major websites including Yahoo.com, DrLaura.com, and HealthNewsDigest.com. Sharon shares a wealth of information relating to conflict in marriage, relationship issues, cheating spouses, and surviving affairs, in her quarterly newsletter and monthly articles that are published on major websites, including HitchedMag.com where Sharon is a monthly columnist and relationship expert. Sharon was a guest on Martha Stewart Whole Living Radio and makes regular radio appearances nationwide, discussing relationship topics ranging from argument resolution to affair-proofing a marriage, using her First Argument Technique.