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The Comfort Method


Marcella M. Atwater developed the seven-step Comfort Method to help individuals develop healthy, fulfilling, and mutually rewarding relationships.

Each distinct step is presented in sequence, although real-life situations may require a non-sequential approach. The steps and lessons of The Comfort Method are based on the author’s knowledge as a therapist and on her personal experiences.

As presented, The Comfort Method involves both critical thinking exercises and collaboration with professional feedback. Written materials, such as case studies and interactive discussions, cultivate the insight, skills, and self-awareness individuals need to achieve their objectives. Additional resources may be provided for those needing more information.

Although originally designed to help young adults develop healthy relationships, The Comfort Method and its strategies may be applied to adults of all ages, as well as those younger than eighteen years of age. This program can be presented to both individuals and groups. Legal guardian permission must be obtained for participants younger than eighteen, as sensitive information may be discussed.

Dr. Atwater has taught The Comfort Method to individuals of various ages and backgrounds for several years, with positive progress observed or reported.

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“If you wanna stop the trauma, you gotta put brakes on the drama.”
                                                                                           -Marcella M. Atwater




Read what people are saying about THE Comfort Method

“Dr. Atwater’s strategic design and teaching of the COMFORT Method can help adults of all ages understand the significance of self-awareness in building healthy relationships. I see The COMFORT Method as a tool that can be adapted to help children and adolescence develop healthy friendships. Great Job Dr. Atwater!” Dr. B., Rocky Mount, NC

“I love listening to Dr. Atwater present The Comfort Method. The proactive approach for building healthy relationships is simple yet powerful. It has helped me to understand the benefits of self-awareness before embarking on a committed relationship. If I had heard the information earlier in life, I would have been more equipped to set boundaries for myself and avoid bad relationships. I recommend you attend this workshop.” Ms. H., Durham, NC

“This course has helped me to understand the meaning of a healthy relationship. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and I made a lot of mistakes in my relationships because I never learned as a young person to value and respect others. I enjoyed dialoguing with other participants and came to realize good communication is not about control but a mutual way to exchange information. If this information was made available to me sooner, I believe I would not have been in so many bad relationships. If your family background is similar to mine, and you never learned to communicate properly, take this course and watch yourself grow.” Mr. A., Richmond, VA