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Holding Hands

Gottman Method Couples Workshop:

The 7 Principles for Making It Work

This workshop is for couples in any stage of a relationship, married or not.  The Gottman Method is based on the findings of John Gottman’s 40+ years of research on the habits of couples and emphasizes a nuts and bolts approach to improving relationships.  This workshop includes brief lectures regarding the research on what makes relationships work and not work, as well as uses exercises for couples to experience and learn specific tools to deepen friendship and emotional connection, as well as improve conflict skills.  All exercises are done privately as a couple.  For more information on the Gottman Method visit


In this workshop you will learn how to:

     * Deepen your knowledge of one another and your friendship
     * Recognize bids for emotional connection
     * Work with both solvable and perpetual problems
     * Get through gridlocked conflict
     * Create rituals of connection 

Saturday, February 11


$500* per couple

*Registration includes a copy of Gottman's The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, (2) Couples Guides, and Gottman card decks.  Lunch is not provided; however there are several local places to eat.  Snacks are provided.


For questions or to register please contact Keith Valerius at or call 503-653-0631 x111.


Keith is a licensed professional counselor in the State of Oregon who provides counseling to adults, adolescents, and children to address concerns including anxiety, depression, stress management, trauma, behavioral concerns, attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder, and adjustment difficulties with daily living.  Keith is also a level three trained Gottman Method Couples Therapist in process of completing full certification as a Gottman Marital Therapist. 

Did you know?

  • You can predict the end of a relationship with 91% accuracy.


  • You can predict the outcome of a conversation within 3 minutes with 95% accuracy


  • Even in the best of relationships, couples misconnect 75% of the time.


  • Repair is the secret weapon to buffer from loneliness and resentment.


  • 70% of relationship problems are perpetual and unsolvable


  • The real conflict is often hidden below the content of the argument and and often involves unmet dreams; rarely is it about the dishes!


  • Happy couples live on avergae 4-8 years longer


  • Magic 5:1 Ratio: Happy couples have 5 positive interactions to for every 1 negative interaction; for unhappy unhappy couples the ratio is 0.8:1.

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