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Holding Hands

Gottman Method Couples Workshop:

The 7 Principles for Making It Work

What Makes Love Last?

Are you looking to enhance your relationship or reignite the spark? Whether you're married, engaged, or in a long-term commitment, the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Workshop is designed to provide you with practical tools and insights to foster a deeper connection with your partner. Developed by world-renowned relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this workshop offers evidence-based strategies from over 40+ years of research to help couples deepen their relationship. Relationships sadly often become about endless to-do lists and conversations become confined to errands and planning. No matter what stage of relationship you are in, this workshop offers helpful practices to help enhance and build a lasting relationship.

 

Workshop Overview

Most relationship advice emphasizes passion and romance, and how to manage conflict. While all of those are important and need to be addressed, Gottman's research shows over and over again that the secret ingredient to a happy relationship is the quality of the couple's friendship. The good news, it turns out, is that couples do not have to solve all of their problems in order to build a strong friendship. And passion, romance, and sexual satisfaction? For both men and women the number one factor that influences satisfaction is the quality of the friendship. The Gottman mantra is "Small Things Often" because friendship is built through tiny doses every day, that through time build a lasting relationship.

 

The Gottman Method Couples Workshop is an interactive and immersive experience for couples to work on their friendship and conflict skills in a fun and refreshing way. The workshop includes brief lectures highlighting what the research shows is vital to sustaining a strong relationship. Yet the heart of the workshop involves exercises for couples to experience and practice specific skills. Do not worry! Couples will have their own private space to practice the exercises. Specifically, couples will learn to:

 

  • Deepen friendship through fondness, admiration, and appreciation

  • Recognize the importance of and how to make bids for connection

  • Work with both solvable and perpetual problems

  • Improve communication and conflict skills

  • Manage gridlocked conflict

  • Create rituals of connection for deeper friendship

 

Who Should Attend:

The workshop is open to all couples, regardless of marital status or relationship stage. Whether you're in a committed partnership or considering taking your relationship to the next level, this workshop can benefit you. It is suitable for:

 

  • Married couples seeking to strengthen their bond.

  • Engaged couples preparing for marriage.

  • Committed partners wanting to improve their relationship dynamics.

  • Couples facing communication challenges or conflicts.

 

 For more information on the Gottman Method visit www.gottman.com.

 

Saturday, February 10

8:00-5:00pm

$500* per couple

 

Optional Relationship Assessment ($150): Complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup and a one hour session prior to the workshop to get a more detailed picture of your relationship and more personalized suggestions.

*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.

 

Location: Sundstrom Clinical Services

To register or to express interest in future Gottman Workshops, please scan below. 

For questions please contact Keith Valerius at Kjvalerius@sundstromclinic.com or call 503-653-0631 x111.

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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. 

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