Seven Principles Program


This class is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. This is a psycho-educational workshop which may or may not be taken alongside couples therapy.

Who is this class for?

  • Couples contemplating engagement
  • Premarital couples
  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors
  • Spouses who may be unwilling to do marriage counselling but would attend a relationship enhancement class
  • Those who wish to enhance a good marriage
  • Those needing better conflict management tools

This class is NOT suitable for:

  • Couples with severe relationship distress
  • Couples with significant emotional or physical abuse
  • Couples with serious emotional or mental health problems in one or both partners
  • Relationships with active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.)

What is covered in this workshop?

This workshop will cover all of the chapters in The Seven Principles book through lectures, exercises, and assignments:

  • Inside the Love Lab: The Truth About Happy Marriages
  • What Does Make Marriage Work?
  • How I Predict Divorce
  • Enhance Your Love Maps
  • Nurture Your Fondness and Admiration
  • Turn Toward Each Other Instead of Away
  • Let Your Partner Influence You
  • The Two Kinds of Marital Conflict
  • Solve Your Solvable Problems
  • Coping with Typical Solvable Problems
  • Overcome Gridlock
  • Create Shared Meaning

*Participants will not be required to share their personal issues with the class.


This workshop will be offered on Wednesday evenings, from 7 – 8:30pm, over a 9-week period. The workshop location is the Griffin Business Centre in North Vancouver.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. The $500/couple fee includes class materials.

Interested in receiving a private workshop?

I do offer the workshop to couples privately in my counselling office. This can be scheduled in whatever way works best for the couple. My hourly couples counselling session rate will apply.

Contact me now to schedule a free 15-minute telephone consultation

“A lasting marriage results from a couple’s ability to resolve the conflicts that are inevitable in any relationship” - Dr. John Gottman

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