Will John Gottman personally be conducting the weekend couples workshop?

Drs. John and Julie Gottman are the presenters for the couples workshops in Seattle, WA. Carole Cullen and Shelly Hummel are the presenters for couplesworkshopsnc.com. Both are private Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) who are trained and *certified Gottman therapist, bringing decades of experience to the workshop as presenters.

*Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leaders are Certified Gottman Therapists who have been specifically trained by The Gottman Institute to present couples workshops. All workshop leaders use The Art and Science of Love curriculum designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. These workshops are offered independent of The Gottman Institute.

What is your refund policy?

LIMITED SEATS.   Events will sell out at early bird prices! Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made on or before the Early Registration Cutoff Date, a full refund less a $50.00 processing fee will be given.  After the cut-off date, your registration will be converted to a credit for a future workshop within the following twelve months.

Can we attend the workshop even if we aren't married?

Yes! Couples workshops are open to ALL couples – married and unmarried, straight or gay

Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend?

Sorry, no. Our workshops are specifically designed to be interactive and experiential for couples only

How can I convince my partner to attend a workshop/go to counseling?

Each couple is different and we are unable to provide specific advice about how to convince your partner to attend a workshop or seek counseling. However, many individuals have found that a good place to start is by sharing Dr. Gottman’s book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, with their partners. Or even easier is to listen to the informative and entertaining 90-minute presentation Making Relationships Work

I’d love to come to your workshop, but my partner is a private person and is not comfortable sharing in a group setting.

Though the lecture part of the workshop is done in a large group, all workshop exercises are performed with your partner only, and at no time are you asked to interact with other couples . There is no small/large group work, and no mandatory sharing or public disclosure . We utilize several rooms in order to provide enough space for all couples to work privately on their relationship, implementing the new skills and techniques being taught. Our Certified Gottman Therapists are available to work one-on-one with couples who desire assistance

How many couples attend the workshop?

The number of couples at the workshop varies, depending on several factors. We average between 100-150 couples per workshop in Seattle, WA. Local workshops by Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leaders* may offer smaller group sizes

Are we appropriate for your workshop if we don’t have any really huge problems?

Yes! Couples who attend our workshop tend to fall into two categories: enhancement and repair. We applaud couples who are wise enough to attend the workshop for enhancement purposes. Feedback from both enhancement and repair couples indicates that the copules workshop is very beneficial

Would it make sense for us to attend your workshop if we are already separated or in the process of divorce?

While each situation is unique, we do have many couples attend the workshop who are separated or have begun divorce proceedings. These couples continue to report that the workshop was very helpful to them. Our staff will discuss the specifics of your situation with you during the registration process.

Should we read The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work before attending?

The workshop is self-contained; no pre-reading is required. Some couples report that reading The Seven Principles enhanced their workshop experience by providing a foundation in the research concepts and applications

Do you provide childcare?

No, we do not provide childcare options