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Premarital Preparation

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Our Art & Science of Love workshop, fully described here, is appropriate and excellent for all couples, no matter what your relationship status: premarital, married, or long term partners!

Q: We are happy and in love. Why should we attend a Gottman Couples Workshop before we get married?

Start early. Get your relationship off to a healthy beginning and keep it healthy. The average couple waits six years before seeking help for marital problems (and keep in mind, half of all marriages that end do so in the first seven years). This means that the average couple lives with unhappiness for far too long.  Learning the skills that masters of relationships have taught us will improve your ability to communicate through conflict, and deepen intimacy and your connection with your partner.

Q: Can I add the Gottman Couples Workshop to my wedding registry?

Absolutely! If you are using The Knot or Amazon Wish List to manage your registry you can add the Couples Workshop to your universal gift wish list.

Q: Can I give the couples workshop as a wedding gift?

Yes, you can. Just call us at 888-523-9042 or email us at couples@gottman.com, and we will help you put together your wedding gift.

Q: Where can I hear from real couples about how the workshop helped them? 

KIRO 7 News did a  ‘Profiles’ documentary on Drs. John and Julie Gottman in August 2010 and they interviewed real couples about their experience. Watch it now, at http://www.kirotv.com. 60 Minutes Australia did a piece in May 2010 on the Love Lab and also interviewed real couples. Watch it at http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1055290.

Q: We don’t want group therapy. Do we have to share with the other couples?

No. The couples workshop is an educational experience with exercises built into the curriculum to teach you the skills that the “masters” of relationships use. There is no group work and no public disclosure of any kind. The information is presented to you in an interactive lecture format by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and you will work in a “nest” of just the two of you during the exercises. We provide plenty of room, so you don’t have to worry about the other couples overhearing you. And if you get stuck on an exercise, we have a team of Certified Gottman Therapists on hand to help you through the exercise.

Q: We would prefer to get private therapy before we get married. Are there Certified Gottman Therapists who do pre-marital work?

Yes.  Just give us a call at 888-523-9042 or email us at couples@gottman.com and we will give you a referral for a Certified Gottman Therapist in the Seattle area who does pre-marital work.

For more information about the Couples Workshop or to register please call us at 888-523-9042 or email us at couples@gottman.com.


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