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Darren Wilk

MA

Location:

British Columbia, Canada

Services:

  • Consultant
  • Master Trainer
  • Speaker
  • Workshop Presenter

Specialties:

  • Affairs
  • Conflict
  • Trauma

Speaker Expertise:

  • Level 1 Training
  • Level 2 Training
  • Level 3 Training

Darren Wilk has an MA, is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC, and a Certified Gottman Therapist and Workshop Presenter. After graduating from Trinity Western University Masters of Counselling/Psychology program in 2000, his associate, Lawrence Stoyanowski and Darren started a dream practice called Bestmarriages.ca, focused entirely on helping couples. This eventually lead them to the Gottman Method of working with couples in 2003, and it quickly became apparent that this was going to be a perfect match for the passion they had to help couples put the fun and intimacy back in their relationships. The couples he works with love this method because it makes sense and eventually empowers them with skills they can remember and use. It did not take long to realize that the Gottman method was transforming his work with couples, and that other counsellors needed to hear about this in Canada. Simply put, the Gottman approach is fun to teach because it compliments any therapeutic modality and provides a logical framework in which to work with couples.

Available for Speaking

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Since 1988 he has presented hundreds of talks to youth and parents as a youth worker, and later to recovering addicts as an addictions counsellor. After being Gottman certified in 2006, he has enjoyed presenting over 30 times in different Gottman trainings and workshops which include: The Art and Science of Love Gottman Workshops, teaching Level One and Two Gottman Method to other clinicians, delivering presentations at the Annual Gottman Conference, and ASL trainings. He also provides ongoing consultation for therapists working on certification. In 2012 he will be the first to present the level 3 in Canada.

“My goal is to help others feel very confident in using the method and eventually promoting it to their world. Others have said they love the way I present because of my use of humor, theoretical knowledge, personal experiences, and passion. “My wife and I have been married since 1988 and I have 2 perfect daughters and have fostered children for 16 years, which has taught me to be sensitive to any drama that might come our way. Cheers!”

Available for Consulting

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*Accepting New Consultees*

Once Darren discovered the Gottman Method of working with couples, he has done everything possible to learn as much as he could. Darren and his colleague, Lawrence Stoyanowski, have developed their entire practice around it called, bestmarriages.ca and have enjoyed presenting 20 Art and Science of Love workshops to further spread the Gottman word. He has presented a number of Gottman Level 1 and Level 2 workshops as well as talks on marketing tips at a couple of Gottman conferences. Now as a consultant Darren wants to help others feel very confident in using the method and eventually promoting it to their area. He will work with groups and individuals.

Darren has been in practice for 11 years and before that was working in various professional vocations including addiction counselling, youth and family work since 1988. He tends to work using a lot of creativity and encouragement to keep going when it things feel tough. He has a lot of experience with technology and loves helping people through this consultation process quickly and smoothly. Darren feels it is best to get right at using the method with clients and start taping sessions immediately just to get the bugs out and not lose motivation by waiting too long.

Darren is a real believer in learning by doing, making mistakes and talking about what to do better next time. Darren and his wife have been married since 1988 and they have 5 children — all girls – (some are foster children) so he has learned to be sensitive to any drama that might come our way.

Upcoming Events:

April 2023

Mon17Apr
to
Tue18Apr

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Level 1 Training

This is the first step in learning Gottman Method Couples Therapy. A truly inspiring workshop, Level 1 Training will give you new insights into treatment for couples who struggle, using research-based assessments and effective interventions.

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Registration Site

Location:

Courtyard Edmonton West 10011 184 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5S 0C7 Canada

Time:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm PDT

Presented By:

Lawrence Stoyanowski M.Sc., MFT
Darren Wilk MA
Wed19Apr
to
Fri21Apr

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Level 2 Training

Deepen your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and expand your strategies and interventions in your work with couples. Practice using Gottman Method interventions in group role-plays while receiving personal, supportive coaching from trainers.

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Registration Site

Location:

Courtyard Edmonton West 10011 184 St NW
Edmonton, AB T5S 0C7 Canada

Time:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm MDT

Presented By:

Lawrence Stoyanowski M.Sc., MFT
Darren Wilk MA
Sat29Apr
to
Sun30Apr

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The Art and Science of Love

Based on over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, this workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

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Registration Site

Location:

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront Vancouver 1133 W. Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3T3 Canada

Time:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm PDT

Presented By:

Darren Wilk MA
Lawrence Stoyanowski M.Sc., MFT

May 2023

Sat13May
to
Sun14May

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The Art and Science of Love

Based on over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, this workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

Find out more »
Registration Site

Location:

Royal Hotel Calgary 2828 23 St NE
Calgary, AB T2E 8T4 Canada

Time:

8:30 am to 5:00 pm MDT

Presented By:

Darren Wilk MA
Lawrence Stoyanowski M.Sc., MFT
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