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Couples Workshops

About The Seven Principles Couples Program

Dr John Gottman revolutionised the study of marriage by using rigorous scientific procedures to observe the habits of married couples in unprecedented detail over many years, and published the book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, with Nan Silver.

The aim of the program is to provide couples with practical tools to enhance and improve their relationships while understanding the research-based foundation from which the tools and skills are derived. Both partners must attend - a class format encourages both partners to work on their relationship. Reading the book is not compulsory - the class lectures will summarise the content of the book.

This program does not provide counselling nor is it intended to take the place of couples counselling, but it does provide practical skills in a psychoeducational format that can help couples strengthen their relationships.

What you will learn

This 12-hour online program (over 8x1.5 hour sessions on Zoom) provides proven tools to help couples:

  • Improve friendship, fondness and admiration

  • Enhance romance and intimacy

  • Manage conflict constructively

  • Gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems

  • Create shared meaning

  • Maintain gains throughout a lifetime

Workshop details

The Seven Principles Workshop includes online lectures, and private couples exercises as well as an electronic Workbook. It is provided entirely online (on Zoom) enabling you to do this from the comfort of your home. This workshop is limited to attendees in Australia. Participants will not share their personal problems in front of others on the course. Couples each break out into their own individual break-out rooms to privately practice exercises or discuss topics while Dr Karin comes around to give you feedback. There is no group work and no mandatory sharing.


Before you book

This is a small group setting. To maintain the quality of the teaching, group numbers are kept low. If the workshop is full couples have the option to attend one of the next available workshops or receive a full refund. This service is limited to couples in Australia.

Fee: $800 per couple (including GST)

Who should attend?

  • Those who are in committed relationships

  • Pre-marital couples

  • Everyone from newlyweds to seniors

  • Those who wish to enhance a good relationship

  • Those needing better conflict management tools

Who might it not suit?

While suited to many, it is not appropriate for all couples, including those with severe relationship distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, serious emotional or mental health problems, relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol, and relationships with serious compulsive behaviour with gambling, sexual acting out, and other disruptive behaviours.

Dr Karin provides 7 principles workshop
Dr Karin du Plessis Couples Counsellor

Dr Karin du Plessis

Dr Karin is a 7 principles couples workshop leader

Upcoming Online Workshops

Dates to be confirmed

Wednesdays Evenings

6:30 - 8pm

8 Sessions on Zoom

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