Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

John Gottman, PhD. and The Gottman Institute are world renowned, leaders in the study of relationships. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is a New York Times best seller. With its content being evidenced based, practical and easy to apply, it’s used by couples and therapists all around the world!

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After years of research it’s found that John Gottman can observe a couple for as little as 15 minutes and make predictions of divorce with a 91% accuracy. He has honed in on what makes and breaks a marriage, this is what we’ll be sharing with you in The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Workshop. The content is by the Gottman Institute and the leader, Kameela Osman was trained through the Institute, in delivering the workshop. Further enhancing this particular workshop is a co-lead, Darby Crosby, who has over 17 years of experience in psychotherapy.

The workshop presents proven tools to help couples:

Improve friendship, fondness, and admiration

Enhance romance & intimacy

Manage conflict constructively

Gain skills to address perpetual solvable problems

Create Shared Meaning

Maintain gains throughout a lifetime.

Appropriate for:

  • couples in various stages of life
    • the pre-engaged to the premarital
    • the newlyweds to those married for decades.
  • Those wishing to enhance their marriage, reconnect, & reinvigorate it
  • Those who are struggling, seeking better conflict management strategies and tools

Not appropriate for those in relationships with:

  • Severe distress
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.)
  • Serious mental health problems in one our both partners.

Leader: Kameela Osman, M.S.W., R.S.W. is a social worker / psychotherapist, and is the founder of Elite Counselling & Consulting Services. An experienced group facilitator, coordinator, therapist and clinical supervisor. Clinical experience includes working with individuals, couples, families, and mandated clients (both adults and youth). She uses training in various modalities of counselling to take an integrated approach to therapy. She’s skilled at working with clients on issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, self-esteem, assertiveness, sexuality, bullying, parenting, domestic violence, and relationship issues.

Co-Lead: Darby Crosby, MA, RMFT, CH, RP, earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from York University. She earned Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology and a certificate in Trauma Therapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and completed her Level 1 training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. Ms. Crosby is on the Registry of  Marriage and Family Therapy, and has additional training in  Sex Therapy. Ms. Crosby has over 15 years experience working with individuals, couples and families.

Darby Crosby is a clinical member in good standing of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists since 1999.  She is also a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, National Hypnotherapy Guild, 5PATH (TM) HYpnotist, & a 7 Path self hypnosis teacher.

The workshop is psycho-educational and while both facilitators are clinicians, the workshop is not therapy.

The workshop includes lecture, content, and private couple exercises. Couples will be working on activities between themselves and not sharing/processing individual relationship struggles with the larger attending group.

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