The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Workshop


About the workshop

The Seven Principles Workshop for couples is based on the internationally acclaimed research of Dr. John Gottman as presented in his New York Times bestselling book—The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. 

This educational workshop has been offered across the US and internationally, and has strengthened the relationships of tens of thousands of couples. It's specifically designed to help couples improve their friendship and learn powerful communication and conflict management skills. It includes lectures, demonstrations, videos and private couples exercises. 



The workshop:

  • Utilizes video, lecture, and exercises to work through materials found in the 7 Principles book.
  • Encouraging to be with other couples who are also working on improving their relationships.
  • Lighthearted and less threatening than therapy, but may also be a bridge to therapy if needed.
  • Helps couples articulate goals, expectations, and time frames for working on their relationship in a positive way.
  • Encourages both partners to work on their relationship together rather than one partner reading the book alone.
  • ·Great resource for pre-marital couples to learn skills that will enrich their relationship through a lifetime. The workshop may also enrich current marriage counseling.



· Pre-marital couples

· Newlyweds

· All couples in a committed relationship  

If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to make it even stronger. If your relationship is distressed, this two-day workshop will provide a road map for repair. The exercises will help you view your relationship through new eyes by injecting curiosity into it and refreshing your relationship.



 Couples with:

· Significant emotional or physical abuse

· Mental health problems

· Relationships where one or both partners are addicted to drugs, alcohol, or other compulsive behavior.

Should you be interested in this program, but are dealing with any of the issues listed above, a trained mental health provider can be recommended who specializes in the Gottman method and marriage counseling.



You will receive the bestselling book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Workby John Gottman and Nan Silver. The book is the culmination of four decades of research, made widely available for couples who long for better relationships. 

You will also receive two Couples Guides which allow each partner to journal and follow along during the workshop, as well as, be used as a helpful reference at home. Couples will also receive one set of the Love Maps card deck as well as one set of the Open Ended Questions  card deck.   



Check out our current offering for March and April 2020.

Reserve your spot or learn more

Call (206) 432 4232 or fill your details below

Your facilitators

Amanda marriage counseling couple therapy Gottmann seven principles

Amanda and Chris

Amanda Caps is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate that works with couples, teens, families and individuals at Pivotal Center in Normandy Park, Washington. 

Amanda loves to work with couples because when we meet someone that we want to share our life, space, and time with it can feel very seductive and hopeful. She finds the process of creating and maintaining a relationship fascinating because each partner brings their entire history, family culture, and assumptions on what makes a ‘good’ relationship into creating this new relationship. Then to further complicate things, the couple must merge these ideas with one another to create an entirely new system to live, love, and grow within. 

Amanda often utilizes research by the Gottman Institute to add science based relationship research to provide a new perspective on looking at the ‘same old’ problems in a couple’s relationship. Amanda earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University and is a Gottman Leader of the Seven Principles of Marking Marriage Work and Bringing Baby Home. Amanda has also completed Gottman’s Level 1 & 2 trainings as well as attended the Art and Science of Love with her husband Chris. Amanda credits the Gottman’s and the Seven Principles with saving their marriage before it even began.

Captain Christopher Caps is a flight test pilot with a background helping test pilots and flight test engineers through the difficult times following highly stressful incidents and accidents known as Critical Incident Stress.   Chris has been trained by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to assist both individuals and groups in crisis.  He is the former chairman of a Critical Incident Response Program for a major flight test organization where he led a global team of peer responders providing peer-to-peer stress management. He has earned a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington, as well as, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. While at Gonzaga, Chris studied post-conflict peace-building, organizational behavior, and change management.  Chris has been able to use many of lessons and techniques explained by the Gottman’s professionally, in peer-to-peer support, graduate studies, and most importantly in marriage. He and his wife Amanda have attended numerous Gottman Institute events including the Art and Science of Love. He is excited to be supporting and assisting Amanda facilitate the Seven Principles in Making Marriage Work.