Lacey Couple & Family Therapy Services, PLLC

Betsy L. Hicks, MA, LMFT


Gottman ‘Seven Principles’ Workshop

The main goal for this  workshop is to help couples strengthen and enrich the foundation of their relationship and is aimed at increasing affection, closeness, understanding and decreasing conflict by having opportunities to learn how to:

  1. Enhance your love map with your partner
  2. Nurture fondness and admiration
  3.  Turn toward each other instead of away
  4. Understanding the importance of allowing for influence
  5. Solve your solvable problems
  6. Overcome gridlock
  7. Create shared meaning

The workshop is facilitated by Betsy Hicks MA., LMFT and an approved Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator. These principles are based on the work of  John Gottman Ph.D. coauthor of The  Seven Principle for Making Marriage Work.  Gottman is world renown for his study of marriages with over 40 years of research and was included in the list of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker.

This workshop is appropriate for couples contemplating engagement, pre-martial couples and couples who have been together for decades who want to strengthen their relationships. The workshop is limited to 10 couples. Although there will be opportunity to share, most of the work will be done in private between you and your partner as there will be periods throughout the workshop  couples will consult only with each other.

Cost: $175.00  This includes 2 Gottman workbooks per couple, John Gottman’s book, a light breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, juice and afternoon sweets.

There will be a one hour break for lunch (12:30-1:30) Although lunch is not included, there are a variety of restaurants close by to include The Embers restaurant located on site.

Payment is due at time of registration.  If there is a need to cancel and it is more then 30 days out refund will be provided minus a $25.00 administration fee. Payment is non-refundable if cancelled within 30 days. In the event couple is not able to attend credit (minus $25.00 administration fee) will be provided to attend a future workshop. Workshops are held 3-4 times a year.

The workshop is not considered therapy and is not a substitute for therapy. This workshop is not appropriate for those experiencing severe distress, significant emotional or physical abuse, those with serious emotional or mental health problems, or relationships where one or both partners are actively addicted to drugs or alcohol.

Please call 360-588-2181 or email to register or for further information.

Phone 360.588.2181

Favorite Quotes

  • "A man is but a product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."
    Mahtma Gandhi
  • "Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
    Watch your words, for they become actions.
    Watch your actions, for they become habits.
    Watch your habits, for they become character.
    Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
  • "Celebrate what you want to see more of."
    Tom Peters
  • "Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege.
    Use it. Dwell in the possibility."
    Oprah Winfrey
  • "Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
    Napoleon Hill
  • The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.
    Gilbert Chesterton
  • "Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
    It's about learning to dance in the rain."
    Vivian Greene
  • "You are very powerful, provided you know how powerful you are."
    Yogi Bhanjan
  • "Becoming acquainted with yourself is a price well worth paying for the love that will really address your needs."
    Daphne Rose Kingma
  • "My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another.
    Shakti Gawain
  • "The most powerful relationship you will ever have is the relationship with yourself."
    Steve Maraboli
  • "To accept ourselves as we are means to value our imperfections as much as our perfections."
    Sandra Bierig
  • "You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection."
  • "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
    George Eliot
  • "Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness."
    Jean Vanier
  • "In order for tomorrow to change, you must do something today. "
    Phillip Gee
  • "Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings."
    Miles Franklin
  • "The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
  • "If you persistently seek validation from others, you will inadvertently invalidate your own self-worth."
  • "If you don't build your dream someone else will hire you to build theirs."
  • "It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."
  • "The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • "If you are not willing to learn, no once can help you. If you are determined to learn, no once can stop you."
  • "Maybe the journey isn't so much about becoming anything. Maybe it's about un-becoming everything that isn't really you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place."
    The Center for Mindful Living
  • "The day I stopped trying to be perfect was the day I found peace. I am enough. You are enough. We all are."
    Anna Grace Taylor
  • “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
    Brené Brown
  • “Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”
    Brené Brown
  • “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can't survive.”
    Brené Brown
  • “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren't always comfortable, but they're never weakness.”
    Brené Brown
  • “And suddenly you know… it’s time to start something new, and trust the magic of new beginnings.”
    Meister Eckhart
  • "It always seems impossible until it's done."
    Nelson Mandela
  • "Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough."
    Og Mandino
  • "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it."
    Charles R. Swindoll
  • "Don't place your mistakes on your head, their weight may crush you. Instead, place them under your feet and use them as a platform to view your horizons."

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