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Couple's Workshops& Intensive Retreatswith Indiana's firstCertified Gottman Couples Therapist
Couple Therapy Session

Seven Principles Program

Presented by:

Dr. Adam R Smithey, LMFT

Certified Gottman Therapist


Upcoming Workshops:

TBD, 2020


Early Bird Registration ($50 off) ends 30 days prior to event

Presented by the area's only Certified Gottman Therapist, this one-day couple's workshop 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


Do you have difficulty communicating and understanding each other? Are you stuck, arguing in circles about the same issues? Or are you in a good relationship and would like to make it even better? 




The Seven Principles Program will give you new insights and research-based relationship skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you resolve conflict in a healthy, productive way.

This class combines teaching and demonstrations with one-on-one work sessions where you and your partner focus on your relationship with each other. Confidentiality is strictly maintained. Although we encourage questions and comments, you do not need to speak in the workshop if you do not want.



  •  Foster respect, affection and closeness

  •  Build and share a deeper connection with each other's inner world

  •  Keep conflict discussions calm

  •  Break through and resolve conflict gridlock

  •  Strengthen and maintain the gains in your relationship


The Gottman Seven Principles Program is designed for all couples in a committed relationship, including:

  •  Married couples

  •  Pre-engaged couples (those considering marriage)

  •  Engaged or Premarital couples (those taking steps towards marriage)

  •  Every phase of relationships, from newlyweds to senior couples

  •  Those who wish to enhance an already “good” marriage or relationship

  •  Those needing better conflict management tools

  •  Those considering couples therapy but who are not "ready" for weekly therapy yet

  •  People of all backgrounds, ages, faiths and sexual orientations

If you are dealing with emotional abuse, domestic violence, unwanted touch, or substance abuse, this class is not appropriate, and you should instead seek individual or couples therapy.



• The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work Book

• The Seven Principles Companion Workbook allows you to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book, as they apply to your relationship. It takes users step-by-step through the interactive exercises in each chapter of The Seven Principles Book.

• "Love Map/Open Ended Questions" card deck. This deck is fun and effective way for couples to get to know one another's inner lives, thus increasing closeness and friendship.

• Engaging presentation and the opportunity for many exercises and conversations with your partner (if you go together).


About the Presenter

The Seven Principles Program can be presented by any lay person (non-therapist) after they receive the appropriate one-day training. With this workshop, the only Certified Gottman Therapist in Indiana leads this extraordinary 1-day workshop. Why a Certified Gottman Therapist? Register for this workshop to gain insights and supports that you cannot find in any other workshops in the area. Learn more about Dr. Adam Smithey.

More information

Discounts & Savings

Save up to $50 using one of the discount codes below. Please note, only ONE code can be used per couple, per transaction.


Save $50 with code (MONTH)-7PP (i.e., " APRIL-7PP "). Ends 30 days prior to workshop.

Example: For April 7th workshop, enter "APRIL-7PP" by March 7th to receive the Early Bird Discount.


SCS is proud to support our Active Duty Military & Veterans. Save 15% off your registration using promo code: HONOR

Mental Health Professionals:

A personal workshop experience is beneficial for your professional and personal toolkit, and will help you to better integrate Gottman interventions into your work with couples. If you are working in the mental health field as an associate licensed or fully licensed professional, you can save 15% off your workshop registration by using promo code: MENTALYou will be asked to provide your license number for verification. Student/Interns can email adam@smitheycounseling.com for discount options.

PreK-12 Educators:

Molding future generations is no easy task. To show our appreciation, save 15% off your workshop registration by using promo code: TEACH


Members of the Clergy can save 15% off your workshop registration by using promo code: CLERGY

Additional Indiana Workshop Info:


For any questions, please email adam@smitheycounseling.com. Please only send workshop-related questions. We are unable to respond to therapeutic questions via email.


Transfer/Cancellation Policy:

If cancellation is made on or before the Early Bird Registration deadline, a full refund minus a $75 processing fee will be given. If your cancellation occurs after the Early Registration deadline, your registration will be converted to a credit, good for a full year, that can be applied to future workshops.


Inclement Weather Policy:

All couple’s workshops and clinical trainings (“events”) hosted by SCS adhere to the following policy: Events will be cancelled due to inclement weather ONLY if the Venue where the event is being hosted is closed, if there is a government ordered travel ban, or if the presenters are prohibited by weather from being there. If the event is cancelled due to inclement weather, your registration fee will be applied to a possible rescheduled date or to another SCS event of your choosing in the next 12-month period. Any travel expenses that may have been incurred cannot be refunded. If the event is held, but weather conditions or other factors prohibit your safe travel so you are unable to attend, your registration fee will be applied to another SCS event of your choosing in the next 12-month period. 

Frequently Asked Questions


How is this workshop different from The Art & Science of Love Weekend Workshop?

The Seven Principles Program is a 1-day workshop that focuses solely on the seven principles found through Dr. Gottman's research to enhance a relationship. This workshop expands upon the invaluable information found within his book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.

The Art & Science of Love Weekend Workshop is a 2-day workshop that includes a greater depth of coverage on the seven principles, while also going into a wider array of Dr. Gottman's research and exercises as they apply to your relationship. The Art & Science of Love also offers a greater chance for a Certified Gottman Therapist to assist you personally when stuck during exercises. 

Self-disclosure is not required in either workshop. 


I've registered and submitted payment for the workshop. What now?

Once you have completed registration and provided an email address and phone number upon checkout, you will be contacted by our staff to complete the Registration Process. Typically you will be contacted via email a few days of registration. Within that email, you will be directed to fill out a final registration information form. Your registration is not complete until this form is returned via email to adam@smitheycounseling.com

What is your Refund Policy?

LIMITED SEATS! Events will sell out! Cancellation Policy: If cancellation is made on or before the Early Registration Cut-off Date, a full refund less $75 processing fee will be given. After the cut-off date, your registration will be converted to a credit to a future workshop within the next 12 months. 

Who attends the couples workshops?

Couples of all ages, incomes, races, nationalities, professions, religions, abilities, and orientations attend our workshops. Couples attend who already have a strong, healthy relationship, and couples attend to repair relationship damage and get back on track. Parents sometimes attend who have decided to end their relationship but want to do so in a way that doesn’t negatively impact their children, and receive skills to become healthy co-parents moving forward. We welcome all couples who want to work on making their relationship stronger.

Can we attend the workshop even if we aren't married?

Yes. All couples are welcome. This may in fact be the best time to work on and build upon your relationship!

Is this workshop appropriate for premarital couples?

Yes. We strongly encourage attending our workshop as premarital preparation.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Yes. We have standard discounts for couples involved with the military, education system, mental health field, or the clergy. We can also invoice you through PayPal to take advantage of their 6 month 0% interest payment plans. Email adam@smitheycounseling.com for more information.

Can I give the couples workshop as a gift to someone else?

Yes. Gift certificates are available upon request.

Can I come to the workshop alone if I can’t convince my partner to attend?

Depends. The registration fee is for a couple. There are opportunities to actively engage with your partner during the workshop. However, if your partner decides not come, or if you wish to sign up on your own, you are welcome to attend. The registration fee is the same if you attend with your partner or by yourself.

How can I convince my partner to attend a workshop or go to counseling?

Each couple is different and we are unable to provide specific advice about how to convince your partner to attend a workshop or seek counseling. However, many individuals have found that a good place to start is by sharing some of the research and videos on the Gottman website with their partners. Dr. Gottman’s bestselling book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is also a great way to become acquainted with the research and the Gottman Method.

 I’d love to come to your workshop, but my partner is a private person and is not comfortable sharing in a group setting.

No problem. Couples sit as an audience during the lectures, and only engage quietly together. There is no group work, and no mandatory sharing.

How many couples attend the workshop?

The venue, location, weather, time of year and several other factors affect the size of each workshop. The large group workshops (offered periodically) can see anywhere from 10-50+ couples attend. 

 Are we appropriate for your workshop if we don’t have any really huge problems?

Yes. Couples who attend our workshop tend to fall into two categories: enhancement and repair. We applaud couples who are wise enough to attend the workshop for enhancement purposes. Our brains are more open to new learning when we are not stressed out, and our workshop is designed with plenty of humor and romance, so enhancement couples have a terrific time while learning. Feedback from both enhancement and repair couples indicates that the couples workshop is very beneficial.

Should I do anything to prepare?

There are no prerequisites to attending a couples workshop. The workshop is self-contained and is appropriate even if you’ve never heard of Dr. John Gottman and his work.

Should we read The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work before attending?

The workshop is self-contained; no pre-reading is required. Some couples report that reading The Seven Principles enhanced their workshop experience by providing a foundation in the research concepts and applications. 


I'm nervous in large groups (even without sharing). Do you provide other formats?

From time to time we offer different formats:

  • 60-90 minute Seven Principles Overview - Perfect for presentation, office or school lunch gatherings, discussion groups, professional organizations, etc.
  • Weeknight Classes - The same information as the 1-day workshop, only presented in a series of shorter weeknight classes.
  • Semi-Private Workshop (10 couples or less) - Same great information, presented in smaller, more intimate groups in a private setting (hotel or similar accomodations).
  • Semi-Private Retreat (5 couples or less) - Presented at Dr. Adam's private and secluded residence, this 1-day workshop is more intimate and offers a greater opportunity to connect personally with Dr. Adam. 
  • Private Retreat (only one couple) - Upon special requests, Dr. Adam offers 1-day private retreats where you are presented the same great information, just in a 1:1 format. This can be done in your home or at Dr. Adam's private residence.
  • Contact Dr. Adam for more information and pricing for these special formats.