Seven Principles Program

Seven Principles Program

Upcoming VIRTUAL Workshops:


$250 per couple / $225 Early Bird
Materials Sold Separately (see below)
Early Bird discount ends 30 days before event.

Add a Limited Assessment ($500-750) to get a complete picture of your relationship and receive tailored advice, tools, and resources prior to your workshop. 
Email [email protected] for more information.

Presented by:
Dr. Adam R Smithey, LMFT
Certified Gottman Therapist

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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

7PP Book


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

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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.


You will need one of the following to complete your workshop experience:

7PP Book

7PP Workbook

7PP Box Set

$25/book $50/pair $75/set
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

(includes one book)

Gives you everything you need to work through the program together. 

The Seven Principles Couples Workbook

(includes two workbooks)

Allows you to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book as they apply to your relationship. It takes you step-by-step through the interactive exercises in each chapter of The Seven Principles Book.
The Seven Principles Box Set

(includes one book, two workbooks, plus the Love Maps and Open Ended Questions Card Decks)

Allows you to fully experience the Seven Principles together during and long after the workshop.

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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, a Certified Gottman Therapist 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.

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Discounts & Savings

First Responders, Military/Veterans, K-12 Educators ,  and Counseling Students/Interns - as a "thank you" for all you do, are eligible to save 10%. Please email [email protected] for a special discount code. 

Scholarships are occasionally available on an as-needed basis and at varying rates. If you are wishing to attend and are in need of financial assistance, please email [email protected] to inquire about attending at a discounted rate. Only a limited number of scholarships are available for each event and there is no guarantee that a scholarship will be available when you request. 

Event Policies

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 Bird Registration deadline, your registration will be converted to a credit, good for a full year, that can be applied to future workshops.

Additional Workshop Information

We would like to advise that our couples workshop is presented as a seminar. It is meant to be psycho-educational and is not meant to be couples therapy. We do offer virtual and in-person couples therapy, consultations, and additional resources at Smithey Counseling Services. While we believe that the content of this workshop is based on sound research and principles, there is no warranty or guarantee, expressed or implied about the benefit of this workshop for your specific concerns.

Assessment First?

While not required, some workshop couples desire to complete a Limited Assessment prior to attending a workshop. Here you will complete an extensive online questionnaire and schedule one 60-min session where we will review information and gain some insight and prescribed focus on what portion(s) of the workshop might provide the greatest benefit. You will also receive tailored suggestions and resources. Email [email protected] for more information. 

Private Workshop Options: 

For our high profile couples, or couples that simply prefer more privacy, we recommend you inquire about a private 1:1, or small-group presentation (with your friends or family). The Seven Principles Program presentation is tailored to you and your relationship and you receive expert support from Dr. Adam throughout the experience. Flexible weekdays, evenings, weekends to meet your scheduling needs.  Can be tailored to fit fit your schedule from 2-12 hours of time. Presented live virtually or in-your-home. Email [email protected] for custom package pricing. 


Please review the FAQ section below. For any additional questions, please email [email protected]. Please only send workshop-related questions. We are unable to respond to therapeutic questions via email.

Frequently Asked Questions 

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

Self-disclosure is not required in either workshop. 

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

What is your Refund Policy?

Who attends the couples workshops?

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

Is this workshop appropriate for premarital couples?

Do you offer financial assistance?

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

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

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

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

How many couples attend the workshop?

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

Should I do anything to prepare?

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

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


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