The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop

When harsh start ups become a regular occurance When is a relationship in trouble? The solution for too much criticism . . . Focus on the immediate problem When is a relationship in trouble? When there is too much criticism Find you appreciation for your partner The solution for too much contempt . . . When is a relationship in trouble? When there is too much contempt Couples that are happy . . . Turn to each other in difficult times Couples that are happy . . . spend a magic five hours a week together Couples that are happy . . . Influence each other Couples that are happy . . . Try not to escalate

Build or Rebuild a Relationship that is Happy and Lasting

The Art and Science of Love Workshop is based on the work of John Gottman, Ph.D.  Dr. Gottman has learned what really makes relationships work by studying and following over 3,000 couples in over 30 years of research. This workshop is designed to teach you exactly what successful couples do to maintain trust, foster romance and harmony in their relationships. During the first day, you will learn how to build fondness, admiration, and closeness in your relationship. On the second day, you’ll work on conflict management while learning new and important communication skills. Together these skill sets and ways of being in relationship create and keep that sense of trust that you will be there for each other.  This workshop is not couples therapy but rather it is psycho-education. According to research outcomes from the study of the ASL Couples Workshops, couples who are rebuilding their relationship will on average receive a benefit equivalent to two years of monthly couples counselling. Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the challenges in real-life relationships. Certified Gottman therapists are available to support couples one-on-one with exercises. While the nature of this workshop is psycho-educational, all information gathered from couples will be kept absolutely confidential. There is no group work or public disclosure.

Host and Couple Group Leader

 is clinical social worker, a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist and Workshop Leader. Mike has over 30 years of experience working with couples, families and individuals. He has worked with over 10,000 couples. Mike has developed and directed an individual, group and family focused treatment program in Ontario, and he has trained and supervised therapists throughout his career. Mike has been in private practice for over 25 years. He is presently doing research to assist children and teens to rebuild trust in their separated families. Mike received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. In addition to his certification as Gottman Couples Therapist he has had advanced training with Susan Johnson in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy and Daniel Hughes in Attachment Therapy for Children and Adolescence. He presently has a clinical practice in Brantford and Simcoe Ontario and is an international couple’s workshop leader co-leading the Arts & Science of Love couples workshops in the United States.