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Dates for Seven Principles of Marriage Workshop

Wednesdays September 11th to October 16th

Join us for Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work presented by  Kerry McCarter, BSN, RN, MSW, LSWAIC and Anna H. Anderson MS, M Ed., LMFT. This 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. You and your partner will develop new tools to deepen your love and strengthen skills to increase your connection.

  • Learn Gottman’s research behind relationship failures and successes
  • Deepen your understanding of your partner’s inner world and practice new ways to deepen your friendship
  • Cultivate your mutual admiration and increase your ability to turn towards your partner
  • Learn powerful tools to repair conflict, increase connection, and influence one another
  • Explore how to create a shared vision as couple


November 1st and 2nd, 2019

     Friday • 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

     Saturday • 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


Hosted in Edmonds, Washington.

Join us to renew and strengthen your relationship. Utilizing well-researched strategies that can help you stop arguing, learn how to problem solve and communicate genuinely. You’ll feel more connected and better equipped to face challenges. We all need acceptance, belonging, comfort and safety with our spouse or life-long partner. You can improve, strengthen, heal and transform your relationship from wherever it is right now using the tools and information you will gain.


  • Couples Who Used to Feel Close and Connected and are not sure how to get back to that way of relating to one another.
  • Dating or Newlywed Couples looking to build good habits and a strong foundation for the future.
  • Long-Term Couples who feels stuck or not at their best.
  • Couples who Need a little Maintenance and want to continue to build-on and encourage a thriving relationship.


  • Practical Tools and Tangible Steps – you will learn and put into practice the strategies and techniques that really make a difference in a happy fulfilling marriage.
  • Valuable Time Together – you will have time set aside to make your relationship a priority and to focus on what your relationship needs. Having dedicated time allows you to immerse in the new ways of thinking and doing things as they are introduced to you. When you leave you can take with you the clarity you need to make these changes last.
  • An Effective, Well-Researched, Long-Lasting Approach – Create lasting resolution to problems and issues is at your fingertips with this effective approach to marriage happiness.


  1. You will learn proven ways to understand, repair and strengthen the bond with your spouse.
  2. You will learn to break the cycles of frustration and loneliness in your relationship
  3. You will learn the basics of attachment theory and how to create a securely attached adult relationship.
  4. You will learn to make sense of your own emotions and your partner’s that are foundational for a solid relationship.
  5. You will learn how to work through and forgive injuries that destroy trust and safety

Here is what leading researchers on marriage have said:

“At last, a road map through Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with its creator. Dr. Johnson’s superb science, humor, and clinical wisdom are finally accessible to all of us. I couldn’t pick a smarter, warmer, and more real guide for this journey.” –John Gottman, Ph.D.

“A truly revolutionary, breakthrough book¦ the most important, valuable book for couples published in the 21st century.” –Barry McCarthy, Ph.D.

“Sue Johnson [is] the most original contributor to couples therapy to come along in the last 30 years. This book will touch your heart, stimulate your mind, and give you practical strategies for improving your marriage.” –William J. Doherty, Ph.D.

“Wonderful! …Hold Me Tight blends the best in research findings with practical suggestions from a caring and compassionate clinician. This fabulous book will be of great benefit… to couples trying to find their way to better communication and deeper, more fulfilling ways of being with each other. Bravo!”
–Daniel J. Siegel, M.D

*Created for Connection is a Hold Me Tight Seminar integrating Christian faith


Is this Group Therapy or will I need to share publicly with the group?

No, this is nor group therapy. This is a class where you get to learn information amongst a group and have private conversations with your partner. There is no requirement to share publicly and there is plenty of space to feel safe and connected to learn with your partner.

Who is not eligible?

Couples who are struggling with current addiction or violence, or where one or both partners are having an active affair would not be eligible to attend. We can help you seek the support you need in the areas of concern.

What’s the refund policy?

50% if cancelled up to 30 days before the event, otherwise the cost of the event is forfeited.

Please reach out to with any questions.

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