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Principle Skills is a marriage therapy and counseling private practice. It provides a couples weekend workshop called The Art and Science of Love. Also it specializes in providing couples therapy methods and psycho-educational tools that are supported by scientific data, and also assisting people with sexual addictions and their partners.

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How To Choose a Couples Workshop

Attending a couples weekend workshop can be a worthwhile investment in your relationship, but selecting the right workshop can be a daunting task.

I conducted an extensive research into couples workshops and retreats. As a disclaimer, I am a certified Gottman Institute Therapist who offers The Art and Science of Love Couples Workshop.

However, there are some general guidelines for anyone searching for a high-quality couples workshop or retreat, some of which are:

  • Privacy

  • Research-backed Methods

  • Recognition of a Higher Power

  • Opportunity to Practice Skills

  • Passion and Experience

  • Take-home Materials


Privacy will allow you to get to the heart of matters with your partner.

Couples should expect privacy and a certain level of anonymity. Workshops do not require (and should not encourage) couples to make public disclosures about sensitive matters involving their relationships.

Research-backed Methods

Evidence-based relationship methods offer the best chance for couples to learn meaningful skills and implement them, knowing that more than chance, timing or charisma is behind positive changes.

Recognition of a Higher Power

While relying on solid data, instructors should also recognize that for many people, a higher power exists which can facilitate healing and change.

Behavioral changes acquired at a workshop may lack the depth needed for sustainable change without a deeper purpose of meaning assigned to those changes.

Opportunity to Practice Skills

A sound workshop will give couples plenty of time to practice the skills they learn, and reach out to the instructor for assistance at any point.

The instructor-to-couples ratio should be kept to about 10-to-1 or less.

Passion and ExperienceAn experienced and licensed marriage counselor, whose practice focuses on couples, is your best bet for capable assistance in navigating the complexities of relationships.

If you attend a workshop with a less experienced instructor, make sure a seasoned therapist will also be on-hand as a co-presenter.

Take-home Materials

A high-quality workshop will provide you with materials and workbooks to take home, giving you the tools to continue to strengthen your relationship.

Attending a couples weekend workshop is a worthwhile investment in your relationship at any stage. Besides gaining new information and skills, remember that such a retreat is an opportunity for re-connection, healing and romance with your partner in a space and time carved out just to focus on each other.

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