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A personalized workshop guiding couples & singles on a path toward a harmonious and long-lasting relationship. 

THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES PROGRAM FOR COUPLES*

Do you have difficulty communicating and understanding each other?

Single and looking to build healthier connections?

Are you stuck, arguing in circles about the same issues?

Are you in a good relationship and would like to make it even better?  

Is laying a strong foundation from the beginning important to you?

Or, perhaps the friendship between the two of you is not as strong as it was in the beginning.

What if.....

I told you that I had a secret weapon for your relationship woes and dreams? That it would add longevity to your relationship. Create a friendship that can go the distance.  Enhance romance and intimacy.  Not only that but it would have you approaching and handling conflict in a new and intimate way. A way that afforded you the opportunity to dive into your partners life, gain understanding and insight and actually resolve conflicts.  

You might be thinking no way!  

And if such a thing did exist it would take so much time and energy that I couldn’t make it a yes even if I wanted to. Let alone convince my partner.  But, entertain me for a minute. There’s a workshop called The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, that takes all the difficulty out of it.  

  • it breaks down major relationship concepts,

  • gives you new insights and research-based relationship skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship

  • it combines teaching and demonstrations with one-on-one work sessions where you and your partner focus on your relationship with each other

  • helps you resolve conflict in a healthy and productive way

  • teaches skills in a fun, engaging and easy to understand way

  • gives you practical ways of applying techniques into your relationships immediately  (all personal relationships can benefit)

Oh, and did I mention it’s cheaper than doing couples therapy and divorce. Not that I’m knocking couples therapy because ummm hello I’m a couples therapist.  But, as a couples therapist I’ve seen couples and singles in my office that didn’t need the intensity of couples therapy instead they needed to learn relationship skills, gain perspective, attain knowledge and acquire tools.  I’ve also seen others that if they had done a workshop way back when they first started seeing signs of distress or even for that matter dating they wouldn’t have gotten to the point of needing couples therapy.  Gottman's research shows that on average, couples wait six years of being unhappy with their relationship before getting help. That's like waiting six years with cancer before seeking medical care. Please don't wait until your relationship is falling apart to get help.   Start early and for my singles start before entertaining a mate.

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TAKE ACTION NOW!

Traveling Light offers different packages for every budget as you will see below.

 

Love for a Lifetime Package

Investment: $1,350.00, payment plan available.  This package will include:

  • sessions - each one hour

  • The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Book

  • The Seven Principles Interactive Companion Workbook allows you to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book and from sessions, as they apply to your relationship. 

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

  • An online assessment that details your strengths and areas of improvement

    • Assessment results will be discussed in session

  • Primary Focus: 

    • The truth about happy marriages

    • Unpacking the myths of marriage with honesty

    • What make's marriage work?

    • How divorce is predicted.

    • How to enhance your love maps.

    • Identifing your love style

    • Unpack what happiness is.  

    • Keys to communication

    • How to nature your fondness and admiration

    • How to turn toward each other instead of away

    • The power of influence and how to allow your partner to influence you

    • The two kinds of marital conflict

    • How to solve your solvable problems

    • Coping with typical solvable problems

    • Overcoming gridlock

    • Creating shared meaning

    • Discovering your personality dynamics

Now and Forever Package*

Investment: $900.00, payment plan available.  This package will include:

  • sessions - each one hour

  • The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work Book

  • The Seven Principles Interactive Companion Workbook allows you to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book & from sessions, as they apply to your relationship. 

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

  • Primary focus:

    • Conflict Management Skills

    • Love Maps: Friendship

Intimacy 101 Package*

Investment: $600.00, payment plan available.   This package will include:

  • sessions - each one hour

  • The Seven Principles of Making Marriage Work Book

  • The Seven Principles Interactive Companion Workbook allows you to privately record answers and journal thoughtfully about the concepts in the book & from sessions, as they apply to your relationship. 

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

  • Primary focus:

    • Conflict Management Skills

    • Relationships Skills

  • Certificate of completion which will give you a discount on your Florida marriage license and eliminate the customary 3-day waiting period.

*Add-on*

Investment: $150.00.  Add-on includes:

  • An online assessment that details your strengths and areas of improvement

    • Assessment results will be discussed in a separately scheduled one hour session

* Interested in bringing the workshop to your organization or business.  Click here for more information.

The "Bringing Baby Home" class for new and expecting parents will also be available as workshops in addition to pre-formed groups, such as churches, synagogues, prenatal groups, etc. Click here for more information.

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YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO:

  • Foster respect, affection and closeness

  • Improve friendship, fondness and admiration

  • Enhance romance and intimacy

  • Manage conflict constructively

  • Create shared meaning

  • 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 throughout a lifetime

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

This program is based upon the New York Times best seller The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D.  Straightforward in its approach yet profound in its effect, the principles outlined in Dr. Gottman's groundbreaking book teach partners new and startling strategies for making their relationships work.

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For over 30 years Dr. Gottman scientifically analyzed the habits of married couples and established a method of correcting the behaviors that put thousands of marriages on the rocks. He helps couples focus on each other and the small day-to-day moments that, strung together, make up the heart and soul of any relationship.

 

This workshop is designed to strengthen your marriage or committed relationship. If you already have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to make it even better. If your relationship is distressed, this workshop will provide a road map for repair.

 

Be proactive and learn what decades of research teach us about healthy relationships.

 

Yvette E. McDonald, LCSW-QS, is an authorized Seven Principles Program Educator who will lead the workshop and teach you what successful couples specifically do to create long-lasting loving relationships, as well as the benefits of a stable, committed relationship.

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IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR US?*

Appropriate couples are: 

  •  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 

  • Singles looking to build healthier connections

  • Looking to build healthier romantic relationships and personal relationships of any kind. Participants will learn to apply the Seven Principles to their romantic relationships, friendships, coworker, and family relationships. 

Inappropriate couples are those experiencing: *Psycho-educational classes are NOT appropriate for all couples or individuals.  

  • dealing with severe relationship distress,

  • significant emotional and physical abuse,

  • serious emotional or mental health problems, 

  • Active addictions (alcohol, drug, sexual, gambling, etc.) 

 

You should instead seek individual or couples therapy.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Yvette today.

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