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The 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work



This two-day workshop, based on Dr. John Gottman's bestselling book, is designed to help couples manage conflict more effectively and learn the tools necessary to develop and maintain a healthy and satisfying relationship. All committed couples are welcome to attend, not just those who are married.

Dr. John Gottman created a love lab in the early 80’s where he observed couples in an apartment setting for a weekend and then followed them for 40 years. Based on his observations, he was able to predict, with 91% accuracy, couples who would go on to divorce.

This workshop was born from his research and findings. I will teach you the antidotes to the toxic behaviors exhibited by the couples who divorced as well as the skills demonstrated by the successful couples. Each year, couples spend tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours of time planning the perfect wedding day. These same couples are often reluctant to spend $500 and two days to attend a workshop such as this one. I invite you to view this as an opportunity to invest in your future because what is the memory of a perfect day worth if the relationship doesn’t last?

Enrollment Includes:

  • A copy of the book

  • Two workbooks

  • Two relationship card decks

  • Light refreshments


2206 Broad Street,
Cranston, RI 02905


Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2019; 9:30am-5:00pm each day


$500 per couple

Group Therapist

Kendra Capalbo is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Providence, RI and one of the only therapists in the state who specializes entirely in couples’ therapy. She does not see individual clients but works with couples of all ages.

Kendra loves the Gottman Method because it helps couples get back to the basics of communication and rediscover their love for one another. The Gottman Method assessment includes an extensive, at-home questionnaire that includes questions related to a couple’s social history together, the history of their relationship, their individual histories, and the story of how they fell in love and allows Kendra and her clients to better understand where their challenges stem from. She uses this questionnaire, along with three therapy sessions (one as a couple and one with each partner) plus one feedback session, to develop an individualized treatment plan, which includes helping her clients learn how to deal with conflicts, including perpetual ones, in a healthy way. She teaches a variety of interventions aimed at helping clients develop a healthier, more intimate relationship. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy include disarming conflicting verbal communication, increasing intimacy, respect, and affection, and creating a better sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

Kendra is passionate about couples counseling and believes all of her clients deserve to be in healthy, loving relationships. Outside of private practice, Kendra works as a therapist at the RI Department of Corrections. She looks forward to meeting you.

Earlier Event: September 3
8-Week Grief Recovery Method Support Group
Later Event: September 18
Interpersonal Group for College Students