Gottman Workshop Overview - Next Held - June 8 & 9, 2024

Gottman Workshop Overview - Next Held - June 8 & 9, 2024

The Art & SCIENCE of Love

Gottman Weekend Couples Workshops now offered in Chicago!

Discover The Art and Science of Love at our world-renowned weekend workshop for couples created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and see for yourself why millions of couples worldwide have benefited from the Gottman Method.

  • 2 days filled with engaging presentations and experiential activities designed to confirm, strengthen, or restore your love
  • For couples of every age, ability, and sexual orientation
  • Shown to achieve results similar to those of 6 months of marital therapy
  • Has produced positive results for 94% of those who attend

Based on over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, The Art and Science of Love workshop will give you new insights and research-based skills that can dramatically improve the intimacy and friendship in your relationship and help you manage conflict in a healthy, positive way.

Workshop Description

Our curriculum is developed from 40 years of research with more than 3,000 couples. It’s grounded on what actually works in relationships that are happy and stable, not idealistic notions or anecdotal evidence of what a relationship should be. On day one, you will learn how to build friendship in your relationship and express feelings of respect and affection. On day two, you will learn how to manage conflict and communicate effectively.

94 % of couples who participated in this workshop in Seattle at The Gottman Institute report positive results.

The workshop has produced positive results for 94% of those who attend based on exit surveys, but don’t just take our word for it. Click here to read one real couple’s story, “15 Favorite Moments from our Gottman Weekend Workshop.”

What will I learn?

You and your partner will learn how to foster respect, affection, and closeness in your relationship. You will build and share a deeper connection with each other. You’ll learn how to keep conflict discussions calm, how to break through conflicted gridlock, and how to strengthen and maintain the gains in your relationship.

Other workshop topics include:


Learn to recognize the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and what to do if they are attacking your marriage


Identify your relationship’s specific strengths and how to build on them together


Learn about the effects of physiological flooding and how it may affect conflict resolution


Use the Fondness and Admiration System to renew, respect, and care for one another


Create an Emotional Bank Account that you can draw upon in times of stress


Develop your problem-solving skills, including the six skills for effective conflict resolutions

Who is the workshop for?

This workshop is designed for ALL couples in a committed relationship. You do not need to be married. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to foster further closeness, friendship, and trust. If your relationship is distressed, this two-day workshop will provide you with a greater understanding of your relationship and a road map for repair.

No public discussion or disclosure is involved. All work is done as a couple and Gottman-trained therapists are available to support one-on-one during exercises. This educational workshop may not be appropriate for couples dealing with addiction, domestic violence, or other serious relationship issues. In those situations, we recommend seeking counseling with a Gottman-trained therapist.

What is included in the price?

In addition to a greater understanding of how to build friendship, manage conflict, and create shared meaning in your relationship, you will receive The Art and Science of Love box set, which contains:

  • Two (2) Couples Workbooks
  • One (1) Repair Checklist
  • One (1) Aftermath of a Fight Booklet
  • Seven (7) Card Decks
    • Love Map
    • Opportunity
    • Open-Ended Questions
    • Rituals of Connection
    • Salsa (Mild, Medium, Hot)
Gottman Couples Workshop

Your presenters, Mike McNulty, PhD and Sinead Smyth, LMFT are advanced clinical trainers from The Gottman Institute.   That means that they are trained to present couples workshops and all levels of professional training.  Learn More

“My husband and I took Art & Science of Love (Gottman) Couples Workshop with Michael and Joy as part of our 20th Anniversary celebration and tuneup. We have two children entering the teen years and realized our parenting roles were shifting.  We, also, needed to reinvest in each other.

The workshop forced us to prioritize our marriage and start remembering that we actually like each other and have fun together.

Michael and Joy did a wonderful job of leading us through exercises that build friendship and help with conflict resolution.  They provided a safe, low stress and often humorous space to try out the Gottman techniques. They presented research and statistics about friendship and conflict in marriage that helped us to depersonalize our issues.  The workshop was a tuneup in reconciling our love and our humanity.”

For further information on the Couples Workshop, please contact:
Michael McNulty, PhD    -

Phone:  (847) 328-0106
Fax:  (847) 328-5497

The Chicago Relationship Center - 2 offices to serve you...
708 Church Street, Suite 258
Evanston, IL 60201

735 St. Johns Avenue, Suite 100
Highland Park, IL 60035 

Gottman Couples Therapy

Serving the Chicago Metropolitan area with offices located in Evanston, IL. and Highland Park, IL., The Chicago Relationship Center provides individual counseling services and psychotherapy. Locally for counseling and therapy, both offices serve the counties of Cook County, Lake County, and DuPage County and the Chicago neighborhoods and surrounding communities including Waukegan, North Chicago, Grayslake, Wauconda, Mundelein, Libertyville, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Vernon Hills, Highwood, Lincolnshire, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Highland Park, Northbrook, Winnetka, Arlington Heights, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Des Plains, Glenview, Evanston, Park Ridge, West Ridge, Norwood Park, Bartlett, Roselle, Itasca, Bloomingdale, Addison, Franklin Park, North Side, Uptown, Lake View, Logan Square, Northlake, Elmhurst, Lombard, the Lower West Side, Cicero, Brookfield, La Grange, Downers Grove, Wheaton, West Chicago, and Carol Stream, Illinois.