Gottman Workshops for Couples

Even the strongest relationships are strained during the transition to parenthood. Lack of sleep, never-ending housework and new fiscal concerns can lead to profound stress and a decline in marital satisfaction – all of which affect baby’s care. Not surprisingly, 69% of new parents experience conflict, disappointment and hurt feelings.

Based on Dr. John Gottman’s 40 years of research, this workshop prepares couples for life with baby and helps them to be the best parenting team possible.

Parents will learn to:

  • Strengthen Their Relationship
  • Foster Baby’s Development
  • Build on what Dr. Gottman and colleagues found is the best predictor of marital adjustment after baby arrives, the quality of friendship in the marriage.
  • Improve the quality of life for their babies and children by strengthening the family
  • Create healthy social, emotional and intellectual development for their children.


“Bringing Baby Home has given us the knowledge and skills to cope constructively with the many changes brought about by the birth of our child. We now have tools and information that helps us make this transition easier on everyone (our baby, our relationship… ourselves.)”

– Former Bringing Baby Home participant

There is no group work, sharing or public disclosure during this workshop. Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the real challenges in their relationship. Certified Gottman Therapist, Gloria Jean Bannasch, will be available to support couples one-on-one during the exercises and to answer any questions that you may have.

What You'll Learn

  •  Increase friendship in your relationship
  • Deal effectively with conflict
  • Keep dads involved in infant care and parenting
  • Improve the quality of parent-infant interaction
  • Recognize the psychological and emotional needs of your children
  • Co-Parent effectively

Who Should Attend?

Pregnant couples or new parents are welcome to attend; this includes couples who already have children or adoptive parents. If you have a strong relationship, this workshop will provide you with insights and tools to foster further closeness. If your relationship has been distressed, this two-day, weekend workshop, will provide you with a greater understanding of your relationship and a road map for repair.

Who Should Not Attend?

If you and your partner are dealing with the trauma of a recently exposed affair, we recommend that you and your partner see a therapist for some repair work so that you will both be able to make the most of the information you will receive, and the skills you will learn, during this valuable couples’ workshop. if either of you has been court ordered to attend anger management classes or if the police department has been recently dispatched to your residence for a domestic violence disturbance, then you and your partner would be best served by seeing a therapist for couple’s work prior to attending this workshop. If after speaking with you and your partner, we agree that, this workshop will not be a good fit for you, we will offer some alternative suggestions that may better meet your needs; your money will be refunded, also.