Marriage and Relationship Counseling Institute: Creating Healthy Partnerships... One Family At A Time


Professional Training in Gottman Couples Therapy

When couples enter the therapy office, they sting with pain and despair. They look to the clinician to referee chronic conflicts, fix their partners, and rebuild burned bridges. Now, based on Dr. John Gottman's 35 years of compelling research with over 3,000 couples, there's a practical and highly effective approach to guiding these couples across the chasm that divides them. In this workshop, Salvatore Garanzini, MFT, provides you with a research-based road map for helping couples to compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.


Level I: Bridging the Couple Chasm
Gottman Couples Therapy: A New Research Based Approach
Two-Day Training

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San Francisco, CA - January 9 & 10, 2015

Level 1: The training reviews Dr. Gottman’s three decades of research on what makes marriages succeed or fail, and teaches a therapy that helps troubled marriages. The workshop provides a wealth of information about couples dynamics, marital assessment, couples exercises and therapeutic interventions. All materials may be used in private practice settings.

  • Note: This workshop is a prerequisite to the level 2 training.

Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, & Co-Morbidities
Three-Day Training

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San Francisco, CA - June 1 - June 3, 2014 Room only for 10 participants...

Level 2: The training takes the overview clinicians received in Level 1, and teaches concrete strategies to skillfully apply interventions using videos from John and Julie Gottman's private practice. Level 2 participants leave feeling motivated to complete a thorough assessment, quickly getting to the heart of each couple's issues. Participants also receive direct feedback as they practice interventions, developing confidence in their new abilities. On the final training day, participants learn from Julie Gottman's video case studies covering complicated cases involving affairs, PTSD, incest, addictions, borderline personality disorder, and more. All materials may be used in private practice settings.

  • Note: This workshop is a prerequisite to the Level 3 training in Seattle with John and Julie Gottman.

"Well presented seminar. I appreciated how Sam went right into the material unlike many therapy trainings that have icebreakers, introductions, etc. I felt like my time and the money I invested was valued through the amount he delivered. Now I feel excited and driven to move thoroughly dive in and (re)read the various sections of the manual." - Andrew G., San Francisco, CA