The Gottman - Arts and Science of Love Workshops

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Personal Invitation
Wherever you are in your relationship, we want you to experience tremendous benefits from this couples workshop. We know that this material has the power to radically transform your relationship, if you use the small steps often. These simple (though not always easy) practices can change the whole direction of a relationship. You will walk away having practiced a whole set of skill sets and have a reference manual to guide you long after the workshop has ended. It is an experience to remember!

My colleagues and I have done the preparation work and we warmly invite you to join us for this weekend!


Mike Fidler, MSW RSW is clinical social worker, a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist and Workshop Leader.  Mike has over 30 years of experience working with couples, families and individuals. He has worked with over 10,000 couples.  Mike has developed and directed an individual, group and family focused treatment program in Ontario, and he has trained and supervised therapists throughout his career. Mike has been in private practice for over 20 years. He is presently doing research to assist children and teens to rebuild trust in their separated families. Mike received his Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. In addition to his certification as Gottman Couples Therapist he has had advanced training with Susan Johnson in Emotional Focused Couples Therapy and Daniel Hughes in Attachment Therapy for Children and Adolescence. He presently has a clinical practice in Brantford and Simcoe Ontario and is an international couple’s workshop leader.

  Rhonda Lesley, MA, LPC, RYT -200  joins us from the Greater    Kansas City, MO. Rhonda received her Master’s degree in Counselling in 1991 at Adams State, in Colorado, and has been licensed as a Professional Counsellor since 1995.  Rhonda works full-time as Director of Personal Development and Counseling Services at Northwest Missouri State University  and is an adjunct professor at Northwest. She has a specialty in couples work. Rhonda is passionate about sharing the Gottmans’ research findings, insights and skills to inspire couples from all walks of life to enjoy heightened relationship satisfaction with their spouse or partner, family, friends and co-workers.  Rhonda can be reached at (660) 562-1348, NWMSU Personal Development and Counseling Services, Maryville, MO 64468, USA.


Darren Wilk
M.A., R.C.C.Certified Gottman Couples Therapist 

Darren Wilk
M.A., R.C.C.Certified Gottman Couples Therapist

 Darren Joins us from Vancouver BC and holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. He is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Co-founder of He has worked with marriages and families since 1988. He is a clinical trainer for couple’s therapists in Gottman Methods and is a presenter mentor for The Art & Science Love Couples Workshop. He is a certified workshop leader in the Prepare/Enrich program. Darren is a dynamic therapist and motivational speaker. He brings creativity, inspiration and compassion into his counselling. 

See Darren's Bio at

Lawrence Stoyanowski
M.Sc., MFT, R.C.C., Certified Gottman Couples Therapist 

 Lawrence also joins us from Vancouver BC.  He has been a marriage and family therapist since 1991 and a Certified Gottman Therapist since 2006, practicing the Gottman Method in Vancouver since 2004. He is a Gottman Method Trainer, Consultant and ASL Presenter Trainer for clinicians.  He is co-owner of, Affinity Counseling Services and co-founder of Lighthouse Therapeutic Services. He holds a deep commitment and interest in his local community.  Lawrence is dedicated to providing a high quality therapeutic service which is sensitive and compassionate to the needs of his clients.                                                                                                                                   See Lawrence's Bio at  counsellors/lawrence/


A Certified Gottman Therapist
M ike Fidler and his colleagues were trained and certified by The Gottman Institute and Drs John and Julie Gottman as Gottman Couples Therapists and Gottman Couples Workshop Leaders. They have over 45 years of combined clinical experience and went through the Gottman Certification process together. They have been to Seattle, Washington many times for training, annual meetings of The Gottman Institute, roving at couples’s workshops and participating in leadership teams. 

The program to become a Certified Gottman Therapist includes the completion of the following three levels of training:

  1. Level I – Marital Therapy: A Research-Based Approach – A two-day professional workshop by Dr. John Gottman, either in person or on DVD / videotape 
  2. Level II – Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Assessment and Intervention – a four or five-day training led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  3. Level III – The Certification Program:
    • Workshop Practicum: a four-day workshop led by Dr. Julie Gottman.
    • Clinical Consultation: at least 8 individual sessions or 12 group sessions of consultation with a Gottman Relationship Clinic Senior Therapist and Consultant.
    • Tape Review: submission of DVD/video tapes for review by a Senior Gottman Relationship Clinic Therapist Tape Reviewer. Based on those videotapes, the therapist must have received confirmation from their Consultant that they have qualified to be a Certified Gottman Therapist.

Without this written certification, clinicians are not qualified to use the Gottman name when representing themselves or their work in therapy, workshops, classes, written material and/or presentations.

The Gottman Couples Workshop Leader Certification includes another level of training which involves attending and shadowing advanced clinicians at the workshop and then roving at The Art and Science of Love: A Weekend Workshop for Couples in Seattle presented by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Subsequently, clinicians can then participate in the Gottman Couples Workshop Leaders five-day training. 

For more information:  The Gottman Institute 



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