Joan Spence

Counselling & Coaching Services Inc


Couple Coaching/Educator​

Gottman Seven Priniciples Program Educator

​The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work is the acclaimed culmination of four decades of the research of Dr. John Gottman, made widely available for couples like you who long for better relationships.

Couples who participate in a Seven Principles Program Coaching can expect to learn:

  • ​Deepen your knowledge of one another
  • Build friendship and trust
  • Recognize and respond to bids for emotional connection
  • Be open to influence
  • Understand and work with both solvable and difficult problems
  • Get through gridlocked conflict
  • Create a special “Story of Us”
  • Maintain your relationship​


Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Educator

Bringing Baby Home Program (BBHP) was developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman; leading experts in the fields of marriage and early parenting.  Bringing Baby Home is based on best practices supported by research findings and has been shown to increase the chances that a couple will successfully navigate this stressful period in their relationship.  The Gottmans report in their findings that moms participating in the BBHP showed fewer symptoms of postpartum depression - 22.5% (in BBHP) contrast to 66.5% (in control group).  Additionally, couples participating in the BBHP learned to prevent relationship meltdown and positively influenced their baby's development. 

Couples who participate in a Bringing Baby Home Coaching can expect to learn:

  • How to remain better connected to each other emotionally through the transition to parenthood
  • The importance of co-parenting,
  • Strategies for managing conflict
  • What the research says about behaviors that are best avoided to ensure a continued strong and thriving relationship. ​