Relationship Skill Building in WV

Community Workshops and Events

KPCC is dedicated to helping people have better relationships. To this end we have developed a number of workshops to help people enhance their relationship skills. These workshops often have personal as well as professional applications.

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“Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work” – An all day workshop based on the book




About the Seven Principles Program

The Gottman Seven Principles Program is based on Dr. Gottman’s 40 years of research with some 3,000 couples and is appropriate for couples of any age who want their relationship to attain its highest potential.

This is not a therapy program, but an educational class which will teach couples to:

  • Increase respect, affection, and closeness
  • Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
  • Generate greater understanding between partners
  • Keep conflict discussions calm

This program is appropriate for couples who are engaged, or contemplating marriage, those who just starting out in their lives together, or even those who have been together for years, but desire to deepen and enhance their relationship.




The Gottman Theory For Making Relationships Work

Drs. John and Julie Gottman’s research shows that to make relationship last, couples must become better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future. They have shown how couples can accomplish this by paying attention to what they call the Sound Relationship House, or the seven components of healthy relationships.



Your Presenters:

Andy and Cindy Counts
Gottman Seven Principles

Andy and Cindyhave been married for 37 years and have three married daughters and three grandchildren. Together, they have taken training at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington, and are credentialed Gottman Seven Principles Educators.

Andy  is a staff therapist with Kanawha Pastoral Counseling Center. He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (WV #879) and a Certified Gottman Therapist.

Cindy holds a BA in Music Education and has taught private piano and voice lessons for 20 years.

As a couple, they have a passion for helping other couples succeed in their marriages.

The Seven Principles Program provides an excellent opportunity for couples to attain a Better Relationship.


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School Based Programs

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KPCC has several school and after school programs designed to help children learn relationship skills.


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In this photo, a young student considers how she is feeling. Being able to identifying feelings is a great way for kids to learn how to calm down when they are upset, and it helps them to ask for what they want! KPCC therapist Sky Kershner teaches four of these school based classes every week. ‪


Partners for 2015 include

Mountaineer Montessori Elementary
Charleston Montessori Elementary
Charleston Catholic Middle School
Mountaineer Montessori Middle School