One of the things I love about the research on marriage is that it buttresses up and reaffirms eternal Truths that have been taught throughout time, through multiple faith traditions. I believe that one day All Truth will be integrated into a whole, and both science and faith have a role in making that happen. Where they meet, it is powerful, inspiring and elevating.
— CARALEE FREDERIC, LCSW
WHY CHOOSE PRINCIPLE SKILLS?
Some people enter seek Principle Skills Relationship Center wanting quick relief from immediate pain and distress. Others come seeking a deeper understanding for why they do what they do, wanting to make changes from there. Many come with a desire to experience both.
Real, lasting change comes through blending a deeper understanding of true or eternal principles with learning to implement effective behaviors or skills.
The methods and concepts used by Caralee are founded on decades of research by the highly reputable Gottman Institute.
Caralee’s training has also armed her to meet the growing area of addiction recovery therapy.
“The need for specialized methods to treat addictive patterns is increasing in our culture,” she says. “Many couples have underlying addictive patterns, often unrecognized by one or both in the couple. Such behaviors become a barrier to true intimacy.
Principle Skills Relationship Center offers:
- The Art and Science of Love, a weekend couples workshop, throughout Colorado;
- Individual, couples and family therapy & counseling; and
- Clinical training for therapists, other healthcare providers, and clergy
Principle Skills’ mission is to elevate relationships to a happier, healthier place by giving couples and therapists proven, data-supported tools and concepts.
“I help people recognize and develop intimacy – emotional, relational and sexual,” Caralee says. “My clients learn to replace destructive behaviors and the avoidance of intimacies with healthy behaviors and meaningful interactions.”
The Center is owned and operated by Caralee Frederic, LCSW.
THE GOTTMAN INSTITUTE
WORLD-RENOWNED FOR ITS RESEARCH ON MARITAL STABILITY
WHO ARE THE GOTTMANS?
The husband-wife team of Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman are the founders of Seattle-based Gottman Institute. which developed relationship tools and therapy methods uniquely based on rigorous scientific methods and standards. Dr. John Gottman’s research work with couples began in 1972 and continues today. His most well-known study was in the 1980s, when he identified the predictors of divorce.
In one of those initial studies, Dr. Gottman placed couples in “Love Lab” apartments, where they were monitored and recorded. Through their interactions and subsequent studies — including some that followed those couples for more than 20 years — came a fountain of knowledge on what behaviors actually predict divorce and which ones strengthen relationships.
Dr. John Gottman’s and his colleagues approach in the therapy field was unique because he studied real couples. These studies are the basis of Certified Gottman Therapists‘ relationship counseling practices. They are based on proven theories, rather than the therapists’ own experiences or on popular ideas on how relationships should work.
Relationship Predictions. Gottman’s research is well-known as being able to predict with a 90% accuracy which couples will divorce and which will stay married; and among those who do stay married, which couples will be happy and which will be unhappy.
Gottman Institute researchers examined patterns in relationships, then developed programs to help couples restore and repair their relationships.
Some of these programs include the couples weekend workshop, “The Art & Science of Love,” and its related tools such as “The Sound Relationship House Theory” and the “Masters and Disasters” of relationships.
Gottman Institute research is widely cited in academic and professional journals and consumer-focused books and articles.