Couples Workshop

Over the years I have offered a number of workshops and classes for couples. Currently I am devoting my attention to working directly with couples in my office.   

I have co-presented over 25 Gottman Art & Science of Love Couples Workshops and can strongly recommend it.  I have a working knowledge of the Hold Me Tight EFT Couples Workshops and know it is very beneficial for couples. I have taught many couples communication and pre-marital workshop classes.

For more information and locations of
The Art & Science of Love Workshops:
Hold Me Tight Workshops: do an internet search of Hold Me Tight by your location or state

Workshops I have offered in the past:

Couples Communication 101

Helpful, live training for couples:
*Who are considering marriage, but want to address a few concerns before planning a wedding
*Who are serious about marriage but have recently broken up or gotten back together
*Who want to improve communication in general

The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop

The Art and Science of Love Workshop is based on the work of John Gottman, Ph.D. Dr. Gottman has learned what really makes relationships work by studying and following over 3,000 couples in over 30 years of research. This workshop is designed to teach you exactly what successful couples do to foster romance and harmony in their relationships. During the first day, you will learn how to build fondness, admiration, and closeness in your relationship. On the second day, you’ll work on conflict management while learning new and important communication skills. Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the challenges in real-life relationships. Certified Gottman therapists are available to support couples one-on-one with exercises. The nature of this workshop is psycho-educational.  There is no group work or public disclosure.

Preparing for Marriage

This pre-marriage enrichment class helps couples prepare for their marriage as well as for their wedding day.  Topics include healthy communication, understanding personality differences, family history, hopes for marriage, conflict skills, and exploring ways to enhance intimacy and satisfaction in marriage.  

The Sound Relationship House

Couples can build a strong and healthy relationship using the information and skills from The Gottman Institute’s research about marriage. This workshop focuses on building a strong friendship, learning to manage conflict, supporting each other's dreams, strengthening trust and commitment are all parts of a healthy marriage.

Joy Allen

Joy Allen, LCSW, M.Div. is in private practice in Southwest Fort Worth.  She has been helping strengthen relationships of couples and families for over 25 years.  During the past 18 years in her private practice she has seen a wide variety of couples including couples reconsidering their commitments, newly married, gay and lesbian, and couples who have been together many years.  She has co-presented the Gottman couples workshop in Chicago, St. Louis, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston.