Couples Workshop Jun 10 & Jun 11, 2016

Does your relationship need a refresher? We can help.

Quickly gain the skills and tools to:

  • Improve friendship, fondness and admiration
  • Increase passion and romance
  • Communicate better
  • Learn to manage conflict constructively

In this course, we combine our professional experience working with couples with the knowledge of internationally acclaimed relationship expert Dr. John Gottman. From young couples preparing for their next big step, to those celebrating their 40th anniversary, this class is for you.

This workshop will transform your relationship.

Get the relationship you want!

The workshop format will include lectures, demonstrations, and opportunities to practice the skills taught (couples not required to share with other couples)

You will receive the followings:

  • The Seven Principles to Making Marriage Work and 2 workbooks
  • A copy of our e-book "Hot dates in and around Victoria"
  • Local coffee, teas and snacks

Led by Gottman Educators: Jody Watson, RCC & Hannah Caradonna, RCSW

For questions or to register contact:

Cost: $225/per couple, or  $200.00 for early sign up before May 15th

Date: Fri, Jun 10th 6:00pm-9:00pm & Sat, Jun 11th 9:00am-1:00pm


Mirroring Beauty from the Inside Out, Thursdays Jan 22 - Mar 12, 2015

An 8 week Art Therapy Workshop designed for women who want to cultivate a loving acceptance of body and self

Join us in a creative journey with other women, to embrace who we are, as we are…today

Early Bird discount = $385.00

(no previous art experience necessary)

What to Expect:

  • Facilitated by a partnership of Clinical Counsellors & Art Therapists
  • Confidentiality, respect and safety
  • Time for personal experience and sharing
  • For registration & workshop information visit: Kim O'Leary 778-977-5089

Couples Workshop Feb 15 & 16, 2014


Welcome to our workshop!

We are excited to present this workshop to couples in the Victoria/Vancouver Island region. We are a registered counsellor and therapist who work with couples on a daily basis to improve their relationships. In our work, we have found that there are some basic tools that benefit almost any couple that walks through the door. Most of these tools come from The Gottman Institute. Using our own professional experiences, (combined 25 years of work) and the research and tools of cutting-edge researchers and clinicians, we have pulled together a great 8 hour experience for couples from all walks of life.


Who This Benefits:

-newly weds

-couples looking to spice up their relationship

-couples who are stuck in a unhealthy pattern 

-couples who have drifted apart 

-same-sex couples


What can you expect?

  • Improve your friendship
  • Enhance romance and intimacy
  • Learn new ways to handle conflict, arguments & tense topics
  • Look towards the future and create shared goals

But really, what will we do with 8 hours?

The format is combined lecture style, with plenty of time to break off for one-on-one time with your partner to practice the tools and ideas in real time. Jody and Hannah are available to assist couples through the exercises but you will not be sharing with other couples. The workshop is designed to help get you started with all the tools you need to make deep lasting changes. And, we will have fun! Though your relationship is serious, the tone of the workshop is fun and casual. We will have local coffee, tea, and snacks. 


This workshop does not require couples to share with other participants.


Cost: $225 per couple ($200/couple if you register by Jan 25). Price includes 8 hours of instruction, 2 workbooks, the book - The 7 Principles to Making Marriage Work, and a wealth of other resources in including: Hot Date Ideas in and around Victoria, our personal list of book, website and video resources we use with couples in our own private practices. 


When: Saturday Feb 15th 12:30 - 4:30 & 16th 9:00 - 1:00

Where: 1175 Cook St., Suite 228

Led by: Jody Watson, RCC & Hannah Caradonna, RCSW


We look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. We run this workshop four times a year so if you are not able to make it to this one but would like to be invited to the next one, please get in touch and we will add you to out invitation list. 

Contact Information: Hannah 250-588-9500,, Jody 250-418-0550,,

We are excited to announce another workshop from Origins:

Craving Change is co-led by Hannah Caradonna (psychotherapist) and Adrienne Grange (nutritionist).


This workshop will benefit you if:

  • you are frustrated with diet plans that you can't maintain
  • you eat when you are sad, angry, or blue
  • you stock your fridge and pantry with healthy food but don't eat it
  • you have been recently diagnosed with a disorder that requires a big diet change (celaic, diabetes)
  • you have struggled with an eating disorder or disordered eating
  • you struggle with your weight
  • you want to learn healthy eating habits

In 4 classes, you learn:

  1. Why it’s hard to change your eating
  2. Identify your own triggers for problematic eating
  3. Learn to respond to those triggers differently
  4. How to make those changes last

Each participant is given a workbook and other handouts. The fee is $100.




Sundays, September 8 - 29, 11:00 - 1:00 pm

Esquimalt Rec Centre


Sundays, October 20 - November 10, 3:00 - 5:00

Saanich Commonwealth


Contact Hannah Caradonna (250) 588-9500 or visit the rec centre guides to register

Hannah Caradonna and Jody Watson are running this workshop In June. 

Gottman Institute, Seven Principles Program

Invest In Your Relationship:

 Couples Workshop


The Seven Principes of Making Marriage Work

This is an opportunity to learn the research-based tools that really make marriages work based relationship expert Dr. John Gottman. Through facilitator-led instruction, and supported activities with your partner, you will learn to:

• Improve friendship, fondness and admiration

• Enhance romance and intimacy

• Manage conflict constructively

• Gain skills to address perpetual and solvable problems

• Create shared meaning

• Maintain gains throughout a lifetime

This workshop does not require couples to share with other participants.

From young couples preparing to move-in together to those celebrating their 40th anniversary, this class is for you. Class size is limited.


Cost: $225 per couple ($200/couple if you register by May 25). Price includes 8 hours of instruction, 2 workbooks and 1 book (The 7 Principles to Making Marriage Work) for each couple.

When: June 8th and 15th 2013, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: 2827 Belmont Ave, Oaklands Community Centre

Led by: Gottman Educators, Jody Watson, RCC & Hannah Caradonna, RCSW


*For questions, or to register:

Hannah 250-588-9500,,

Jody 250-418-0550,,

Girls Group: This is Me! by Lara Feldman Counselling and Play Therapy


This is a girls expressive therapies (art, crafts, play, drama) group focusing on building self-esteem, confidence and inner strength

Where: Strawberry Vale, Victoria, BC

 When: Thursdays June 13- July 18

 Time: 4:45 - 6:15
Cost: $300 


*Lara Feldman is our former Origins colleague who now works out of a new office space. Email her at to get in touch.


Mindfulness: Befriending Who You Are

A 3-day course by Maria Stella


Friday, April 26, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,

Saturday, April 27, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, &

Sunday, April 28, 1:00 - 2:30 pm


Suitable for anyone interested in learning to meditate, this course uses a range of approaches - including simple instructions, experiencal exercises, movement, and discussions - to help you develop a gentle, appreciative relationship with yourself and discover your inner wisdom and vitality.