Couples Counseling

Cambas Institute for Marriage & Family Therapy

"I never said most of the things I said." - Yogi Berra

The Gottman Method is an approach to couple's therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couples relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy:

Couples who enter into Gottman Method Couples Therapy begin with an assessment process that then informs the therapeutic framework and intervention.

A conjoint session, followed by individual interviews with each partner are conducted. Couples complete questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback on their relationship.

Therapeutic Framework:
The couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of the sessions.

Therapeutic Interventions:
Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Interventions designed to increase closeness and intimacy are used to improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhances the couples shared goals. Relapse prevention is also addressed.
Goals and Principles of the Gottman

The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.


At the Cambas Institute for Marriage & Family we understand that couples face challenges both large and small. Communication becomes strained and hope begins to fade. Couples can feel a new sense of hope and begin the process of renewing their relationship as we draw upon 20+ years of clinical research.


We believe that families are the building blocks of our society. We offer counseling services for families dealing with grief, parenting issues, separation, divorce, and a wide variety of other concerns.


We understand life presents all of us with various challenges and struggles. We strive to gain a clear and coherent understanding of those struggles and seek to provide a pathway toward healing.


We understand the need for the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. Join us for individual or group mentoring programs.

Today you are one step closer to a new life. As a Certified Gottman Therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding your marriage back. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation in your marriage or you're just ready to move in a new direction, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.

Chris Cambas is the founder and CEO of National Marriage Seminars and Couplestrong. He obtained a Masters in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and is a Certified Gottman Therapist as well as a Certified Gottman Trainer. Chris uses researched-based counseling for individuals, couples, and families. His focus of therapy includes the following: marital conflicts (including affair recovery and divorce recovery), pre-marital, addictions, anxiety and spiritual challenges. His primary focus is working with couples in crisis to renew their relationships through one-on-one marriage intensives.

To book an in-person or ZOOM counseling session or marriage intensive with Chris please contact our office:

FEES: $150 per hour


  • Certified Gottman Therapist, Gottman Trainer and Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader
  • PREPARE AND ENRICH Pre-Marital and Marital Assessments


  • Co-Authored, "KickAss Husband: Winning at Marriage, Life and Sex"


  • Chris has appeared on various radio broadcasts which include “Love and Marriage” on WTIS, Spirit FM (The Big, Big House Morning Show, the Joy FM, WTBN (Salem Broadcasting), co-hosted “Getting it Right After Getting it Wrong” and has been a guest on Bill Bunkley’s drive time show.
  • Television: Therapist appearance on “Unfaithful, Stories of Betrayal” on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
  • Magazine: Overflow Magazine Cover, including a five-page article on his testimony in the May 2010 edition.
  • Film: Has worked extensively with Sherwood Baptist Church, Provident Films, as well as Five and Two Pictures/Christiano Film Group promoting various Christian movies nationally to include Fireproof, Courageous and The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry.
  • Speaking Engagements: Crossover Church, Grace Family Church, Murdock Baptist and many more.
Chris Cambas Institute for Marriage And Family couples therapy

Meet Chris Cambas, LMFT

Relationship Expert: Coach, Mentor, Speaker, Certified Gottman Therapist & Trainer, Author

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As the Co-Author of Matthew’s new book ‘Kickass Husband: Winning at Life, Marriage & Sex’ and over 20 yrs of couples therapy, Chris has unique insight into what makes a marriage work ( and fall apart) His bride Lori has been involved with 100’s of Gottman Therapy trainings and knows the ins and outs of a thriving successful marriage and how to apply proven principles in her own marriage. Listen and find out how they have fun, deepen trust and show up for one another each and every day.

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