Laura Heck is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in Salt Lake City. She received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Seattle and has completed advanced clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Her work includes couples therapy, online counseling, workshops, speaking engagements, teaching for The Gottman Institute and co-founder of forBetter. Laura’s passion to teach has lead her to co-found forBetter, an instruction based web platform allowing couples to access powerful research based tips and tools for creating intimate relationships that are forBetter.
Laura served in a leadership role at The Gottman Institute (TGI) as the Director of Professional Development until 2015 when she relocated to Salt Lake City. Together with Gottman Institute Clinical Director, Dr. David Penner, Laura co-developed The Gottman Seven Principles Program and is also the author of the Seven Principles Companion Workbook, a tool for couples to use in conjunction with The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work book by Dr. John Gottman. She continues as Master Trainer for the program which has trained thousands of people to offer the Seven Principles Program in their communities, across six continents.
Laura is a charismatic and energetic speaker who’s love of life shines through her quirky and quick-witted presentations. Her transparency and authenticity is evident through her use of storytelling and examples of her own struggles in relationship with others. Laura is able to connect with audiences large and small, speaking to intimate groups and up to audiences of over 900. Laura has been with her beloved and patient husband for nearly ten years and they have a two year old son together.