before trouble creeps in. I equip couples with the research-based, practical tools they need to approach transitions with confidence --setting them up for long-term success.

​​​​In addition to educating and preparing engaged and newlywed couples for the adventure of marriage, I consult and train in a variety of areas. I present regularly on conflict resolution, communication, and relationship dynamics for organizations and community groups. I also teach family sciences and conflict management courses at local universities on occasion. 

I am blessed to "do life" with my faithful, silly, endlessly patient husband, our energetic, curious little girl, and a mischievous kitten. Marriage has been my most daring, humbling, and incredible adventure yet - one that fuels my passion for this work each and every day.     
​​                                                                                                             - Kara

I am passionate about healthy relationships and marriages and love the work I do! As a family mediator, I eased couples through the divorce and child custody process, helping them move past their ongoing (often destructive) conflicts to start their new, “separate” lives as peacefully as possible. After working at a nonprofit in Dallas focused on relationship and family strengthening, I shifted my efforts to prevention.

​Once I learned nearly 70% of marriages on the path to divorce are savable, I became bound and determined to use my training in relationship education, conflict management, ​and communication to reach couples earlier,

About Kara Shade 


  • Ph.D. Family Studies, Texas Woman's University 
  • M.A. Dispute Resolution, Southern Methodist University
  • B.A. Psychology and Corporate Communications-Public Affairs, Southern Methodist University​

Professional Certifications:

  • Certified Family Life Educator
  • Gottman Seven Principles Program Leader
  • PREP Certified Facilitator
  • Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Educator
  • Prepare-Enrich Facilitator
  • 42-Hour Domestic Relations & Dispute Resolution Certification
  • 40-Hour Mediation & Dispute Resolution Certification        (Can serve as a court-appointed mediator in TX)

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • International Association for Relationship Research  
  • National Council on Family Relations​​
  • ​Texas Council on Family Relations (Past Board Member) 
  • National Association for Relationship & Marriage Education

Recognitions & Media Mentions:

  • Featured in Voyage Dallas: May 2018 
  • Article in The Gottman Blog: January 2018 
  • 2017 and 2018 Pick: The Knot's "Best of Weddings"
  • Interviewed for Brides Aug/Sept 2017 issue (p. 245)
  • Featured in December 2016 Issue of Frisco Style (p. 18)