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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. Assessment A conjoint session, followed by individual interviews with each partner is conducted.  Couples complete questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback about 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 enhance the couples’ shared goals.  Relapse prevention is also addressed.

 Goals and Principles of the Gottman Method

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.

The Research

In 1972, John Gottman and Robert Levenson began studying couples of all ages.  The research that they conducted, has allowed us to predict, with 90% accuracy, which couples will divorce, which will stay together and, among those who stay together, which will be happy and which will be miserable. The researchers studied 3000 couples, many for up to 20 years. More…

The Sound Relationship House Theory

The Sound Relationship House Theory is a metaphor, developed by John and Julie Gottman, to explain what it takes to build a strong relationship.  Like building a house, relationships need a firm foundation.  The foundation for strong relationships is to build Love Maps of one another’s world; to learn what is important to one another. More…

Gottman Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method is an approach to couple’s therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship which consists of one couple’s session, two individual sessions (one for each of the partners) and an in depth, online, questionnaire called the Relationship Checkup. More…