Joy Allen LCSW, M.Div
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes marriages succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a nuts-and-bolts approach to improving clients’ relationships.
This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy in your relationship. To help you productively manage conflict, you will be given methods to manage resolvable problems and dialogue about gridlocked (or perpetual) issues. We will also work together to help you appreciate your relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.
I have studied and trained to be a Certified Gottman Therapist and am active in carrying out the Misson of the Gottman Institute. I believe that all individuals are capable of and deserve compassion. I regularly co-lead The Art & Science of Love couples workshops.
Some couples can benefit from a Gottman workshop that teaches skills and tools for building a strong relationship. For more information click here or if you're interested in a weekend workshop based on the Gottman research please consider attending The Art & Science of Love workshop. Click here for registration information.
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Gottman Method Couples Therapy includes careful assessment using written material, individual sessions and taking a history of your relationship and concerns. A feedback session will focus on strengths and recommendations for treatment so goals can be jointly established. Usually you will be seen together as a couple for therapy. Some practice between sessions may be encouraged.
The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals. Raising questions and concerns as they arise is necessary and encouraged. In the later stages sessions occur less frequently to help you practice your new relationship skills. it is important to have at least one session to summarize progress at the end of therapy. Follow-up occurs for 2 years as a part of the Gottman Method in order to decrease the chances of sliding back into previous, unhelpful patterns.
All Certified Gottman Therapists are highly skilled clinicians, and have been trained and certified by Drs. John and Julie Gottman to provide Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Through the Gottman Relationship Center and Referral Network these clinicians provide therapy and education to couples, families, and individuals. I completed my training in 2005 and have over 20 years of experience in relationship therapy.
"We understand that the human family is in crisis, and that all individuals are capable of and deserve compassion. It is our mission to reach out to families in order to help create and maintain greater love and health in relationships. We are committed to an ongoing program of research that increases the understanding of relationships and adds to the development of interventions that have been carefully evaluated. It is our goal to make our services accessible to the broadest reach of people across race, religion, class, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. We are also committed to the care and support of our Institute team, as we know that compassion must begin with ourselves. " Learn more about The Gottman Institute at www.gottman.com.