Gottman Therapy

Overview of Gottman Method Couples Therapy

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.

Some couples can benefit from a Gottman workshop that teaches skills and tools for building a strong relationship.  For more information or if you're interested in a weekend workshop based on the Gottman research please consider attending The Art & Science of Love workshop, go to The Gottman Institute website or use the following link:

Gottman Method Couples Therapy:

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, and to discuss ways to prevent sliding backwards. 

Certified Gottman Therapists™

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, became a Certified Gottman Therapist, and have over 25 years of experience in relationship counseling therapy.

Learn more about The Gottman Institute at