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Couples therapy

What is Gottman Method couples therapy?

The Gottman Method is designed to support couples to create and maintain greater love and health in relationships, irrespective of race, religion, class, culture, sexual orientation, and ethnicity.

The Gottman Method is an evidence-based form of couples therapy that assists couples in achieving a better understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships which ultimately leads to increased intimacy and interpersonal growth. By combining therapeutic interventions with couples exercises, this type of therapy helps couples to develop the tools necessary to break down the natural defenses that hinder effective communication and bonding.

Who is it for?

If you are encountering the following problems you may benefit from Gottman Method couples therapy.

  • You often argue.

  • You communicate poorly.

  • You as a couple are emotionally distanced and on the verge of separation.

  • You have encountered specific problems in the areas of sexual activity, finances, or parenting.

 

Some couples struggle with special circumstances which contribute to their situation such as:

  • previous marriages,

  • step-family issues,

  • extra-marital affairs,

  • a history of abuse or trauma, or

  • psychological problems such as depression.

What to expect

 

Before you begin treatment as a couple you will participate in an assessment process. The assessment process includes:

  • a 90-minute interview with you as a couple tracing the trajectory of your relationship, observing how you interact, especially during difficult discussions;

  • an online questionnaire: The Relationship Check-Up.

  • a 45-60 minute individual session during which you will be able to talk about your own perspective and goals for your relationship; and

  • a 90-minute feedback session, during which I will review your assessment materials and provide detailed feedback on the strengths and challenges of your relationship. At the end of the feedback session you will receive recommendations on what changes might be helpful in creating a flourishing relationship. 

 

The total number of sessions after the assessment depends very much on your personal circumstances. Many clients report that they experience some kind of change already in the first session after the assessment.