Gottman Method

The Gottman Method is a therapeutic approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the relationship and integrates the research-based intervention, the Sound Relationship House Theory, into treatment. The method (and Sound Relationship House Theory) is based on the research findings of John Gottman’s in depth studies of married couples. The Gottman Method emphasizes the importance of building a strong “friendship system,” believing that investing energy in building a positive connection and knowledge of each other’s inner worlds will make your relationship more fulfilling, and will also make it more resilient to weathering storms. The Sound Relationship House Theory, a fundamental part of the Gottman Method, describes the essential building blocks of marital intimacy for building a lasting and healthy relationship (it includes things like managing conflict and creating shared meaning). Some common issues that the Gottman Method addresses include frequent conflicts or fighting, poor communication, sexual difficulties, infidelity and financial problems, among others. Think this approach might be right for you? Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s Gottman Method experts today.

Meet the specialists

I have Level 2 Gottman Method training certification, and am well-versed in the Gottman approach to couple therapy.

— Susan Iyican, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist in Solana Beach, CA

I am trained in Gottman Method therapy at level 3 and have worked with couples from this model since 2015. I love that Gottman Method is research based and has 40 years of practical application behind it's methodology and interventions. I use the Gottman Relationship Checkup with couples and meet with them both together and individually throughout the course of therapy. There are specific tools I use that help couples have a better relationship from day one of our work together. We practice these tools in session and work through the bumps so it's easier to implement at home.

— Heather Seguin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Upland, CA
 

The Gottman Method is an evidence-based form of couples therapy that assists couples in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships that ultimately leads to heightened intimacy and interpersonal growth. Therapeutic interventions and couples exercises help identify and disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, while removing barriers that create a feeling of being stuck and hopelessness.

— Eric Henley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Mesa, AZ

I have been trained and certified in both Level 1 and Level 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. This is my primary modality for couples counseling (of all types) and the couples theory utilized the most. I also like to incorporate a combination of Gottman and EFT depending on the client.

— Hiliary Beatty, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Spokane, WA
 

My approach to couples & relationship therapy is based on the research and work of Drs. Julie & John Gottman.

— Reed Balentine, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Little Rock, AR
 

When working with couples I primarily use the Gottman Method. Gottman Method focuses on helping couples increase respect and create an environment of appreciation for each other. As a result of this, couples tend to see an increase in intimacy and report that they are better able to navigate through conflict and are better able to process the aftermath of a conflict. Through the Gottman method couples gain education on relationships and learn skills to help them communicate and stay connected when experiencing stress or when they are in conflict. The Gottman method has a lot of data to support its efficacy which is one of the reasons I am such a fan of this approach.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA
 

When working with couples I primarily use the Gottman method. The Gottman method helps couples to learn skills to navigate through conflict and to build fondness and admiration in their relationship. As a result of the Gottman method couples tend to report an increase in intimacy, increased relationship satisfaction, decrease in conflict, and couples report that they are better able to process the aftermath of a fight.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Kansas City, MO

I've completed the three levels of Gottman Method Couples Therapy training, and I'm currently obtaining my certification. I've also read the majority of all of their books (Drs. John and Julie Gottman), as well as done additional webinar trainings. I receive ongoing consultation for this.

— Tara Vossenkemper, Counselor in Columbia, MO
 

I have completed Levels 1-3 of Gottman Method Couple Therapy training and am now working with a consultant to become a Certified Gottman Method Couple Therapist.

— Sheila Addison, Counselor in Oakland, CA

I completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training Level I and Level II in 2011 and have been practicing it since that time.

— Heather McKenzie, Counselor in Cary, NC
 

I am a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist (CGT). I am the first Black psychotherapist in the world to become a CGT. The Gottman Method for couples counseling is a research based couples counseling modality that can help couples and other "non traditional" relationships repair, reconnect and revitalize. It is a leading edge treatment that can be used to work through just about any problem including communication issues, infidelity, trauma and substance abuse.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA

Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a researched-based model of therapy that combines the knowledge and wisdom of over 40 years of studies and clinical practice. It is a structured, goal-oriented, and scientifically-based therapy. The interventions utilized during therapy are based upon the empirical data garnered from the studies of over 3,000 couples. Dr. John Gottman’s research provides therapists with the knowledge of what actually works to aid couples in achieving healthy, long-term relationships.

— Cindy Norton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Asheville, NC

When working with couples I primarily use the Gottman Method. Gottman Method focuses on helping couples increase respect and create an environment of appreciation for each other. As a result of this, couples tend to see an increase in intimacy and report that they are better able to navigate through conflict and are better able to process the aftermath of a conflict. Through the Gottman method couples gain education on relationships and learn skills to help them communicate and stay connected when experiencing stress or when they are in conflict. The Gottman method has a lot of data to support its efficacy which is one of the reasons I am such a fan of this approach.

— Gwendolyn Nelson-Terry, Marriage & Family Therapist in Sacramento, CA

This systematic and research-based approach to helping individuals and couples with relationship concerns is highly effective. It involves numerous concepts and tools that are easily-understood and that you can start using right away.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

I have experience and training utilizing the Gottman Method in therapy. This therapy focuses on developing understanding and skills so that partners can maintain fondness and admiration, turn toward each other to get their needs met (especially when they are hurting), manage conflict, and enact their dreams—and what to do when they mess up.

— Paige Bond, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern in Orlando, FL

I am a Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist (CGT). I am the first Black psychotherapist in the world to become a CGT. The Gottman Method for couples counseling is a research based couples counseling modality that can help couples and other "non traditional" relationships repair, reconnect and revitalize. It is a leading edge treatment that can be used to work through just about any problem including communication issues, infidelity, trauma and substance abuse.

— John Edwards, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Oakland, CA
 

I have been following the Gottman's for years and was able to complete my level one training with the Gottmans themselves. I use Gottman principles in my own marriage and this method really resonates with me and makes sense for my clients. It's user friendly, science based and effective.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

Completed Levels I and II of Gottman Method Couples Counseling, specializing in enhancing connection and communication to achieve greater fulfillment in relationships and marriage. Level III is the practicum level, which I will be completing in 2019.

— Kimberly Fann, Mental Health Counselor in Oviedo, FL
 

Gottman technique is rooted in the Four Horsemen - behaviors couples engage in that can predict divorce. As a team, we can discover just how these behaviors are manifested in your relationship. We will one by one eradicate these destructive ways. I will help you learn communication skills, to feel closer and cherish each other.

— Elissa Grunblatt, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Amityville, NY
 

With over 40 years of research with thousands of couples, the Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach helps couples create stronger and deeper bonds. This therapy is designed for couples committed to saving their relationship.

— Meagan Prost, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

Gottman Method Couples Therapy is an evidence-based form of couples therapy that strives to assist couples in achieving a deeper sense of understanding, awareness, empathy, and connectedness within their relationships that ultimately leads to heightened intimacy and interpersonal growth.

— Lisa M. Clark, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Chandler, AZ
 

I've got through Level One and Level Two of the Gottman training. I also use the Gottman Couples Assessment Tool as part of my couple work. I love the assessment as it gives such a clear picture of not just the trouble areas, but also areas of strength for the couple. Based on this assessment I use specific activities geared towards addressing the areas of concern for the couple. It gives out work focus and direction, which my clients find comfort in.

— Molly Lizzio, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Syracuse, NY
 

I have completed level II of the Gottman Method training and much of my work with couples is grounded in Gottman Method. I bring Gottman principles into my premarital curriculum as well as couples working on everything from communication to connection.

— Maren McDonnell, Marriage & Family Therapist in Boulder, CO