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.

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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 ,

I've completed the first level of Gottman training,

— Ana DeSantiago, Clinical Social Worker in Berwyn, IL

I trained with the Gottman Institute in Seattle and I am a Certified Trainer in "Bringing Baby Home", "The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work" and I completed Gottman Level 1 and 2. I believe that by working with couples, healing and relational satisfaction can take place; and change in relationships can occur. I focus on emotion, skill-building for managing conflict, developing new skills for enhancing friendship, awareness and understanding of each other's needs and embracing them.

— Kay Hamilton, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

I have been trained in Levels 1, 2, & 3 of Gottman Couples Method. I have utilized this method for the last 3 years to help couples gain an in depth understanding of their relationship. This method also allows me to teach the clients skills to help alleviate the problems that are taking place in the relationship.

— LaShanna Stephens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Macon, GA

I am trained in Gottman Method Level 1.

— Molly Roth, Counselor in Cedar Park, TX

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 have completed Levels 1 and 2 of Gottman Method training and utilize these strategies to help couples improve communication, connection, and trust. I have also completed Gottman Method training to help couples navigate the impact of infidelity within their relationship.

— Aimee Whaley, Counselor in Indian Trail, NC

Gottman Method therapy is a type of couples counseling based on over 40 years of research (that is still ongoing) into what creates happy, stable relationships. What ARE those people who are loving their relationships doing anyway? This type of couples therapy is based off the answers to that question and is very skills based. I will use it to help you reconnect with each other, have the conversations you haven't been able to have (or at least not well), and look forward to your future together.

— PK Ponti-Foss, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

I am Gottman level 3 trained. I utilize their handouts as part of the therapy process. I also offer suggestions from my work with others on how to resolve difficult issues.

— Christa Vermillera, Counselor in Melbourne, FL

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

I offer couples the option of completing a thorough online relationship checkup designed to highlight your strengths and growth areas as a couple. The Gottman Relationship Checkup utilizes over 40 years of evidence based research on how to help relationships succeed. To learn more about the Gottman Relationship Checkup please visit:

— Afton Strate, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Overland Park, KS

The goals of the Gottman Method include increasing closeness and friendship behaviors, addressing conflict productively, and building a life of shared meaning together. Couples who function effectively treat each other with consideration, and are supportive of each other. The Gottman Method is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships.

— Amie Celender, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Scottsdale, AZ

I have been trained in Level 1 and Level 2 of the Gottman Method for couples.

— Shannon Huertas, Licensed Professional Counselor in Houma, LA

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

The training I received in Gottman Method Couples Therapy (both Level 1 and Level 2) allows me to effectively evaluate your current relationship, better understand yourself and your partner, improve your communication skills, facilitate healthy dialogues, rekindle your love for each other, and build a strong foundation for long-lasting healthy relationship.

— Margaret Li Aghaeepour, Psychologist in Palo Alto, CA

Training in Level 1, Level 2, & Level 3 Gottman Method + Specialty Training in Gottman's "Affairs & Trauma Recovery" + Gottman Relationship CHECKUP Assessment Administrator

— Ciara Braun, Licensed Professional Counselor in Birmingham, MI

I am currently a Level 2 Gottman practitioner. The Gottman approach includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions to help couples cultivate healthy lasting relationships.

— Paula Kirsch, Clinical Social Worker in Detroit, MI

Gottman therapy is used for couples only - here we learn a new way to communicate, improve intimacy, learn positives and negatives in the relationship and how to draw goals individually and goals for the relationship. An online questionnaire is used to help sort out the strengths and the areas that need work.

— Dr. Rosana Marzullo-Dove, PsyD, Psychologist in Tampa, FL

I am currently trained in Gottman Method Couples Counseling at Level 1 and Level 2.

— Novella Moffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in , FL

I am level III trained in Gottman methods and employ the sound relationship house theory in my work with couples. I also use the Gottman assessment protocol and their structure interventions in a way that transfers the know-how of relationship wellness to you and your partner.

— Jill Corvelli, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

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 Berkeley, CA

I've taken training in the Gottman method of couples counseling. I combine this with what I'm learning through working with domestic violence offenders which is helping me to be aware of a wide range of understanding of the facets of couples relationships.

— Taunya Gesner, Counselor in Gresham, OR

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

When our relationship is not going well, the pain can be overwhelming & begin to affect all other areas of our life. All couple’s experience conflict. The difference between those that succeed & those that struggle has to do with how they approach conflict, I am here to help you navigate the places you have found yourselves stuck & support you in finding ways out. With over 40 yrs of research, the Gottman's have identified specific skill sets, & strategies to foster a loving lasting relationsh

— Tammy Berman, Counselor in Plantation, FL

Gottman Method is a form of couples counseling that improves 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 enhances the couples shared goals. Relapse prevention is also addressed.

— Nichole Bosserman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Washington, IL

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, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, MO