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  • What is the Gottman Method?

    Briefly, the Gottman Method is one of a small handful of deeply researched, systematic, and reliable counseling approaches therapists use to help couples reduce emotional volatility, build trust, and become friends again. 

    What Can You Expect?

    Assessment Before Treatment

     If you went to see your family doctor and said, “My right arm hurts,” what would you think if they replied, “Okay, why don’t you plan to head up to the hospital tomorrow morning and they’ll get you started on chemo.” You’d be concerned, wouldn’t you? You might rightly question the doctor’s competence.

    This is what often happens in couples counseling. Therapists are often working with extremely limited information, which means a limited understanding of a couple’s specific problem, which means much lower likelihood of getting to an appropriate solution.

    The Gottman Method features an assessment phase that consists of a couple interview and individual interviews with each partner (these take two-three sessions), as well as a thorough relationship assessment that you will each take online at home. The interviews and assessment will allow me to put together a plan to help you in exactly the places where you are struggling, drawing on those areas that are already strengths for you.

    Is the Gottman Method Right for You?

     The Gottman Method has been successful for couples who are dealing with the following: 

    • Frequent arguing
    • Lack of emotional connection
    • Lack of trust and intimacy (whether related to an affair or not)
    • Both partners want to save the relationship and are willing to do therapy

    If you and your partner have become aware of some big challenges in the relationship, and you’d like some guidance in overcoming those challenges, then please reach out to me.