Overview of Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman's research that began in the 1970's and continues to this day. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie and Gottman have created a method of therapy that emphasizes a "nuts-and-bolts" approach to improving a couples relationship.
This method is designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendships and intimacy in relationships. To help couples productively manage conflicts, they will be given methods to manage "resolvable problems" and dialogue about "gridlocked" (or perpetual) issues. Each couple will work together with Valerie to help appreciate their relationship's strengths and to gently navigate through its vulnerabilities.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy Consists of Five Parts
"Phasing Out" of Therapy
The Gottman Method Helps Couples:
Re-build their friendship system which is the foundation for intimacy, passion, and good sex
Improve trust & communication
Improve their ability to work through conflict & manage differences
Develop a shared meaning system which is the “existential foundation” of the partnership which helps couples identify their common purpose
Use tools based on research
Learn skills to improve communication about difficult subjects by understanding the importance of each partners dreams, values, & history
Learn how to process arguments & hurt feelings
Learn how to improve intimacy & minimize relapse of infidelity
Complete research based assessments & engage in helpful activities to improve the understanding of each couples’ struggles
Learn about the 4 communication patterns that destroy relationships & learn the antidote to each
Learn coping skills for managing stress
Dr. John Gottman is known worldwide for his award winning research on couples leading to an award for being one of the top 10 Most Influential Therapists. He studied communication patterns, physiological responses, and emotions of over 3,000 couples during their interactions for the last 40 years!
Dr. Julie Gottman is well known for her work with couples, sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence, trauma/PTSD, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting. She is well respected in her field and practices as a licensed clinical psychologist. She remains the President and Co-Founder of the Gottman Institute and was voted Psychologist of the year in Washington.
Valerie is excited to work with couples looking to strengthen their relationship using the Gottman Method. Valerie has completed all 3 levels of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy as well as additional trainings on treating trauma, affairs, and addiction within relationships.
14 JULY 2016