An Evidence-Based Approach to Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method

What is the Gottman Method?

The Gottman Method is one of the leading couples therapy approaches. No other couples therapy is based on the extensive amount of research as The Gottman Method.

Researchers have studied more than 3,0000 couples for more than 40 years. Gottman therapy involves a thorough assessment of the couple's relationship and integrates research-based interventions.

Caralee was trained by Drs. Julie and John Gottman. She also frequently assists the Gottman at their couples workshop.

FAQ | The Gottman Method

Before Dr. John Gottman’s initial studies, few researchers studied relationships, as many in the psychology field felt results would be unreliable since individuals and couples have vastly different personalities and actions.

However, results from his systematic study proved that couples did behave with tremendous regularity over time and science could, indeed, identify sequences of interactions among sets of happy and unhappy couples.

In the 1970s, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Robert Levenson were part of a pioneering group of researchers who applied the scientific method to identify behavior patterns of couples in healthy, successful relationships.

Dr. Gottman continued to study relationships. He and his wife, Dr. Julie Gottman, applied the research into a therapeutic approach for couples counseling. 

Dr. John Gottman’s research on couples relationships has influenced child development approaches, parent-child relationship theories, emotion IQ concepts, and leadership programs developed by entities outside of The Gottman Institute. 

The research has also led to other scientists undertaking novel research projects studying relationships.

To become certified, a counselor must undergo 3 levels of training followed by a 2-year period of practice under the guidance of a Gottman consultant.

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An innovator and pioneer, Dr. John Gottman (aka "Einstein of Love") brought rigorous science into the "soft" science of therapy.

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Consider a Couples Workshop

For people considering private counseling or undergoing counseling, we recommend attending The Art and Science of Love, a couples workshop created by world-renown The Gottman Institute.

Why? The Workshop:

Introduces both partners to concepts and terms that will be used private sessions.

Helps maintain and continue the progress made in counseling.

Assists in healing and recovery for partners in private therapy.

Is less expensive than couples therapy.

Requires less time commitment than couples therapy.