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We see people when they are dating, considering life-long commitment, struggling to navigate moving in/newlywed adjustment, transitions to becoming parents, empty nesting, retirement and many more. Sometimes people seek to address specific areas of concern in their relationship, including:

  • Conflict management
  • Communication problems
  • One partner questioning separation or divorce
  • Feeling lonely and isolated in the relationship
  • Betrayals of trust
  • Increasing sexual pleasure
  • Navigating a life transition

Relationship Therapy is based on Dr. John Gottman’s research from more than 40 years and includes more than 3,000 couples. His research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail and what makes marriages thrive across time. From his research John Gottman, PhD and his wife, Julie Schwartz Gottman, PhD, have created a method of therapy that helps people understand and interact in ways that achieve greater friendship, emotional and sexual intimacy, create deep understanding and connection, manage conflict, and support each other’s life dreams. Gottman Method Therapy is a structured, goal-oriented, and scientifically-based therapy. People learn skills to build and maintain what Drs. John and Julie Gottman call the Sound Relationship House.

Gottman Method Therapy Consists of Five Parts

  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Out of Therapy
  • Termination
  • Outcome Evaluation

Assessment is important to be able to comprehensively understand what brings people into therapy. The therapist initially meets with clients to discuss the reasons they are seeking therapy and to tell the story of their relationship. Next, the therapist meets individually with each member of the relationship to understand more about their unique background, perspective of the relationship, and goals for treatment. Individuals also complete the Relationship Checkup that comes from, and is scored by, the Gottman Institute. This questionnaire covers many areas of relationship functioning and helps the therapist understand relationship strengths and challenges. Information gathered during assessment is then discussed with the clients jointly in a feedback session. The feedback session reviews strengths and challenges of the relationship, discusses if Gottman therapy has been shown to change similar challenges, see if the therapist is a good fit, and if all parties agree, to set goals for intervention.

Treatment generally takes place in 90-minute intervals that are conducted on a weekly basis. Each relationship is as unique as the individuals involved and so some relationships meet for lesser or greater frequency or length. Depending on the wishes of the individuals involved, homework can be discussed, and clients can work towards new relationship patterns outside of the therapy space.

Termination of therapy reviews the goals and outcomes of therapy. Outcome-evaluation sessions are scheduled for six months, 12 months, 18 months, and 24 months. These sessions have been shown through research to significantly decrease the chances of relapse into previous, unhelpful patterns. In addition, commitment to providing the best therapy possible requires ongoing evaluation of methods and participant progress. The purpose of these follow-up sessions is to fine-tune relationship skills.