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What is the Gottman Method For Healthy Relationships?

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What is the Gottman Method For Healthy Relationships?

Nancy Ryan

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Learn how this counseling method can help you have a better relationship.

There are many different types of couples therapy. And, not all therapy is created equal. Some therapeutic modalities or practices are based on scientifically-proven techniques. These are called evidence-based therapies and they have been proven to work. One such kind of therapy is called The Gottman Method.

The Gottman Method for Healthy Relationships is a type of therapy that is based on the work of famed John Gottman. Gottman, a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, applied principles of statistical analysis and advanced mathematics to identify the patterns that cause couples to divorce. He was drawn to this research due to his own interest in how people develop healthy relationships.

John Gottman and his wife, renounced psychologist Julie Gottman, founded The Gottman Institute. More than 40 years of research have led the Gottmans to identify the elements it takes for relationships to last.

The Gottmans have trained more than 100,000 therapists all across the globe on the Gottman Method. Therapists who specialize in this mode of therapy use proven assessment and interventions that are based on Gottman’s research.

Here at the Relationship Therapy Center, we are proud to use the Gottman Method in couples therapy. Here is a breakdown of the Gottman Method and what you can expect.

Why Do We Use The Gottman Method?

The reason why we use the Gottman Method here at The Relationship Therapy Center is because it is backed by more than 40 years of research. It is based on sound, scientific principles. Tons of research studies have proven its effectiveness.  We believe that these principles are the key to a healthy relationship.

What Can You Expect?

#1 Assessment

During the first session, you will undergo a thorough assessment of your marriage. You and your partner will each complete a detailed questionnaire about your relationship and your goals for couples therapy. The relationship therapist will then give you detailed feedback about your relationship.

#2 Skills & Education

The next step is the learning-based phase. You will learn exactly what components Gottman identified to help keep relationships happy. You’ll practice skills that bolster healthy relationships while your therapist provides direct coaching.

#3 Maintenance

The final part of couples therapy is focused on learning how to maintain healthy relationship behaviors. You'll learn how to foster a healthy relationship beyond therapy. This part of couples therapy focuses on helping you maintain the progress that you have made in couples counseling.

Who Can This Therapy Help?

Couples counseling using the Gottman Method can help almost all couples. It can help couples who are in the beginning stage of a relationship have a healthier more committed partnership. The Gottman method to also have committed couples who have been together many years restore their relationship when issues like infidelity threaten to destroy it.

If you are interested in couples therapy in the Roseville, Fair Oaks CA or surrounding areas,  give us a call today. We have two locations to serve your needs. You can also book an appointment online 24/7 using our convenient web form.