Gottman Method Couples Therapy
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr John Gottman’s ongoing research that began in the 1970s. The research has focused on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, a method of therapy was designed to help teach specific tools to deepen friendship and intimacy and to help you productively manage conflicts.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy recommends 90-minute couple therapy sessions and involves:
The assessment phase consists of three interviews:
- Joint interview to understand your concerns and relationship history.
- An Individual interview to gain personal histories, feelings and perceptions
- Joint interview for feedback and treatment planning.
After the first joint session, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire before your individual sessions. This forms part of the assessment. Clients often report therapeutic benefits from completing the questionnaire.
Treatment: Most of the work will involve sessions in which you will be seen together as a couple. However, there may be times when individual sessions are recommended. The length of therapy will be determined by your specific needs and goals.
In the Termination stage of therapy, sessions will be less frequent in order for you to test out new relationship skills and to prepare for termination of therapy.