Gottman Therapy Sacramento

What is Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman of The Gottman Institute, Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a research-based approach to strengthening relationships.

Dr. John Gottman has been studying relationships for decades, gaining insight about what makes relationships last. Over 3,000 couples participated in long-term research studies, which led to the development of one of the leading methods of couples therapy.

What are the goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

-To increase respect, affection and closeness,
-Break through and resolve conflict when partners feel stuck,
-Generate greater understanding between partners,
-And keep conflict discussions calm.

How do we accomplish this?

Drs. Gottman developed “The Sound Relationship House” which includes the 9 components of a healthy relationship. A therapist who is trained in The Gottman Method can keep your therapeutic work on track by including activities in session which help your relationship in these areas:

  1. Build Love Maps (or how well you know your partner’s inner world).
  2. Share Fondness and Admiration (the antidotes to contempt).
  3. Turn Towards (small moments of relationship bonding).
  4. The Positive Perspective (maintain positive view of your partner even in times of conflict).
  5. Manage Conflict (how to manage conflict even when there isn’t a clear resolution).
  6. Make Life Dreams Come True (encourage the couple to share honestly about hopes, values and aspirations).
  7. Create Shared Meaning (understand the important stories and dreams for your relationship).
  8. Trust (creating a secure feeling in the relationship).
  9. Commitment (believing and acting as committed life partners).

As a relationship therapist in Sacramento,

I’ve had the privilege of training with the Gottmans  and have completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels I and II. Depending on your needs, I blend Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)  to give your relationship the best chance of success.

Contact me today for more information.