Gottman Method Couples Therapy combines Dr. John Gottman’s 35 years of research on couples’ relationships with Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman’s more than 30 years of clinical practice. Through research-based interventions and exercises, Certified Gottman Therapists help couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy. Intervention strategies are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s three decades of research with more than 3,000 couples. This research shows us what actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship. Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of this research to help you and your spouse or partner: 

(1) Increase respect, affection, and closeness

(2) Break through and resolve conflict when you feel stuck 

(3) Generate greater understanding between you and your partner 

(4) Keep conflict and discussions calm 

(5) Maintain improvements in your relationship 

The therapy usually consists of two or three sessions of assessment and subsequent treatment sessions, typically on a weekly basis. Gottman Method Therapy helps couples develop and strengthen the qualities of positive, healthy relationships that Dr. Gottman discovered in his 35 years of research with couples.

Travis Atkinson is a certified Gottman Method couples therapist, completing extensive training for more than 8 years at the Gottman Institute in Seattle, WA.

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Dr. John Gottman describes relationships

In this short YouTube clip, Dr. John Gottman, the creator of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and influence of the Loving at Your Best plan, explains the differences between "Master" and "Disaster" relationships. Masters aren't perfect, but both relationships that succeed and thrive and relationships that end with explosions or loneliness have highly predictive patterns that are included in the design of the 5-Step Loving at Your Best plan.

Dr. John Gottman describes relationship conflict, and how to get out of spirals

Dr. Gottman introduces his ideas about Life Dreams, philosophical issues that are central to each partners dreams or personalities. Yielding on some of these issues may feel like giving up who you are.