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Why is the Gottman Method the Gold Standard for Couple's Counselling?


The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.

The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship. There are several things that are unique (and in my opinion superior) about Gottman Method Couples Therapy compared to other forms of couples therapy and why I have personally chosen to learn and practice the Gottman approach.


1. The Gottman approach is based on DECADES of very structured, sound and insightful longitudinal research on relationships, relationship interactions experiments, couples’ workshops and their couples’ therapy. Their research is unique and incredibly thorough; including the use of an apartment laboratory at the University of Washington where couples lived and were videotaped for 24-hour periods. Not only did they record and analyze each interaction and facial expression, but they obtained data on respirat