Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Like our inner worlds, our relationships can be extremely complex and difficult to navigate. Allan Schore states, "We are all hardwired for relationship" which means that we are biologically programmed to be in connection with others. These connections can offer life changing healing but because they really connect to our core, they can also cause extreme distress.
The Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a research-based approach to creating stronger relationships.
"Combining the knowledge and wisdom of nearly forty years of studies and clinical practice, Gottman Method Couples Therapy helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. Through research-based interventions and exercises, it is a structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy. Intervention strategies are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s study of more than 3,000 couples. This research shows what actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed out of this research to help partners:
Increase respect, affection, and closeness
Break through and resolve conflict when they feel stuck
Generate greater understanding between partners
Keep conflict discussions calm."
Personally, I chose to practice couples therapy using the Gottman Method because I appreciate the emotional depth of the work that is also balanced out with easy to apply tools to the here and now to create more connection and better feelings. This model is effective with both same sex relationships and hetero relationships.
Click this link for more information about the Gottman Healthy Relationship Model.