The gottman Approach to better relationships

research-based Couples therapy

I help couples through what is called the "Gottman Method" approach to couples therapy. Drs. John and Julie Gottman are world renowned relationship experts with a background in both psychological research and psychotherapy.  For over four decades, they have been studying couples and developing the premiere, research-based form of couples therapy to improve relationships. 

I have completed all of the Gottman trainings (3 levels) as well as additional specialized trainings through the Gottman Institute on additional topics including on Sex, Trauma, Domestic Violence, Addiction, Infidelity, and other "special situations". As a highly trained "Level 3 Gottman therapist",  I have seen couples dramatically improve their relationships using this approach.  
The Gottmans discuss their research-based "secrets" to making relationships work here! As an approved Gottman therapist, I am able to provide my clients with the complete Gottman assessment, feedback, and therapy:

Step 1: couples Interview

I will first meet with you as a couple for 90 minutes, to interview you about your history together and get to know more about your philosophy on relationships and goals for couples therapy. 


After I meet with you, I will have each of you separately complete a questionnaire online to give you a a tremendous head start in couples therapy. The Gottman Institute created this questionnaire, the "Relationship Checkup", a 400+ question online couples assessment. Why so many questions? I want to thoroughly assess the most important areas of your relationship so that I can know exactly where to start and how to spend our time most effectively. 

Step 3: individual interviews

After I've met you together, and you've completed the online assessment, I will meet with each of you individually for an hour each to discuss your own views on the relationship, concerns, and beliefs. This allows each of you to speak to me candidly about your relationship, and for me to get to know each of you as an individual.

step 5: Feedback session

After you have both met with me as a couple, individually, and completed the online questionnaire, I will spend one session providing you with thorough feedback on your relationship. This feedback session will help you start couples therapy with a better understanding of the strengths and challenges of your relationship, as well as an understanding of the Gottman research-based philosophy on what makes relationships work. I will explain your strengths and areas for growth using the "Sound Relationship House Theory".

I will also help you to understand what I believe about how your relationship has evolved, how problems have arisen, and how I plan to tailor couples therapy to your specific goals and concerns in a more efficient manner. The feedback session establishes a road map for our work together, with priorities and clear goals. I then ask you if you would like to proceed with my recommendations for couples therapy, and ask you each if you are willing to do what I am asking you to do in order improve your relationship (or not!). 

step 5: Couples Therapy begins

Once you have completed my thorough assessment process, listened to my feedback, and agreed to the plan for couples therapy, we begin our sessions. Most of my couples work with me 5 - 15 sessions, every week or every other week. Some couples have met with me for over a year for more complex concerns, such as recovering from an affair, addiction, history of trauma, etc.. 

After Couples Therapy

Once you have successfully completed couples therapy, I typically recommend scheduling a "check in" appointment several months later to make sure that the improvements you have made are sustained, and to problem-solve any regressions into old patterns. Most of my couples find this reassuring to know that they can always come see me again if new concerns arise.

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Schedule your first appointment today!

Don't wait any longer to invest in your relationship. Get started today by calling my assistant at 678-999-3390, or schedule online to book your first session You may also request a session using the form below. I would be happy to speak to you about any questions you have.  

Still Have Questions? Schedule a Free Phone Consultation!

I offer free 15 minute phone consultations; we can discuss your goals for counseling, and I can answer any of your questions. Call my assistant at 678-999-3390 or set up your free phone consultation by scheduling online through my online client portal.