The Gottman Method Couples Therapy

A Balanced Life Lake Tahoe | South Lake Tahoe CA | Therapy & Counseling

Are you ready to start making changes to improve your partnership?

We don't all get perfect, or even healthy, relationship models from our parents or caretakers. The good news is that there is hope, with scientific evidence backing it, that adults can learn the skills to transform their relationships into healthy, thriving partnerships. The Gottman Method Couples Therapy has an 80% success rate, compared with 15-50% with other forms of couples therapy. The statistics speak for themselves.

Maybe you've had a breach in trust, or you've drifted apart, or you can't figure out how to communicate effectively... As adults, we may need to seek out support to navigate the challenges that can arise in forming and maintaining a joyful and fulfilling partnership.

The Gottman Method, rooted in 40 years of groundbreaking research, helps couples to heal and strengthen.

Part of what makes The Gottman Method so effective is having a thorough assessment that clearly lays out the strengths and areas of improvement for each couple. In order to get that vital information, an in-depth evaluation process is required.

The initial assessment is as follows:

  1. Complete intake paperwork prior to attending 90 minute session with both partners.
  2. If the couple decides to proceed, the next step is an online assessment, called the Gottman Relationship Checkup.
  3. Once both parties have completed the checkup, the therapist meets with each partner separately for 50 minute sessions.
  4. Next, the therapist creates a treatment plan, based on the online assessment results and notes from all three sessions, with goals which will be discussed and agreed upon collaboratively in the following session.
  5. Once the initial assessment is complete, additional sessions are held together and are 90 minutes long. The frequency is decided on collaboratively between the therapist and couple.

The Gottman method provides a blueprint for how to make a relationship healthy and happy for the long haul. The research and work has been done to find out what makes relationships work. Whether the knowledge you gain from this work is implemented in your current relationship or another one down the road, the information is invaluable for improving your current and future relationships.