Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Gottman have approached creating a form of couples therapy a bit differently than other forms of couples therapy. Dr. John Gottman created a Love Lab and studied couples for 30 years, recording thier heart beat, facial expressions, blood chemistry and relational interactions of couples. Sorting through this massive amont of data, they developed a clarity of Master Couples and Disaster Couples. They recognized that many partners do not recognize when they are so upset, they can not communicate and problem solve as well. Also many people have never learned strong couple skills to faciliate a deep emotional connection.
Together, they have created a method to help disaster couples become master couples. It is a series of assessements, skills building and deepening of emotional engagement whie working with the therapist. The interventions utlized depend a great deal on the needs of the couple.
To learn more about this approach to couples therapy, go to www.gottman.com. They have written many books, have videos and smart phone apps to help assist couples make important changes to thier realtionship all on thier own.
My advanced trainings in this method include Level 1: Bridging the Couples Chasm 1/29-30/16, Level 2: Assessment, Intervention, & Co-Morbidities 6/2-4/16, Level 3: Practicum 9/1-3/16, Treating Affairs and Trauma Nov 3-5, 2016, Couples and Addiction Recovery Nov 6, 2016.