The Gottman Research Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory.
Dr. John Gottman has been studying couples and families for over four decades. Through analyzing thousands of interactions, he has scientifically determined the factors that produce long-lived harmonious relationships, and those behaviors that damage and eventually ruin relationships. From this research he developed a practical and scientific therapy method for helping and strengthening relationships between committed couples, and between parents and children. Dr. Gottman and his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, created The Gottman Institute to provide training for health care professionals.
Well-known to consumers through his best-selling books, 'Why Marriages Succeed and Fail' and 'Raising An Emotionally Intelligent Child,' Gottman's couples research received an entire section in Malcolm Gladwell's 2005 'Blink.' "Gottman has proven something remarkable. If he analyzes an hour of a husband and wife talking, he can predict with 95 percent accuracy whether the couple will still be married fifteen years later."
Each Certified Gottman Therapist has a master's level education or above, many years of clinical experience, and has completed the certification program offered by The Gottman Institute.
The program includes completion of:
1) A two-day workshop with Dr. John Gottman
2) A four-day Advanced Training program led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman
3) A four-day Certification Study Program
4) Eight individual or 12 group sessions of consultation given by a Senior Certified Therapist. Finally, the therapist must submit video for review; based on the review, qualification is attained.
Any therapist or health professional who has not completed all of the requirements may not practice The Gottman Method at the level of expertise expected of Certified Gottman Therapists.
Check out this great video about The Gottman Method style of couples therapy.