Conflict is a healthy and normal part of any marriage. But when the same arguments keep occurring or the situation seems to be worsening, Aletheia couples therapy serving Great Falls and across MT can help spouses resolve their problems and prevent them from occurring in the future.
The Gottman Method was borne out of observation of interactions between thousands of intimate partners through 35 years of meticulous longitudinal studies on “Why Marriages Succeed or Fail.”
It employs a multi-pronged approach to help partners resolve conflict. The counselor teaches partners how to improve communication, heighten empathy, increase intimacy, respect and affection, and remove barriers that can cause stagnancy, as well as emotional disengagement and loneliness.
Using the metaphor of a house to define the relationship, the Gottman-certified therapist guides partners through 7 levels, or “floors,” of their relationship house. Spouses work together to build their floors, progressing from one to the other until their Sound Relationship House is complete.
Aletheia recognizes that the most effective option for a couple will depend on their dynamic and the unique problems they’re experiencing. To determine this accurately, partners who choose Gottman Method therapy with Aletheia participate in an initial assessment session.
Our experienced therapist, Jim Ramsey is the first fully certified Gottman therapist in the state of Montana. Therapist certification requires completing several steps before being permitted to offer this type of marriage counseling anywhere, including serving Great Falls, MT.
Available options for relationship therapy are:
Individual Marriage Counseling Serving Great Falls and across MT - Helps partners strengthen their bond through improved communication. This therapy helps to resolve a wide range of issues, including dealing with infidelity, co-parenting with a former spouse, and navigating divorce.
Couples Group Therapy - Allows partners to work through conflict resolution in a group setting with other partners. This option sees couples working together to reach relationship goals in a safe and confidential setting.
Intensive Marriage Counseling Retreats - This option condenses several weeks of counseling into 16 hours. Intensive relationship counseling retreats are ideal for couples who are in crisis, or who wish to make significant progress with a therapist in a short span of time.
Gottman Couples Therapy - Spouses complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup, a certified questionnaire that provides relationship insights and suggests interventions the couple can use to strengthen their marriage.
Spouses who will be attending sessions with Aletheia’s counselor may benefit from prior preparation. Identifying which problems are most important to discuss with their counselor as well as agreeing on the goals they wish to reach together can help alleviate some of the anxiety that can accompany an initial counseling session.
Committing to complete the relationship work suggested by the counselor is another step spouses can take prior to their initial session.
Ready to transform your relationship? Call Aletheia’s office today: (406) 251-7073.