Learning to manage conflict, strengthening the capacity to meaningfully support each other and sharing future hopes and dreams are among the the key skills couples need to make love last.
And perhaps most importantly developing and maintaining a bond of FRIENDSHIP and mutual influence are another of the strong foundations required for successful couples.
It is the combination of these factors that make it possible for love to last while two people share a rich life, navigating the good and the bad while feeling attached and at the same time maintaining a balanced sense of individuality and personal integrity.
It's these factors that the Gottman approach is designed to assist couples with and, based on the evidence, it is why it works.
The 'nuts and bolts' Gottman Method Couples Therapy approach helps partners to:
- Raise the level of respect, closeness, intimacy and affection in the relationship
- Learn to have calm conflicts
- Deal with perpetual and gridlocked conflicts
- Build understanding of each other
- Solve the solvable issues
Based on thousands of hours of research involving more than 3,000 couples where micro details of affect, verbal communication, contact and intimacy have been analysed, John and Julie Gottman have determined what makes couples live together in long, lasting committed relationships. They also integrate the work of other clinicians in the field who have worked with couples over the last 40 years.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships.