The Gottman Method for Healthy Relationships is a form of couples-based therapy and education that derives from the relationship research of psychologist John Gottman. For more than 40 years, Gottman identified and tested the elements of an enduring relationship. Gottman and his wife, psychologist Julie Schwartz Gottman, created the clinical treatment framework known as the Gottman Method and launched the Gottman Institute, a center for training, research, and education.
Gottman Method is a broad-based treatment that serves all couples, at any age, and in any stage of a relationship.
The method can be applied to many relationship problems but may be particularly useful for couples who are:
- Stuck in chronic conflict
- Coping with infidelity
- Struggling with communication
- In a stagnant relationship or emotionally distanced
- Facing difficulties over specific issues, such as money, parenting, or sex
All Gottman Method therapy is based on a couple’s patterns of interacting, and partners learn and implement relationship-building and problem-solving skills together.