Gottman Method Couples Therapy

What is Gottman Therapy?

Gottman Method Couples Therapy combines wisdom from both research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families and relationships. 

It includes a thorough assessment your couple relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. You use these interventions to strengthen your relationship by improving friendship, conflict management and deepening your emotional connection.

What is the process?

Couples who enter into Gottman Method Couples Therapy begin with a comprehensive assessment that provides the basis for further counselling. 

Assessment
A joint session is followed by individual interviews with each partner. Each partner completes a broad questionnaire about themselves and their relationship. They then receive detailed feedback about how well their relationship is working.

Therapeutic Framework
Based on the findings from the questionnaire, the couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of their sessions.

Therapeutic Interventions
Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationship in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and creation of shared meaning. 

Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Interventions are designed to:

  • Increase closeness and intimacy
  • Improve friendship
  • Deepen emotional connection
  • Create positive changes
  • Prevent relapses

Taken as a whole, these interventions help enhance the couple’s shared goals. Contact Briony for further information or to book an appointment.

What is the Gottman Institute?

The Gottman Institute is dedicated to combining wisdom from research and practice to support and strengthen marriages, families, and relationships. It brings the knowledge of research to therapists–and the insight of therapists to researchers. This link between research and practice reflects the collaboration of John and Julie Gottman, whose combined research and clinical experience is extensive, and incomparable.

Briony is a Gottman Institute member and one of the few therapists in Adelaide to offer this type of therapy. Contact Briony for further information or to book an appointment.

Briony Barton

Briony Barton

B A (major Psych)
B Soc Admin (Social Work)
Grad Dip Mental Health

Hi, nice to meet you. A little about me:

I am a member of:

  • Australian Association of Social Workers (Accredited Mental Health)
  • Australian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • Society of Australian Sexology (General Member)
  • Australian Society of Hypnosis (Associate)