Gottman Method Couples Therapy

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

What is Gottman Therapy?

The Gottman Method 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 an assessment that informs the therapeutic framework and intervention.

A conjoint session is followed by individual interviews with each partner. Couples complete questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback about their relationship.

Therapeutic Framework
The couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of their sessions.

Therapeutic Interventions
Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships 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 designed to increase closeness and intimacy are used to improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhances the couples shared goals. Relapse prevention is also addressed.

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)