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Gottman Method Couples Therapy Los Angeles

Posted on: May 22nd, 2024 by Our Team

What is Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

The Gottman Method of Couples Therapy is a research-based approach to strengthening and improving relationships. Dr. John Gottman is one of the world’s premier researchers in couples and relationships. He built his methodology on 5 decades of research. His research involved setting up a laboratory, for the distinct purpose of examining couples and their dynamics. Inquisitively, he asked poignant questions such as: what makes couples’ relationships successful? What are emotionally intelligent couples doing well? 

Where to Begin Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

The Gottman Method for Couples Therapy begins with finding the best therapist for you. There are various levels of expertise regarding Gottman therapists. The levels include I, II, and III. Once a therapist has completed all three levels of training, they are eligible for the certification process.

The certification process includes up to an additional two-years of becoming an expert level Gottman trained therapist. If possible, look for a certified Gottman Method Couples therapist. According to the Gottman Institute, certified therapists due to their training and mastery of the Gottman Method are recognized as experts in their field.

What are Next Steps in Gottman Method Couples Therapy?

The next step includes scheduling a phone consultation. You want to see if the therapist can help you. Also, you want to make sure it’s a good fit. You may have questions for the therapist. Once you have a consultation, you may wish to move ahead and make an appointment.

Phase I: The Assessment Process

During this phase a thorough assessment of your relationship can be expected. This includes the following four sessions:

The first Session:

In this session, your therapist will meet with you and your partner. She will gather a history of your relationship. Your therapist gathers information to better understand you as a couple. This session is a great opportunity to meet your therapist. You will get a better sense if they are the right therapist for you. You want to feel comfortable and safe. Additionally, you will learn more about the Gottman Method.

Following this first session, you will complete an online assessment. This is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. Once you and your partner have completed the assessment your therapist will have your results.

Second and Third Sessions:

In these sessions your therapist will meet individually with each partner. Your therapist will gather information about your respective histories.

Fourth Session:

This session includes reconvening with your therapist to review the results of your relationship assessment. Your therapist will go over the proposed treatment plan. This plan is tailored specifically for you and your partner. It serves as a guide for your therapy process. Your therapist will introduce you to some preliminary strategies.

Phase II: Couples Therapy

Following the assessment process, couples therapy begins. Most couples start with a weekly therapy session; however, frequency and duration will be discussed. Some couples find they want to get a jump start on therapy and may opt for more intensive couples’ therapy.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy Los Angeles

If you are interested in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and would like to find out more, contact Dr. Angela Bisignano. She is a clinical psychologist and certified Gottman therapist. Dr. Bisignano offers a complimentary consultation. Dr. Bisignano offers Gottman Method Couples Therapy Los Angeles. Her office is located in the south bay of Los Angeles in Southern California; however, she sees couples from all over California.

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