Gottman Method

The Gottman Method is a type of relationship counseling developed by John and Julie Gottman. The goal of relationship counseling that applies the Gottman Method is to improve how the client’s relationship works by teaching couples how to avoid the behaviors shown by the Gottmans (and others) to damage relationships. Gottman maintains that there are four emotions (criticism, defensiveness, stonewalling, and contempt) that harm relationships. Therapists using the Gottman Method will help couples to grow closer, increase their affection for one another and help them to resolve conflicts in a healthy and positive way.

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Bryanna Goodman

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

We specialize in helping couples of all types, from those who are trying to recover from an affair, those who are frequently fighting to those who are just needing some touch up in feeling connected again. Here is what we offer: we will give you new skills to reconnect as friends we will give you new ways to repair your conflict we will help you re-spark your sex life

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Douglas Johns

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

John Gottman has described Collaborative Couple Therapy, my speciality, as completely consistent with his research findings for cultivating loving relationships. I have 36+ hours of training with the Gottman Institute and, in particular, utilize Gottman Institute Research to inform my practice methodology.

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Ivana Maclay (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC

I am trained in Gottman methodology and I use Gottman concepts in my work with couples. I am also Certified Educator for Seven Principle workshop. Dr. Gottman’s approach emphasizes couples’ strengths, skill-building for mutual happiness, and the development of a shared meaningful future. For more information, please see http://bloomingrelationship.com/home/counseling-services/

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Kate McNulty

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

I am certified as a Gottman Relationship Therapist by the Gottman Institute of Seattle, where a team has spent over 40 years looking into all the ways happy and healthy couples function together. This method helps couples improve their patterns of communicating based on using their existing strengths and adding new tools and awareness.

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Korel Ponti-Foss LMFT, ATR

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

When working with couples, I use Gottman Method because it has shown in over a decade of research to be effective. The Gottman approach provides simple ways to effectively manage conflict, deepen intimacy, improve friendship, and help heal relationship injuries even when there is significant conflict in a relationship.

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage Family Therapist Intern

M.S. Marriage and Family Therapy

I have completed the first two levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy in addition to studying several of Gottman’s books. Gottman Method centers communication, conflict resolution, empathy, and intimacy in relationships. I utilize Gottman Method in conjunction with a social justice oriented approach to provide support for everyone.

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PK Ponti-Foss

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

I utilize Gottman Method with couples in order to manage conflict, deepen their friendship and intimacy. One of the most important keys to long-standing contentment in a relationship (even when there’s significant conflict!) is learning how to repair the emotional harm partners have caused for one another. Couples therapy, believe it or not, can be an enjoyable and deeply healing process.

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Wendy Esther (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, NCC, CADCI, CGACII

Level 1

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Mark Burton, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

I’ve received training from Dr. Gottman, one of the foremost researchers in couples’ happiness, and have studied and practiced the Gottman method since predoctoral training in 1986. Dr. Gottman’s approach emphasizes couples’ strengths, skill-building for mutual happiness, and the development of a shared meaningful future.

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Carly Henderson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I am a Gottman Seven Principles trained educator, a Gottman Bringing Baby Home trained educator, and have completed the Gottman Level 1 couples training.

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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

LMHCA, LPC Intern

The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

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Audrianna J. Gurr (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC License and CADCI certificate, CDWF certificate

I am Gottman level one trained clinician. This work can be done individually or in couples work. The content is also applicable to new families with new or additional children in helping the parents communicate in a healthy and effect ways during this time of change and transition in their lives. This can also be applied in grief and loss work.

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Jennifer Burrell, MS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMFT Registered Intern

Gottman Method utilizes years of research to help couples go from being 'disasters' in there relationship to becoming 'masters.' When couples work together through this method to change their negative patterns they will see real positive results.

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Miranda Bayard-Clark, LPC (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

I have completed Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and primarily see couples in my practice. Using Gottman therapy is unique in the fact that couples get a full assessment of their relationship to help guide the treatment of couples therapy. The assessment is done in three sessions. Couples will learn tools for managing conflict and also improve friendship and intimacy.

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Jacqueline Holden, MA, NCC, PMH (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern

I have studied relationship research and have extra training from the Gottman Institute, completing the Level 1 Training for Gottman Relationship Counseling. I have also been a Gottman Bringing Baby Home Educator since 2013. Their research based and research tested methods show a high success rate for couples involved in this specific type of counseling.

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