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.

Local experts in Gottman Method

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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Couples Clinic of Portland

Licensed Professional Counselor

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Michael Morales (he/his)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

I have found this method blends a great mixture of scientific research on relationship as well as the therapists lived experience and ability to ply their craft. It gives structure to treatment to those couples that benefit from structure (think topics to talk about in session and homework afterwards) as well as the flexibility to address immediate themes that arise during the week leading up to the therapy session. I typical use this method for about 80% of the couples that I see.

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Chelsea Kellogg (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

M.A. Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy

I have completed training levels 1 and 2 (out of 3) of the Gottman Method.

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Evoke Therapy LLC (they, them)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA, MFT, RYT, RM

The Gottman Method is a practical and evidence-based approach to couples therapy that focuses on enhancing relationship satisfaction and stability. Through assessments and interventions tailored to each couple's unique dynamics, we work together to strengthen your bond and create a more positive and fulfilling relationship. The Gottman Method equips you with practical skills and insights to navigate challenges, deepen intimacy, and build a lasting connection based on trust and understanding.

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Kelle DeBruin (she/her/hers)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT, Supervisor

Out of the many things that can be understood better through the Gottman Method, two things that the Gottman Method allows us to focus on is our connection with our partner and how we approach communication with each other in our day to day life. I've done advanced trainings in the Gottman Method and commonly utilize the Couples Assessment conducted by the Gottman Method to work through areas of strength and challenge with couples.

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Katelyn Bessette (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, CADCIII, CST

I am trained at Level 1 in Gottman techniques.

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Amanda Best (she/her/hers)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

LMFT-A

With extensive experience in the Gottman Approach, I have catered this empirically backed theory to clients of all backgrounds. I tailor Gottman to your unique needs and concerns while utilizing its structured approach. Gottman is specifically great for couples or individuals looking to enhance communication skills, conflict resolution, and emotional connection.

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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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Scott Fletcher (He/Him)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

MA

I completed level 1 training in Gottman Method for treating relationship issues. The Gottman method helps people communicate more effectively and strengthen overall relationship dynamics.

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Gabriel Trees (He / Him)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

Masters of Arts, Marriage, Couple & Family Therapy

With over 40 years of evidence-based research, Gottman Therapy can offer a path forward to understanding relationship barriers as well as increasing respect, empathy and intimacy. Let’s support you in strengthening your relationships through approachable tools for success.

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DeLyn Griffin (she/her)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

MA in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling

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Ajay Dheer (He/They)

Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

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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JESSICA VAN DER MERWE (She/Her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC

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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Carly Henderson (she/her)

Licensed Professional Counselor

LPC, LMHC, NCC

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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Emma Bridges (she/her)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

LCSW

I enjoy supporting couples as a level one trained Gottman clinician.

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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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PK Foss (She/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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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Sarah Felsted (she/her)

Professional Counselor Associate

MA

Gottman Levels 1 and 2 Affairs and Trauma Training

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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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Wild Wish Counseling

Licensed Professional Counselor

Level 1 & Level 2

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Torey Andrus (she/her)

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

LMFT

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