Gottman method couples therapy (also referred to as the Gottman method) is a structured and goal-oriented model of couples counseling. Its research is based on data from over 3,000 couples in John Gottman’s studies on successful, functional long-term romantic partnerships and marriages. The Gottman method includes intervention strategies designed to help partners and spouses increase their closeness with one another, aid in conflict resolution, create understanding for each other, and maintain calm during times of conflict. Specifically, the Gottman method is used to encourage romantic partnership and help negate marital or relationship dissolution, especially during times of relationship distress when repair is needed and recovery is still possible. This entry includes sections on the core triad of balance made up of three domains of ...

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