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What Does Certified Gottman Couples Therapist Mean?

A Certified Gottman TherapistTM
A Certified Gottman Therapist is an individual who has completed the certification program offered by The Gottman Institute. This program includes completion of the following five steps of training:
1) Level 1Bridging the Couple Chasm: A Research-Based Approach
A two-day professional workshop by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, either in person or on DVD/videotape
2) Level 2Assessment, Intervention and Co-Morbidities
A four -day training led by Dr. John M. Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, either in person or on DVD/videotape
3) Level 3aThe Certification Practicum Workshop
A four-day workshop led by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman
4) Level 3bConsultation
At least eight individual sessions or 12 group sessions of consultation with a Senior Certified Gottman Therapist Consultant
5) Level 3cTape Review
Submission and passing of required DVD/videotapes for review by a Senior Certified Gottman Therapist Tape Reviewer.
PLEASE NOTE: Any therapist or health professional that has not completed ALL of the above requirements may not refer to him- or herself as a “Certified Gottman Therapist,” “Gottman Therapist,” “Gottman Trained Therapist,” “Gottman Method Therapist,” “Level 1, 2 or 3 Gottman Therapist,” or any name of similar title. Use of these terms are reserved ONLY for use by Certified Gottman Therapists, as they have demonstrated their competency in these methods. Certified Gottman Therapists must comply with our guidelines for continued use of this certification mark.

I have been personally trained by Drs. John and Julie Gottman as a Certified Gottman Therapist, Couples Workshop Leader, and Trainer at Level 1. While the Gottman Method provides couples with clear and simple techniques to improve their relationship, for the couples therapist, it takes many years to fully integrate and master both the art and science of Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Working with a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist assures you that you are working with someone who provides the highest quality couples therapy based on cutting edge scientific research into what makes relationships work.See my listing here.