We use the Gottman approach when providing relationship therapy or marriage counselling to couples. Gottman Method Couples Therapy draws
on the knowledge of 40 years of research and clinical practice to help couples break through barriers, and improve the level of connection,
intimacy and understanding within their relationships. The therapy is structured, evidence-based, and goal-oriented. The interventions used
in relationship counselling were developed as a result of research data, from a study conducted by Dr Gottman on more than 3000 couples.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy is designed to help partners:
The Gottman method involves a 3 part assessment process. The assessment process is designed to get a clear picture of your relationship including the strengths and issues you bring into therapy as well as understanding each of you as individuals.
In your first session, you and your partner will have the opportunity to share what has brought you to couples therapy and we will discuss the history of your relationship. Following this session you will be asked to complete an online set of questions about your relationship and your individual histories.
Session 2 and 3 are conducted as individual sessions and provide an opportunity to get to know you as an individual and develop an understanding of how your background and past experiences influence your current experience of your relationship.
In session 4 your psychologist will share the understanding they have gained throughout the assessment process and each member of the couple shares how this summary compares with their own experience of the relationship. You will discuss potential goals for couples counselling that arise from this assessment and work together to develop a plan forward.
In our experience couples are usually eager to complete the assessment process quickly and begin working on their relationship. Hence, we have implemented an assessment process with this in mind and are now offering a block of assessment sessions on Fridays so that couple’s can complete assessment and begin therapy the following week.
9:00am-10:05am: Assessment Session 1- Couple Session
10:15am-11:20am: Assessment Session 2- Partner 1
11:30am-12:35pm: Assessment Session 3- Partner 2
1:30pm-2:30pm: Assessment Session 4- Couple Session Feedback and Treatment Planning
We will also aim to book in the first two treatment session (weekly 65 minute appointments) at the time of your booking. At times our calendar can be booked 6 weeks to 2 months in advance, it is important to us that you are not left waiting for an appointment. If we decide any of your planned appointments are not required, we can adjust this as needed.
We believe everyone has the capacity for change and therefore, provide an open, supportive environment that nurtures growth.
9:00 – 18:00 (Mon – Fri)
23/1140 Nepean Highway Mornington 3931