One of the key things to consider before deciding to see a Gottman therapist is your commitment to working on your relationship.
The Gottman Method can be rigorous and intense, and therapists expect couples to continue to use the skills they learn in therapy outside of sessions.
As a result, those who aren’t prepared to focus on improving their relationship in this way may not benefit from the Gottman Method.
In addition, the Gottman Method is not recommended for couples that suffer from physical domestic violence.
While this form of therapy can help with many relationship issues, couples counseling can’t change patterns of physical violence. Instead, this issue should be handled by a domestic violence specialist, a shelter, or the police.
If you or a loved one are a victim of domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 for confidential assistance from trained advocates.
For more mental health resources, see our National Helpline Database.