It always gives me a buzz to connect with leaders in the field and to learn more strategies which work and support my clients. That is why I am delighted to have been selected to assist Drs John and Julie Gottman, and the Research Team at the Gottman Institute, with their most recent study on Gottman Method Marathon Therapy.
John and Julie Gottman have provided me with additional training and support in the most up to date tools to assist couples to improve their romantic relationship. They have also provided much of the information for this blog.
It is so good to be able to share this approach with couples here in Australia.
You might have experienced the stop , start pattern of traditional therapy. It feels like you come in, open up a conflict and eventually get it sorted out.
BUT then you go back to the real world and get absorbed in the normal weekly stresses. Of course, you fall back into the same negative patterns.
Or maybe it isn’t sorted out at all. Time is up and you are “thrown out into the street” feeling worse than when you started!
Next week you return for another session covering similar ground. These are sad tales some clients have shared with me. That can be so discouraging and gives therapy a bad rap!
Gottman Marathon Therapy is different.
Marathon Therapy allows for a relaxed time to focus on the issues and explore them more deeply. There is time to process past injuries that might never have been healed. There can be the “aha moments” because you have time to understand how these old hurts have damaged the relationship and keep coming back in communication patterns.
There is time to learn and practice new listening skills and then how to make requests so you can have more productive conversations.
It is a practical nuts and bolts approach taught with sensitivity and kindness.
There is time to rebuild and to reconnect.
I am excited to report that the results gathered so far in 2019 show that 75% of couples say their relationship is “saved” by the marathon therapy. Many can change the trajectory of their relationship from a ‘crash and burn” to a slow but steady path to improvement.
If you are in a committed relationship but have relationship challenges, this approach could be for you.
I invite you to read more about this very special opportunity to participate by clicking on this link to the landing page on The Gottman website: https://www.gottman.com/gottman-method-marathon-couples-therapy/
I do need to add a warning, this is not for the fainthearted. There are some risks involved. It is a commitment of time and money. The format may move you more quickly and intensely into the areas of difficulty which need to be addressed. Therefore, you and /or your partner may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, loneliness and helplessness. You may be asked to recall and describe unpleasant aspects of your history together which is done to bring you closer and to strengthen the relationship.
I will work to ensure this is done in a safe and supportive environment so you can finally have those conversations which might have been avoided for years. But there are no guarantees of the outcome.
There are also some exclusion criteria which are needed for your well-being and the integrity of the study. This process is not suitable for those currently having individual therapy, experiencing active addiction, or where there are current ongoing affairs.
Additionally, the research involves seven lots of 90 minute follow up sessions after the marathon to help to solidify the changes made in the marathon. They cost my usual rate of $385 per session.
Plus, you will be asked to complete the on-line questionnaires on 4 occasions so I can track your progress and tailor the most relevant support to best help your unique circumstances.
Contact my colleagues at the Gottman Institute to see if you qualify. email@example.com They can do the paperwork with you in the same way they have assisted me to write this blog.
OR, email me to set up a free 20 minute chat to see if Gottman Marathon Therapy is the right choice for you and your partner at this time.
I look forward to hearing from you.