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What is Gottman Marathon Couples Therapy?

Gottman Marathon Therapy is an intensive form of couples therapy developed by Dr. John Gottman and his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman. This approach is designed to provide a concentrated and immersive therapy experience for couples who are facing relationship challenges.


During a Gottman Marathon Therapy session, couples work with a highly trained therapist for an extended period of time, often over the course of two consecutive days. The therapy sessions can last for 6-7 hours each day, allowing for in-depth exploration and processing of the issues within the relationship.


Here are some benefits associated with Gottman Marathon Therapy:


1. Comprehensive Assessment: Marathon therapy allows the therapist to gather a comprehensive understanding of the couple's dynamics, strengths, and challenges. The therapist can observe and assess the couple's interactions in real-time, leading to more targeted interventions and strategies.


2. Immediate Feedback: The extended sessions in marathon therapy provide an opportunity for immediate feedback from the therapist. This immediate feedback helps couples gain insights, understand patterns, and make adjustments in real-time, enhancing the effectiveness of the therapy process.


3. Intensive Focus: The concentrated nature of marathon therapy allows couples to deeply focus on their relationship and the issues they are facing. The longer sessions provide ample time for thorough exploration, understanding, and problem-solving.


4. Efficiency: Since marathon therapy compresses a significant amount of therapy into a short period, it can help couples make progress quickly compared to traditional weekly therapy sessions. This can be especially beneficial for couples who are dealing with time constraints or who are in crisis situations.


5. Deeper Connection: The immersive nature of marathon therapy fosters a deeper sense of connection between partners. Spending consecutive days together, engaging in therapy exercises and discussions, can help couples rebuild trust, improve communication, and strengthen their emotional bond.


6. Skill Building: The extended therapy sessions provide ample time for couples to learn and practice specific skills and techniques to improve their relationship. This can include conflict resolution strategies, effective communication techniques, and ways to enhance intimacy and connection.


For more information on Gottman Method Couples Therapy – please email Kylie on kj@burleighheadspsychology.com.au

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