- Series: Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393708357
- ISBN-13: 978-0393708356
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology) 1st Edition
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“If you enjoy seeing the Gottmans as presenters, you will love their most recent book, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy. Extraordinary therapists and gifted researchers, it’s as if you can hear the authors’ voices emanate from the text. . . . [E]asy to read, while also providing useful concepts and a formula that works. . . . Of course, I recommend this book. It can be used as a resource guide, as well as one that offers immediate tools for working with clients. The research-based wisdom will no doubt become standardized knowledge because of how applicable it is for clinical work.”
- The Milton H. Erickson Foundation Newsletter
“[L]ike their previous books, 10 Principles attempts to break down a complex issue into something more tangible. . . . [T]he heart of this text focuses on well-crafted principles for effective therapy, and includes scientific research, assessments, exercises, and statistics. . . . Few things are more fascinating than when therapy and scientific research come together, which is precisely why any work produced by John or Julie Gottman makes for an interesting read.”
“Known for their iconic research on couples, their prolific writings, and the development of a couples therapy informed by their research findings, Julie and John Gottman, in this well written and comprehensive book, gift their clinical wisdom and processes to couples therapists. Filled with clinical insight, coherent theory, case illustrations, various data gathering forms, and a treatment plan, this book should increase the competence and confidence of any clinician who is wise enough to read it.”
- Harville Hendrix, PhD and Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD, co-creators of Imago Relationship Therapy and authors of Getting the Love You Want and Making Marriage Simple
“In 10 principles, this book lays out in an eminently readable and accessible way the basic steps of effective couple therapy. It is a great contribution to the field and will guide numerous therapists onto the path of successful intervention.”
- Sue Johnson, author of Hold Me Tight and Love Sense; Founding Director of The International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
About the Author
Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D., is the Co-Founder and President of The Gottman Institute. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshop for couples and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
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The specific clinical examples that illustrate several of the principles are useful and provide a nice window into the Gottmans' inner and outer dialogue as they apply their methods with challenging cases. They also admit becoming flooded at times themselves, normalizing the fact that therapists are also human beings with our own triggers in a really challenging profession. I do wish one of the principles included more information on attachment theory; a theory which can help highlight critical underlying emotional dynamics in couples therapy.
In considering negative reviews of the chapter, "Suspend Moral Judgement when Treating Affairs," I think it’s important to note that effective couples therapy involves taking a both/and approach, rather than an either/or stance. In short, we can hold people fully responsible for their decision to have an affair AND demonstrate compassion, understanding, and curiosity about the individual and relationship history that may have contributed to the betrayal (e.g., childhood trauma, etc.). Judgement (at least the type that's similar to contempt) simply isn't effective in couples therapy. That's one of the points of the chapter.
In summary, Drs. Julie & John Gottman are master couples therapists and this book is a must read for clinicians wanting to apply their science-based techniques in a sensitive and emotionally attuned manner.
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