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Robert Navarra



California, United States


  • Advanced Gottman Clinical Trainer
  • Consultant
  • Speaker
  • Specialty Trainer
  • Workshop Presenter


  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Affairs
  • Trauma

Speaker Expertise:

  • Couples & Addiction Recovery
  • Level 1 Training
  • Level 2 Training
  • Level 3 Training

Dr. Navarra is a Certified Gottman Therapist, Consultant, Speaker, and Level 3 Trainer. He is a popular presenter at national conferences and has trained therapists nationally and internationally. Dr. Navarra has co-authored several book chapters with Drs. John and Julie Gottman including three articles on Gottman Therapy for the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy (January 2018). Additional publications include, Systemic Addiction Treatment in Couple and Family Therapy, for the Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy; Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Co-Morbidity, in Gottman Level 2 Training Manual; and Family Response to Adults and Alcohol, in Addiction Treatment Quarterly.

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Dr. Navarra developed the Couple Recovery Development Approach (CRDA), a relational model of addiction assessment and treatment based on his research at Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. Integrating CRDA with the Sound Relationship House model Dr. Navarra designed a two-day workshop for recovering couples, Roadmap for the Journey, and a one-day training workshop for therapists and counselors, Couples and Addiction Recovery. Dr. Navarra and Dr. John Gottman are collaborating on a randomized clinical trial of the CRDA model in treatment programs. Dr. Navarra teaches graduate classes on addictive disorders at Santa Clara University.

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*Accepting New Certification Candidates*

Robert has been in private practice for over 25 years, and now work primarily with couples. He is an Art & Science of Love Workshop Leader, and a Gottman Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Trainer. He has had the privilege to co-author a book chapter with Dr. John Gottman, titled “Gottman Method Therapy: From Theory to Practice”, in Case Studies in Couple Therapy: Theory-Based Approaches (Carson & Casado-Kehoe, Eds., 2011).

As a Research Associate at Mental Research Institute (MRI) Robert co-founded Center for Couples in Recovery and developed the “Couple Recovery Development Approach” (CRDA), based on original, ongoing research over the last 10 years at MRI. In collaboration with Dr. John Gottman and the Relationship Research Institute and blending research models, Dr. Gottman and Robert presented a workshop, training therapists and addiction counselors in this relational approach to addiction recovery and collaborated in designing a CRDA weekend workshop for couples recovering from addiction that is now being offered in several treatment programs. CRDA will be studied in randomized clinical trials looking at outcomes of working with couples in early recovery verses standard individually-oriented recovery approaches.

Dr. Bob Navarra was a wonderful consultant and his wisdom, kindness, and encouragement were invaluable.

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