This is it—the culmination of your training, mastery of the Gottman Method, and recognition as an expert in your field.
Becoming a Certified Gottman Therapist is the final step in your journey toward becoming a career couples therapist. You will master how to help couples create greater meaning and connection in their relationships, and you will expand and reinforce your understanding of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, building off of everything you’ve learned through your training and clinical work to date.
The Gottman Method Clinical Training Program includes the following Levels on your path to becoming a Certified Gottman Therapist. Through each level of training, you’ll learn proven assessment techniques and effective intervention strategies that have helped millions of couples worldwide.
After you’ve completed Level 1 Training, Level 2 Training, and Level 3 Training, as well as Treating Affairs and Trauma and Couples and Addiction Recovery, you can enter the Certification Track, where you will be paired with a consultant to continually hone your skills and master the Gottman Method.
Level 1 Training
Level 1 will introduce you to the most important concepts of the Gottman Method, including fundamental assessments and interventions, and you will learn how to teach those interventions to couples so that they can use them on their own. There are no prerequisites. Level 1 can be completed in person, as an online course, or by DVD set.
Level 2 Training
Level 2 builds upon and refines the skills you learned in Level 1. It provides a wealth of information about relationship theory, observation, couple dynamics, relationship assessment, treatment planning, when and how to use interventions, and working with co-morbidities like affairs and addictions. Level 2 trained therapists are eligible to be listed on the Gottman Referral Network. Completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite. Level 2 can be completed in person, as an online course, or by DVD set.
Level 3 Training
Level 3 Training is an advanced practicum workshop that is only offered in-person. It delves into the true resistances and co-morbidities we face as therapists, and how we can transform them into effective healing methods for our clients. In a small-group setting, you will have the opportunity to practice and refine your use of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and receive personalized guidance in developing a roadmap for making sound clinical decisions. Completion of Level 1 Training and Level 2 Training is required, as well as a master’s degree, doctoral degree, or current enrollment in a graduate program within a mental health-related field. Therapy experience is highly recommended, but not required.
Treating Affairs and Trauma
Dive deep into our proven, research-based approach for treating couples impacted by infidelity and PTSD to learn clinical skills that will empower your couples to not only rebuild their relationship, but also create immunity from future betrayals. Completion of Level 1 is a prerequisite. This training can be completed as an online course.
Couples and Addiction Recovery
Couples and Addiction Recovery is a groundbreaking new training for therapists, counselors, and professionals who work with couples struggling with addiction as well as couples in recovery from alcohol, drugs, and/or behavioral addictions. This workshop draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice. Completion of Level 1 is recommended as a prerequisite. This training can be completed in-person or as an online course.
The final step in the Roadmap to Certification is the Certification Track, which includes consultation with a Certified Gottman Therapist and video review of your ability to demonstrate Gottman Method Couples Therapy in your practice. We strongly encourage you to enter the Certification Track immediately after completing the Level 3 Training. You will have a maximum of two years to enter the Certification Track following your Level 3 Training and a maximum of two years to finish the Certification Track upon entering.
Congratulations, Certified Gottman Therapist!
Following certification, you will have the opportunity to enroll in our train-the-trainer program to present your own Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Trainings in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. You can also train to present The Art and Science of Love and The Art and Science of Love 2 weekend workshops for couples in your community.
Questions? Please see the Gottman Help Center.