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Jen, I am glad to have the chance to comment on John’s work. John Gottman has been a tremendously influential and productive researcher analysing the dynamic of couple interaction. He is truly exceptional in the creativity he has brought to understanding couple relationships. His approach to couple counselling is based on the vast amount of research he has done. That said, to the best of my knowledge there is only one paper published in a peer reviewed journal evaluating the method. It suggested that different components of the method work better for men than women. The standard usually required of therapies to be seen as evidence based is that they are shown to work in two independently conducted randomized trials. To the best of my knowledge the Gottman method does not meets that requirement.
4 August 2015