Gottman Method Couples Therapy
(Offered On-Site & Online)

Couples who feel connected, are supportive, and treat each other with consideration, are much more likely to have intimate, satisfying relationships.


Gottman Method Couples Therapy was developed by Dr. John Gottman, a Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington. Over the span of 40 years, he developed mathematical models, scales, and formulas to identify the elements common to healthy, happy relationships as well as the factors that predict divorce. ​

Factors that, if present, predict divorce:

  • Criticism of the partner's personality

  • Defensiveness (e.g., not taking at least some responsibility for your contribution to the conflict)

  • Stonewalling (e.g., shutting down, refusing to calmly discuss an issue)

  • Contempt 

The Gottman Method involves customizing principles developed from scientific research to each couple’s particular patterns and challenges.

The goals of the Gottman Method include:

  • Increasing closeness and friendship behaviors

  • Expressing fondness and admiration of each other

  • Addressing conflict productively

  • Learning to effectively compromise

  • Building and maintaining trust and commitment

  • Creating a life of shared meaning together

Our services are available in-person at our Newport Beach, California location, or by secure online meeting (called "telehealth"). Click here to be directed to our Telehealth page and learn more.


  • Manage conflict productively

  • Learn to love after an affair

  • Plan an amicable break-up/divorce

  • Eliminate factors that predict divorce 

  • Learn to calm yourself and your partner during an argument


  • Strengthen our friendship

  • Express fondness and admiration

  • Improve communication

  • Build a close, supportive friendship


  • Enhance sexual satisfaction

  • Create shared meaning

  • Sustain trust and commitment

  • Become an expert listener

  • Pre-marital counseling

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©2019 by Insight Psychology Center, Inc. All rights reserved. We treat anxiety, depression, insomnia, relationship issues, self esteem issues, childhood sexual abuse, loss or grief, divorce issues, borderline personality disorder (BPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and dissociative disorders. We also offer personal growth groups: relaxation, stress management, mindfulness, women's social support, and self-care. Our treatment methods include clinical psychology, telehealth, online therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, evidence based practice, empirically-supported treatments, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), group therapy, personal growth groups, and life coaching. We offer online therapy, and also serve cities including Irvine, Turtle Rock, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Brea, Villa Park, Fullerton, Anaheim, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Tustin, Laguna Nigel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Huntington Beach, Corona Del Mar, Coto de Caza, Dana Point, Laguna Woods, Ladera Ranch, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as areas surrounding Orange County