Motivating Marriages Psychology offers Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT). Adrian and Kerrie have both trained in Levels 1, 2, and 3 of this treatment modality. 

GMCT is based on 40 years of research conducted by clinical psychologist Dr. John Gottman, of the Gottman Institute in Seattle, Washington, USA. It’s focus is on teaching couples within a clinical treatment setting, how to recognise the negative behaviours within their relationship that are causing breakdown; and to teach couples how to implement empirically researched and tested skills to address these weaknesses. 



When you contact us to book in for couples therapy, you will speak to one of our knowledgeable reception staff, who can answer any further questions you might have about GMCT. 

You will then be allocated to one of our highly skilled psychologists, all of whom have been trained in GMCT. 

At this point, you will be asked to book four separate sessions for your partner and your detailed assessment phase:

- Session 1: a joint session with you and your partner to meet your psychologist, and for your psychologist to perform an initial assessment on the both of you, your relationship, and the presenting issues; 
- Session 2: an individual session with one of you, in order for your psychologist to further assess the issues from that partner’s perspective; 
- Session 3: an individual assessment session with the other partner; 
- Session 4: a joint session to discuss all results of the assessment, including the Gottman online assessment questionnaire (discussed below), and treatment planning.

Between Session 1 and 2, you will be asked to complete the Gottman Institute’s online assessment questionnaire – the Relationship Checkup (RC). This is a comprehensive psychometric measure that pinpoints the specific areas of need within your relationship. The RC is completed outside of session, and takes approximately 60-90mins, on average. It is filled out separately by the both of you, and needs to be completed before your individual sessions, sessions 2 and 3. 

Whilst completing the assessment phase may feel onerous, the more information you are able to provide your psychologist, the more able your psychologist will be to tailor a treatment plan for you and your partner that addresses the specific issues within your relationship.

The Gottman Institute recommends a minimum 17hrs of therapy (not including the initial assessment sessions) to cover the basic necessities of the treatment. Motivating Marriages recommends 2hr appointments – whenever possible – as preference for your treatment sessions (as, from experience these sessions can comfortably address issues and skills effectively).

Your treatment sessions will address:

- Conflict Management;
- Strengthening Friendship;
- Deepening Intimacy;
- Building Relationship Resilience;
- Building and Maintaining Connection;
- Creating Shared Meaning;
- Enhancing Passion and Romance.



- Couples who are experiencing significant relationship distress;
- Couples who wish to learn life-long relationship skills to further prosper their relationship;
- Pre-marital couples who wish to start their lives together with essential knowledge and skills that promote strong, emotional healthy and intimate relationship.



- Couples where there is serious ongoing
domestic violence;
- If one, or both people in the relationship has an active drug or alcohol addiction;
- One, or both partners have serious untreated mental health issues (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder). This does not include conditions that have been successfully treated in the past;
- If there is an undisclosed affair or an ongoing affair that the partner is not willing to cease;
- If either partner is currently experiencing suicidal, homicidal or serious self-harming thoughts. 

Please contact us if you are unsure of whether your situation is suitable for this type of therapy, or not. If you are assessed as unsuitable, we can recommend more appropriate treatments and/or referral for you to gain the assistance you need.

Note: Once you and your partner have decided to undertake GMCT, it is important that you call a ‘cease fire’ on all ‘hot topics’; those ones that are causing the significant distress in your relationship. Rebuilding and improving your relationship must begin at your initial commitment to start therapy. In effect this means putting these ‘hot topics’ on hold, or shelving them, with the knowledge that we will more effectively address these issues in your GMCT. In the meantime, until you visit these conflicts again, we encourage you to begin focusing on what you want out of your relationship moving forward – after we have more effectively dealt with those ‘hot topics’.



GMCT sessions will be conducted on site at the combined premises of Motivating Marriages Psychology/Motivating Minds Psychological Practice.  1/6 Preston Avenue, Engadine, Sydney NSW 2233.