Dr. Ruth's orientation and approach to couples counseling is formed by her training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, developed by Dr. Sue Johnson at the University of Ottawa, and Gottman Method Couples Therapy,created by Drs. John and Julie Gottman at the University of Washington in Seattle. Both methods stress the importance of partners as each other's attachment figures, and highlight the role of our emotional needs and longings in our relationships.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy is based on Dr.John Gottman's research that began in the 1970's and continues today. The research focuses on what makes relationships succeed or fail. From this research, Drs. John and Julie Gottman have created a therapy method that emphasizes a nuts-and-bolts approach to improving clients' relationships.
This method teaches you how to use specific tools aimed at deepening friendship and intimacy with your partner. To help you productively manage conflicts, you will learn ways to handle resolvable problems and dialogue about issues where the two of you are gridlocked. We'll work together to help you both appreciate your relationship's strengths as well as how to respond to its vulnerabilities.