Relationships don't always work the way we want them to. When we reach a point of not knowing what to do, or how to make things better, getting help sooner than later may make all the difference.
As Master Certified Gottman Method Therapist, consultant and trainer, I integrate research-based approaches in helping couples grow closer, manage differences, and create opportunities for shared meaning and connection. Working as a relationship coach, I provide couples tools to deepen their friendship and effectively deal with conflict, especially with the "stuck issues".
Couples struggling with addiction and recovery issues are offered therapy integrating Gottman Method approaches based on my research at Mental Research Institute and in collaboration with Dr. John Gottman.
(*NEW) Co-authored with Dr. John Gottman articles for Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy:"Bids and Turning Towards in Gottman Method Couples Therapy", "Sound Relationship House Model in Gottman Method Couples Therapy", "Trust in Gottman Method Couples Therapy". Co-authored textbook chapter with Drs. John & Julie Gottman, “Sound Relationship House Theory and Marriage Education.” In Evidence Based Approaches to Relationship and Marriage Education, (Routledge Press, 2016)
Authored textbook chapter: Family Response to Adults and Alcohol. In Familial Responses to Alcohol Problems, (Haworth Press, 2007). co-published simultaneously in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Volume 25, Numbers 1/2, 2007.
*In press, to be published online and in hardback book
Created and develped by Dr. Bob Navarra in collaboration with Drs. John & Julie Gottman and the Gottman Institute
Dates: To be announced
"The Roadmap for the Journey" is a
two-day research-based workshop evolving out of my research on long- term recovery through the
Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. The workshop is a collaboration with Drs. John & Julie
Gottman, integrating and adapting Gottman Method and interventions
specifically for recovering couples. A new "Couple Recovery" can be established to help support each partner's individual recovery as well as the relationship recovery. As a Research Scientist with Dr. John Gottman's Relationship Research Institute (research home of the original "Love Lab") Roadmap will be a continuing study in a relational approach to recovery from substance use disorders, and behavioral addictions.
What to expect
Couples will be given practical tools for:
Establishing healthy boundaries by redefining roles in the relationship and in
recovery; discussing appropriate ways to understand and support individual
recovery programs; establishing new patterns in the relationship to discuss and
manage joint responsibilities (children, finances, etc.); managing conflict;
being able to talk about addiction and recovery without blame or defensiveness;
develop a "Couple Recovery" that also supports individual recovery.
During these three days you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the couple assessment, core Gottman Method interventions, and specialized training in treating affairs, trauma, domestic violence, and addictions. Practice through role-playing in a supportive environment, you to gain confidence in using the techniques in your own clinical work.
Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 Gottman Training at the time of the workshop
Experiential-based demonstrations of Gottman Method Interventions based on real clinical vignettes. Participants then have the opportunity to practice interventions and clinical skills in role play situations based on the demonstrations
Fine-tune and master your skills in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
During this workshop Senior Certified Gottman Therapists and Trainers will lead discussions, demonstrate
techniques and provide guidance in developing a road map for clinical practice.
Participants have the opportunity to practice and refine their use of Gottman
Therapy through participation in role-plays, demonstrations and discussions in
a small group setting, and receive personalized guidance and supportive
There is no better way to learn and integrate the Gottman Method.
Masters or doctoral degree OR current enrollment in a graduate program
Completed Level 1 Live Training or DVD Home Study*
Completed Level 2 Live Training or DVD Home Study*
Therapy experience recommended but not required ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Couples Recovery is a new workshop for 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.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR? This workshop is for mental health therapists, counselors, social workers, clergy, military family life chaplains, life coaches, recovery coaches, professors, students and professionals who work with couples affected by alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions.