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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 a trained and Certified Gottman Method Therapist, 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: Roadmap for the Journey: A Gottman Workshop for Couples in Recovery. I developed this two-day workshop in collaboration with Drs. Julie & John Gottman, and the Gottman Institute. For more information

NEW: Couples and Addiction Recovery Training: A New Gottman Training for Therapists and Addiction Treatment Professionals.
Developed in collaboration with the Gottmans and the Gottman Institute, this one-day training for helping professionals provides interventions and a clinical toolkit to help couples For more information 

NEW: 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) 

Presented with Drs. John & Julie Gottman at their Level 2 Training Workshop, the lecture on "Addiction Co-Morbidity"
The entire workshop was filmed and is available for clinicians who have completed Level 1 Training and want to complete Level 2 Training - Home Study

Certified by the Gottman Institute as a Trainer and Speaker to offer all 3 Levels in the Gottman Training and Certification curriculum

Published:  Co-authored book chapter with Dr. John Gottman, "Gottman Method Couples Therapy: From Theory to Practice". Routledge Press selected this chapter as a free download of a sample chapter for  the book. Case Studies in Couples Therapy: Theory-Based Approaches, Routledge Press

Interviewed by US News & World Report, "The Upside of Long-Distance Relationships"  Click here for article

Interviewed by Dr. Herby Bell on his Podcast, Sober Conversations, "Couples in Addiction Recovery" Click here for podcast

Website: Couple Recovery from Addiction

Blog: Relationships: Notes From A Gottman Therapist 

Blog: Couples & Addiction Recovery

Robert Navarra, Psy.D., M.F.T., MAC
1209 Eaton Ave., Suite 1
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 593-8087
Email: drbobnavarra@gmail.com


Roadmap for the Journey: A Gottman Workshop for Couples in Recovery

* Created and develped by Dr. Bob Navarra in collaboration with Drs. John & Julie Gottman and the Gottman Institute

A New two-day Gottman Workshop for Coouples in Recovery from Addiction


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") the CARE model will be a continuing study in a relational approach to recovery from chemical dependency.  

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.



Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level 2 - Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities     

May 5 - 7, 2016
Co-presenting with Sinead Smyth, LMFT

For more Information


During theses four days you will have the opportunity to practice and integrate Drs. John & Julie Gottman's Assessment and Intervention Methods. The goal of this training is to immerse you in the Gottman Methods in order for you to gain confidence in using the techniques in your own clinical work. 


Level 3 Gottman Practicum Training

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

Gottman Level 3 now offered for the first time outside of Seattle. Fine-tune and master your skills in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. During this workshop Senior Certified Gottman Therapists and Trainers, Dr. Bob Navarra and Nina Grueneberger, LCSW, 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 coaching.

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


Senior Certified Gottman Therapist, Trainer, Consultant, and Speaker

Clinical Member: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists CAMFT

Clinical Member of the Amercian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists AAMFT

Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Certified Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)