Gottman Relationship Therapy

Proven & Practical

Jonathan has trained extensively with Drs. John and Julie Gottman, who are known worldwide for their groundbreaking research and insights into what works in couples therapy. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Jonathan is the only Gottman Certified Relationship Therapist between the cities of Nashville and Cincinnati. This method of therapy is very solution-focused and incredibly hope-giving in its application.

This method is based on the research by Drs. John and Julie Gottman that began in the 1970s and continues to this day. The Gottman method focuses on what makes marriages succeed or fail and emphasizes a nuts and bolts approach to improving the relationship of the clients. By providing specific tools to help deepen friendship and intimacy in the relationship, Jonathan works with couples to help grow an appreciation of the relationship’s strengths and to gently navigate through vulnerabilities.


Assessment - Couples will complete written materials to help Jonathan better understand the marriage relationship, including the history of the relationship and areas of concern. Jonathan will then meet with the individuals to understand personal histories and relationship goals.


Treatment - After the assessment phase, Jonathan will share with the couple his recommendations for treatment and work to define mutually agreed upon goals for continuing therapy.


Phase Out - In the later stages of therapy, couples will meet with Jonathan less often and will test out new relationship skills.


Termination & Outcome Evaluation - Once the couple feels as though their goals have been reached, there will be a “good-bye” session, which will then be followed by four follow-up sessions over time to fine-tune any relationship skills that need additional attention.


Q. What is the Gottman Assessment?

A. Please read this outline of the method that I follow that is based on Dr. Gottman’s observational research.


Q. What types of therapy do you do?

A. I am a regional specialist working with couples, having trained extensively in two research-based models: 1) Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), based on the research of Dr. Sue Johnson, author of the book Hold Me Tight, and 2) Gottman Method, designed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman and based on their research and clinical work spanning 40+ years with over 3000 couples. I am one of only 25 Certified Gottman "Master Trainers" worldwide who have demonstrated an extensive knowledge of the method in order to be most effective with couples. I am also nearing completion of my EFT certification. 

Here is more information on Dr. Gottman’s method.

Here is more information on Dr. Johnson’s method.


Q. Do you take insurance?

A. I am not in network with any insurance companies, but I'll be happy to help you file your own claims with your company for "out of network" coverage, so that you may get a partial reimbursement and/or possibly get the costs applied toward your deductible. This option is a way to make visits with me more affordable and is a fairly streamlined reimbursement process for most insurers. Your first visit will be $350 (which includes the purchase of your online relationship checkup described in the previous paragraph and the attached PDF). All visits after the first session are $150/hour (prorated depending on length of session). Based on the research of both John Gottman and Sue Johnson, best practice in couples therapy calls for 90 minute visits. I accept checks and cash, as well as all four major credit cards. You may also use FSA and HSA cards for payment.


Q. How do I get an appointment?

A. Check out our scheduling page to get an appointment.