The Gottman Certification

As we considered the need that many couples have for relationship therapy, we were drawn to the The Gottman Institute with the methods developed by Dr. John Gottman based on his extensive research. All of our counsellors are Certified Gottman Therapists and have a passion for assisting couples in restoring and building their relationships.

Although we deal with many types of therapeutic needs, we have made marriage and couples’ therapy a specialty.

What is so special about this organization?

Bestmarriages.com was established in 2000 with the vision to make marriage and couples counselling more mainstream and accessable with the best strategies and tools available.  Since then we have become one of the largest Specialized marriage counselling centres in Canada.  We hope to eliminate the stigma of seeing a marriage therapist by being professional, skilled and making the experience enjoyable.  When you come to see a therapist at Bestmarriages.com you are getting the best care you can possibly get.  Darren and Lawrence are not only the owners of Bestmarriages.com they also are the main representatives for the Gottman Institute in Canada.  They are Certified Gottman Therapists, Certified Workshop Presenters, Senior Certification Consultants and Certified to teach the Level One and Level Two Gottman Couples Therapy workshops for counsellors. What this means is that they do all the Level one and two trainings in BC and other parts of Canada for any therapist desiring to be certified by the Gottman Institute.  They also put on regular Couples workshops in Canada and have recently been asked to be one of four mentors in the world to mentor others who want to be Certified Workshop Presenters.

At present time all of our counsellors are marriage specialists, Certified by the Gottman Institute.

The Gottman Institute, which is in Seattle,  was created by John and Julie Gottman to help couples who are looking for relationship tools that work and have  supporting research behind them.  The Gottman’s are respected throughout the world as the foremost leaders of marriage and parenting research; you could say they are the original love doctors.  The Gottman Relationship Institute applies leading-edge research on marriage in practical down-to-earth therapy, and trains therapists committed to helping couples.  No other approach to couples’ education and therapy has relied on such intensive, detailed, and long-term scientific study of why marriages succeed or fail.

John Gottman was recently voted one of the Top 10 Most Influential Therapists of the past quarter-century by the Psychotherapy Networker.  This prestigious award is just one of his many significant accomplishments.

What are the credentials of Certified Gottman Therapists?

Each Certified Gottman Therapist has a master’s level education or above, and has many years of clinical experience. A Certified Gottman Therapist is an individual who has completed the certification program offered by The Gottman Relationship Institute.

This program includes completing:         1) a two-day workshop by Dr. John Gottman; 2) a four-day Advanced Training program led by Drs John and Julie Gottman; and 3) a four-day Certification Study Program. The therapist must also have completed at least 8 individual sessions or 12 group sessions of consultation given by a Senior Certified Gottman Therapist. Finally, the therapist must have submitted tapes for review by Dr. Julie Gottman and/or other Senior Certified Gottman Therapists, and based on those video demonstrations, qualify to be a Certified Gottman Therapist.