Certified Gottman Couples Therapy
Dr. Ross Plews
DMin; MA; CPCS; CGT
Certified Professional Counsellor Supervisor #20140046
Certified Gottman Couples Therapist #214
#205 5101 48th Street Lloydminster, Alberta T9V 0H9
Recently, as I was sorting through my newly arrived mail, I came across an envelope with the slogan, “Take your Marriage to New Heights”! I was immediately compelled to look inside and see what magical formula was there to accomplish such a profound task.
This idea of making marriages better and helping couples “take their relationship to new heights" is exactly what I seek to accomplish through my work as a couples therapist. However, I am also a realist! I meet people every day who feel like the passion in their relationship has fizzled. They long to live “happily ever after”, but fear that someone is about to walk out the door.
If you are experiencing concern about your relationship, I want you to know that you are not alone. Countless numbers of couples, like you, long for something better. So, whether you are in relationship distress or just need a tune up, there is hope!
Since opening my private practice in 2009, I have specialized in couples therapy and I have integrated the Gottman Couples Therapy into my counselling practice. I am a Certified Gottman Therapist.
This evidence-based approach combines over 40 years of insight into what makes a relationship successful.
Dr. John Gottman has shown how strategic interventions and exercises can help couples achieve greater understanding, communication and intimacy in their relationships. Many clients attest to the success of this structured, goal-oriented, scientifically-based therapy. Couples learn how to better regulate their conflict, increase trust and respect for their partner as well as attain greater intimacy and emotional closeness.
I like how Dr. Robert Navarra, Psy.D., M.A.C. describes this therapy. He says, "simply stated, the goal in Gottman Method Couples Therapy is helping couples have the conversations they have not been able to have. Less simply stated, Gottman therapists work to modify how couples treat each other, aiming for deep changes in the couple system: how partners think about the relationship and manage their friendship, conflict, and meaning. Beyond incremental behavior change (first order change), Gottman therapists aim to help couples develop new ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling about their relationship (second order change)". (2017)
Through couples counselling, I will not only help you assess and discover why you are having difficulties, but I will also assist you in finding concrete solutions. I will help you develop strategies to achieve a long-term healthy relationship. So, I can honestly say, living “happily ever after” in your marriage is possible! I would be honored to help you make it happen!
Helping Marriages is a division of CrisisCare Counselling.
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