Couples Therapy at IPH in Canberra

Couples Therapy at IPH in Canberra


Campbell is a Certified Gottman Therapist based in Canberra, ACT, providing Gottman Method Couples Therapy. This means he has completed all training and supervision to qualify as a Certified Gottman Therapist (CGT) with the Gottman Institute in the US. Gottman Method Therapy is evidence based, drawing on 40+ years of research on couples relationships by John Gottman and his colleagues.

There are two parts to couples therapy, starting with assessment interviews and completion of online psychometric testing, and then moving to couples therapy sessions over a period of time. How long depends on the needs of each couple.

Why a couple might come for therapy:

  • Communication problems
  • Circular conflict that goes nowhere
  • Sexual or emotional affair
  • Parenting or blended family
  • Struggling to compromise
  • Tensions with family or in-laws
  • Major life stressors
  • Individual trauma

Assessment Process

Couples therapy starts with the completion of the 30 minute online Gottman Questionnaire, and a two hour couples-assessment interview, either in clinic or via Telehealth.

The questionnaire, combined with the couples-assessment interview, is necessary for a thorough insight into each couple’s situation. After the initial therapy session the couple receives a copy of the Couples Report.

Our aim is to get couples straight into therapy, but occasionally a couple is not ready to commence couples therapy for a range of reasons.

Therapy Options

We aim to be flexible in our approach to the delivery of couples therapy.

Research shows couples benefit greatly from as much therapy at the start as possible, then widening the gaps between sessions once improvements in the relationship have taken hold.

With this in mind, many couples elect to start with a few 120 minute sessions, then continue with ongoing 60 minute sessions.  

Another option is to start with longer sessions called Marathon Sessions. These can be either a full or half day in duration and are like having a private workshop for you as a couple. 

For real change to occur within the relationship, evidence shows between 15 to 20 therapy sessions are required. This is usually over between 6 and 18 months  in duration.

If you have any questions, or would like to book a speech pathology or psychology appointment, please get in touch.

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