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Why a Gottman Certified Couples Therapist?

A Certified Gottman Couples Therapist is an individual who has completed the certification program offered by The Gottman Institute (  This program includes completion of the following steps:

  1. Level One: a two-day professional workshop on Marital Therapy: A Research Based Approach by Dr. John Gottman, either in person or on DVD/videotape, or by a senior Certified Gottman Therapist.
  2. Level Two: Assessment & Intervention, a four day training led by Drs. John and Julie Gottman.
  3. Level Three: The Certification Practicum, a four day program led by Dr. Julie Gottman.
  4. Certification Consultation: At least 8 individual sessions or 12 group sessions of consultation with a senior Certified Gottman Therapist and Consultant.
  5. Tape Review: submission of DVD/video tapes for review by a Senior Certified Gottman Therapist.  Based on those videotapes and confirmation from their consultant, they qualify to become a Certified Gottman Therapist.

Dr. Virginia Boney is one of only two Certified Gottman Couples Therapists in the Southeast United States, and there are less than 100 Certified Gottman Couples Therapists world wide.  She is available for Intensive Couples Counseling with couples who travel from out of town to work with her.

Email us or telephone (904) 236-3963 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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