My name is Sam Garanzini, and I help clinicians become expert couples counselors by integrating clinical and business skills using researched-based methods.
I was in your position in 2007, exactly 12 years ago. My graduate program didn’t, and couldn’t, totally prepare me for the mixed agenda situations that couples present today.
One day my partner brought home an article written by someone named “John Gottman.” I thought, hmm, this was interesting, but I’ll read it later.
Then I continued struggling to do couples therapy with my clients. I distinctly remember one session when this couple called one another every vile name you can imagine while seated in my office.
I thought to myself, they can do this for free at home… they’re here to learn better ways to behave than how they normally would.
I turned to the Gottman article. I was so engrossed by how comprehensive the method was that I completed Level 1, then Level 2. It was at Level 2 that the skills practice and break-out groups helped everything come together. I then went on to Level 3, and I was amazed that Level 2 seemed more important than Level 3.
The whole time my sessions started going better because I had a framework. My couples started improving. I went on to become certified in the Gottman Method, and now I’ve been teaching Level 2 for seven years, having served over 200 clinicians in my classes.
I hope you join me in 2020!
– Sam Garanzini, MFT, LPCC
Certified Gottman Therapist and Instructor
Co-founder | Couples Therapy Training Academy