JOHN M. GOTTMAN, PH.D.
John Gottman, Ph.D.,
is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he established “The Love Lab” and conducted much of his award-winning research on couple interaction and treatment. Dr. Gottman has studied marriage, couples, and parent relationships for nearly four decades. He has authored or co-authored over 200 published articles and more than 40 books, including: The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, The Relationship Cure, Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child: The Heart of Parenting,
and The Man’s Guide to Women.
World renown for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, Dr. Gottman’s research has earned him numerous national awards, including: Four five-year-long National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Awards; The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Distinguished Research Scientist Award; The American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology Presidential Citation for Outstanding Lifetime Research Contribution; The National Council of Family Relations 1994 Burgess Award for Outstanding Career in Theory and Research.
Dr. Gottman, together with his wife Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, is the co-founder of The Gottman Institute, which provides clinical training, workshops, services, and educational materials for mental health professionals, couples, and families. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute which has created treatments for couples transitioning to parenthood and couples suffering from minor domestic violence.
Dr. Gottman has presented hundreds of invited keynote addresses, workshops, and scientific presentations to avid audiences around the world including Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Israel, Turkey, South Korea, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and Norway. A wonderful storyteller and expert, Dr. Gottman has also appeared on many TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, CBS Morning News,
and he has been featured in numerous print articles, including Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook, Glamour, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health, People, Self, Reader’s Digest,
and Psychology Today.
Financial: Dr. John Gottman is the co-owner of The Gottman Institute. He is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Dr. John Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
JULIE GOTTMAN, PH.D.
Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D.,
is the co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute, and Clinical Supervisor for the Couples Together Against Violence study. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. Creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, she also designed and leads the national certification program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy for clinicians. Her other achievements include: Washington State Psychologist of the Year; Author/co-author of five books, including, Ten Lessons to Transform Your Marriage, And Baby Makes Three, The Marriage Clinical Casebook, 10 Principles for Doing Effective Couples Therapy,
and The Man’s Guide to Women;
Wide recognition for her clinical psychotherapy treatment, with specialization in distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, substance abusers and their partners, and cancer patients and their families.
Inspiring, empowering, respectful, and kind, Julie’s leadership of The Gottman Institute has made it possible to identify and integrate the expertise of her staff, therapists, and the wider research and therapeutic community. Her commitment to excellence and integrity assures that as The Gottman Institute grows, it continues to maintain the highest ethical and scientific standards.
She is in private practice in the Seattle area, providing intensive marathon therapy sessions for couples. She specializes in working with distressed couples, abuse and trauma survivors, those with substance abuse problems and their partners, as well as cancer patients and their families.
Drs. John and Julie Gottman currently live on Orcas Island, near Seattle, Washington. They conduct weekly and intensive couples therapy sessions, provide small group retreats, teach workshops and clinical trainings, and give keynote presentations around the world.
Financial: Julie Gottman is the co-owner of The Gottman Institute. He is an author and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Julie Gottman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
RICHARD SIMON, PH.D.
Richard Simon, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and for the last 40+ years has been the editor of Psychotherapy Networker, the most topical, timely and widely read publication in the psychotherapy field. As editor, he has received every major magazine industry honor, including the National Magazine Award.
STEVEN L JOHNSON, JD
Steven L. Johnson, Esquire, is a partner-shareholder and health law attorney at the Augusta, Maine law firm of Kozak & Gayer, P.A., which received a First Tier Ranking in the 2013-2014 Editions of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers’ List of “Best Law Firms” in the categories of Health Care Law and Administrative/Regulatory Law. Steven’s practice encompasses a broad range of areas and issues in health law, including regulatory compliance (HIPAA/HITECH, EMTALA, Stark, Anti-Kickback Statute, tax exemption, human subjects research and IRB compliance), consent and confidentiality, involuntary commitment, healthcare decision-making, bioethics, health care employment law, health care institution policy writing, physician contracting, and representation of health care professionals before professional licensing boards. Steve is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law (cum laude) where he received the Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law by the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section and the Bureau of National Affairs. He is licensed to practice in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Prior to law school, Steve earned a B.A. in philosophy (magna cum laude) at Asbury College, an M.A. in philosophy at the University of Kentucky (1990), and was pursuing a Ph.D in philosophy at the University of Illinois when he decided to make a career change from philosophy to law. From 1996-2001, he served as a clinical bioethicist at Carle Foundation Hospital and Carle Clinic Association (both in Urbana, Illinois) and was chair of the Carle Ethics Committee from 1997-2001. Steve also has extensive teaching experience, and has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in bioethics and health law. He is frequently an invited speaker at seminars, conferences and in-service trainings on topics in health law and bioethics. Steve is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the Maine State Bar Association, New Hampshire Bar Association, and the Vermont Bar Association, and has served on four healthcare organization ethics committees and a hospital Institutional Review Board. He was also chair of the Health Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association from 2013-2014. Steve was recognized as a “Rising Star” in the 2011-2014 editions of New England Super Lawyers Magazine, and was named in the 2013-2014 19th and 20th editions of the Best Lawyers in America for Health Care Law.
ESTHER PEREL, MA, LMFT
Esther Perel, MA, LMFT,
is recognized as one of the most insightful and provocative voices on personal and professional relationships and the complex science behind human interaction. She is the best-selling author of Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
(translated into 25 languages) and producer of the online training continuation, Rekindling Desire.
Fluent in nine languages, the Belgian native is a practicing psychotherapist, celebrated speaker and organization consultant to Fortune 500 companies. The New York Times,
in a cover story, named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth.
Her critically acclaimed viral TED Talks (The secret to desire in a Long-term Relationship, February 2013 and Rethinking Infidelity .. a Talk for Anyone Who has ever Loved, May 2015) have collectively reached over 14 million viewers.
Known for her keen cross-cultural pulse, Esther shifts the paradigm of our approach to modern relationships. She is regularly sought around the world for her expertise in relational health and communication, team building, erotic intelligence, couples and family identity, work-life balance, and corporate relationships. Her clients and platforms include companies such as Nike, Johnson & Johnson, the Open Society Institute, Tony Robbins Productions, Brighthouse Consulting, Summit Series, Founder’s Forum, PopTech, Young Presidents Organization, Entrepreneur Organization, and the Bronfman Foundation.
Esther’s innovative models for building strong and lasting relationships have been widely featured in the media across 5 continents spanning The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Le Monde, Ha’Aretz
and The Guardian, The New Yorker, Fast Company,
She is a frequent guest on radio and television shows including NPR’s “Brian Lehrer show”, “Oprah”, “The Today Show”, “Dr. OZ” and “The Colbert Report”. For more information about her educational programs and resources, please visit: www.estherperel.com
Financial: Esther Perel is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Esther Perel is a member of the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA); The Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR); and the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).
MICHELE WEINER-DAVIS, MSW
Michele Weiner-Davis, M.S.W., director of the Divorce Busting Center, is the author of the bestsellers The Sex-Starved Marriage and Divorce Busting.
SUZANNE IASENZA, PH.D.
Suzanne Iasenza, Ph.D., teaches at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the postgraduate program in couples and family therapy at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute, and at the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She’s coeditor of Lesbians and Psychoanalysis and Lesbians, Feminism, and Psychoanalysis: The Second Wave.
WILLIAM DOHERTY, PH.D.
William Doherty, Ph.D., is a professor and director of the Minnesota Couples on the Brink Project at the University of Minnesota. His books include Helping Couples on the Brink of Divorce: Discernment Counseling for Troubled Relationships, with Steven Harris. He is cofounder of Better Angels, an initiative to depolarize America.
TERRENCE REAL, LICSW
Terry Real, LICSW,
is an Internationally Recognized Family Therapist, Speaker and Author. Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT (Relational Life Therapy) methodology.
A family therapist and teacher for more than 25 years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression
(Scribner), the straight-talking How Can I Get Through to You? Reconnecting Men and Women
(Scribner), and most recently The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work
(Random House). Terry knows how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy – and greater personal fulfillment.
A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow therapists. Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry helps women and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships.
Terry’s work, with its rigorous commonsense approach, speaks to both men and women. His ideas on men’s issues and on couple’s therapy have been celebrated in venues from “Good Morning America”, “The Today Show” and “20/20”, to “Oprah” and The New York Times.
A proponent of “full-throttle marriage,” as described in The New Rules of Marriage,
Terry has been called “the most innovative voice in thinking about and treating men and their relationships in the world today.”
The New York Times
book review described Terry’s work as: “A critical contribution to feminist psychology (that) brings the Men’s movement a significant step forward.” Robert Bly hailed it as “moving onto new ground in both story and song. Exhilarating in its honesty.”
Terry’s Relational Life Institute grew out of his extensive and empathic experience. He teaches people how to make their relationships work by providing products and services designed to teach the principles of Relational Life™, so that everyone can enjoy full respect living and craft a healthy life legacy.
Financial: Terry Real is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Terry Real has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
TAMMY NELSON, PH.D.
Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.,
is an internationally acclaimed psychotherapist, Board Certified Sexologist, Certified Sex Therapist and Certified Imago Relationship Therapist. She has been a therapist for almost 30 years and is the executive director of the Integrative Sex Therapy Institute. She started the institute to develop courses for psychotherapists as the need grew for certified, integrated postgraduate sex and couple’s therapists in a growing field of mental health consumers who need more complex interventions for their relationship needs.
Dr. Tammy is a TEDx speaker, Psychotherapy Networker Symposium speaker and the author of several books, including Getting the Sex You Want: Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together
(Quiver, 2008) and the best-selling The New Monogamy: Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity
(New Harbinger, 2013), as well as When You’re the One Who Cheats: Ten Things You Need to Know
(RL Publishing Corp., 2019) and the upcoming Integrative Sex and Couples Therapy
She has been a featured expert in New York Times Magazine, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN, Rolling Stone
Magazine, Redbook, Glamour, The Sun,
and The London Times.
She is the host of a popular podcast on iTunes, “The Trouble with Sex”, and writes for the Huffington Post, YourTango, ThriveGlobal
and medium.com She can be followed on her blog, www.drtammynelson.com/blog.
Financial: Tammy Nelson is in private practice. She receives royalties as an author for FairWinds Press and New Harbinger Press.
Non-financial: Tammy Nelson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.