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Relationships don't always work the way we want them to. When we reach a point of not knowing what to do, or how to make things better, getting help sooner than later may make all the difference.

As Master Certified Gottman Method Therapist, consultant and trainer, I integrate research-based approaches in helping couples grow closer, manage differences, and create opportunities for shared meaning and connection. Working as a relationship coach, I provide couples tools to deepen their friendship and effectively deal with conflict, especially with the "stuck issues".

Couples struggling with addiction and recovery issues are offered therapy integrating Gottman Method approaches based on my research at Mental Research Institute and in collaboration with Dr. John Gottman.

Presenting the Couples and Addiction Recovery Training   See new 2017 training dates below


(*NEW) Co-authored with Dr. John Gottman
articles for Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy: "Bids and Turning Towards in Gottman Method Couples Therapy", "Sound Relationship House Model in Gottman Method Couples Therapy", "Trust in Gottman Method Couples Therapy". 
Co-authored textbook chapter with Drs. John & Julie Gottman
, “Sound Relationship House Theory and Marriage Education.” In Evidence Based Approaches to Relationship and Marriage Education, (Routledge Press, 2016) 

Co-authored textbook chapter with Dr. John Gottman, "Gottman Method Couples Therapy: From Theory to Practice". Routledge Press selected this chapter as a free download of a sample chapter for  the book. In Case Studies in Couples Therapy: Theory-Based Approaches, Routledge Press, 2011).

Authored textbook chapter: Family Response to Adults and Alcohol. In Familial Responses to Alcohol Problems, (Haworth Press, 2007). co-published simultaneously in Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, Volume 25, Numbers 1/2, 2007.

*In press, to be published online and in hardback book

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Blog: Relationships: Notes From A Gottman Therapist 

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Bob Navarra, Psy.D., M.F.T., MAC
1209 Eaton Ave., Suite 1
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 593-8087
Email: drbobnavarra@gmail.com

The Art & Science of Love: A Gottman Weekend Workshop for Couples

Co-Presenting with Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT

Mill Valley, CA
February 18 & 19, 2017
June 3 & 4, 2017
August 26 & 27, 2017
December 2 & 3, 2017

Coming soon: The Art & Science of Love Workshop 2

Roadmap for the Journey: A Gottman Workshop for Couples in Recovery

Created and develped by Dr. Bob Navarra in collaboration with Drs. John & Julie Gottman and the Gottman Institute

Dates: To be announced

"The Roadmap for the Journey" is a two-day research-based workshop evolving out of my research on long- term recovery through the Mental Research Institute in Palo Alto, California. The workshop is a  collaboration with Drs. John & Julie  Gottman, integrating and adapting Gottman Method and interventions specifically for recovering couples. A new "Couple Recovery" can be established to help support each partner's individual recovery as well as the relationship recovery. As a Research Scientist with Dr. John Gottman's Relationship Research Institute (research home of the original "Love Lab") Roadmap will be a continuing study in a relational approach to recovery from substance use disorders, and behavioral addictions.  

What to expect

Couples will be given practical tools for: Establishing healthy boundaries by redefining roles in the relationship and in recovery; discussing appropriate ways to understand and support individual recovery programs; establishing new patterns in the relationship to discuss and manage joint responsibilities (children, finances, etc.); managing conflict; being able to talk about addiction and recovery without blame or defensiveness; develop a "Couple Recovery" that also supports individual recovery.

Dates: To be announced


Date: May 4-6, 2017 Alameda, CA

Co-presenting with Sinead Smyth, LMFT

Level 2 Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities     


During these three days you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of the couple assessment, core Gottman Method interventions, and specialized training in treating affairs, trauma, domestic violence, and addictions. Practice through role-playing in a supportive environment, you to gain confidence in using the techniques in your own clinical work.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 Gottman Training at the time of the workshop


Level 3 Gottman Practicum Training

July 20-22, 2017: Mill Valley, CA

Co-presenting with Lisa Lund, CRC, MFT

Experiential-based demonstrations of Gottman Method Interventions based on real clinical vignettes. Participants then have the opportunity to practice interventions and clinical skills in role play situations based on the demonstrations

Fine-tune and master your skills in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. During this workshop Senior Certified Gottman Therapists and Trainers will lead discussions, demonstrate techniques and provide guidance in developing a road map for clinical practice.

Participants have the opportunity to practice and refine their use of Gottman Therapy through participation in role-plays, demonstrations and discussions in a small group setting, and receive personalized guidance and supportive coaching.

There is no better way to learn and integrate the Gottman Method.

Masters or doctoral degree OR current enrollment in a graduate program
Completed Level 1 Live Training or DVD Home Study*
Completed Level 2 Live Training or DVD Home Study*
Therapy experience recommended but not required

Couple Addiction Recovery Training

Dates 2017:
February 4, 2017: Los Angeles, CA.  Evolution of Addiction Treatment 2017 Conference

May 19, 2017: Evansville, Indiana. Sponsored by Southwestern Behavioral Healtcare, Inc

May 21, 2017: Houston, TX

June 11, 2017: Berkeley, CA Note: Will be filmed
 on location

Note: Both May 21 & June 11th workshops follow Drs. John & Julie new
three-day workshop Treating Affairs and Trauma

Couples Recovery is a new workshop for professionals who work with couples struggling with addiction as well as couples in recovery from alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions. This workshop draws from the fields of addiction treatment, mental health, and couples counseling, and integrates current research findings with knowledge from clinical practice.

WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR? This workshop is for mental health therapists, counselors, social workers, clergy, military family life chaplains, life coaches, recovery coaches, professors, students and professionals who work with couples affected by alcohol, drugs and/or behavioral addictions.

For more information click here


Master Certified Gottman Therapist, Trainer, Consultant, and Speaker

Clinical Member: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists CAMFT

Clinical Member of the Amercian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists AAMFT

Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Certified Master Addiction Counselor (MAC)