If our relationships aren’t working, nothing seems to work, right? In the episode, learn why criticism, defensiveness, contempt and stonewalling are the, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” or the most certain predictors of relationship failure–and what to do about it. Dr. Bob Navarra is a licensed family therapist who for many years has worked with couples in addiction recovery. Dr. Navarra has extensive training in the Gottman Method which means he’s interested in teaching a “relational” approach to a more satisfactory marriage or partnership. This means he helps individuals to see how their parts in a relationship interact and affect the whole relationship. As all of health care is beginning to look at more holistic and integrated models, Dr. Navarra brings this most helpful and cutting edge work to couples in addiction recovery. Bob explains that couples with addiction as an issue, have FOUR times greater divorce rates and how this better understanding of what’s actually happening to our relationships can hopefully turn that statistic around.
Dr. Navarra is in private practice in Palo Alto California and a research associate at the Mental Health Research Institute there. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Couples in Recovery. Additionally, Dr. Navarra will be conducting his practice based research at CRC Health Group’s, Bayside Marin, a highly respected addiction treatment facility in Marin County, California and Edgewood Seattle Addiction Services in the state of Washington. If you’re in relationship and want it to be a healthier and happier place, listen in to the wisdom of this learned, and communicative man. Please learn more at www.RobertNavarra.net.