I have specialized training in couples therapy in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Psycho-biological approach to Couples Therapy, known as PACT, Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, as well as training from the Institute of Relational Intimacy to treat sexual concerns. In addition, I utilize the latest research in brain science to enable you to understand why you do what you do in stressful interactions and to help you learn new, more effective responses. This model integrates the following three scientific areas of study as well as practical techniques you can start using right away:
The first is neuroscience, the study of the human brain. Understanding how the brain works provides a physiological basis for understanding how people act and react within relationships. In a nutshell, some areas of your brain are wired to reduce danger and seek security, while others are geared to establish mutuality and loving connection; this can cause a biological paradox. As with all of my work, couples therapy is grounded in neuroscience. One of the biggest breakthroughs in our profession is our recent knowledge that the mind can change the architecture of the brain. I will help you learn how your life trauma gets stored in the emotional brain and in your body, which then contributes to the pain you may feel in your relationship.
The second is attachment theory, which explains the biological need to bond with others. Experiences in early relationships create a blueprint that informs the sense of safety and security you bring to your adult relationships. Insecurities that have been carried through life can wreak havoc for a couple if these issues are not resolved. The quality of early life experiences profoundly affects couples' relationships. We will work together to identify the primary attachment pattern for you and your partner and learn immediate applications to help you and your partner develop earned secure attachments.
The third area is the biology of human development, which takes into account normal stages that individuals and couples go through. These stages are struggles, which are extremely tough at times however they are also normal. An assessment to where you are and where you may be stuck is completed and presented to you. Most couples tend to replay the same dynamic over and over again doing everything they know how to move forward, but there is something that may keep them stuck. Understanding your role in this cycle will enable you to manage differences with a foundation that will last you a lifetime. I work to support the evolution of each partner, as well as the growth of the relationship.
MY TRAINING Specific to couples work
John Gottman's Method, research-based roadmap for helping couples compassionately manage their conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and share their life purpose and dreams.
Ellen Bader's Developmental Model- The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couples Therapy
Stan Tatkin's Psychobiology Model - A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT), is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation.
Martha Kauppi’s course in Assessing & Treating Sexual Issues in Psychotherapy, The Institute for Relational Intimacy
Elizabeth Donahue is also listed in Best Marriage Therapists in Solana Beach
Licensing & Certifications:
- License State: California
- License Number: LCS14756, received 1991
- Abuse & Trauma
- Career Counseling
- Coping Skills
- Marital and Premarital
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
- Women\'s Issues
Services Provided Via:
- Internet meeting
Working With Marriages for:
- 30 Year(s)
Free Phone Consultations?
Hourly Fees Range:
- $150 - $200