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About Our Therapists

Trish Stanley, PsyD, LMFT is the founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of The Center for Couples Therapy, with a main office in La Jolla, and additional in-person offices in Mission Valley, Old Town, Encinitas and Oceanside. 

Dr. Trish Stanley

Dr. Trish Stanley is a long experienced Certified Gottman Couples Therapist and a Certified Gottman Couples Workshop Leader (The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop). She is deeply trained in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy, and The Institute of Relational Intimacy, and other approaches. 

She specializes in offering Couples Intensive Therapy Retreats, which are individualized for one couple at a time over a two to three day period. Her Intensives are especially helpful for busy executive and professional couples, couples dealing with major life transitions, couples struggling with infidelity or other betrayals, couples whose relationships have lost passion and intimacy; and couples who wish to revitalize their long term relationship. 

As a full-time marriage and family psychotherapist for over 30 years, she is an experienced, eclectic clinician whose passion is helping couples become masters of their relationship. Clients find her to be warm, active, engaged, and creative. She often uses humor, metaphors, and therapeutic experiments to enliven the sessions, and utilizes tools for home practice to support couples between sessions. She works to have each session build on the prior and to reach the client couple's goals in timely and powerful ways. She is committed to having each partner feel known, understood, supported, and appreciated throughout the therapeutic process.

Trish is deeply gratified to be a practitioner of a well-researched, evidence-based, and emotion-coaching approach. She also draws on her training and experience in the areas of executive coaching, management consulting, and workplace issues. She often presents about the Gottman Method of Couples' Therapy to professional and community groups. She is also an experienced and enthusiastic presenter at The Art & Science of Love Weekend Couples Workshop in San Diego, CA.

Trish believes in the importance of an integrative approach to life, balancing awareness, wellness, purpose, exploration, community, and personal renewal. She encourages her clients to find an increasing sense of balance in the midst of change.
Trish Stanley, PsyD, MFT verified by GoodTherapy.orgGottman Approved Member Certified Gottman Therapist

Linda Collins, Ph.D.

Linda has 30 years of experience as a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator, trained in the Gottman Method, and has earned the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner designation by completing over two year of advanced training in the somatic experiencing therapy. She has also developed a series on Mindful Awareness Practices for Couples to support the practice of mindfulness-based communication and relationship skills. Dr. Collins has maintained a personal mindfulness meditation practice over the past 16 years.

Linda's specialty is working with stress, anxiety, panic, and trauma.  Linda also specializes in using mind and body therapies, such as combining mindfulness-based approaches with cognitive strategies, in order to facilitate personal and relationship change.

Nate Bohy, Psy.D.

You will find Dr. Bohy to be warm, comfortable, and personable.  He brings great empathy to the challenges all couples face. He helps couples with communication problems, struggles with parenting, and teaches couples how to better cope with mood problems, stress, and anxiety.  Nate uses simple mindfulness-based exercises to increase awareness in relationships, help with partners' attention, manage individual stress, and improve overall relationship dynamics.

Nate's approach to working with couples is informed by his training with the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and Passionate Marriage approaches. He also frequently incorporate aspects of mindfulness practices, which are simple exercises to strengthen awareness, attention, and stress coping, and improve relationships.

Mako Csapo, LCSW

Mako enjoys supporting the growth that can come with couples practice using Gottman interventions and other evidence-based tools.  Utilizing various treatment approaches, Mako assists adults who are within transitions, seeking change, or need help with coping with life-stressors.  Mako works to enhance awareness and address past disruptions that cause enduring behavioral patterns with aims of facilitating positive growth and healthier choices.

While working with adolescents, Mako offers developmentally appropriate and supportive tools to target independence, stress reduction, and thoughtful problem-solving.  She also works to support family processes in order to reduce high-risk behaviors and enhance trust within the family unit.

Iliana Berezovsky, LMFT

Iliana is a pragmatic and eclectic psychotherapist who incorporates the work and techniques of several well-researched and successful couples' therapy models including the Gottman Method (John Gottman), the Developmental Model (Ellyn Bader), Emotional Focused Therapy (Sue Johnson) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (Michelle Weiner-Davis), among others. Iliana recently completed advanced training in Hypnotherapy through the Erickson Institute and integrates this modality into her works with couples.

Iliana is a bi-lingual (English/Spanish) Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California where she has practiced for more than 25 years.  Furthermore, she is also a Licensed Psychologist in Argentina, which is where she was born and grew up.  She has conducted numerous seminars and workshops in English and Spanish both nationally and internationally.

Iliana was a resident supervisor and therapist trainer at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange in Orange, California and an adjunct professor at Antioch University in Marina Del Rey, California. At Antioch University, she taught brief psychotherapy and other treatment modalities.

Iliana has appeared on both radio and television and is the co-author of the book, How to Deal with Difficult People. Iliana also contributed to the book Institutional Psychotherapeutic Strategies , which was published in South America.  Iliana has been married for over 30 years and has two married children. She has a passion for languages, traveling, and getting to know the local people and culture of the places she visits.

Helen Kuhn, MS, LPCC

Helen Kuhn

Helen is an Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in couples and individual therapy, particularly with children, adolescents and their families at the Center for Couples Therapy. With a passion for helping clients  navigate the complexities of their lives, Helen provides compassionate and highly focused counseling services to support clients in defining and reaching their goals.

Helen Kuhn holds a Master's degree in Child Development and Mental Health from San Diego State University  where she gained a deep understanding of a broad range of therapeutic approaches and techniques. She completed her clinical training at The Center for Couples Therapy in La Jolla, California as well as in a special program working with children and adolescents in the San Diego Unified School District. Helen is skilled in assisting with a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, trauma, and self-esteem. Areas of Expertise:

Helen believes in creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic space where clients can explore their emotions, thoughts, and experiences. She utilizes an integrative approach, combining evidence-based modalities such as the Developmental Model, the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy, PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) and mindfulness-based interventions. By tailoring her approach to each client's unique needs, Helen empowers individuals and couples to overcome challenges, build resilience, and cultivate healthier relationships.  

Tara Davidson, LMFT 

Tara Davidson

Tara's direct approach combined with humor and compassion allows you to dive in and begin getting the answers and skills you need to improve your relationship.

Tara has over 15 years of experience working with couples and families to heal and improve their relationships. She is willing to incorporate a variety of techniques to build on the strengths already present.  Utilizing the Gottman method along with other mindfulness and evidenced based practices allows her to help you reduce stress and improve intimacy while also tackling the big concerns that can plague a relationship.

Tara expresses what an honor it is to be invited into her client's lives and be part of their journey of realizing the connections and life they've always wanted.

Ryan Jones, LCSW, CCTP 

Ryan Jones

Ryan Jones is one of the  primary individual therapists as well as a couples' therapist at The Center for Couples Therapy. He has strong expertise in treating developmental trauma, is CCTP certified, and has earned his NARM (NeuroAffective Relational Model),Masters Level Certificate. Developmental trauma informs all of his work, and he readily recognizes those dynamics in couples, understands how they impact connection and relationships, and works with the individual or couple to enhance secure attachment, a foundational base for a satisfying adult life.  

Although his primary work is with individuals, he has  developed strong expertise in couples therapy. He's completed the basic essential training for the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy and the Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, as well as individual consultation with highly experienced therapists. His style is compassionate, non-pathologizing, and he maintains a safe space for clients. He is comfortable being kindly assertive and managing interpersonal dynamics in sessions with couples.

He is practical and committed to providing high value for the services he offers. He is passionate about providing solutions that treat root causes, not just symptoms. And he brings a practicality and customer service orientation coming from 15+ years of work in strategic corporate HR.

Anne Clarkin, LCSW

Anne Clarkin

My primary work at the Center for Couples Therapy is with individual adults. I often see clients who are not ready for couples therapy or are part of a couple being seen by someone else in the practice. I find great satisfaction in collaborating with the couples therapists in the practice in ways that support both individual and relationship growth. I also see clients who are seeking individual therapy for issues that are not primarily relational.

I feel particularly effective working with life transitions, parenting, family relationships, depression, and anxiety. My decades of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker helps me to see the larger context of my client's lives.

I have a broad perspective in terms of my therapeutic style. I am trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-based Therapy and Cognitive Therapy as well as psychodynamic therapy. I work collaboratively with my clients and often use skills coaching and behavioral interventions to support my clients in making desired changes in their lives.

My work with private clients is informed by my history of working in a variety of treatment settings and engaging with clients experiencing a broad range of issues. I have managed several inpatient hospital programs, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs treating a range of psychiatric diagnoses, including eating disorders, substance abuse and dependence with adolescent and adult clients.

I'm passionate about travel, current events, popular culture, long term friendships and my delightful husband and three adult children, two adult stepchildren and two delightful grandchildren. 

Alejandra Valdez, AMFT

Alejandra Valdez

I genuinely enjoy working with couples from all walks of life, as well as individuals and families--it's deeply fulfilling to me.

I love to accompany couples who are beginning their shared journey as they explore the ways they want their life together to unfold. I also believe that making agreements about essential life issues from the beginning increases relationship satisfaction and vibrancy. I am passionate about supporting couples who are navigating the decision of whether they want to remain together and crafting the optimal path forward, be it together or apart. Working with couples who are experiencing an important loss through death, infidelity or illness and are navigating life through and after loss has added significance and meaning to my life. 

My approach to therapy is centered in respect, evenhandedness, honesty, and warmth. I trust my clients' capacity for growth, the therapeutic process, and myself, always aiming to instill hope. Sessions with me can be both serious and light-hearted--I've found that humor has an important place in healing. My role is to journey alongside my clients, offering new possibilities and fresh perspectives while ensuring they feel truly seen and heard.

Born and raised in Mexico, I moved to the U.S. to pursue my passion for understanding human behavior at UCSD. Although I initially enjoyed a career in international business, I felt inspired to make a change, leading me to seek a Masters in Contemporary Gestalt Therapy in Mexico. To practice in the U.S., I earned a master's in clinical counseling and am now an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. To meet the varied needs of my clients, I am involved in ongoing training in a variety of approaches including: Gottman Couples Therapy, Developmental Model Couples Therapy, Complex Trauma Treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Integrative Sex Therapy. My training and certifications enable me to see individuals, couples, and families through a relational lens as they struggle with loss, grief, and complex trauma. 

In my personal life, I love cycling, traveling, cooking, reading and playing board games with my family. I strive to lead a balanced life. I am married and have four young adult children. 

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