Trish Stanley, PsyD, LMFT is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy and maintains a private practice in San Diego, CA.
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.
Liz has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years and has a particular passion for helping couples find their way out of stuck and defeating patterns.. Couples find her to be warm, direct and highly focused on helping them identify and reach their unique goals for their relationship.
All of her work is grounded in neuroscience principles, attachment theory, and developmental theories. As part of her fascination in looking for what really works in couples therapy, Liz has developed a couples therapy curriculum for graduate students at SDSU. And she is currently writing a book on the variety of approaches to couples therapy.
She is herself deeply and widely trained in a range of couples' therapy approaches including the Gottman Method, the Developmental Model of Ellyn Bader and Pete Pearson, and Stan Tatkin's Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy model (otherwise known as PACT) of couples therapy. In 2020 Liz started to assist Dr. Stan Tatkin with his international PACT training, by providing coaching to his students during breakout groups. She most recently completed advanced training in therapy for sexual issues with the renowned trainer Martha Kauppi.
She has an extensive understanding of neuroscience and works with couples to help them understand and integrate their psychological and psychobiological reactions in order to support better processing, clearer thinking, and effective communication. Liz incorporates mindfulness skills into her practice as well as the latest research on therapeutic approaches while developing an individualized plan for everyone she works with. On a personal note, she has been married for over 25 years and has two thriving young adult children.
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.
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 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 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 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'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 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
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
I am delighted to work with all types of couples of all ages and cultural backgrounds. I also find great satisfaction working with individuals and families.
I love to work with couples who are beginning their journey together because I believe that making agreements from the beginning increases relationship success. I also like to work with couples who are deciding whether they want to remain together and finding the best way forward, be it together or apart. I have worked effectively with couples who are experiencing an important loss through death, infidelity or illness and are navigating life after the loss.
I would describe my therapeutic style as respectful, fair, honest and warm. I trust in my clients, the therapeutic process and myself which makes me hopeful and strive to instill hope in my clients. Therapy with me can be very serious and also fun because humor is important in life. My role is to accompany my clients in their unique journey to help guide them to their goals. I want my clients to feel seen and heard by me.
I was born and raised in Mexico and moved to the U.S. to attend university at UCSD. My first career was in international business and I enjoyed it thoroughly. However, several years ago I began to feel the need to make a change. This led me to study a master's in contemporary gestalt therapy in Mexico where I practiced for a year. In order to practice in the U.S. I earned a master's in clinical counseling and am now an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I have trained at The Elizabeth Hospice where I have worked with individuals, couples and families experiencing loss and grief. I have completed Gottman Training Level 1, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy training, Healing Trauma from a Relational Gestalt Perspective and am working toward a certification in treating complex trauma.
I love cycling, traveling, cooking, reading and playing board games with my family. Balance is very important to me and I strive to lead a balanced life. I am married and have four young adult children.