“The things we like most in our lives are not fantastic or grand,

they are the moments when we touch each other.”

~Jack Kornfield
Marriage Counselor & Couples Therapist

For over 17 years as a Psychologist, providing couples therapy and marriage counseling in Newport Beach, I have been helping couples throughout Orange County, CA develop more satisfying and engaged relationships. It is very rewarding to see so many couples confront and overcome their long-standing patterns of conflict and emotional isolation.

Do You and Your Partner:
  • keep arguing about the same things?
  • wonder what has happened to intimacy and trust?
  • escalate arguments into criticism, blame, defensiveness and withdrawal?
  • lack the ability to talk about feelings and needs?
  • feel alone in your relationship?
  • think it has been too long since you have had a loving and sexual connection?
  • fear the other may be having an affair (including an emotional affair)?
  • wonder how long your relationship will last?
Why Couples Come to Therapy

Couples come to therapy with many different goals, for example to improve their marriage, communicate better,
work through old hurts, solve chronic problems, or to be happier in their relationship. Each couple is unique and I structure the therapy to your specific needs. I create a safe environment for you and your partner or spouse.  Using evidence-based treatments and my many years of experience of providing couples therapy and marriage counseling, I help the two of you improve communication, resolve conflict, learn hands-on skills and gain insight and awareness into yourself, your partner and your relationship. This leads to a deeper connection, happiness, passion and intimacy between you and your partner.

How I Work with Couples

When working with couples I utilize Imago Relationship Therapy (IRT) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).  I use Imago Relationship Therapy to teach couples the tools to improve communication and move beyond conflict in their relationship. I combine this with Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy to help couples build healthier more connected relationships. EFT is one of the few approaches to couples therapy shown by research to be highly effective, even with highly distressed couples.

“Love is the only satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence.

Loving is an art

and we must master not only the theory of love but also the practice of love.”

~Eric Fromm
Premarital Therapy
In premarital counseling, I help couples prepare for marriage. I would like to help you make your marriage as “divorce proof” as possible. In premarital therapy I will assist you with issues such as: Enjoying each other's company
  • strengthening communication
  • identifying areas of difference that could be a source of future conflict
  • blending two families while maintaining the couple
  • establishing boundaries with previous relationship partners
  • exploring and deepening intimacy – physical, sexual, emotional

“The things we like most in our lives are not fantastic or grand,

they are the moments when we touch each other.”

~Jack Korneld
Other Services

In addition to marriage counseling and couples therapy, I offer individual therapy and am an expert in anxiety treatment, depression therapy and counseling for a wide variety of issues ranging from stress to family difficulties.  I provide counseling throughout Orange County, CA and my Newport Beach office is convenient to Irvine and Huntington Beach as well as many other local communities.