Trish Stanley, PsyD, MFT is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist specializing in individual, couple, and family therapy and maintains a private practice in San Diego, CA
She has broad experience with premarital counseling, engaged couples, newlyweds and new parents, and with revitalizing long-term relationships. She works with same-sex couples, addiction, eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and sexual dysfunction or dissatisfaction. She regularly works with two-career couples, affairs, betrayals, and trust problems. She supports couples through structuring a separation, planned reconciliations, co-parenting, and collaborative divorce.
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, metaphor, and therapeutic experiment to enliven the sessions, and utilizes tools for home practice to support couples between sessions. She works to have each session build on the last one 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 an experienced and enthusiastic presenter at The Art & Science of Love Weekend Couples Workshop in San Diego, CA.
She 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 Marucheau, LCSW:
Liz has provided direct psychotherapy services for infants, children, adolescents, adults and couples since 1987. All of her work is grounded in Neuroscience principles, Attachment Theory and Developmental Theory’s.
Liz incorporates mindfulness and mediation into her practice as well as the latest research on therapeutic approaches while developing an individualized plan for everyone she works with. She currently teaches human development, assessment and diagnosis to graduate students at SDSU. On a personal note, she has been married for over 20 years.
Lisa Graff-Marsh, LCSW:
Lisa Graff-Marsh is a seasoned therapist that has worked with couples for over 20 years.
Lisa’s passion is to help heal the disconnections that can happen in relationships.
She brings a warmth, understanding and acceptance of each person’s pain due to the underlying emotions that end up being expressed in a cycle that has become the enemy of close connection.
Lisa works with couples to make sense of this cycle by first creating a safe place and alliance where each person starts to feel a safety in getting closer to their primary emotions. She loves to work with the strength and courage that it takes for couples to ask for help.
To help them create a safety between them that has been lost .So the loneliness, anger, hopelessness and despair starts to melt away and the love that has gotten buried can be felt again.
Susan Lawlor, MFT:
Susan structures therapy as a safe place for exploring some new perspectives and learning critical tools for getting unstuck, experiencing personal growth, understanding relationships which allows couples to move forward.
Susan can help couples examine new perspectives, learn more about themselves and their partner, practice some new tools, and creatively collaborate to find better solutions. In her own life, Susan has experienced divorce, worked with blended family issues, and faced the challenges of co-parenting two children through their teenage years.
Susan enjoys using a variety of methods, individualized to the couple she is working with, including an analysis of temperaments and personality types to deepen understanding of self and others,
Gottman techniques, tools for defining, strengthening, and maintaining sense of self through stressful difficulties, and developmental models to provide both the insight and the tools to make positive changes.
Linda Collins, Ph.D.:
With 30 years of experience and am licensed as both a Marriage, Family, Child Therapist and a Clinical Psychologist.
I specialize in working with stress, anxiety, panic and trauma and have earned the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner designation.
This designation means that I have completed over two years of advanced training in the somatic experiencing therapy developed by Peter Levine to work with these conditions.
I also specialize in using mind and body therapies such as mindfulness-based approaches together with cognitive strategies to work with personal and relationship change