All Star Team

Get to know our Team.  
Pick from 17 couples therapists devoted to healing intimate bonds worldwide...

Left to right: Dr. Ham, Dr. Meunier, Angela Vogele, Max Yusim, Jenny Fang, Daniel Dashnaw, Dr. McMahon, Dr. Wolfe, Nancy St. John, Alisha Powell, Marisa Mundey, Dr. Rodriguez, Jennifer Elkins & Ted Mohammed at our Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, California.
Not present: YY Wei, Dr. Gorman, Dr. Smithey, & Dr. Veazey.

Our Master Couples Therapists - Click on the name or picture to learn more.

Couples Retreat Location: the foothills of the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts

Dr. Kathy McMahon, President & CEO of Couples Therapy Inc.

Clinical Psychologist, Licensed in Massachusetts
Certified Gottman Therapist; AASECT Certified Sex Therapy Diplomate; Certified Sex Educator; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Externship & Core Skills (in progress); Developmental Model; Discernment Counseling.

Dr. K has an active interactional style that is no-nonsense, but sweetened with humor and empathetic engagement. She cares deeply about her couples and works hard to help them, because she holds a deep belief in the value of intimate relationships.

A mother and grandmother, she lives with her husband, Daniel Dashnaw, and her "therapy dog in training" Jack, a Coton de Tulear.  More...

Her schedule for Intensive Couples Retreats fills quickly.  Book early.

Couples Retreat Location: 
Northampton, Massachusetts.

Dr. Maryanna Ham  

Clinical Psychologist & Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed in Massachusetts
Fellow Status: American Psychological Association for Lifetime Achievement

Professor Emeritus and founder of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A native Californian, Dr. Ham has focused much of her scholarship on diversity issues and counseling.  She's co-authored several books and countless articles. Her books are "required reading" for Marriage and Family Therapists throughout the world.

Her Narrative approach is patient, penetrating, and kind.  More...

Her schedule for Intensive Couples Retreats is limited.  Book early.

Couples Retreat Location: Austin, Texas.
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Dr. Vagdevi Meunier 

Clinical Psychologist, Licensed in Texas
Master Trainer** for the Gottman Institute; Certified Gottman Therapist.

With incredible warmth and charm, Dr. Meunier skillfully brings magic to the couples therapy arena. Described as a "remarkable intellect," her ability to capture multidimensional aspects of complex cases is well-honed.  She is trilingual (English, Hindi & Tamil)​, wife and mother, and lives in Austin with her husband.

She runs a training institute for couples therapists and The Art & Science of Love workshops in Austin, Texas.​  More...

Her schedule for Intensive Couples Retreats is limited.  Book early.

Couples Retreat Location: outside Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Dr. Scott T. Wolfe 

Clinical Psychologist, Licensed in Nevada & Maryland
Master Trainer** for the Gottman Institute; Certified Gottman Therapist; Externship, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.

Dr. Wolfe brings maturity and confidence to his work with couples. He conducted research on couples several decades ago, before discovering the work of John Gottman. It was a fortuitous match.

After working for decades outside the US Capital (Washington, D.C.) in Maryland, he's now enjoying the comforting warmth of Las Vegas winters. 

He practices outside Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife Peggy, also a psychotherapist. He also offers the Art & Science of Love workshops. More...

His schedule for Intensive Couples Retreats is limited.  Book early.

**Gottman Master Trainers offer advanced training to psychotherapists in this science-based model. There are only six Master Trainers Worldwide, in addition to the Gottmans, themselves.​

Certified Couples Therapists - Advanced Practitioners

Couples Retreat Location:
outside Dublin, Ireland.
"Fly Me" Therapist*​: Europe & USA

Nancy St. John

Higher Diploma in Counselling (Hon)., Licensed in Ireland
Mentorship and Certified Developmental Model; Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Advanced Training); Certified Imago Therapist; Certified Discernment Counseling Specialist.

Nancy is a lifelong learner in couples therapy as her multiple certifications and achievements indicate.  While an incredibly humble, generous and kind human being, she's a powerhouse in the therapy room.

Born in Chicago, Nancy grew up in Ireland, where she practices today.

She's also a wife and busy grandmother and trains therapists in the Developmental Model of Couples Therapy in Europe.  More...

Couples Retreat Location: outside Washington DC.
"Fly Me" Therapist*​

Angela Vogele, M.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker -MD,  DC, FL, & Hawaii
Certified Gottman Therapist; AASECT Board-certified Sex Therapist; Certified Discernment Counseling Specialist; Divorce Mediation.
Angela is a trilingual therapist (Fluent in German, English & Conversational French) who bring a “Joie de vivre” to her couples therapy practice. Angela has lived and worked in Germany, France, Samoa, and mainland China, as well as at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, DC.  She runs the Art & Science of Love workshops.
A mother of three, Angela lives in Germantown, Maryland with her long-term partner, Bob.  More...
Angela is a therapist in high demand, given her warm and engaging style. Book early.

Couples Retreat Location: Denver, CO
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

YY Wei, MSW 

Clinical Social Worker, Licensed in Colorado
Gottman  Levels I, II & III (certification track); Emotionally-Focused Therapy Externship; Certified Discernment Counseling; Certification in Interpersonal Trauma; Certified Grief Recovery Specialist; Substance Abuse; Clinical Supervisor: The Gender Identity Center of Colorado; Sex Therapist (AASECT certification track); Certified EMDR Therapist; EMDR Consultant (in training); Internal Family Systems Therapist (Level I & II); Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Therapist (Level I) Developmental Model (Level I);Certified Addiction Counselor III

YY's enthusiasm for working with couples is contagious. "Once I realized the tricks to making and keeping relationships healthy, fun, connected, and loving, I wanted to share them with as many people as I could." Her style of working with clients is to "empower them to be their authentic selves in their relationship and more compassionate with their partners."  She's engaged to be married to her long-term partner, James.

A native of Mainland China, she's quadrilingual in Mandarin, English, Cantonese,  and Conversational Italian.  More...

Couples Retreat Location: outside Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Adam Smithey

Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed in Indiana
Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Certified Discernment Counseling Specialist.

Dr. Smithey works with all marriages, but he has a particular interest in working with affairs. He is one of five Certified Gottman Therapists on our team, and the only certified Gottman Therapist in Indiana. He's also a certified Discernment Counselor.
A family man, he's a stay-at-home Dad to his three growing boys. He also created and sponsors philanthropic events to raise money for several causes in his hometown outside Indianapolis.  He's also training in the workshop The Art & Science of Love designed by the Gottman Institute.


Associate Couples Therapists

Associates have formal training in at least two approaches to couples therapy. One must be evidence-based.
Couples Retreat Location: 
Miami, Florida
"Fly Me"* to Puerto Rico

Dr. Heide Rodriguez-Ubinas 

Clinical Psychologist, Licensed in Puerto Rico & Licensed Provisional Psychologist in Florida
Gottman Levels I, II & III (certification track); Clinical Traumatology; eMETT 3.0 Training, Expert Level.

Dr. Rodriguez-Ubinas  has worked with U.S. military families and couples in both Puerto Rico and Stateside. These days she splits her time between Old San Juan and Miami, Florida with her husband and baby girl. She's also volunteered at a community program, helping new parents adjust to their new parental roles.

​She is bilingual (Spanish & English) and grew up in both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and now lives in Miami. In the late 1990's she completed her MA in Counseling in Chicago.  More...

Couples Retreat Location: Amherst, Massachusetts.
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Dr. Patricia Gorman

Clinical Psychologist, Marriage & Family Therapist, Licensed in Massachusetts
Advanced Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship & Core Skills); Gottman Levels I & II; Clinical Fellow & Supervisor,  AAMFT; Discernment Counseling (in progress).

Dr. Gorman is an exceptionally well-trained as a diagnostician & systems thinker. She has also directed a Marriage and Family Therapy Program in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dr. Gorman has completed several levels of training in the Gottman Method, and is finishing her certification in Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy. Quoting Sue Johnson: “Love has an immense ability to help heal the devastating wounds that life sometimes deals us.”
She's also a dancer:  "I love to dance...the Argentine Tango. It has provided me attunement, making it some of my best training as a therapist."


Couples Retreat Location:
foothills of the Berkshires, Western Massachusetts

Daniel Dashnaw, MS, MA, MFT 

Marriage and Family Therapist, Pre-Licensed
Gottman  Levels I, II & III; Emotionally-Focused Therapy Externship & Core Skills (in progress); Discernment Counseling; Developmental Model Training.

Daniel came to couples therapy after an academic focus on Labor Studies, and a passion for starting and running his own business. He has a soft spot in his heart for entrepreneurs, being one. He specializes in working with couples suffering the impacts of the "pervasive traumas" of life: childhood sexual abuse, car accidents, physical and domestic violence, family alcoholism, serious illness, a sudden death of a loved one, and sudden job loss.  

Daniel is a self-confessed bibliophile, and Editor of our Blog. He also is one of two Intake Coordinators (telephone).  He's married to Dr. K., President of Couples Therapy Inc.  More...

Couples Retreat Location: Austin, Texas
"Fly Me" Therapist*​

Jennifer Elkins, MA  

Mental Health Counselor, Licensed in Florida Texas (pending)
Gottman I & II.  Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy Externship; Specializes in treating Attention Deficit Disorder in relationships.

Jennifer holds herself to the highest level of achievement in whatever she does, from academics, to hobbies, athletics, art or music.  She achieves remarkable things, not the least of which is enjoying her life. 

"Embracing, instead of resisting my vulnerabilities has allowed me to recognize and celebrate my full potential as an individual, a partner, and a therapist. It's helped me reconnect with my creative spirit. I draw from my own experiences to support couples as they reestablish lost connections and flourish as individuals. It’s a mirror of how I reconnected with my husband."

She'll be transitioning her practice from Sarasota to Austin in May 2017.

Affiliate Couples Therapists

Affilitates have formal training in the evidence-based Gottman approach to couples therapy.

Couples Retreat Location: 
Outside San Francisco, California
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Ronald (Max) Yusim, LCSW 

Clinical Social Worker, Licensed in California
Gottman Levels I, II; Sex, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Specialist, Discernment Counseling (in progress).

Max has particular expertise working with couples impacted by sex addiction, drug or alcohol problems, and adult children of alcoholics. This expertise comes not just from his 30+ years as a therapist, but his own personal journey.

He understands how to reach people struggling to overcome addictions. He also knows that being clean and sober allows you to emotionally connect. Your children, intimate partners, and friendships benefit, as well as the addict.
He's an avid tennis player. Find him on the courts when he's not working.  More...

Couples Retreat Location: 
Houston, Texas

Marisa Mundey, LMFT 

Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed in Texas
Gottman Levels I & II. Specializes in treating anxiety & depression in couples.

Marisa has an irresistible personality. She has found her calling working with relationships that are impacted by anxiety and depression.

 She writes:

"I love the challenge when I encounter a giant wall of negativity, doom and gloom in a client and have to find a way to engage him/her in the work... Couples who come to me for help often feel despair, anger, and feel stuck, unable to contemplate a happier future..."

Having worked for the famous Harlene Anderson of the Narrative Therapy tradition, she brings an ability to say things that "aren't fun" to people in a gentle way. She grows fruits and herbs on her property with her husband and children and exercises religiously.


Couples Retreat is held in Los Angeles, California
"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Jenny Fang, M.S. 

Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered as an MFT Intern in California (Los Angeles)
 & Virginia
Gottman Levels I & II; Prepare-Enrich Inventory Counselor Certification;  FT-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Certified Therapist; EMDR Basic Training.

Jenny loves to work with couples. Born in Taiwan, China, Jenny grew up in Vancouver, BC., and later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she lives today. She's lived in six different countries and countless cities, often traveling alone with a tiny valise. Her generosity and enthusiasm for life is evident when you first meet her. A remarkable woman.

She quadrilingual (English, Mandarin, proficient in Japanese, conversational in Taiwanese) and she's been known to watch Korean soap operas in Korean "just to keep sharp..."

She's been a chaplain resident, grammar school teacher, graduate teaching instructor, a former catwalk model, and MFT delegate to China. She's also completed her coursework toward a Ph.D. in MFT, and for the past decade her passion is helping couples heal.  More...

On Leave

"Fly Me" Therapist​*

Alisha Powell, LCSW 

Clinical Social Worker, Licensed in Georgia & Colorado
Gottman Levels I & II.

Alisha managed 12 hospital crisis centers with one computer and an online hook-up. They replaced her with two people when she left.

In addition to her practical experience, she's taken classes in various modalities related to couples therapy that included motivational interviewing, sex therapy, multi-problem families, and substance abuse. Through this program she gained a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.

She's the oldest of four children, and have parents married for over 30 years.  She also loves her dog, Sam, a Jack Russell Terrier, who has been her constant companion for the past decade.​  More...

She enjoys travel and is currently on assignment in California.  She will return to Atlanta in June of 2017.​ 

Couples Retreat is held in Houston, Texas

Dr. Connie Veazey 

Clinical Psychologist, Licensed in Texas. Practices in Houston
Gottman Levels I & II; Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Counseling.  Specializing in couples with chronic illness and PTSD.  Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Veasey has had a distinguished academic career. Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. She now is at Fielding Graduate University.

She is a busy wife and mother, in addition to her supervisory and teaching responsibilities but ""Working with couples in therapy has been one of the highlights of my clinical and academic work..."  More...

*"Fly Me" Therapists can be flown to the location of your choice. Additional fees apply.  Talk to us for more information.

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We offer a phone consultation at no charge for couples trying to figure out if we're their next best move.

Call Daniel our Intake Coordinator (and Marriage and Family Therapist) Toll Free :

1-844-926-8753 (USA)

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Tauseef (Ted) Mohammed, B.A.
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