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, Rev. James Ramsey, Jack O'leary & Dr. Veazey.
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, who joins her at every retreat. More...
Professor Emeritus and founder of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A native Californian, Dr. Ham is a true scholar. Her capacity to patiently and empathetically cut to the heart of the matter is well known. A truly gentle soul. She's co-authored several books and countless articles many rejoicing human diversity in counseling. Her books are "required reading" for Marriage and Family Therapists throughout the world. Her Narrative approach helps you put events in context to help you heal. More...
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), a 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...
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...
Rev. Jim is thrice ordained in the Southern Baptist, Calvary Chapel and Assembly of God Ministries. During his 49-year ministry, he has served in a variety of roles from San Diego California to Missoula Montana.
Jim has been a Trainer presenting Level I workshops for the Gottman Institute to professionals, a Presenter for the Art and Science of Love, and The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, as well as Smart Discipline workshops and Great Marriages seminars. He is also certified as a Domestic Mediator and Biofeedback Technician. He's a husband, father & grandfather.
**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. We are fortunate to have 1/3 of these original pioneers in CTI.
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...
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...
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." She has multiple advanced trainings in couples therapy, specializing in sexuality issues and trauma. She's engaged to be married to her long-term partner, James.
One of our earliest team members, Dr. Rodriguez-Ubinas is a true couples therapist, having 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.
Dr. R grew up in both the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico and did graduate work in Chicago. She now lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and daughter. More...
Dr. Gorman is an exceptionally well-trained psychologist. She has also directed a Marriage and Family Therapy Program in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. A mother of two daughters, Dr. Gorman specializes in helping couples with extended family stressors, infertility & adoption. 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."
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, himself. 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). His ebook: "Infidelity: How You Can Heal & Move On" is coming out shortly. He's married to Dr. K., President of Couples Therapy Inc. More...
Jennifer enjoys her life as only a native Texan can: with hearty gusto. It propels her high achievement, in academics, athletics, art and music. She achieves remarkable things. Discussing the heartache she's survived in her own life, she says:
"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."
We eagerly await her soon to be released ebook on ADHD in Marriage.
Alisha managed 12 hospital crisis centers with one computer and an online hook-up. They replaced her with two people when she left.
She's trained in motivational interviewing, sex therapy, multi-problem families, and substance abuse. She has a post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.
The oldest of four children, her parents have been married for over 30 years. She loves her dog, Sam, a Jack Russell Terrier, who has been her constant companion for the past decade. More...
Max has particular expertise working with couples impacted by sex addiction, drug or alcohol problems, and adult children of alcoholics. He has over 30 years of expertise as a therapist. He not only understands how to reach people struggling with addictions, but how to deepen emotional connections once a person is clean and sober.
Originally a New Yorker, he's also an avid tennis player, and father of a college-aged daughter. More...
Marisa has an truly irresistible personality. She has found her calling in helping relationships impacted by anxiety and depression. She writes:
"Couples often feel despair, anger, and stuck, unable to contemplate a happier future...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. "
Having trained with 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.
Jack wears many hats including Managing Director of a Music Therapy program and Coordinator of Family and Relationships Services at The Family Centre in New South Wales, AU. He is a man dedicated to helping couples succeed at the difficult job of loving well.
His many volunteer activities include establishing a community choir; activities with the Red Cross Youth Services; an AIDS Hospice Volunteer Worker, and internationally participated in mission work with children in Colombia and Kenya as a support worker in an orphanage. A husband & father of three small children, Jack plays celtic music internationally, and plays both Gaelic football and hurling.
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Jenny loves to work with couples and has extensively trained with Dr. K. She's spent a decade helping troubled couples and all coursework toward a Ph.D. in Marriage & Family Therapy.
She's been a chaplain resident, graduate teaching instructor, and MFT delegate to China. Her ebook: "Incorporating Spirituality Approaches into Healing in Psychotherapy is due out soon. Born in Taiwan, China, Jenny grew up in Vancouver, Canada, and later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she lives today. More...
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...
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We offer a no-charge zero obligation phone consultation for couples trying to figure out if we're their next best move. It's the easiest way to have your questions answered quickly and easily. Just pick up the phone. Call Daniel Dashnaw, or Nancy St John, Our Clinical Intake Coordinators.
You may also use the contact form (below) to request our services or schedule a phone call. We will respond to your message within 24-48 hours.
Daniel is first and foremost a clinician. He'll answers your questions by telephone Wednesday-Sunday and emails almost always. He'll discuss with you whether our brief, time-limited services are a good fit for your relationship issues.
Nancy is a senior clinician in Europe and intake coordinator here on Mondays and Tuesdays. She'll answers your questions by telephone between 11 am and 8 pm GMT. (7 am - 4 pm EDT)
Ted is your liaison in scheduling your preferred weekend with our clinician's availability. He'll also provide logistical help in finding the perfect lodging & accommodations, and provide any IT help you may need in getting online.
Dawn keeps your accounts. If you have a question about the financial aspect of your service delivery, reach out to Dawn. She also cheerfully traffics the rest of our finances with striking panache.