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. Kathy McMahon, President & CEO of Couples Therapy Inc.
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...
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. James Ramsey, MA, M. Div., MFT
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 St. John, HDip
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...
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...
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.
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...
Dr. Gorman is an exceptionally well-trained psychologist. She has also directed a Marriage and Family Therapy Program in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. 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.
In addition to her practical experience, 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. 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 how being clean and sober enables deeper emotional connections. He's a man who enjoys new challenges, such as volunteering at San Quentin State Prison for six months to learn what he could about inmates. Find him on a different kind of court, as he's an avid tennis player and just a really nice guy. More...
Marisa has an truly irresistible personality. She has found her calling in helping relationships 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.
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 and father of three small children, Jack plays celtic music internationally, and plays both Gaelic football and hurling.
Jenny loves to work with couples. A remarkable woman. 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. Born in Taiwan, China, Jenny grew up in Vancouver, BC., and later moved to Los Angeles, California, where she lives today.
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 all of her coursework toward a Ph.D. in MFT, and for the past decade her passion is helping couples heal. Her ebook: "Incorporating Spirituality Approaches int Healing in Psychotherapy is due out soon. More...
Couples Retreat is held in 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...
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