Introducing Scott Wolfe, Ph.D.

"Fly Me" Therapist*

His Couples Retreat is held in Columbia Maryland and near Las Vegas, Nevada


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno (now Alliant International University) 1986.

Dissertation Topic:
A Longitudinal Study of Sixty Engaged Couples and Their Relationship Satisfaction as they Transition into Their First Year of Marriage.

M.A. in Psychology, Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. 1979.

B.A. in Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1974.

Professional Licenses:

Licensed as a Psychologist, Nevada (#PY0747)

Licensed as a Psychologist, Maryland (#03123)

Certified Gottman Method Couples Therapist #62 (2006)

Professional Affiliations:

  • The Gottman Relationship Institute, Seattle WA - Master Trainer
  • American Psychological Association
  • Nevada Psychological Association
  • Maryland Psychological Association
  • International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy
"For the first time in many years, I feel like we are headed in a good direction..." -Recent Retreat Client

Clinical Experience

Dr. Wolfe has been a practicing clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He's been an academic, a supervisor, and is a Senior Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute.Dr.Wolfe has over thirty years of experience as a Clinical Psychologist.  

He has worked in a variety of clinical settings including inpatient, outpatient, partial hospitalization and community mental health settings. He's practiced for over 20 years as a private practitioner, where he has specialized in couples and family therapy.

He served as Adjunct Faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology - Fresno from 1989 to 1994 where he taught Marriage and Family Research and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy on the graduate level. He also chaired  four doctoral dissertations in the area of Marriage and the Family.

Dr. Wolfe has also acted as clinical supervisor to doctoral students in clinical psychology doctoral students in both externships and in APA accredited internships over 15 years.


Wolfe, Scott, Guest Editor, (Spring 2014) Maryland Psychologist, Special Issue: Couples Therapy.

History as a Couples Therapist

My interest and passion for couples and family therapy began with my graduate school mentor, Dr. Ronald Kokes. Dr. Kokes was a gifted and accomplished family therapist and prolific family researcher. 

He encouraged me to focus my dissertation on couples: He suggested following couples over time as they marry, to study how relationships develop and to learn what predicts marital satisfaction over time.

Dr. Wolfe (left) and Dr. Kokes 1986.

I learned through my research that empathy was a key ingredient in marital satisfaction. When a partner perceives empathy from their spouse, marital satisfaction during the first year of marriage is high. Later studies confirmed this finding during the third year of marriage, as well. Dr. Kokes also served as my internship supervisors at the University of California San Francisco - Fresno Medical Education Program and supervised my first clinical work with couples. He gave me my start as a couples therapist.

Our friendship lasted for decades until Dr. Kokes passed away in 2009.

Past therapy seemed to have only caused more problems...

Our prior common therapy was unsuccessful. This therapy was successful and effective. Dr. Wolfe was excellent. He did an outstanding job. We have better intimacy, an overall feeling of closeness and the ability to discuss verses arguing. Overall, it was excellent and effective. Our therapist was excellent and high quality.

Recent Retreat Client

Evidence-based Treatment Models

Senior Certified Gottman Couples Therapist
Master Gottman Trainer & Consultant.

Externship & Advanced Training

Current Interests

I love traveling, hiking  and visiting the many wonderful National Parks out west including the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Yosemite.

I am an passionate college football fan and I am an avid reader. Stirred by Carl Sagan decades go, I love reading about astronomy, the cosmos and science in general.
I also have a fondness for the architecture and design of Frank Lloyd Wright. When we lived in Maryland, a favorite destination was the Wrights Falling Water House.

Now living out West, we visit Taliesin Westin Scottsdale, Arizona.

We're just getting started.

We are looking forward to visiting more Frank Lloyd Wright homes and buildings in the near future.

My clinical office even has some Mission style furniture and lamps as well as designs reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work!

Taliesin West, Scottsdale, Arizona

Our relationship was very bad. We were trying to figure out if we would divorce.

After this intensive we have now reached an agreement on how to be with each other. We communicate better. We have a clear idea what to do. The weekend provided structure for us and some good tools to use when we argue, and we have a good plan for the next six months. - Recent Retreat Client

History with The Gottman Institute

I was first introduced to Dr.John Gottman’s research while completing my doctoral dissertation on marital satisfaction in the mid - 1980’s.

Over the years I kept in touch with the literature on couples therapy and in particular Gottman’s research on predicting divorce as a way of informing my clinical work with couples.

In the late 1990’s I first heard John Gottman present his research to clinicians and after taking Level 1 Gottman Training I was immediately hooked.

By 2006 I got Certification in the Gottman Method and was certified as a Gottman Workshop Leader, Trainer and Consultant. I'm proud to be one of a handful of Senior-Level Master Gottman Trainers and Consultants worldwide.

I love this work. 

I have a deep passion to help couples to survive their toughest times, and restore their deep lasting connection and hope.

Personally Speaking

I practiced in Maryland for 23 years before relocating my practice to Henderson, Nevada. Henderson is a quiet suburb  just outside of Las Vegas. We moved here  in 2016, to be closer to our grown children and family in both Henderson and in California. My daughter lives in Los Angeles.

As empty nesters, my wife Peggy and I are enjoying this area of the country.  It's a much warmer area of the country than our former home in suburban Maryland ( just outside of Washington D.C.)

Peggy is also a therapist. She graciously agreed to move back East so that I could be closer to my family in the 1990s. 

Now it was time to return the favor.

Our move out West is brings Peggy back to her roots.

We practice together in an attractive four-office suite with two other therapists in this  quiet, peaceful, suburban setting.

Yet surprisingly for our visitors, our offices are only 20 minutes from both McCarran Airport and the LasVegas Strip!

Las Vegas, as I'm sure you know, is an incredibly high-energy tourist spot, with world-class entertainment, dining and 24/7 excitement. 

I invite you to reconnect, restore and repair your relationship with me, in this unique Couples Therapy Retreat in this get-away destination minutes from exciting LasVegas Nevada.

I'm looking forward to meeting you.

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