Couples Counseling

As a stand-alone service, or as an adjunct to individual psychotherapy, California Women’s Therapy also provides expert support and guidance to couples.


Dr. Tamara Savage
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Tami’s Approach to Couples Counseling

My focus in treating couples involves enhancing genuine communication and empathy between partners in order to reduce patterns of tension, distance, and disconnection.  I strive to help each partner take responsibility for changing unhealthy, destructive approaches to their relationship, to manage emotions more effectively, and to enhance physical and emotional intimacy in their relationship.  

In my couples work I believe that each partner’s past will influence how they “show up” with their partner today.  In exploring unhealthy patterns of attachment in couples work, partners can learn to break out of patterns of interaction that are no longer working for them in order to create new bonds, new ways of communicating with each other, and a greater capacity for cooperation, compromise, mutual empathy, and support. 

While it is not possible for any couple to have identical needs, it is possible to build bridges for understanding and to create the room and space needed for a loving and satisfying relationship.


Dr. Laura Ruaro
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Laura’s Approach to Couples Counseling

I work with couples from the psychoanalytic perspective, looking at how each partner’s deep wounds can be healed within the context of the relationship.  I help couples communicate authentically, so that their intimacy deepens. In my work with inter-racial and inter-cultural couples, I help them to better understand their respective identities. I also help couples prepare for and manage the transition to parenthood. For couples further into the parenting journey, I help parents become more aware of how their respective histories can impact their parenting styles. 


Dr. Mariella Lauriola
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Mariella’s Approach to Couples Counseling

My approach in working with couples is mainly influenced by Dr. Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a short-term (8 to 20 sessions) structured form of therapy developed in the 1980’s in tandem with the science of adult attachment/bonding. Nowadays, a substantial body of research exists to support the effectiveness of EFT. In this therapeutic approach, the therapist helps the couple identify their unhealthy patterns or “dances” to then create new, healthier dances. EFT allows couples to feel emotionally connected, as well as more loved and secure in their relationship. To learn more about EFT, visit the ICEEFT website following this link.

My approach in couples therapy is trauma informedexperiential and active (I engage my clients with weekly exercises in between sessions to consolidate the new knowledge gained). We are going to concentrate on the present issues and negative patterns that are affecting you right now, and you are going to feel like you will have an overall better understanding of your way of relating, as well as having new tools you can use to improve your relationship.


So you can learn more about our services and make sure we’re a great fit, we offer free consultations over the phone or via live video chat.

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Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.

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