The Couples Institute - Author, Counselor/Therapist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Marriage Educator, Psychologist, Relationship Coach, Speaker/Presenter - Menlo Park, CA
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The Couples Institute (MFT,PhD)


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For more than 20 years, Dr. Ellyn Bader and Dr. Peter Pearson have been helping couples resolve issues and create strong, loving relationships. They can help you and your partner overcome your difficulties and evolve both as lovers and friends. Known worldwide through their pioneering work in couples therapy, they are the founders of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. They are frequently invited to speak at major conferences and to conduct training in the psychological treatment of couples throughout the world. Their book on couples therapy for professionals is used in graduate schools across the country.

In addition to their professional collaboration, they are married to each other, bringing even greater insight into the work they do. They will educate, enlighten and entertain you with the challenges they have faced as a couple, and how they overcame them to build a strong marriage.

Ellyn and Peter are the authors of “Tell Me No Lies.” This book tells you how to face the truth and build a loving marriage. They also wrote “In Quest of the Mythical Mate,” a textbook for couples therapists that is now in its 16th printing. This book won the Clark Vincent Award from the California Association of Marital & Family Therapists for its outstanding contribution to the field of marital therapy.

Ellyn and Peter have been featured on over 50 radio shows and on television including “The Today Show” and “CBS Early Morning News.” The Bader-Pearson approach is known for its practical applications that help you and your partner create enduring love.

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The Reason I Became A Helping Professional

We are passionate and determined to eliminate unnecessary divorces.  We work hard every day in order to not fall short of that goal - by delivering the most innovative and impactful training to therapists around the world, and by guiding and supporting our own couples clients who come to our offices to receive counseling.  We love our work and apply it daily in our own lives. We simply want to help as many couples as we can to avoid the pain and frustration that can can affect marriages. We want to help you!

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Expiration 6/30/14
Number PSY6961

Articles by The Couples Institute
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'Hope Springs': A Revolutionary Film About Marriage

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Check Out My New Book
IN QUEST OF THE MYTHICAL MATE: A Developmental Approach To Diagnosis And Treatment In Couples Therapy
In Quest of the Mythical Mate presents a ...
By Ellyn Bader, Peter Pearson
Tell Me No Lies
Lying-For Better or WorseEverybody lies. ...
By Ellyn Bader Ph.D., Peter T. Pearson Ph.D., Judith D. Schwartz

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Communication Problems, Couples/Marital Issues, Divorce/Divorce Prevention, Financial Stress, Infidelity / Affair Recovery, Parenting, Stepfamilies