Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

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PACT is the primary modality through which I conceptualize my work with couples. PACT blends contemporary neuroscience with attachment theory. With some understanding on how our caregivers taught was what romantic love looks like is emotional work but also incredibly empowering. Healing core attachment wounds enables you to participate in a healing relationship from the most core parts of the self. Also, the brain hacks provided by PACT are invaluable.

— Courageous Couples Counseling, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Rosa, CA

PACT therapy, or Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy, is a form of relationship therapy that focuses on understanding and addressing the underlying attachment and neurobiological patterns in couples. We dig deep into your attachment styles and incorporate somatic and cutting edge neuroscience into couples work.

— Angela Tam, Counselor in , WA
 

I am Level 1 trained in PACT, and I help partners become experts on each other and nurture the development of a shared psychological system through deeper attunement. We clarify implicit aspects of the relationship by defining agreements and governing principles while building personalized communication skills and trust. The ultimate aim is to achieve secure functioning where the couple shares power and authority in a relationship built on common purpose and vision.

— Kathryn Sosnowski, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA

PACT stands for Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy and it has been developed by Stan Tatkin, PsyD. Its goal is to integrate mind-body functioning and give couples the tools to create a safe, “secure-functioning” relationships. PACT has been developed thanks to exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas: Neuroscience, Attachment Theory & Human Arousal.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

Developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin, PACT is a fusion of attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation. PACT has a reputation for effectively treating the most challenging couples. Your experience during a PACT session may differ somewhat from what you would experience in other forms of couple therapy. Contact me to learn more.

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

A PACT couple session may differ somewhat from what clinicians and couples experience in other forms of couple therapy. A PACT therapist’s focus on moment-to-moment shifts in a client’s face, body, and voice, and each partner’s active involvement in paying close attention to these as a couple. A PACT therapist creates experiences similar to those troubling a relationship and helps the couple work through them in real time during the session. PACT sessions often exceed the 50-minute hour

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

Level I trained with Stan Tatkin at PACT Institute 2023

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO

I have extensive training in PACT (was trained in Level I + II) and am part of an ongoing case consultation group to further hone my skills and craft. PACT is very comprehensive and pays a lot of attention to attachment styles, emotional regulation, and brain science. Given that I've been trained in PACT, Gottman, and EFT, I methodically use the best parts of each modality based on what my couples are bringing and am struggling with.

— Christian Bumpous, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN
 

PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) t quickly gets to the heart of what's happening with conflict and tension in your relationship. PACT works by cutting out a lot of the confusing talking and arguing about who's right and how to fix a given problem. PACT assumes you are the expert on your partner, and the therapist helps to decode what happens during moments of conflict, so you can better guess your partners concerns, needs and wants as well as what would help sooth best.

— Molz Wirtz-Wold, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I am PACT Level 2 certified and incorporate other modalities to support my work with couples. PACT is based on creating a well-working two-person system based on fairness and attachment and learning better ways to communicate and attune to one another.

— Gillian Pierce, Psychotherapist in Longmont, CO

I also specialize in working with couples with high conflict and tension. I apply Psychological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) in my work with couples and I have been PACT Level I and II trained. I help guide couples into figuring out what their principles are, their dealbreakers, overcome betrayal, and help them to be able to work out issues themselves that's best for their relationship.

— Janet Wang, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

This approach blends attachment theory, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation in order to help move couples towards a securing functioning relationship. In our work I will focus on moment-to-moment shifts in your face, body, and voice, and ask you to pay close attention to these as a couple. We will create experiences similar to those troubling your relationship and help you work through them in real time during the session.

— Renee Tate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

PACT was developed out of research in three areas: attachment theory, neuroscience, and the biology of human arousal. Neuroscience provides an understanding of how people act and react within relationships. The biology of human arousal explains the moment-to-moment ability to manage our energy, alertness and ability to engage with others. PACT uses the science of how our brains work in relationship to help partners form closer, more creative, loving relationships with better communication.

— Jennifer Creson, Counselor in Seattle,

PACT Couple Therapy is founded on the latest findings in developmental neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation. Through this therapeutic approach, I focus on helping couples build secure attachment and greater connection, which can lead to long-lasting changes in your relationship and overall well-being.

— Annie Vail, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I am a Level 1 trained PACT clinician (soon to be Level 2 in Fall 2023!) I work with couples in three major tenets of the PACT model: attachment/Family of Origin, regulation, and neuroscience.

— Diana Harden, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

PACT was developed out of research in three areas: attachment theory, neuroscience, and the biology of human arousal. Neuroscience provides an understanding of how people act and react within relationships. The biology of human arousal explains the moment-to-moment ability to manage our energy, alertness and ability to engage with others. rPACT uses the science of how our brains work in relationship to help partners form closer, more creative, loving relationships with better communication.

— Jennifer Creson, Counselor in Seattle,