Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

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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 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 Portland, OR
 

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

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
 

Level I trained with Stan Tatkin at PACT Institute 2023

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO

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
 

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

PACT looks at what’s really happening in your brain and your emotions when you fight. If you were in a couples therapy session and you were stuck, your therapist might slow you down (we all know how sped up and out of control it can get when you’re in conflict) and help point out what’s happening with your body and your emotions.

— Jor-El Zajatz, 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

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
 

This approach helps clients understand theirs and their partner's personal history and how that impacts their ability to experience secure attachment and thus foster a healthy relationship based upon shared principles, shared vision, and shared governance in the relationship.

— Chris Siddall, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Austin, TX

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
 

I am a PACT level I certified therapist. Using PACT, I work with clients experientially to build secure relationships with their partner/s.

— Katie Ament, Mental Health Counselor

I am a level II trained PACT therapist and have been in a a monthly case consultation group led by the founder of PACT, Stan Tatkin.

— Robyn Trimborn, Licensed Professional Counselor
 

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