Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

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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 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
 

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

Level I trained with Stan Tatkin at PACT Institute 2023

— Electra Byers, Psychotherapist in arvada, CO
 

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

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
 

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 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.

— Susan Stork, Sex Therapist in Baltimore, MD

This was the closest category I could pick from to represent the polyvagal and bodymind approaches I use with couples to understand and find compassion for the embodied habits that make it difficult to change behaviors even when we want to. We have all been shaped by those that raised us to have the patterns of regulation we have. Unfortunately, they can have negative consequences on relationships in the present. Once accepted and understood, lasting change is possible.

— Shelly Melroe, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Big Lake, MN
 

I am PACT level 1 trained. This informs the way I work with partners, as I look to each of you to be experts on each other. We work to create secure functioning within the relationship to grow towards your relationship goals.

— Rae Buchanan, Counselor in Baltimore, MD

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
 

I am a PACT level 1 trained couples therapist. PACT is a psycho-biological approach to couples therapy that combines understanding neurology, attachment systems, and arousal to get to the process underlying communication difficulties.

— Karyn Wittmeyer, Sex Therapist in Kent, WA

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,
 

I am a level 2 trained PACT therapist and am registered for Level 3 final training beginning in July 2022

— Tara Kline, Clinical Psychologist in San Francisco, CA