Rudi Lion (she/her)

Hi there, my name is Rudi and I look forward to supporting you in having the relationship you have always dreamed of. It is possible!

Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Family

About My Clients

Do you sometimes say things to your partner that you later regret? Do you act in ways that don't get you the result you want? Do you wish you just knew how to be a good partner? I can help you to love better. Together we inquire into what holds you back from fully opening your heart. Together we explore whether possible unresolved trauma is holding you back. You might simply have no good relationship model to work from. I look forward in supporting you to have the relationship you long for.

My Background and Approach

I specialized in couple's work because I wanted to understand the building blocks of a successful relationship. I have studied with Sue Johnson, founder of EFT, as well as Stan Tatkin. I love Ester Perel's insights into infidelity and appreciate Terry Real support in taking sides when necessary. Studying attachment theory has taught me that anyone can learn to be a good partner. I have many tools to support you in being just that. Mindfulness is one of my favorite. Learning to be mindful helps us to pause and decide the next step versus acting by impulse only. I often incorporate EMDR in my couple's work. EMDR is a great way to process unresolved trauma that could be interfering with you being the partner you want to be.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

“Love always cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.” Helen Keller. Just as I entered graduate school my then-husband and I decided to separate. I wanted to understand why our marriage fell apart and decided to specialize in couple's therapy. Since relationship contribute greatly to our overall happiness it seems wise to invest in teaching people the foundational skills of being a good partner. I believe if we were all in a truly satisfying relationship the world would be an easier world. Helping couples to have healthy and thriving relationships is close to my heart. I look forward to helping you not to make the mistakes my ex-husband and I made. The first step is often the hardest one! Come for a consultation and we will discover whether we are a good fit.

I have experience with the following
  • Judaism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 17 years of practice
  • Languages: Deutsch
  • Rate: $180 - 250/session


805 4534826 Email Rudi
2020 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 217
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

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