Couples Therapy

Debra Brause, Psy.D.  Clinical Psychologist

Los Angeles: Studio City

Many couples think that therapy means their relationship is doomed or on the brink of failure. While some couples do need help coming to terms with a separation, most couples strengthen and deepen their bond by sharing their vulnerabilities with their partners. I believe that couples benefit greatly from the help of a third party to enhance communication, provide a safe environment to express difficult feelings, and sort out the unconscious wounds from the past that get displaced onto one’s partner.

I work with couples to identify what originally brought them together and how their preconceptions from the past may interfere with seeing and appreciating their partner for who they are. I believe that we import ways of relating from our earliest childhood attachments into our present-day relationships. Because it is in relationships that so much pain can be inflicted, it is also through the mutual love and acceptance of a partner that so much of this pain can be healed. This makes couples therapy such a powerful tool for transformation and growth.

I work with couples at all stages of their relationship dealing with a variety of issues:

  • Pre-marital concerns
  • Issues around pregnancy, infertility, or adoption
  • Parenting
  • Financial conflict
  • Sexual Problems
  • Infidelity
  • Contemplating divorce
  • Aging
  • Marriage counseling, relationship therapy, couples therapy

Debra Brause, Psy.D.
Psychologist · Studio City, CA
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