Finding Providers

We found 4 providers with an interest in couples therapy and who accept Health Net PPO near Laguna Hills, CA.

Christy Forrester (Forrister) LMFT, LPCC, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
Aliso Viejo, CA
(949) 415-9217

Ms. Christy Forrester specializes in family therapy and practices in Laguna Hills, CA, Aliso Viejo, CA, and Redding, CA. Her clinical interests include alcohol abuse, depression, and infidelity issues. Ms. Forrester honors Anthem, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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All Interests: Alcoholism, Addictions, Impaired Professionals, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Anger Management, ... (Read more)

Ms. (Mrs.) Luz Patricia Bayer MFT, MA, LMFT
Specializes in Family Therapy
24800 Chrisanta Drive; Suite 220
Mission Viejo, CA
(949) 291-0337; (949) 457-1339

Ms. Luz Bayer is a family therapist in Mission Viejo, CA. Ms. Bayer's areas of expertise include depression, suicide, and conduct disorder. She is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Viant, and more. In addition to English, she speaks Spanish.

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All Interests: Marriage/Family, Methods Used: Couple/Marital, Methods Used: Educational or Psycho-Educational, ... (Read more)

Mr. Richard Vogel MFT, MA, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23547 Moulton Parkway; Suite 209
Laguna Hills, CA
(949) 690-6846; (949) 716-0123

Mr. Richard Vogel practices family therapy in Laguna Hills, CA and Long Beach, CA. These areas are among Mr. Vogel's clinical interests: crisis intervention, depression, and immigration issues. He takes Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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All Interests: Methods Used: Couple/Marital, Methods Used: Family Systems, Methods Used: Individual, Theoretical ... (Read more)

Pamela J Esau PSYD, LCSW
Specializes in Social Work
23461 South Pointe Drive; Suite 375
Laguna Hills, CA
(949) 509-8271

Dr. Pamela Esau practices social work in Laguna Hills, CA. Clinical interests for Dr. Esau include depression, christian counseling, and person-centered therapy. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Esau honors. She welcomes new patients.

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All Interests: Depression, Anxiety Disorders/Phobias, Crisis/Trauma, Psychotherapy/Counseling, Critical Incident ... (Read more)




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What is Couples Therapy?

Couples therapy refers to a specific type of counseling where relationship issues are the focus of the treatment. It used to be referred to as marriage counseling and still may be called that in many places, but because participants are not always married to each other, couples therapy is a more accurate name.

Closely related to family therapy, couples therapy is a type of counseling that seeks to help couples improve their relationship. A therapist may teach each partner in the relationship specific skills, such as managing or expressing their emotions, conflict resolution, communication skills, and problem solving. Both people in the couple need to be committed to learning new skills themselves as well as putting effort into supporting the relationship. The typical goals of couples therapy are to decrease conflict, unhappiness, and resentment, as well as increase communication, intimacy, and connection.

Couples therapy may be offered privately, at a university, or in a group practice. It is usually short-term therapy, lasting a few weeks until the participants have learned new skills and have the ability to repair their relationship. Its effectiveness depends on the willingness of both participants to commit to therapy and make the relationship a priority. For many couples it can be extremely helpful.