Finding Providers

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

Luz Patricia Bayer, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
24800 Chrisanta Drive; Suite 220
Mission Viejo, CA

Ms. Luz Bayer is a family therapist in Mission Viejo, CA. Her areas of expertise include depression, suicide, and conduct disorder. She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Viant, in addition to other insurance carriers. Ms. Bayer is conversant in Spanish.

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Christy Forrester, MA
Specializes in Family Therapy
Aliso Viejo, CA

Ms. Christy Forrester's area of specialization is family therapy. Her areas of expertise include the following: alcohol abuse, depression, and infidelity issues. Anthem, PacifiCare, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Ms. Forrester accepts. Her practice is open to new patients.

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Richard M Vogel, MA, MS
Specializes in Family Therapy
23547 Moulton Parkway; Suite 209
Laguna Hills, CA

Mr. Richard Vogel works as a family therapist in Laguna Hills, CA and Long Beach, CA. His clinical interests include crisis intervention, depression, and immigration issues. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and Viant.

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Dr. Pamela J Esau, PsyD
Specializes in Social Work
23461 South Pointe Drive; Suite 375
Laguna Hills, CA

Dr. Pamela Esau's specialty is social work. These areas are among her clinical interests: depression, christian counseling, and person-centered therapy. Dr. Esau is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and TRICARE, as well as other insurance carriers. She is open to new patients.

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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.