The Relationship Expert

Licensed Psychologist in Newport Beach, Pismo Beach, & Los Osos


Couples who see me for counseling won’t just learn new communication skills. Those can certainly help for a time. But stopping there addresses the symptom, while neglecting the problem. The result is that couples are likely to need to come back to counseling again later when a new symptom arises.

Husband and Wife seeking Couples Counseling
If you are feeling estranged from your partner, with Emotionally Focused Therapy we will get to the root of what is keeping you from feeling emotionally safe in your relationship. The two of you can start to truly understand one another on a deeper level.

That includes how you manage conflict, but it also means you get to start rebuilding a relationship of trust. You, as a couple, start finding ways to say, “I’m excited about your hopes for the future,” and, “No matter what happens, I’ve got your back.”

Here are some ways I help couples:


Couples Counseling

No matter what couples are facing in their relationship, I work with them where they are at. It’s my goal for them to experience 3 big payoffs from couples counseling.
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Premarital Counseling

Many engaged couples have “surprise issues” waiting for them after they tie the knot. In premarital counseling, we discover what those areas are and what you can do about it.
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Marriage Counseling

The ability to connect and be understood is so important for married couples. In marriage counseling, we explore how you can experience a safe and secure bond.
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Parenting Counseling

For a parent, to watch your child go through a tough time—it can be excruciating. If that’s true for you, I want to hear about it. I also want to hear about you.
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Blended Family Counseling

When two families come together, it may feel less like families blending and more like families colliding. There are two issues that hit blended families especially hard.
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Sexual Intimacy

If the two of you are watching your intimacy erode, there can be a variety of reasons. When it comes to sex, trust is every bit as important as desire.
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Couples Counseling for One

It’s fine if your loved one isn’t ready for counseling. By changing your part of the dynamic in your relationship, you set in motion opportunities for new growth.
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The Couples Counseling Difference

Supported by research, Emotionally Focused Therapy, allows us to discover the bid for connection that lies underneath our stated requests and desires.
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Dr. Lisa’s Promise

I promise that our counseling sessions will be a safe place free from judgment. Whether you need individual counseling or couples counseling, I will meet you where you are at. I am committed to helping you experience greater connectedness and happiness in your life.

Dr. Lisa Neuenschwander

My approach is to work with you as a team to get to the heart of what you’re facing. With insights based on research, I want you to have the tools to succeed now and for years to come.

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Clients Are Saying

“Going through the process and having her support changed the way I was thinking…I think everyone’s needs are different but I also think that Dr. Lisa is willing to meet people right where they are.” Read more…