Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

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PACT stands for Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy and it has been developed by Stan Tatkin, PsyD. Its goal is to integrate mind-body functioning and give couples the tools to create a safe, “secure-functioning” relationships. PACT has been developed thanks to exciting, cutting-edge research in three areas: Neuroscience, Attachment Theory & Human Arousal.

— Susan Stork, Sex Therapist in Baltimore, MD

A PACT couple session may differ somewhat from what clinicians and couples experience in other forms of couple therapy. A PACT therapist’s focus on moment-to-moment shifts in a client’s face, body, and voice, and each partner’s active involvement in paying close attention to these as a couple. A PACT therapist creates experiences similar to those troubling a relationship and helps the couple work through them in real time during the session. PACT sessions often exceed the 50-minute hour

— Tom Bolls, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX
 

I have been a student of the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) principles since 2018. I have taken over 50 hours of advanced continuing education coursework on PACT and in attachment theory, developmental neuroscience, and arousal regulation.

— Lauren Wynn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Colorado Springs, CO

PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) is a type of couples therapy that quickly gets to the heart of what's happening with conflict and tension in your relationship. PACT works by cutting out a lot of the confusing talking and arguing about who's right and how to fix a given problem. During sessions you will be facing each other and work on your attunement as a couple as the therapist works from the outside of the "couple bubble".

— Sarah Underbrink, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plano, TX
 

I have extensive training in PACT (was trained in Level I + II) and am part of an ongoing case consultation group to further hone my skills and craft. PACT is very comprehensive and pays a lot of attention to attachment styles, emotional regulation, and brain science. Given that I've been trained in PACT, Gottman, and EFT, I methodically use the best parts of each modality based on what my couples are bringing and am struggling with.

— Christian Bumpous, Marriage & Family Therapist in Nashville, TN
 

This approach blends attachment theory, developmental neuroscience and arousal regulation in order to help move couples towards a securing functioning relationship. In our work I will focus on moment-to-moment shifts in your face, body, and voice, and ask you to pay close attention to these as a couple. We will create experiences similar to those troubling your relationship and help you work through them in real time during the session.

— Renee Tate, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Entrenamiento en PACT- un método para trabajar con parejas con complicaciones

— ANA MARCELA RODRIGUEZ, Marriage & Family Therapist in Frisco, TX

This was the closest category I could pick from to represent the polyvagal and bodymind approaches I use with couples to understand and find compassion for the embodied habits that make it difficult to change behaviors even when we want to. We have all been shaped by those that raised us to have the patterns of regulation we have. Unfortunately, they can have negative consequences on relationships in the present. Once accepted and understood, lasting change is possible.

— Shelly Melroe, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Wayzata, MN
 

PACT was developed out of research in three areas: attachment theory, neuroscience, and the biology of human arousal. Neuroscience provides an understanding of how people act and react within relationships. The biology of human arousal explains the moment-to-moment ability to manage our energy, alertness and ability to engage with others. PACT uses the science of how our brains work in relationship to help partners form closer, more creative, loving relationships with better communication.

— Jennifer Creson, Counselor in Seattle,

PACT was developed out of research in three areas: attachment theory, neuroscience, and the biology of human arousal. Neuroscience provides an understanding of how people act and react within relationships. The biology of human arousal explains the moment-to-moment ability to manage our energy, alertness and ability to engage with others. rPACT uses the science of how our brains work in relationship to help partners form closer, more creative, loving relationships with better communication.

— Jennifer Creson, Counselor in Seattle,
 

PACT has at its core the goal to move couples towards a secure functioning relationship- one where folx can feel safe and protected. This method brings both compassion and clarity to the realtionship and tends to everyday issues (money, sex, communication, kids, etc.) from an attachement, brain savvy and truma informed place.

— Silvia Gozzini, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in PORTLAND, OR

This polytheoretical modality incorporates attachment theory, neurobiology, arousal regulation, systems, and cultural sensitivity. PACT is an integrative approach created by Stan Tatkin. I The model is appropriate for couples motivated to establish what is known as secure functioning. Secure functioning hinges on the belief humans are wired for connection. In partnerships, we connect better when we interactively regulate each other and have a shared purpose in the relationship.

— Nina Gonzaga, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA