Don Wallach, LMFT, LPCC
Your Champion for Happier Relationships
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 20 years, I have helped hundreds of couples to improve their connection, repair their relationships and create happier marriages. In that time I have found that most couples get stuck around similar issues. That’s why I have developed a method to address the places where couples can get stuck. This helps them improve their communication and repair the damage to their relationship. From there, they can move on, into a happier, more present, more connected, and more passionate marriage.
In sessions, I help couples become aware of their patterns of automatic responses – the way they react to their partner. And then I help them choose different ways of responding. I help each member of the couple express their needs in clearer ways. And that helps their partner finally understand what they have been asking for, over and over. Sometimes a spouse who had been asking, finally gives up asking. They give up because they end up feeling like they’ve been painfully banging their head against a wall, over and over again. I don’t want you to give up, but I don’t want you to continue to repeat the same thing, which has not worked. I will help you find a new way to express your needs. Or, I will help translate what you are asking for, so that your partner can finally understand.
For many years, couples and individuals have come to me for help with their marriage and relationship challenges. I have worked with people of all different ages. Some had been together for decades and still, they got stuck in painful interactions. Some couples had been together for less than a year, and already knew they were stuck and needed help. I worked out an approach that helps couples learn how to express their needs in a better way. And they could learn how to understand their partners needs in a more effective way. This was much different from what they had been doing previously.
I received my master’s degree in Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology. As an intern, I worked with adolescents and adults with serious mental illness, in residential treatment facilities. I later was the Director of a residential treatment facility for emotionally disturbed adolescents, in Santa Rosa.
I am licensed as both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). (California Licenses: LMFT 34379 and LPCC 577).
I occasionally teach classes for couples on how to have better relationships and improve communication skills.
Visit Don Wallach in his Petaluma Office in the heart of Sonoma County
I am available to meet with you personally for a couples session or an individual strategy session about your relationship.
I see couples and individuals who:
- Are stuck in patterns of poor communication
- Believe there is something wrong with their relationship
- Have ongoing unresolved conflicts with their spouse, child or in-laws
My specialties are marriage counseling and help with relationship problems at work, at home, with friends and family.
I offer a complimentary 10 minute Relationship Assessment to explore what’s going on in your relationship and ways I can help you.