Stan Tatkin

Stan Tatkin, Psy.D., MFT, holds a degree in clinical psychology. He is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy® (PACT) which has training programs both nationally and internationally. In addition to his private practice, he teaches and supervises first through third-year family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, through which he is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine.

He is co-author with Marion Solomon of Love and War in Intimate Relationships: Connection, Disconnection, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy from Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Series and author of Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain Can Help You Defuse Conflicts And Spark Intimacy from New Harbinger and most recently of Your Brain on Love, through Sounds True.

My Sessions

Keynote 06 – Attachment, Differentiation, Individuation, and Neuroscience

Attachment, Differentiation, Individuation, and Neuroscience: Low Complexity Partners in Couple Therapy The early 1950s brought us John Bowlby’s work on infant attachment, mirrored by Harry Harlow’s primate attachment studies on rhesus monkeys. The 50s and 60s saw the advent of Murray Bowen’s groundbreaking work on differentiation. The 1970s brought us further with Margaret Mahler’s work […]


Workshop 15 – Personality Disorders in Couple Therapy

Personality Disorders in Couple Therapy: Borderlines, Narcissists, and Schizoid… Oh My! For decades, psychoanalytic models of individual therapy were retrofitted into marital treatment models. These approaches tended to be ineffective with character disordered partners. With the recent emergence of polytheoretical, psychobiological approaches to couple therapy, the clinician can now be more effective with character disordered […]


Workshop 03 – Sex!

Sex! Perhaps the single most discussed issue in couple therapy is sex. This two-hour workshop will lead clinicians through a series of interviewing techniques for examining sexual problems in couples. These techniques include questions to ask, assessment of explicit and implicit somatic answers, and other strategic, bottom-up methods for getting to the crux of the […]