PACT

P.A.C.T. – Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy

  • Do you find yourself longing for a better relationship with your partner?
  • Do you feel stuck in old patterns, having the same fight over and over?

Relationships can be difficult to navigate, even under the best of circumstances! Despite any challenges, we are wired for connection. It is in a secure, loving relationship with another person that we experience the best version of ourselves.

PACT is an integration of cutting edge research in the areas of:

  • Neuroscience – the study of the human brain;
  • Attachment Theory – our biological need to bond with others;
  • Human Arousal – the moment-to-moment ability to manage one’s energy, alertness, and readiness to engage.

What does a PACT Therapy Session Look Like?
Your experience during a PACT session may differ somewhat from what you would experience in other forms of couple therapy. Key features of this approach include

  • Your therapist 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.
  • Your therapist will create experiences similar to those troubling your relationship and help you work through them in real time during the session.
  • PACT tends to require fewer sessions than do other forms of couple therapy.
  • PACT sessions often exceed the 50-min hour and may last as long as 3–6 hours. Longer times allow for the in-depth work of PACT.
  • Your therapist may videotape sessions to provide immediate feedback to you.

PACT Services Resources

I am presently a level 2 Pact Couples therapist. If you would like to learn more about the method you can contact me. To learn more about PACT, visit the PACT Institute.

Olga M. Vera, PhD, LP

Dr. Vera is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 24 years of experience in the mental health field.

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Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy—Relationships can be difficult to navigate, even under the best of circumstances! Despite any challenges, we are wired for connection. It is in a secure, loving relationship with another person that we experience the best version of ourselves.