WHO WE ARE
Founder and President
Judith Zucker Anderson, Ph.D.
Dr. Anderson is a well-respected clinical psychologist and teacher, specializing in couples & family therapy. For more than ten years, she has been a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCI College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, training and supervising residents and fellows. She is a recognized expert on divorce, remarriage, and blended families. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), where she teaches Advanced Couples Therapy.
Dr. Anderson is a graduate of Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and CSPP. She has received intensive postgraduate training in couples and family therapy from the Couples Institute, Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, Georgetown Family Center, and a two-year internship at the National Institute of Mental Health. She has also had advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT).
Ellyn Bader, Ph.D.
An internationally recognized expert in couples therapy and contemporary relationships. Dr. Bader is Co-Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California where she practices psychology and trains therapists. Formerly a clinical faculty member at Stanford University, Department of Psychiatry, for the past twenty years she has conducted professional training programs in couples therapy in the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia. Dr. Bader is the author of "In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy." Her latest book, "Tell Me No Lies," helps couples recognize the essential ingredients in flourishing marriages. She is also a sought-after expert commentator o for the media. Website: https://www.couplesinstitute.com
Susan Johnson, Ed.D.
Dr. Johnson is an internationally acclaimed clinician and distinguished researcher in couples therapy as well as a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Ottawa University and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. She is a dynamic speaker and recognized innovator who has significantly changed the field of couples therapy. She is one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), now one of the best validated couples treatments around the world. She has written many journal articles and books about EFT. Her books for the public which translate all the fascinating new information we have learned about attachments and the science of love.
Carol Ummel Lindquist, Ph.D.
Dr. Lindquist is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology; a Prof. Emerita, Department of Psychology, California State University, Fullerton; and a clinical psychologist in private practice. She specializes in high conflict couples, trauma & PTSD; sex therapy; infertility & adoption. She is the author of “Happily Married with Kids” published in Spanish and English and has numerous professional publications in peer-reviewed journals. She maintains certification as an EMDR therapist and is qualified as an EFT therapist.
Ira Poll, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Dr. Poll is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Irvine, CA. She has been in private practice for the last 25 years, specializing in work with couples, trauma and PTSD patients, as well as dissociative and mood disorders. Dr. Poll is also certified as a psychoanalyst and is on faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute. A gifted teacher, she is an instructor in the treatment of trauma as well as contemporary psychoanalytic theoretical issues. She is a training and supervising psychoanalyst.