"Stan Tatkin is one of the most important voices in couple relationships today. His knowledge is grounded in research, packed with practicality, and sprinkled with a unique blend of wisdom and wit.”
Pat Love, EdD, LMFT, coauthor of How to Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It
Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT is a teacher, clinician, researcher, and developer of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy® (PACT).
Beloved by colleagues and clients alike, Stan is an expert on human behavior and couple relationships. He speaks and teaches around the world on secure-functioning relationships – how to understand them, create them, and support them.
Stan has written dozens of academic articles and six bestselling books – now translated into Spanish, Chinese, Turkish, and Romanian.
More than 1.1 million people have tuned in to Stan’s TEDx talk.
A Therapist’s Therapist
Stan and his wife, Tracey Boldemann-Tatkin, PhD, created the PACT Institute in 2010 to train mental health professionals to successfully integrate a psychobiological approach in their clinical practices.
Through the PACT Institute, Stan has trained thousands of therapists in Austin, Berkeley, Boulder, Los Angeles, New York, Santa Fe, Seattle, Canada, England, Norway, Turkey, Australia, and Spain.
They appreciate his depth of understanding – of both the scientific research and the human condition – and how he integrates that wisdom to form the foundation of the comprehensive principles and methodologies he teaches. The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists CA honored Stan with the Educator of the Year award in 2014.
Go-To Source for Couples
Stan helps couples create healthy attachments and secure-functioning relationships based on fairness, justice, and sensitivity. Throughout each year, Stan and Tracey travel coast to coast, leading couples through Wired For Love Couple Retreats with other PACT faculty.
Stan has devoted his life to working with couples and individuals who wish to be in relationships, and he maintains a robust clinical practice in Calabasas, California.
Scholar, Advancing Psychotherapy
Stan is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. He is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a founding member on Relationships First, a nonprofit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.
A former president of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ventura County chapter, Stan is a veteran member of Allan N. Schore’s study group. He’s trained in the Adult Attachment, Facial Action Coding System, and Strange Situation. He was also trained in Self and Object Relations for working with personality disorders through the Masterson Institute. As clinician, he has also specialized in treating adolescents and adults with personality disorders and drug and alcohol addiction.
Stan is an experienced facilitator in Vipassana, having trained with Shinzen Young, PhD, in Vipassana meditation. He also trained with David Reynolds, PhD, in two Japanese forms of psychotherapy, Morita and Naikan.