We can all benefit, at different times in our lives, from good, affordable counseling.
Some seek out counseling for self-understanding and personal growth; others do when symptoms (anxiety, depression, anger, grief) don't seem to ease. Many contact us because they feel 'stuck', out of control, without clarity,perspective or tools to manage their important relationships effectively.
We also face difficult transitions in our lives---leaving home, changing jobs, marriage, parenthood, loss, retirement and aging to name a few.
Support, feedback, and suggestions from an experienced counselor can be invaluable at such times.
Both my partner (Ellen Eichler, LCSW) and I have practiced counseling in San Diego for over 35 years.
I am a father to three adult children and a husband. Ellen and I co-direct The Relationship Counseling Center and Parents As Partners Associates in Mission Hills.
I would described my approach to counseling as broad-based, direct, and engaging style. Clients (who usually call me Dr. Jack, have described my 'style' as 'involved, down-to-earth, intuitive, supportive and pragmatic'.
Whether working with individuals, couples or families, I emphasize self-awareness, clear and honest communication, meaningful contact and connection, and viewing relationships as dynamic ('It takes two').
Oftentimes, clients need to re-build damaged self-confidence or to find more passion and meaning in their lives. Effective counseling provides support and guidance for all of these difficulties and concerns. Many couples, in today's stressful world, seek counseling to help them develop more meaningful and intimacy .
A bit more about me, professionally. I have become an expert in the areas of new parenthood, fathering, and men‘s issues—having taught, written and counseled others since 1980. I speak to professional and parenting groups and have appeared on national television and radio. My first book, Pregnant Fathers: Entering Parenthood Together has been translated into six languages. My latest book is Fathering Right From the Start: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond I also collaborated in developing and appear in To Be A Father, hosted by Ray Romano and Antonio Banderas.
Our practice accepts many insurance plans. Feel free to visit our website: www.AGrowingRelationships and email us with your questions or to set up an appointment.
- M.A.T, M.Ed. University of Pittsburgh
- Ph.D., California School of Professional Psychology
- PSY6099, California Board of Psychology
Awards & Publications
- Pregnant Fathers: Entering Parenthood Together – May 1995. Translated into 5 languages
- Numerous articles and presentations to professional and lay audiences about parenting, fathering, building and strengthening relationships.
- Fathering Right from the Start: Straight Talk About Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond (Pregnant Fathers) – May 2001
First Health Network
Gary P Feb 08, 2011
My wife and I had never gone to couples counseling before. We didn't know what to expect. Our fears where not finding a good therapist or perhaps doing a lot of talking and not enough real work to improve our relationship. What can I say; we needed some hands-on help to reverse some long lasting negative relationship patterns. I was completely blown away. Within our first session our therapist had a good understanding of what was going on and over the next couple weeks we had managed to develop some communication skills to work on at home. It hasn't been easy, just feels good to know we are working towards getting along better. If you are looking for relationship experts, go no further, The Relationship Couples Counseling Center provides; just don't take my time slot.
Sharon G Feb 06, 2011
I have been going to the Relationship Couples Center for about 6 months now, and I can't say enough good things about my experiences there. My counselor has helped me through a number of nagging issues He's engaging, dynamic, personable, sensitive, and, most importantly, insightful. What I find particularly great is his willingness to share his own experiences while counseling me. Among other things, I find this fosters a level of trust I have not had with previous therapists. I have seen a number of therapists over the years my counselor is by far, the best. He made me feel comfortable and he helped me discover things that no one else had been able to do before. He validated my thoughts and feelings and I feel like he understands me. After every visit with my therapist, I feel more hopeful about myself and my life. I am so happy I took the suggestion to go here and I recommend the center highly.
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