Marriage Co-Therapists

Louise Dorfman & David Rubinstein

We are a married couple who have lived and worked together for over 46 years. As individual therapists, as co-therapists, as parents and grandparents, we have acquired a rich source of theoretical and practical knowledge to help couples develop secure-functioning and emotionally-committed relationships. Since opening our practice over 20 years ago, we have worked for the most part as a husband-and-wife co-therapy team focusing on 3-day Couple Intensives for both married and non-married heterosexual and same-sex couples.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). and I work primarily as an Intensive marriage and couples co-therapist with David. In addition, David and I co-facilitate couples weekend workshops several times a year.

I have worked individually and with groups of women survivors of sexual, physical and emotional abuse at Family Transition Place in Orangeville, Ontario, which has been very beneficial in understanding the issues that some of our couple clients bring to therapy.

Our couples practice is focused on one couple at a time, but I equally enjoy facilitating groups of couples at our workshops. The energy and interaction among participants is exhilarating and offers great learning opportunities for all.

Before beginning my couples counselling career, I co-facilitated a drug addiction program offering group counselling for recovering alcoholics. I also presented workshops on parenting skills, corporate communications skills, and career planning strategies. During that time, I was certified as a Life Skills Coach, Journal Writing Instructor, and Myers Briggs Certified Practitioner (Myers Briggs Type Indicator™).

As an adult student, and life-long learner, I received my M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I have received training in various psychotherapeutic approaches focusing on couple relationships, and have for several years, been integrating into my couples counselling practice the couple therapy approach of Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT. Dr. Tatkin is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). I am a Level 11 PACT practitioner.

More recently I have been pursuing studies in Energy Psychology and in particular, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), often referred to as Tapping. Tapping is a specific healing method that I use as a complement to traditional psychotherapy and/or coaching. It is an evidence-based practice that is effective in treating anxiety, depression, phobias and PTSD. It is also a powerful tool that can be self-taught to address long-lasting or ongoing stressors that show up in daily life.

Additional Services

Individual Counselling – Women’s Issues

In addition to my work as an Intensive Couple therapist, I maintain an Individual counselling practice for women. Through private, in-person, telephone or online videoconference sessions, I help my clients gain a deeper understanding of how their early childhood experiences unconsciously frame the way they see the world. Together we develop ways to build self-esteem, strategies to communicate more effectively, and coping mechanisms to deal with traumatic loss. I focus on helping them create healthy and secure-functioning relationships with family, partners, friends, employers and colleagues. I work out of our Ottawa, Ontario office and also online via videoconference.

Vibrant Beyond Sixty

More recently, I have been working with women facing late-in-life challenges as they transition into their retirement years. In addition to my role as a Couple and Individual Therapist, I am creating an online community dedicated to the spiritual and emotional growth of women in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Here, women from all over the world share their knowledge and life experiences, building a circle of friendship, and encouraging others to lead creative, healthy and productive lives. Vibrant Beyond Sixty podcasts and blogs will provide a platform for women to share their stories, offer wisdom, and inspire others to live lives to the fullest while aging gracefully.

Find out more about my Individual Counselling and Coaching practice for Women by visiting my website at VibrantBeyondSixty.com.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). My clinical work focuses on couple relationships. Initially influenced by the works of Erich Fromm — and particularly his book, The Art of Loving — I see love as an art, a dynamic activity, rather than a passive state that lasts forever. As with any art form, love can be mastered with ongoing learning and dedicated practice over a lifetime.

I view the purpose of relationships as an opportunity for each partner to develop as a loving individual in the context of connecting deeply with his or her partner.

For several years now, I have been integrating into my practice the couple therapy approach of Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, founder and developer of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy ® (PACT). PACT integrates mind and body functioning and gives couples the tools to create a safe and secure long-lasting relationships. Currently, I am a Level 11 PACT Therapist.

Prior to opening our Couple Enrichment practice, I worked as a therapist and co-therapist in several Toronto area clinics. I have facilitated workshops on Active Parenting relationship-building for couples. My M.A. in Counseling Psychology is from The Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago. I also have an M.A. in Sociology (specializing in Mental Health) from McMaster University.

As well as working with Louise as a co-therapist in our Couple Counselling Intensive Retreats, I maintain a couple/marriage therapy practice of my own where  I see couples weekly or bi-weekly for two-hour sessions. I also offer one-therapist-only 3-day Intensive Retreats at our office in Ottawa, Ontario.

Find out more about my private practice. Call this number 877-897-2333 ext. 1 to speak with me personally.

Both Louise and David are Registered Psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), Members of the Ontario Association of Mental Health Professionals (OAMHP – formerly known as OACCPP), the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (OAMFT), the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), and the Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). Louise is also a student member of the Canadian Association for Integrative Energy Therapies (CAIET) and the Association for Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT International).

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