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Does your relationship need to be rescued? Has it stopped growing? Are you simply curious about the underpinnings of all relationships? If you've answered "yes" to any of these questions and would like to get some answers in specific areas of your relationship, go to the drop-down menu at the top of the page and hit "Challenges."
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If you visit often, this site will provide you with the tools and understanding to transform a static relationship into an evolving one. Enjoy the journey!
Walter E. Brackelmanns, MD
is a board-certified psychiatrist, child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, a Senior Instructor for the Extension Division of UCLA, and a mental health consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District. He is the Director of the Couples and Individual Therapy Clinic, the Coordinator of the Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program, and Instructor of the Inter-analytic Couples Therapy Course at UCLA. He has worked for 30 years developing and teaching a unique and practical approach to couples therapy, both nationally and internationally. Dr. Brackelmanns is the President and co-founder of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST), an organization dedicated to training and educating individuals in the integrated fields of couples and sex therapy.
Dr. Brackelmanns has twice appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, has demonstrated his ideas in a five-part series on the Today Show, and has had his own nationally syndicated television program called Couples.
Dr. Brackelmanns received his Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University and his Medical Degree from Georgetown Medical School in Washington, D.C. He interned at Los Angeles County Hospital, spent 3 years in the Navy as a flight surgeon, and did a 3 year residency at Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Hospital. Dr. Brackelmanns did a 2 year fellowship in child psychiatry at UCLA. He was trained in psychoanalysis at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. Dr. Brackelmanns received the Dean's Distinguished Teaching Award from UCLA Extension Division in 2006 and the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching Award in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA in 2006.
Amy DiNoble, Ph.D.
earned her B.S. in Psychobiology and Neuroscience from UCLA in 2002. Her studies in psychobiology and neuroscience at UCLA served as the foundation for her study in the field of psychology. At UCLA, she gained a variety of research experience in laboratories. This experience included studying physiological aspects of neurodegenerative diseases in the brain and psychological aspects of anxiety in children. She then completed her graduate studies earning a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Dr. DiNoble was introduced to and studied interpersonal neurobiology with Daniel Siegel, M.D. She found this field of study to be a perfect fit for her as interpersonal neurobiology marries psychology, neuroscience and physiology. Her studies with Dr. Siegel inspired her dissertation "Examining the Relationship Between Mindfulness Traits and Adult Attachment Traits."
After completing her graduate degree, Dr. DiNoble sought further training in couple’s therapy which led her to Dr. Brackelmanns. He introduced her to the art of couple’s therapy when she attended his training on Couples and Sex Therapy. She completed his training and adopted his fondness for working with couples.
Dr. DiNoble’s clinical training includes work with children, adolescents, adults, couples and groups. Her training includes five years of work at a clinic where she received training with all of these populations. Dr. DiNoble is also completing her post-doctoral fellowship in psycho-educational diagnostic assessment at Reiss-Davis Child Study Center. This includes comprehensive assessments of learning disorders, psychological testing, attention deficit disorders, neuropsychological assessment, academic achievement and Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations.
Currently, Dr. DiNoble provides individual, couples and group therapy for adults and adolescents. She approaches therapy from a mindful and integrative perspective that emphasizes connection between the mind, body and relationships. She believes that her role as a therapist is to help people make connections and achieve wellness in their lives.
Dr. DiNoble serves at the research director for AACAST (American Association for Couples and Sex Therapists) and is an Advisory Board Member for Lifespan Learning Institute. In addition, she has been an equestrian since she was a child and is now beginning to integrate her two passions (psychology and horses) in equine-based therapy.