The Couples Expert-Loving Connections Counseling LLC, LCSW

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Stuart Fensterheim

Stuart Fensterheim, known as “The Couples Expert,” is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in couples’ counseling. By utilizing a research, validated model called emotionally focused therapy, Stuart helps couples overcome past injuries, while correcting harmful cycles by redefining their interpretations and emotional triggers.

With over 30 years of professional experience, Stuart has helped countless couples reconnect with one another. He can transform any ordinary relationship into one that is thriving and flourishing.

Stuart practices in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he lives with his loving wife and therapy dog, Ollie. He is also an author, blogger and podcaster. His weekend workshop, “Two Days: Seven Conversations,” has become a popular workshop that has helped many couples in their journey of connectedness. Stuart also participates in a weekly podcast which garners thousands of viewers called, “The Couples Expert Podcast.” He holds provocative conversations, offering perspectives and insights from various experts.

For more information, please visit There you will find free resources, blogs and podcasts. You can also click here to view “The Couples Expert” YouTube Channel where you can find videos including “3 Minutes with Stuart,” which is dedicated to address real questions with real answers. Also, if you would like to schedule your free 30-minute, no obligation consultation, please click here.


One of the ways I also try to help is I produce and host a weekly podcast. To get more information on this listen to the couples expert podcast at


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Ariel Schulz Bradley LCSW

Ariel Schulz Bradley LCW

I knew I wanted to be a marriage counselor long before I understood what the word meant. As early as I can remember, it was really important to me to try and make people smile when they looked sad. During high school and college, the only classes that came easily to me were psychology courses. Otherwise, I had to work very hard to get A’s and B’s in my classes. I have always loved to analyze dreams, to give insight to people seeking help and to figure out why we behave the way we do.

By high school, I knew that my vocation was to eventually have my own practice helping couples feel love and important to their partners. I was able to reach that goal by the age of 30, and have practiced psychotherapy for almost 25 years. I work with clients aged 3-years-old and up in individual, couples and family therapy. I have also run groups on various topics such as co-dependency, adolescent substance abuse, parenting and self-esteem and workshops for people who would like help focusing on the mind, body and soul connection to help people have a deeper understanding about themselves and their relationships.

Whenever I tell people what I do for a living, I often get the response,“So you work with people who can’t do things on their own?” My answer is always, “No, I work with people like you or me who need guidance, encouragement, and couples who have the courage to seek out those that can help guide them in having the closest most secure most intimate relationships than anyone Else can have. If you want a relationship in which you and your partner no that you’re there for them that you’re loved and that there’s no one in your life that loves you more then your partner. I want to help couples be able to  answer the question are you there for me with a definitive yes. So  yes I work with people who can’t do it on their own because they are courageous and  now with the knowledge that we have about loving relationships there’s a clear pathway having relationships that are connected and that we now know how to help people go from feeling disconnected and alone to feeling like you with your best friend. They come to see me for the map on how to do that.u need some guidance in having that kind of relationship please give me a call. Here at the couples expert we also offer a free 30 minute telephonic consultation and I am one of those counselors that will be calling you. Please call me at 480-215-5957

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Alicia Kostov, LCSW 

Alicia Kostov LCSW

When I was a child, I was always in a supportive type role with family and friends. People naturally came and talked to me about things that were going on in their lives. So, from an early age I fell into that role, and I felt it was something I wanted to pursue. My undergrad degree is actually in education, but when I was finishing my degree, a psychotherapist I knew suggested I look into social work with an eventual move into therapy. I followed his advice and eventually went to Boston University. I got my LCSW there and loved everything about it. This career path was a long time in the making. In grad school, both internships were actually not therapy. The first was a Head Start program and the second was working with adoptions, primarily international. I continued on working with adoptions after graduate school, and got a lot of experience. I then opened up my practice in Massachusetts, and shortly thereafter a job opened up in central Texas.

I’ve done work with couples, military families, soldiers with PTSD, adoptions, and also immigrants. I speak Bulgarian, and my husband is an immigrant, who is actually learning English and adjusting to the culture, so I’ve experienced that in my own family. I’ve also done some work from a religious perspective for those who have sought out counseling with a Christian background. My faith is an important part of who I am. It was through my faith that I ended up living in Bulgaria as I was there serving as a missionary, and that led to me falling in love with the Bulgarian language and culture. I respect the beliefs of my clients and ultimately work within their framework. A focus of my practice is also as a Christian Counselor. Christian counseling allows me to practice my faith and connect with my clients on a spiritual religious level. One of my favorite thing specifically about working with couples is to see those breakthroughs and connections that Emotionally Focused Therapy brings out, especially watching a couple become able to trust each other. There’s so much power in the couple's relationship. When people are stuck in those negative cycles, they’re not able to harness that power, but when they can break out of it and really trust, the healing that can happen is truly amazing, and as a result, that relationship is much more stable and secure.

Learn more about Christian Couples and Family Counseling here

Here at The Couples Expert, we also offer a free 30-minute telephone consultation, and I am one of those counselors that will be calling you. Please call me at 480-215-5957 if you need individual or couples support.

Sign up for  free 30 minute telephonic consult here. 


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