Jim Tauber and Laura Newman, MA, LMFT

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Jim Tauber and Laura Newman are licensed marriage and family therapists who work as co-therapists in the room together. We provide a unique and balanced approach to issues facing couples. We model constructive communication and relationship skills, and our goal is to nurture safety and security for our clients. As co-therapists, we offer additional perspectives to reflect on what's going on in the room. We are a powerful remedy for couples who feel stuck.


-Are you feeling unheard and misunderstood, caught in a negative pattern, unable to soothe each other?
-Are you feeling alienated by your partners substance use, gambling. pornography or infidelity?
-Are you feeling shut down, alone, betrayed, or controlled?
-Are you having feelings of anxiety because of unspoken or ignored issues?
-Are you arguing about finances, in-laws, parenting, career changes or housing?
-Are you grieving the loss of what you thought this relationship could or would be?


Our feedback moves couples toward mutual caring, fairness, and sensitivity. We work with couples in all stages of relationship including early coupling, partnerships, marriages, and divorces. Our work is creative, dynamic, and playful. We provide a safe environment while guiding our clients toward good fighting and letting go of the idea of right and wrong. Conflict is inevitable, repair is what we look for. We work on a couple's ability to manage each other during distress and we focus on the relationship coming first because without that agreement, neither person can thrive.


Jim and Laura have also been trained as PACT® couples therapists. The use of this psychobiological, neurological and attachment approach has deepened their work. PACT couples therapy nurtures a greater sense of collaboration, a greater understanding of how the brain works, and a broader awareness of how individuals attach to each other. We focus on how two people can repair using a no-fault approach. We aim to increase the level of caring and decrease the level of distress.  Jim and Laura are also trained EMDR practitioners, working with specific traumas experienced either in the relationship or earlier in life.  Experiencing EMDR in the context of couples therapy can create new levels of intimacy and depth, as well as an improvement in relationship regulation as a result of exploring and resolving upsetting memories. Laura and Jim have also been trained in relational/gestalt and experiential psychodynamic therapy. Their style supports working with individuals and couples to deepen their awareness of who they are and what they want. They help individuals and couples navigate the intricacies of their thoughts, feelings, goals and conflicts. This fosters greater self-empathy and self-understanding. They encourage individuals to ask for what they need, tolerate intense feelings, and above all value their authentic true self.

Jim was a Staff Counselor at The Relational Center after having received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Previously Jim received his B.A. in Sociology from Boston University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University. Jim spent 30 years as a senior executive in the film industry.

Laura was a Staff Counselor at The Relational Center after having received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. Previously she received her B.F.A. in film from the University of Southern California. Laura’s career spans from production executive, to partner in a gallery/retail store, to Licensed General Contractor. Laura has also been on several Boards of Directors, and currently sits on the Board of Camp Brave Trails, the first teen LGBTQ camp in Southern California. In addition, she has spent the last several decades as a mentor, tutor and advocate for teens and members of the HIV/AIDS and transgender community.

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Los Angeles CA
Culver City CA