Mental Health Resources

Name: Brent Atkinson, Ph.D.

Organization: The Couples Clinic

Address: 1250 Executive Place, Geneva, IL 60134


Web Site:

Phone Number: 630-232-7457

Office Number: 815-753-1684

Fax Number: 630.232.7567

Specialty/Specialties: Family, Anxiety/Fears, Depression, Relationship Issues, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder [ADHD], Sex-Related Issues, Marriage

Qualifications: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist; Professor of Couples Counseling, Northern Illinois University

Frequent keynote speaker at professional counseling conferences.

About: Brent Atkinson, Ph.D., is the principle architect of Pragmatic/Experiential Therapy for Couples, an approach that translates new scientific findings about the brain into practical methods for improving relationships. Dr. Atkinson's ideas about relationships have received academic accolades and have also appeared in outlets such as he Oprah Magazine, the Washington Post, Cosmopolitan Magazine, and

Author of the books Emotional Intelligence in Couples Therapy, Developing Habits for Relationship Success, and dozens of articles in professional journals, he is also director of Post-Graduate Training at the Couples Research Institute in Geneva, Illinois and holds a senior graduate faculty post at Northern Illinois University.

Dr. Atkinson is co-founder of the Couples Clinic, home of an innovative team of therapist/educators who have pioneered new methods for improving relationships. The team's methods are used widely by marriage counselors and educators across the United States.

The Couples Clinic team's methods are scientifically-based, drawing from 1) long term research studies that have identified exactly what successful couples do differently than couples whose marriages eventually fail. 2) studies that examine how emotional attachment occurs in marriage, and why an emotional bond is crucial both to the success of marriages and the well-being of individual partners. 3) new neurological studies which suggest how we can break out of old habits of interacting with others by "reconditioning" our brains for more flexibility. Learn more about the clinic's programs, methods, upcoming seminars, and read about the experiences of couples who have participated in treatment at the couples clinic at All couples are welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, marital status, religious or sexual orientation.

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