What is PACT?

brainPACT, which stands for Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, is a strong and effective way of helping couples in therapy. Stan Tatkin created PACT by using advanced research in three main areas.


Firstly, there’s developmental neuroscience, which is the study of the human brain. Understanding how the brain works helps us understand why people behave the way they do in relationships. Simply put, some parts of the brain focus on reducing threats and seeking security, while others aim to establish mutual connection and love. PACT uses neuroscience to help couples understand their actions and reactions based on how their brains work.

brain-and-heart-on-a-scaleAttachment Theory

The second area is attachment theory, which explains our biological need to bond with others. Early experiences in relationships create a blueprint that influences how safe and secure we feel in adult relationships. If there are insecurities from the past, they can cause issues for a couple if not addressed.

Human Arousal

Lastly, there’s the biology of human arousal, which involves managing our energy, alertness, and readiness to engage in the moment.

The first PACT session is three hours long to understand the couple’s issues better. Subsequent sessions are two hours long, but they can be extended to 3-6 hours if needed. PACT often requires fewer sessions compared to other couple therapies.

During sessions, there’s a focus on small changes in facial expressions, body language, and voice tone. Couples are asked to pay close attention to these cues and work through their problems in real-time.

PACT uses rolling chairs to work on proximity, eye contact, and reading each other’s faces and bodies. This is how the sessions are set up in my private office in North Boulder.

Teena's Private Office


I specialize in working with couples.

Teena Evert Pact TherapistI’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Board-Certified (BCC) Relationship and Communication Coach, and PACT trained Couples Therapist.

I help committed monogamous couples who are experiencing tension in their relationship resulting from a lack of understanding, communication issues, unresolved hurts, emotional disconnection, boredom, and feelings of uncertainty and doubt in their relationship.

Using a Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), I help them understand their relationship dynamics and learn how to repair unresolved hurts with skills to improve the safe and secure functioning of their partnership. Through the efforts of both partners, their relationship grows stronger over time as they cultivate the love and connection, they crave with one another.

I offer Couples Therapy, Relationship & Communication Coaching in-person at my private office in North Boulder, CO or via telehealth. I am licensed in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and Washington.

My mission is to help people heal their primary relationships so they can experience more ease, joy, and vitality in their lives. It takes work and it’s well worth the effort, time, and financial resources to create a secure functioning relationship!

Call or Text (720) 443-1071 Today to schedule a Free 30-minute Consultation Session!