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Welcome to Safe Space Marriage & Family Counseling

Welcome! We are a Gottman method counseling & therapy center located in Santa Clarita, Calfornia. We specialize in working with couples in marriage, life partners and/or long term committed relationships. We serve couples struggling with a wide variety of relationship issues including infidelity, betrayals, divorce, separation, transition to parenthood, addictions and life transitions to retirement. Gottman Method couples counseling is unique from other couples therapy methods because it is backed by over 45+ years of research. Gottman Method couples therapy has been proven to support long-term relationship change and help reduce the common relapse into the "same ol' thing".

Our process is unique because we provide an an in-depth 4-session Gottman Assessment before the work of therapy begins. Much like a doctor who must go over your health history and concerns with a fine tooth comb, we at Safe Space believe we must understand the couple as a pair, in addition to getting to know each of you as an individual. Through the assessment process, we identify your relationship's areas of strength and weakness. This guides the way for targeted and specific goals that will guide you and your partner toward powerful and positive lasting changes in your relationship. At the conclusions of the assessment you will know in concrete terms what is positive and working in your relationship and also the patterns that may be decreasing your relationship satisfaction and leading you to possible divorce.

We know that relationships are worth fighting for, and our Gottman Method couples therapy is backed by 45+ years of science. We guide you and your partner towards using tools that will help you to achieve happiness and true partnership in your relationship. So don't wait any longer - relationship growth that "sticks" begins right here today!

We look forward to helping you build a stronger, happiers, lasting relationship that blooms!


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Couples Assessment

Too often, couples wait until their relationship is in crisis before seeking help. Divorce is either imminent or you have already separated. Years of hurt feelings and resentment have built up, making it difficult to reconnect, rebuild trust or see a future together. That's why we offer an intensive Relationship Check-Up Assessment.

This intensive 4-session assessment, based on the research of Drs. John Gottman & Julie Schwartz-Gottman, provides a detailed picture of the current state of your relationship. It's an opportunity to take a step back, identify the areas that are causing the most trouble, and begin working immediately on improvements.
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Affairs and Betrayals

Affairs or other betrayals can be one most difficult challenges a couple can face. Trust has been broken, what you thought was, now suddenly is not and feelings of insecurity and crisis take hold. Shame and guilt can consume the partner that has betrayed. For both partners it can seem insurmountable to rebuild what has been lost. Often couples succumb to the pressures and strain of the betrayal and file for separation or divorce.

However, Gottman couples therapy can be a helpful tool in rebuilding trust and avoiding a painful divorce. It may not be easy but with our expert approach, it is possible to recover from an affair or betrayal.

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Couples Workshops in Santa Clarita CA
Couples Workshops

Many couples report there are no big, troubling issues in their relationship, but rather a need for a little focused attention or fine tuning. For some, one partner may be hesitant or afraid to enter couples counseling for fear of judgment or appearing weak. And others are not sure how they would feel about exposing their intimate relationship with an outside professional. The Gottman Relationship Workshops are our answer to these common barriers. Attending a Gottman Couples workshop offers an opportunity for you and your partner to grow and learn together with no self-disclosure or long term therapy commitment.

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Hello! I am glad you are here!

My name is Heather Rousselo and I am the President/Owner of Safe Space Marriage & Family Counseling Corp. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist practicing in the Santa Clarita, California since 2011. I married my rock star husband Mike in 1994 at the wise old age of 22. Since that time Mike and I have grown up together, fought with each other, fought against each other, fought for each other, and somehow have stayed connected together. My husband tirelessly supports my every passion and puts up with my crazy. No easy job!  We have a real relationship that is nowhere near perfect. But it’s perfectly imperfect and I can’t imagine either of us having it any other way. We have four lovely children together (two completely fledged and two still at home) which adds its own special kind of chaos. We have lived in Santa Clarita, California since 1995.     

I have been passionate about Gottman Method Couples therapy from the moment I finished the 3 Clinicians trainings in 2013.  In 2022, I decided to focus exclusively on helping couples manage the everyday peaks and valleys of their relationships. I envisioned a Safe Space where people of all walks of life, orientation, identities, origins, or cultures would feel accepted, valued, respected, and supported. All while being offered expert care for life’s most precious asset-our loving relationships. 
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What is the Gottman Method?

The Gottman Method is an approach to couples therapy that includes a thorough assessment of the couple’s relationship and integrates research-based interventions based on the Sound Relationship House Theory. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication; increase intimacy, respect, and affection; remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy; and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

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