About the Director of CFTT
David Mars, Ph.D., MFT.
David Mars, Ph.D, is a specialist in couple therapy using the Transformational Couple Therapy method he has developed since 2011 (formerly called AEDP for Couples).
Since the 1970s, Dr. Mars has been using somatic awareness to deepen the relationally attuned experience of couples in treatment.
Dr. Mars has also cultivated a deep awareness of the expressions of the heart, breathing, muscles, and nervous system through the learning gained
from two decades of integrating biofeedback and video-feedback into couple treatment and psychotherapy.
Dr. Mars is an Adjunct Faculty at the California Institute for Integral Studies, where he integrated AEDP into his teaching. He is the developer of Transformational Couple Therapy (TCT) and leads workshops nationally and internationally on that topic. He also provides therapy for couples in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Testimonials for David Mars, Ph.D.
“I just had a first session with a couple who have 20 years of experience in intense fighting. Thanks to this work I was inspired to confidently interrupt their familiar ways of talking to each other to very good effect and they were able to do something different for the first time.” Birgitta Gabel, Ph.D. Albuquerque, NM
"What a wonderful teacher-so welcoming and simultaneously organized and clear (especially with material that was so charged and activating)."
"Admirable, soothing and inspiring!"
"This experience makes me want to experience more of what David offers."
"What did I get? More ability to track my body and my client’s body. And love admiration and joy…oh and transformation!"
"Beautiful. It always feels like a privilege to learn from him."
"Such love, collaboration, respect. (-;"
"Phenomenal work with clients."
"David has a unique ability to track himself, his client and the neurobiology going on all at the same time."
"David’s teaching is exceptional. I so appreciate the balance of the kindness and warmth of his approach."
"What David teaches is SO needed in this cognitive and technological world!"
"David is extremely knowledgeable with an amazing integration of his somatic knowledge and application to... [the model he developed]. Wow!"
"I felt inspired, alive and welcomed. He makes room for playfulness so that I could expand and open up."
"I feel re-invigorated to continue my work."
"I really enjoy David’s knowledge and intellect expressed in warmth and holding."
"I appreciated his warmth, candid commentary throughout the showing his video. I appreciated the structure and the container of the teaching."
"His style is gentle and promotes self-reflection."
"His knowledge of neuroscience very helpful…to have the video stopped and explained and channels pointed out as they show up in the work."
"David’s passionate and highly sensitive left and right brain co-mingling was inspirational."
"David’s ability to integrate complex/evolving theory with practical, spontaneous/processing/ feedback and role-plays was marvelous for very deep experience and deepening understanding."
"Seeing the delight and joy on David’s face as he saw us do our live role play work."
"Safe structure and feedback. EXCELLENT!"
TRANSFORMATIONAL COUPLE THERAPY (TCT) TRAINING: