Psychologist, Couples + Sex Therapist in Boston, MA
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Couple and Marital Therapy with Dr. Zoldbrod

Are you fighting all the time? Do you feel distant? Have you lost the loving feeling you used to have?

Do you feel alone and betrayed by your partner? Do you feel rejected or unappreciated?

Has your partner been unfaithful? Are constant fights over the kids, money, or home/work balance making life unbearable?

It’s not easy living with another person to begin with. When you feel emotionally dependent on them and you feel hurt, rejected, frustrated or betrayed, it can be almost unbearable. Sometimes these fights are actually fights about the subject matter at hand. Other times, they are actually about frustrated longings for attachment. I always go looking for the root issues.

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It’s really important that a couples therapist be very active. There is no reason to pay money to see a therapist who just lets you argue in the office, without shining some light on what’s underneath the angry and hurt feelings. I’m a very active couples therapist, and I use my training to help you get to your deepest feelings and come to an understanding of each other’s needs to be attached.

When it comes to dealing with affairs, I have decades of experience healing the betrayal. I still get Christmas cards from one couple I helped 12 years ago. It gives me tremendous pleasure to see the yearly photo. There they are, happy and together, with their now-grown kids. People have all kinds of reasons for having an affair— and there is no way any couples therapist could guarantee that you’ll come out of the affair intact. But I have a great record of keeping couples together. One quality I have that is necessary to work with affairs is a lot of tolerance for strong feelings, weeping, and hate. What you need as the client is a lot of dedication to therapy. The couple I’m talking about came to see me several times a week for the better part of the year before the wife was able to get over her hurt.

purch worried woman and hubby in bed 300x200I’m a frank person, and there have been times when I have seen couples who are fighting where it’s obvious to me that the wheels have come off. There is a basic tragic flaw in the relationship. It’s brutal, maybe, but I do give my opinion. I don’t string people along. I also get cards of appreciation from some people who I have encouraged to give up on an untenable marriage.

So if you come to see me for couples or marriage therapy, rest assured that I’ve got the training and the personality to help you make progress to get where you want to go. I have seen a lot of unbelievably angry couples come together again. Unless it’s completely fruitless, of course. I’ll give it all I have, but I’ll never let you waste time chasing the impossible dream.


Here is some background on my training:

I began my couples therapy training in 1993 with a half-year intensive training program at the Kantor Family Institute in Cambridge. Through the years, I have continued studying couples and marital therapy, taking workshops with Neal Jacobson Ph.D., David Scharsch, Ph.D., Barry McCarthy, Ph.D., among others teachers. I began an interest in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) with a whole day workshop with Sue Johnson in 2006, and continued on with studies in EFT, completing her externships in 2011-2012.

I am frequently quoted in the media and on the web about couples’ issues, including citations in:

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  • ABC news
  • Boston Globe
  • Boston Globe Magazine
  • Women’s Health Today
  • Men’s Health
  • LA Times
  • New York Times
  •, and

To hear more about Dr. Z’s work with couples, please go to the couples page.

A recognized expert in her field, Dr. Zoldbrod's work featured recently by the American Psychological Association

and featured on That Relationship Show Podcast

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Other Services

You are unique. My approach to helping you will be unique too, and specific to your needs, issues, difficulties and struggles. I look forward to helping you address the issues standing in the way of a more fulfilling life (and especially a more fulfilling sex life!).

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Individual Therapy

I will work with you one-on-one to help you define, understand, and solve your problem(s). I provide a safe, caring, and confidential environment.

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Couples Therapy

Feel free to join me with your significant other for some couples/marital counseling at my office in the Boston, MA and Lexington, MA area. I would like to help you and your "main squeeze" grow closer and enjoy a more fulfilling life together.

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Sex Therapy

I am well known for my success in helping residents in the Boston, MA area with sex therapy. Sex therapy takes guts. People wait too long to come in. I use a kind, thoughtful, targeted approach to helping you.

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Meet Dr. Z - Boston Sex Therapist

about dr zoldbrod

Dr. Aline Zoldbrod is a licensed psychologist and Boston sex therapy practitioner, seasoned sex therapist, teacher and trainer in sexuality, and author of multiple books on sexuality.

Practicing sex therapy in the Boston, MA area, Dr. Z is thoughtful and creative in her approach to help her clients gain confidence and overcome issues.

Dr. Z is a repeat author, including the award-winning book Sex Smart. Dr. Z has been featured or quoted in the Chicago Tribune, New York Times,, Los Angeles Times,, Boston Globe, Ladies Home, and in many other publications.


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