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I'm Lianne Avila, a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the founder of Lessons for Love. For close to 20 years I have worked with couples and individuals, helping them to thrive through life's challenges.

If you are dealing with an issue in your marriage like infidelity or worried that your relationship is in trouble, I can help you. As a Gottman trained therapist, I use many tools to help couples explore what's needed to fix or heal their partnership.

If you're a parent, the struggle to deal with kids is very real. From technology to peer pressure, stress, grades and more, being a modern parent takes a lot of support.

Finally, if you're navigating a transition in your life such as retirement, divorce, leaving a job or searching for deeper meaning in your life, I can help you.

I created Lessons for Love as a resource for couples and individuals to explore the best tips for how to heal and ultimately thrive through life's unpredictable challenges.

If you're in San Mateo, CA and in need of a therapist, please reach out. Otherwise, please sign up for my newsletter list to get my monthly Lessons For Love delivered to your inbox.

Family
“Play is our favorite way of learning.” Diane Ackerman
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Couples
“Friendship fuels the flames of romance because it offers the best protection against feeling adversarial toward your spouse.” John M. Gottman
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Thriving
“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” Louise L. Hay
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What are people saying?

When combining cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness clients saw significant improvement in anxiety and depression which was maintained for 2 years. * PsychNet
Parents that take a genuine interest in their child's emotional intelligence feel closer and more connected with their child. *Gottman Institute

Latest Blog Posts

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18 Sep 2018 04:00 After being in a relationship for a while, it's easy to get stuck in a pattern. You may be scared if you speak up, it will cause a break up. Learn how to solve relationship problems without breaking up.

Are you having problems in your relationship? If you answered yes, you aren’t alone. Even the best of couples, have relationship problems. It’s easy to feel stressed out these days. You have a family and a job. So, where does your relationship fit in? Many people go into a relationship, thinking it will make them happy and reduce stress. Many couples find out, this is not the case. Learn How  [ ... ]

6 Tips For Reducing Stress With Eff...
04 Sep 2018 17:37 Reducing stress with effective planning is something you can learn. There are some simple steps, which will make your life much easier.

Effective planning, what does that mean? You have to work, a husband and a house to take care of. So, what does that mean for your kids? Everyone has told you that your kids are a gift. But, what if you are feeling overwhelmed with your family? I have worked with many kids and couples. Let me tell you, if you are feeling overwhelmed you aren’t alone. Reducing Stress With Effective Planning, is  [ ... ]

8 Strategies For Taking Care Of You...
20 Aug 2018 23:34 Learn how taking care of yourself as a mother, will not only help you but it will help your family.

You take care of everybody else, so, why aren’t you taking care of yourself as a mother? I know you know about putting your oxygen mask on first in an airplane. So, why are you putting yours on last? In the end you aren’t helping anyone. You live in a fast paced world. You are taught that more is better. But, there is a cost. The cost is your physical and emotional health. It’s time  [ ... ]

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