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Relational Therapy

Relational therapy to help understand each other and improve life together


Assessing problems and conflicts together through better understanding

Humans are social creatures who are driven to relate to one another, yet it is our psychology that determines if a relationship, in any form or kind, is a “good fit” or a “poor fit”. At Bickford Covington, for thirty-years we have been providing therapy to couples and families. This vast experience places us in a unique situation to help decisions such as “do we go forward or, how do we repair and restore!” We work with each situation towards what is healthy for each and all parties.

With over thirty years of experience working with in professional psychology, we have worked with thousands of people from individuals, couples, families, groups, to small businesses, schools, and hospitals. All are able to change towards the healthy; most require professional help to do so.


Monday to Thursday – 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Individual Psychotherapy

Individual Psychotherapy in the indland empire

Do you accept medical insurance?

Yes, we work with…

Full Spectrum Psychology Services in the Inland Empire.



511 Brookside Ave, Redlands, CA 92373

  Mon-Thu, 9:00am - 6:00pm


18838 Highway 18 Suite 6, Apple Valley, CA 92307

  Fridays, 9:00am - 5:00pm


You may already be familiar with The Four Horsemen (criticism, defensiveness, contempt, and stonewalling) but now that our context has shifted on a global scale, it’s worth taking a closer look at each and how they might show up at home.

Though all of the four horsemen are damaging, Contempt is perhaps the most destructive. John Gottman describes contempt as “sulfuric acid for love.” Yikes.

So what is contempt? At its core, contempt is holding on to the negative belief that your partner is inferior or “less than.” It may manifest as sarcasm, hostile remarks, eye-rolling, mockery or mimicking, or sneering directed at your partner.

“Oh you’re so smart, huh?”
“You’re embarrassing yourself and me.”
“You just don’t know any better.”
“You don’t ‘feel like’ making love tonight? Big surprise!”

It conveys disgust. Ouch.

It’s a mean one, but it can be reversed. The antidote to contempt is building a culture of appreciation.

Cure nastiness with fondness and admiration. Appreciate the ways your partner is different, and that they have their own subjective, individual experience of things. Regard them as an equal.

-the GOTTMAN Institute-
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