Peggy Bolcoa, LMFT, PhD specializes in relationship psychotherapy  (with individuals, couples and families) and maintains a private practice in Costa Mesa, California.

With 23 years experience as a clinician, and a graduate of Wake Forest University and Chapman University, I specialize in relationship therapy, whether I’m working with one of the partners, both  partners, or both spouses (I don’t always say “spouses” because many couples are dating and/or thinking about getting married).  In other words, we can work on the relationship whether you come in together or alone.  (Please see the blog I wrote on this subject: What if your spouse doesn’t want to go to therapy?).

When people come in for relationship therapy, we are often (additionally) dealing with  depression, anxiety, grief/loss, adultery/betrayal, stage of life issues,  addiction and many other issues that can have a direct bearing on your relationship. Sometimes it may seem like “the perfect storm” of problems, however, rest assured we will deal with all of them. Please be encouraged when I say that I’ve seen seemingly impossible situations become relationships that are loving, safe, and intimate.

Treatment Approach

heartThe treatment model I have found to be most helpful is the Emotionally Focused Treatment (EFT) approach.  In  using this approach, I am practical, interactive, and nonjudgmental.  Using EFT  I will provide support and guidance to help you resolve current cycles and long standing patterns.  This model allows me to treat every client or couple  very specifically and the people I work with come to love this EFT therapy.

In the interest of transparency, I want to say that while I’m licensed by the State of California and adhere to its guidelines, I have been a Christian since I was 10 years old.

That said, I do not impose my beliefs on anyone and I only include spirituality as clients request. I have embraced, worked with and cared for people of all faiths and walks of life.

Professional Activities & Memberships:

  • License, MFT 28920
  • The Stan Peterson Award
  • Clinical Director of The South Coast Center for Personal and Psychological Growth
  • A member of The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists for 20 years (in good standing).
  • National Honor Society in Psychology (the Psi Chi Chapter at Chapmen College)