The Relationship Institute (TRI) is a professional partnership created by Dr. Steve Solomon and Dr. Lorie Teagno. Through TRI, Drs. Teagno and Solomon provide an array of INTIMACY THERAPY services to couples and individuals as well as a wide range of training opportunities for therapists. TRI is committed to enriching and supporting relationships and individuals and educating couples and individuals as well as mental health professionals about the secrets that create and cement Long-Term Love Relationships.
TRI’s work includes training therapists in the TRI Intimacy Therapy approach to marital and relationship therapy. Drs. Solomon and Teagno offer trainings for therapists through various professional organizations including the San Diego Psychological Association, the California Psychological Association, and other associations and private groups. TRI has also made presentations for the general public to many different groups and organizations and Drs. Teagno and Solomon have been interviewed on many different radio and television shows, as well as for various newspaper and magazine articles.
Specific Therapy Orientations
Dr. Steven D. Solomon works in therapy with couples, individuals and families to help them achieve their goals by overcoming the causes of the pain and frustration in their lives. He is a marriage friendly therapist committed to supporting clients in their relationships, whether that be by healing them, rebuilding them or enhancing them.
He is a directive therapist who gives active feedback designed to help people get what they are looking for from therapy as quickly as possible. Steve also focuses on long-term solutions instead of quick fixes that don’t address the underlying individual or relationship causal factors, factors that if unaddressed will create recurring problems for the individual or couple in the future.
Steve’s therapy is based on openness and honest feedback in a caring, respectful relationship. Establishing that respect and that caring is the backbone of his work, allowing him to push clients to confront their weaknesses, face their demons and also to harness and use their strengths.
Dr. Solomon’s work with couples focuses on giving them the tools that enable them to build a Long-Term Love Relationship (LTLR) that will be happy and fulfilling for years to come. This approach is rooted in teaching couples how to self-diagnose problems in their LTLR when they arise, and in how to use the Three Intimacies to fix and nurture the intimacy of their LTLR. As a result, when a couple’s therapy work with Steve ends, both partners have the insight and the tools of intimacy so that when a problem begins to arise in their LTLR, they are able to recognize it and deal with it successfully on their own.
Dr. Lorie Teagno is a marriage friendly therapist who works with couples, families and individuals. When working with all clients she identifies and discusses both their strengths and relative weaknesses. She works with every client to teach then tools they can use to improve their relationships and their lives.
Her therapy orientation is focused on the context in which one lives and the individuals' goals that contribute to them thriving. She also helps clients identify what behaviors and beliefs thwart their progress and encourages her clients to face their fears and struggles and try new behaviors.
Dr. Teagno emphasizes that mistakes are our best learning experiences as long as we are willing to admit them, learn from them. Her therapy work includes the significant concepts of personal integrity, emotional maturity and the importance of feeling that we have lived our lives well for ourselves and contributed to the lives of others.
Drs. Teagno and Solomon are both licensed clinical psychologists. Each has been in practice for more than 25 years. They have trained with the Couples Institute in Menlo Park, CA and many other noted therapists including Virginia Satir, Carl Whittaker, Tom Rusk and James Framo.
Dr. Teagno received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland (College Park). She received her early clinical training on the East Coast and has been in private practice in the La Jolla area for more than 25 years. Dr. Teagno is married and has two daughters, two step sons, and five fabulous grandchildren.
Dr. Solomon received his undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology (Los Angeles). He has been in private practice in San Diego and La Jolla, California for more than 25 years. Steve has been married to his wonderful wife, Esther, since 1985 and is the joyful father of their teenage son, Lewis.
Drs. Teagno and Solomon are both Licensed Psychologists in the State of California.
Steve and Lorie have been professional partners, associates and collaborators for 24 years. They have separate private practices but have worked together offering couples therapy, individual therapy, group therapy, couples group therapy and professional trainings for therapists. They have co- written articles and recently published their first book, "Intimacy after Infidelity: How to Rebuild and Affair-Proof Your Marriage" (2007, New Harbinger Publications, Inc).
You can reach Dr. Solomon at 858-729-1272 and
Our offices are located at
3262 Holiday Court, La Jolla, CA 92037.
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