Intensive Couples Counseling Certified Therapists

Nancy Carlson, MA, LMFT

ICC Certified

Nancy is our most experienced ICC therapist and dedicates most of her time to the ICC program. She believes so strongly in the program because having worked with hundreds of couples in this format, she sees first-hand the impact of ICC on peoples’ lives. She has story after story of success. Her ability to transform relationships leaves us speechless. From the first time we met Nancy we knew our couples struggling the most just might be able to find hope with Nancy. Nancy is especially skilled in helping couples encountering complex situations that seem profoundly hopeless. Clients report that she is “uniquely skilled and dedicated” and that “her soft and warm presence provides us an environment to explore our needs and process our pain.” But don’t be fooled– she will be honest and direct with you in her efforts to help you change.*

“The Intensive Therapy has been so incredible for our relationship. I feel every couple should go through this experience because it can improve every relationship you have. We were desperate for some help and guidance. We received so much more than I expected.*”- ICC Program Participant of Nancy’s


David Fredman, MMFT, M.Ed., LMFT

ICC Certified

David’s engaging style, a quick smile and often quirky sense of humor provide a combination that is easy to warm up to. His mere presence can calm the most conflicted couples and his warmth helps clients find the connection they have lost.  David has training in Gottman, and EFT (emotionally focused therapy).  David is very dedicated to the Intensive Couples Counseling Program, and particularly enjoys the longer sessions times, allowing him to dig really deep with his couples.

“David is the best! He makes both my partner and I feel so comfortable with his humor, knowledge and his gentle approach! So grateful to have found him!”- Client of David’s


Amanda Tapper, MA, LMFT

ICC Certified

Amanda is an inspiration. Describing her in words on a webpage is woefully inadequate. She is a human paradox. Her presence is both light and commanding. Her words are forceful yet compassionate. She instigates problems while solving them. Her whispers reverberate in her clients’ ears for years to come. She is a force of nature (the good nature – not the tornado or tsunami or flash flood or world coming to an end type of nature – the birds singing in your backyard type of nature). Amanda will go the extra mile for her clients. She has a special passion and particular interest for working with Couples Healing from an Affair and First-Responder Couples as she understands the complexities and nuances that compose these unique relationships.

“Amanda has been great! We feel extremely comfortable with her. She is so easy to talk to; she explains everything thoroughly and in an easy to understand way. I would recommend Amanda and RTC to anyone!”- Client of Amanda’s


Emily Rudert, MA, LMFT

ICC Certified

Emily does it all– she works with couples, adolescents, and families, and can incorporate it all into an Intensive Program custom tailored to your specific situation!   And she has a way of making anyone she encounters instantly feel comfortable. She’s genuine and knows how to be real, but you’ll pick up on her sense of humor right away. You can really be yourself with her and if you don’t necessarily fit in the ‘100% normal’ bucket (what is that bucket anyway?), you’ll feel right at home with Emily.  Emily is available evenings, as well as weekends, and will move her regularly scheduled life around to get you in for help as quickly as possible.

“We feel incredibly lucky that we ended up with Emily. Something so important shouldn’t be left to chance – thank goodness we got so lucky.”- Client of Emily’s


Rachel Nygaard, MS, LAMFT

ICC Certified

Rachel is the embodiment of kindness and warmth.  You can feel her genuine caring nature the moment you meet her. She’s the kind of person that you feel like you can tell all your secrets to because there’s not a judgmental bone in her body. We love how she can hold a lot of pain for her clients; we admire how big problems don’t overwhelm her; but most of all, we appreciate how her quick wit can bring levity and hope to even the most difficult situations.

Rachel is unabashedly fixated on her clients’ goals and needs.  While she is competent and well educated, she holds strong to the belief that clients have the ultimate say in their lives.  Wherever her clients want to go – Rachel will do everything she can to make that journey a reality.  And this brings us to what we actually love most about Rachel – her commitment.  She’s committed to her clients in a way we rarely see.  She will go through hell and back with the people she cares about most – because that is who she is.  It is her nature and we’re so thankful to have her here at RTC.

“Rachel has been such a good match for me and my partner. We are learning a lot, making great progress, and feeling more and more secure in our relationship.”- Client of Rachel’s


Erica Falconer, MS, LMFT

ICC Certified

Our current Grand Goal at RTC is to clone Erica. She characterizes all that is wonderful and true of the most talented therapists. She has a spirit that’s kind but determined. A heart that’s able to connect – but still hold you accountable. She is the complete therapeutic package. We are reminded consistently by her clients how fortunate we are to have her at RTC.

If you’re looking for someone who is warm and down to earth – you want to work with Erica.  You’ll never feel like she’s talking down to you and you’ll instantly sense her compassion.  She loves her work with couples, families, and individuals. Erica is also a highly knowledgable trauma therapist that uses the Post-Induction Therapy (PIT) model to help her clients that are strugging with the effects of lingering childhood trauma.

“My partner and I have been very happy with Erica from day one. She is great at creating ways for us to move towards mutual change without placing any blame. She is intuitive, understanding, and empathetic.” – Client of Erica’s