Dr. Ratkalkar believes everyone deserves a satisfying, enjoyable and respectful relationship. She is an experienced couples therapist who supports couples in improving their communication without changing who they are. She is trained in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT), an approach that values finding ways to make sustainable, meaningful changes and accepting one another, and she is a Certified Sex Therapist. Dr. Ratkalkar conducts thorough assessments to identify couples’ patterns, strengths, and areas for growth. She works closely with each couple to find the best place to start and gives guidance and suggestions from the very first session.
Dr. Ratkalkar has expertise in multiple couples and relationship therapy specialties. In addition to IBCT, she utilizes strategies from CBT (Cognitive-Behavior Therapy), ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), and family systems to help couples build insight and skills. She is also a Certified Sex Therapist (CST) and is happy to work with couples with a wide range of sexual interests and values. Communicating openly about sex can be difficult. Dr. Ratkalkar creates a safe and supportive environment to share without shame. She is also experienced in working with partners in consensually non-monogamous (CNM) relationships and is kink-aware.
Dr. Ratkalkar enjoys working with diverse couples at all phases of a relationship, and with all sexual orientations. For couples considering lasting commitments, is a skilled premarital therapist. She believes honest and targeted preparation can provide a foundation for a lifetime of happiness together. For couples going through transition – such as becoming parents or experiencing significant health and occupational changes – Dr. Ratkalkar provides support to grow together instead of apart during times of stress. In addition, Dr. Ratkalkar helps couples heal and rebuild trust after an affair or breach of trust has occurred. She is passionate about supporting interracial couples navigate cultural differences to find shared understanding. Regardless of where you are starting, she will work with you to help you create the relationship you have been hoping for.