About the Authors

Louie Bernstein and Suvani Stepanek are married partners that have created these Grow Your Healthy Relationship Cards. We have drawn upon our individual skills, trainings and life experiences in developing the relationship principles offered in these cards. By acknowledging both the feminine and masculine sensibilities in relationship, we hope that these cards offer an integrated and healing approach to the modern, intimate relationship.

Suvani Stepanek, MA, CCHT

Suvani is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist and has been assisting individuals in their personal growth, healing, self-empowerment and in creating more fulfilling relationships.

She also served as a professor at City College of San Francisco, teaching yoga and meditation. Suvani developed a unique approach in applying yogic principles and the practice of non-violence to daily life and relationships.

Through many years of spiritual training, she applies yogic wisdom and mindfulness in helping her clients create peaceful, compassionate, and harmonious relationships.

Suvani has a private practice in Hypnotherapy, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Louie Bernstein, MA, MFT

Louie is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and his field of expertise is in providing Couples Counseling for couples, and in assisting individuals in improving their relationships.

Louie incorporates a number of approaches to his couples counseling, including the philosophies offered by:  Imago Therapy (developed by Dr. Harville Hendrix), Emotionally Focused Therapy (developed by Dr. Sue Johnson), and the Gottman Method (Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman).

Many of the relationship principles presented in the Grow Your Healthy Relationship Cards have been based upon the information gathered from thousands of hours of couples counseling sessions. In those sessions, he learned firsthand what factors lead to a successful relationship, and what are the most effective ways for couples to overcome the challenges they may encounter.

Louie has a private practice in Psychotherapy, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.