Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy in San Francisco

Our San Francisco couples counselors specialize in marriage and family therapy, providing you with the support you need to revitalize your relationship. We have assisted hundreds of couples, using the latest developments in couple’s counseling research to discover the most effective solutions to the challenges you face. Using a warm, interactive, and practical approach, our marriage counselors focus on short-term results so that you can quickly experience more ease and connection with each other. Our goal is to support you in having the fulfilling, passionate relationship you desire. We offer relationship counseling to individuals and couples as well as weekend workshops and free lectures. In addition to several offices in San Francisco, we serve clients in the East Bay and South Bay.



Are you getting stuck in the same arguments again and again? San Francisco couples counseling can help you resolve underlying issues so that you can easefully speak about the things that matter most. more



Intimacy is built on trust, and when trust has been compromised, it can feel very lonely. Marriage counseling can support you in taking the steps for rebuilding trust and connection. more



Do you feel more like roommates than lovers? Has your sexual passion declined? Couples counseling can help you rediscover the vitality of your physical and romantic relationship. more

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  • Relationship specialists: We help both individuals and couples improve their relationships.
  • Short-term results: Counseling doesn’t have to take years! We focus on short-term results based on the goals that you set.
  • Direct feedback: We offer interactive sessions in a warm, supportive environment, providing you with direct feedback so that you know what needs to be done to change things for the better.
  • Up-to-date knowledge: We are current on relationship research and methodologies and regularly collaborate with each other on new ideas.

Meet the


  • Shachar Erez, MFTi, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Shachar Erez, MFTi
    Shachar is passionate about helping couples thrive. Too often, our lives get filled with too many demands. Little by little we start growing apart from our loved one, and the relationship loses its juiciness. We realize that we've lost passion for each other and feel more like good friends (on a good day), or business partners (on less than good days). Read More

    Shachar Erez, MFTi
  • Suzanne Berens, MFT, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Suzanne Berens, MFT
    Suzanne understands that pleas for connection, validation, and understanding in intimate relationships often masquerade as complaints. With warmth and compassion, she helps couples uncover the source of their challenges and develop more skillful ways to communicate. Suzanne knows firsthand that crisis can stress a marriage and test partners’ capacity to cope. But if approached with mindfulness, crisis can also be a portal to deeper intimacy and unspeakable beauty. Read More

    Suzanne Berens, MFT
  • Daniela Koenig, MFT, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Daniela Koenig, MFT
    Often couples want closeness but instead fight, blame, withdraw, and defend, leading them to feel lonely. Not knowing how to stop or do something different, couples get stuck, which kills the spark, love, and passion that initially drew them to each other. It takes courage to be intimate and real in relationship. Couples counseling is a place to take a deep breath, assess, and reconnect. Daniela meets every couple where they are and helps them recognize what is working and what isn’t. Read More

    Daniela Koenig, MFT
  • Yael Melamed, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Yael Melamed, MFT
    The Chinese character for "crisis" consists of the words "emergency" and "opportunity." Yael believes that difficult times are part of the natural life cycle of relationships, and are in fact a gift if you are able to grow from them. She is dedicated to helping people repair their relationships—both with themselves and others—and thinks that one of the biggest factors determining the outcome of your relationship is whether you have the right tools to navigate the challenges that arise. Read More

    Yael Melamed, MFT
  • Jan Yaffe, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
    Jan Yaffe, MFT
    Jan has been seeing couples for over 25 years and continues to find couples therapy challenging, dynamic, and deeply fulfilling. Jan is a warm, engaging therapist who helps couples feel valued and safe while encouraging them to expand their comfort zone, challenge habitual ways of thinking and reacting, and find new ways to relate to one another. When two partners can truly empathize with each other, they pave the way for authentic communication. Read More

    Jan Yaffe, MFT
  • Liron Cohen, couples therapist in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA
    Liron Cohen, MFTi
    Being in a relationship means sharing yourself with another person. It means to connect, to open your heart, to love. Every relationship has good times and difficult times, but when it gets out of balance, as a couple you might experience communication challenges, mistrust, infidelity, sexual challenges, long periods of anger, loss of intimacy, cultural issues, parenting challenges, or feeling more like roommates. All of these are signs that something is missing in your connection. Read More

    Liron Cohen, MFTi
  • Robert Gardner, couples therapist in San Francisco
    Robert Gardner, MFT
    We want to love and be loved. Our partner expects us to be loving, and we want the same from them; but often we just don't know how! To borrow from a metaphor used by a master, Sue Johnson, PhD, relationships can feel like being thrown out on the dance floor expecting to tango but barely knowing the box step. Did your family or others teach you the skills of loving? Did they know how to dance together? Sometimes even the most well-intentioned family members didn't know, and could not show us enough about, loving ways to prepare us for the kind of relationship that we want. Read More

    Robert Gardner, MFT
  • Marriage counseling San Francisco Michele Waldman
    Michele Waldman, MFTi
    Whatever your reason for contemplating couples counseling, Michele Waldman will commit to you that couples therapy can help your relationship. She has helped couples that are unable or unwilling to communicate with one another become effective and clear communicators. She has counseled couples that are shut-down from years of pain and lack of trust learn to open up and trust one another again. Michele graduated from California Institute of Integral Studies and works with couples in a safe and contained way... Read More

    Michele Waldman, MFTi
  •  Clodagh O'Herlihy, MFT, marriage counselor San Francisco
    Clodagh O'Herlihy, MFT
    Clodagh understands how much courage it can take a couple to collaborate with a therapist. She has a warm and grounded approach inviting clients to feel more at ease and safe in her presence. Her intention is to support couples explore their differences and their love for each other. In her work, Clodagh is client-centered and focuses her attention on the couple’s specific goals. Read More

    Clodagh O’Herlihy, MFT
  • Mor Gavish, Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco
    Mor Gavish, MFT
    Relationships are everywhere. We are constantly in relationship with one another, and it can be both exciting and challenging. Being in romantic relationship, of all kinds, brings up beauty, proximity and variety of different patterns that, at times, can be difficult. Mor believes that these challenges can also be seen as gift. This can be a place where you and your partner can deepen your relationship to self and other and an opportunity for discovery, growth, closeness, and healing. Read More

    Mor Gavish, MFT
  • San Francisco CA couple therapist Megan Williams
    Megan C Williams MFT
    Megan has worked with many couples to identify the conflicts within their relationships. She has helped them move through issues with connection, disengagement, infidelity, chronic fighting, trust and the challenges of staying intimately connected while parenting. Her style is warm, engaged and practical. It has evolved from experience in her own long term relationship as well as her training. Through your work with Megan you will remember what brought you together Read More

    Megan C Williams MFT
  • Marriage counselor San Francisco CA Abby Per Lee
    Abby Per Lee, MFT
    Abby has been practicing psychotherapy for more than ten years. Her approach is interactive and goal oriented, and couples will leave their first session with her armed with practical skills to help alleviate tension. From there, the objective is to help each partner feel safe, valued, and loved so that the couple can move forward into a happy and healthy relationship. Central to this aim is teaching new ways of communicating. Abby believes that the intimacy and connection Read More

    Abby Per Lee, MFT

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