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  • Couples Therapy, Marriage Counseling & Psychotherapy in San Francisco

    Our San Francisco Bay Area couples counselors specialize in marriage, premarital 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 couples therapy research to discover the most effective solutions to the challenges you face. Our approach is warm, interactive, and practical allosing our marriage counselors to focus on short-term results so that you can quickly experience more ease and connection with your partner. We also offer sliding-scale therapy to those with limited financial resources. 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 seminars, workshops, and free lectures. In addition to several offices in San Francisco, we also serve clients in the East Bay and South Bay.

    Improving

    Communication

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

    Building

    Trust

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

    Igniting

    Passion

    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

    Many San Francisco

    Locations

    Call (415) 322-0417 for a free consultation or
    fill out the form on our contact page
    The Couples Center

    You can have the relationship

    You want

    • 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.
    • Sliding-scale options: We offer sliding-scale psychotherapy to help make counseling affordable.

    The Couples Center FAQ

    Meet the

    Team

    • Nicolette Sweeney, couples therapist in San Francisco
      I am a Brooklyn native brought to San Francisco one decade ago by a quest for love and personal growth, following a career path of many twists and turns including artist, fashion designer, educator and dance instructor. My personal transformations via many a “dark night of the soul” has led me to my role as licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I firmly believe that no one is a lost cause. My work has been shaped by the philosophy that at our very essence we have the ability to regenerate, start anew, and move toward happiness and hope. Read More

      Nicolette Sweeney, MFT
    • Vanita Kunert, couples therapist in San Francisco
      Couples blame and complain seeking to reach their partner but end up withdrawing or fighting. Using a structured approach Vanita assists couples in learning new ways of connecting with each other. In the session Vanita is engaging and interactive using each person’s strengths and helping them identify their tender spots. Creating new ways to experience the original spark of attraction is a key. Navigating the inevitable differences effectively is essential. Read More

      Vanita Kunert, MFT
    • Joshua Cross, couples therapist in San Francisco
      Most couples who come to see me still love each other deeply, but are stuck in communication patterns that often spiral out of control, leaving each individual feeling hurt, angry, sad, lonely and/or misunderstood. I work first to calm things down by changing the triggering communication patterns and addressing any significant wounds to the relationship (infidelity, broken trust, etc…). Then, if needed, together we’ll explore and heal the deeper issues within each individual that are at the root of these patterns. Read More

      Joshua Cross, MFT
    • Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo, MFTi, Berkeley couples counselor
      Sergio is a bilingual (Spanish) and bicultural psychotherapist with more than 20 years of experience as a therapist, consultant, and coach, helping couples, families, and organizations to face personal, existential, relational or systemic crises. Sergio is not only a psychotherapist but a trainer of psychotherapists, teaching couples counseling at the California Institute of Integral Studies. As an expert on relationships, communication skills and couples in crises such as lack of sexual desire, infidelity, anger issues and lack of commitment. He uses his experience to help his clients to get more out of life, to work and love intensely. Read More

      Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo, MFTi
    • Raia Kogan, MFT, Berkeley couples counselor
      Raia believes that a deeply nourishing and satisfying relationship is possible even when there has been past wounding and trauma and feels continually honored to share in and support deeply intimate and tender moments with the couples she serves. Raia has been working with individuals and couples for 8 years and is experienced in working with diverse couples including LQBTQI, monogamous, and polyamorous couples. Read More

      Raia Kogan, MFT
    • Shena Jade Jensen, MFTi, San Fransisco couples counselor
      Being in a committed partnership can be profoundly challenging and simultaneously the most important need in our lives. When it is good we feel we can handle anything in the world, and when it is not meeting our needs it can feel like the ground beneath us is crumbling. Shena works with couples to reconnect them in the place where it feels like even the most insurmountable challenges can be faced together again. Read More

      Shena Jade Jensen, MFTi
    • Erika Bennett, MFTi, couples counselor in San Francisco and Berkeley
      Erika approaches the therapeutic relationship from a somatic (meaning "of the body") orientation and taking a 360-degree point of view of who you are emotionally, intellectually, physically, sexually, energetically, spiritually, materially, cosmologically (you name it!) with genuine curiosity and acceptance. In working with you as a couple, we explore the dynamics of what makes your relationship tick and what keeps it out of balance. Read More

      Erika Bennett, MFTi
    • Bart Hatler, couples counselor in San Francisco
      Bart is a couples counselor and psychotherapist with over 10 years of training and experience. He holds master's degrees in both Counseling Psychology and Spiritual Psychology and works with a compassionate and thoughtful approach. His style draws on a number of traditions and orientations including relational, psychodynamic, existential, humanistic, and transpersonal. Read More

      Bart Hatler, MFTi
    • Pauline Wakeham, couples counselor in San Francisco
      All too often, it is Pauline's experience that problems occur for couples after the “honeymoon phase” has worn off—whether married or unmarried. These problems may not become an issue for some time, or they may become quickly apparent. Pauline helps couples get unstuck, identify patterns that are often trained into us when young, let them go, and create new ways of relating. Read More

      Pauline Wakeham, LCSW
    • Suzanne Berens, MFT, couples therapist in San Francisco, CA
      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
      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
    • San Francisco CA couple therapist Megan Williams
      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