Marriage Counseling in the East Bay

 

Welcome to The Couples Center in the East Bay! As couples therapists, we specialize in helping couples like you navigate relationship challenges, helping you create a fulfilling, passionate relationship. Whether you’re just starting out or have been together for many years, marriage counseling can support you in creating a closer connection, improving your communication, revitalizing your sexual life, and much more. Our qualified marriage counselors have ongoing training and expertise in couples therapy and marriage counseling approaches. Our experience shows that couples counseling can be very effective even in a short period of time. Too often we see coupes wait too long to get the help they need, so we encourage you to contact us today!

Security comes

first

Has your relationship been effected by infidelity or mistrust? Healing trust and rebuilding security is possible. Couples therapy can help you learn the steps to reconnect with your partner. more

Communication is

key

Do you find yourselves saying the same things without ever feeling you’ve been heard? Our East Bay marriage counselors can teach you tools to communicate in way that is both respectful and effective. more

Intimacy can be

cultivated

Overtime, many couples experience decline in their passion and intimacy. It doesn’t have to be this way. In marriage counseling we create a safe space in which you both can explore your needs. more

Relationships are difficult. We’re here to

Help

Berkeley Counseling

Locations

Call (510) 900-8330 for a free consultation or fill out the form on our contact page.

You can have the relationship

You want

  • Relationship specialists: We help both individuals and couples improve their relationships.
  • Focused process: When you work with a specialist progress can happen quite fast.
  • Engaging & interactive: Within a warm, supportive environment we offer direct feedback on how you can make your relationship better.
  • Finding a good fit: It is important for you to feel comfortable with your therapist. We’ll do our best to find you the counselor who best fits your needs and situation.

Meet the

Team

  • 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
  • Justin Hartery, MFTi, Berkeley couples counselor
    I am here to help you learn how to communicate your needs, desires, and emotions in a way that helps you get met and feel heard. It is my job to help you better understand and express yourself in ways that support satisfying connection and authentic expression in your relationship to yourself and others. It is my job to help each of you better understand and express yourself in relationship to one another in ways that support satisfying contact, authentic connection, deepened intimacy and a fulfilling sex life. By providing a safe space and offering tools to negotiate differences and resolve conflict, I can help you each access the inherent resources already alive inside you and overcome whatever is in the way of the relationship you desire. Read More

    Justin Hartery, 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
  • Eitan Saenger, MFTi, Berkeley couples counselor
    Eitan is passionate about intimate relationships. He has a warm, interactive, and effective counseling style. He offers practical tools to deal with the challenges that committed relationships often present. With an empathic approach, he works toward creating a safe environment that supports each partner to communicate authentically. Read More

    Eitan Saenger, MFTi
  • Taneille Smith, MFT, Berkeley couples counselor
    Taneille knows firsthand how challenging it can be for a couple to reach out and seek help from a counselor. Having been in couples therapy herself, she can empathize with what it’s like to be sitting on “the hot seat.” To reveal what goes on behind closed doors can feel scary, but the benefits of this kind of vulnerability are tremendous. When a couple risks this kind of vulnerability, the payoff can be so much more than they had imagined. Read More

    Taneille Smith, MFT

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    What to expect from marriage counseling

    If you’re coming to couples therapy for the first time, you probably have some questions about it. Here are some of the basics, with links for further resources: In couples counseling you’ll meet with one of our East Bay marriage counselors once a week for 50 to 60 minutes, or sometimes every other week for 75 to 80 minutes. Most of the time the sessions will be together with you and your partner, but occasionally your therapist will meet with each one of you individually. You’ll meet in one of our East Bay counseling offices, depending on the counselor assigned to you. In the first session, your therapist will get some background information from you and will clarify your goals for working together. Once your goals are clarified, your marriage counselor will work with both of you to identify the strengths of your relationship and how to build on them, and also the challenges you have and how to understand them. Every couple has one or a few underlying patterns that cause most of their challenges. Once you identify them and know how to overcome them, your relationship can become much easier to manage and a lot more intimate. If you have specific questions, our East Bay marriage counselors will be happy to have an initial phone consultation with you. For more information, read what to expect from marriage counseling or our counseling FAQs.

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