Marriage Counseling in the East Bay


Welcome to The Couples Center in the East Bay! As couples therapists in Oakland and Berkeley, 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!

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


  • Ivan Skolnikoff, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Relating in a warm, direct and engaged manner, Ivan is an experienced therapist who is deeply committed to helping couples ignite and revitalize the joy and passion in their relationship. Many couples get stuck basically having the same disagreement over and over. They often feel like they are just going around in tiring, vicious circles. Ivan's approach can help you and your partner get clear, resolve old wounds, and move beyond that kind of repetitive, unproductive dynamic. Read More

    Ivan Skolnikoff, MFT
  • Liron Cohen, couples therapist in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA
    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
  • Bryan Newman, couples therapist in Berkeley
    At the heart of Bryan's approach to couples counseling is a deep respect for the courage it can take for a couple to seek support. From his own experience, he knows that it can feel quite vulnerable for two partners to open up about the intimacy of their lives to another person. Bryan's warmth, directness, and present-centeredness help his clients feel a sense of safety and trust with him from the very first session Read More

    Bryan Newman, MFT
  • Matt Foley, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Matt is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping couples rediscover the connection that brought them together. Whether it’s the first year for a couple or the first decade, Matt’s compassionate and direct approach allows his clients to feel comfortable exploring patterns and the deeper emotions that cause them. Read More

    Matt Foley, MFT
  • Danielle Saunders, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Danielle brings over 14 years of experience to couples counseling. Her unique approach incorporates communication skills and relational-somatic and mindfulness-based techniques. Danielle sees couples with a large range of issues, including reclaiming sexual passion, coparenting/blended families, and recovery from trauma/history of abuse. Read More

    Danielle Saunders, MFT
  • Berkeley Marriage counseling
    Marriage Counseling in Berkeley, CA
    Our Berkeley couples therapy team includes licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with extensive experience working with couples. All of our marriage counselors were chosen for their skills and expertise as well as passion for working with couples. They see clients in various locations in Berkeley and Oakland. Having a compassionate, objective third party can be invaluable for your relationship. Our counselors can give you feedback and advice on improving communication, enhancing your sexual connection, and remembering what brought you together in the first place!

    Marriage counseling Berkeley team
  • Matt Foley, MFT, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Matt is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist who is passionate about helping couples rediscover the connection that brought them together. Whether it’s the first year for a couple or the first decade, Matt’s compassionate and direct approach allows his clients to feel comfortable exploring patterns and the deeper emotions that cause them. He’s particularly skilled at seeing and naming underlying dynamics, allowing couples to understand them both intellectually and emotionally. Read More

    Matt Foley, MFT

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Love that Lasts Package

Enjoy the best of both worlds!

Learn practical relationship skills and tips in our Love Made Simple – Couples Workshop or Premarital Workshop, plus get individual attention and support through couples counseling. All with a significant discount!

This package includes:

  • Three hours of counseling
  • Love Made Simple workshop

For $927 (instead of $1177) — a $250 discount!

Couples Package


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    “When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.” —Anonymous One of the most common sources of miscommunication and tension in relationships is a transactional mindset. This can look like “I do more than you,” “I earn more than you,” “My work is more stressful than yours,” “I spent more of […]
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    True acceptance is always done in a way that maintains your integrity. The desire for acceptance—and the lack thereof—is a prevalent theme in relationships. It can appear in an angry “Just accept it!” It can sound pleading, as in “Why won’t you just accept me the way I am?” There’s also pseudo-acceptance, such as “Fine. […]
  • How Body Language Affects Your Love Life (video)

    In some ways, our nonverbal communication is more powerful than our words. While verbal communication is imperative for any healthy relationship, physical body language is just as important. At the end of the day, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. According to this YourTango panel of relationship experts—including our very own […]
  • How to Make Your Love Last (video)

    Every day, you want to make your partner feel like you’re there for them. Whether you’ve been married for thirty years or three months, for many people there comes a time when their marriage is not as blissful as when it started. Often it looks like this: the honeymoon ends, everyday life and stress enter […]
  • How to Love, Part 3: “Turning Toward” as Part of the Relationship Cycle

    Our relationships are based on the success of many small everyday bids and responses. In my previous articles, we began exploring the essential step in the dance of love: “turning toward” (i.e., turning your attention to what your partner is experiencing). Now I invite you to consider the cycle, the movement between two partners that […]
  • Relationship as a Sacred Path

    We’re all here to grow and learn through our relationships. Living from love is the basis for many spiritual traditions. Relationships can serve as a spiritual practice and a vehicle for living more consciously, with more awareness of our actions (and how they affect others). More than just your partnership, the path is about how […]
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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.