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


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


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


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


Berkeley Counseling


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


  • Pauline Wakeham, couples counselor in Berkeley
    Pauline Wakeham, LCSW
    All too often, it is my 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. I help 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
  • Ivan Skolnikoff, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Ivan Skolnikoff, MFT
    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
    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
  • Bryan Newman, couples therapist in Berkeley
    Bryan Newman, MFT
    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 Foley, MFT
    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... Read More

    Matt Foley, 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.