South Bay Couples Counselors

Our South Bay marriage and couples counselors are licensed psychotherapists (Marriage and Family Therapists) or psychologists who specialize in working with couples. We provide marriage counseling in Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San Jose, Campbell, and Santa Clara.

Azizeh Rezaiyan, couples therapist in Palo Alto and Los Altos, CA
Azizeh Rezaiyan, MFT

Azizeh is an adjunct professor at Sofia University and a Marriage Family Therapist with offices in Burlingame and Los Altos. Having lived and studied in several countries, Azizeh offers a multicultural view in her warm, empathic and interactive approach as a trained body psychotherapist with couples. Azizeh believes a couples relationship is one of the most challenging, inspiring, and enriching relations we can have. When conflict is dealt with constructively, it can enhance awareness, compassion, and gratitude in both partners.

With couples, Azizeh explores the underlying dynamics and then helps participants understand and undo the early injuries that are the structure of their communication difficulties, fights, blame, infidelity, sexual boredom, emotional distances, and even parenting issues. In her inspiring work with couples, Azizeh focuses on their level of communion (bond) and help them set healthy boundaries that will lead to a healthy sense of self in both partners. Having healthy boundaries usually leads to a greater awareness of our own inner life, improves our dynamics with our partners as well as others, enriches our communication, and expands our level of creativity to face life’s challenges. Azizeh’s work with couples is a joyous and fulfilling journey that transforms each partner to achieve greater intimacy, romance, and sexuality in their relationship.

Office Locations

825 San Antonio Rd. #206
Palo Alto, CA 94303

840 Hinckley Rd., Ste. 110
Burlingame, CA 94010

Valerie Sher, marriage counselor in Menlo Park and Redwood City, CA
Valerie Sher, PhD

Valerie, a licensed psychologist and Adjunct Professor at Sofia University and JFK University, has been a longtime practitioner and activist in the development of healthy relationships, sexuality, and embodiment. She uses a nonjudgmental mindfulness-based approach in cultivating self-inquiry and growth and greater mind/body well being. She sees her work as a spiritual practice in her offering and cultivation of presence, courage, and compassion to allow others to more safely explore and change blocks to loving and relating more fully and effectively. She uses difficult life experiences as an opportunity for learning and change and works to help people move past shame and blame, resentment, and other defensive responses in order to restore respect, empathy, and trust. By helping to build on personal strengths while appreciating differences, developing new skills for emotional regulation, communication, assertiveness, and problem solving, Valerie helps people to have more joyful and rewarding relationships.

Valerie earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and has extensive training in childhood attachment, trauma, relationships, love, intimacy, sexuality, and communication. Her work brings together Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Psychoanalytic and Jungian depth work, CBT and DBT, process therapy, movement and drama therapy.

Office Location

61 Renato Ct., Ste. 18
Redwood City, CA 94061

Chevalisa Buzzone, couples therapist in Los Gatos, CA
Chevalisa Buzzone, MFT

After years of relationship struggle, Chevalisa’s turning point came when she learned how our wiring impacts the way we show up for our partners. Brains are plastic. By adopting new attitudes and practices, we can literally rewire ourselves, help rewire our partners, and most importantly, create a new way of co-relating that encourages safety, trust, and freedom.

Chevalisa helps couples discover that what’s really driving their distress boils down to a series of profound questions like: “Do you love me? Do you see me? Do I matter to you? If I hurt, do you care? Can I depend on you?” She has studied the mindfulness-based Hakomi method and currently trains with Stan Tatkin (AAMFT-CA Teacher of the Year and author of Wired for Love). She received her degree from CIIS and, in addition to seeing clients, works at Stanford teaching emerging leaders how to cultivate emotional intelligence.

Office Location

595 Millich Dr., Ste. 102
Campbell, CA 95008

Clodagh O'Herlihy, couples therapist in Palo Alto
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. Whether couples are challenged by communications, intimacy, sexual challenges, cross cultural issues, parenting, or infidelity, Clodagh focuses on the strength of the couple while inviting an exploration of any unconscious stuck patterns that block the flow of love. Her specialized expertise working with anxiety, addiction, depression, and trauma also helps her to further understand deeper emotional struggles.

Clodagh is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also a certified clinical hypnotherapist by the national board of hypnotherapists. Her work explores the relationship between the mind, body, and spirit. To this end, she incorporates an array of influences: EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), Gestalt therapy, mindfulness therapy, hypnotherapy, and Hakomi therapy.

Office Locations

1 Hallidie Plaza #700
San Francisco, CA 94102

361 Kipling St.
Palo Alto, CA 94301

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