Couples Counseling Therapists in Oakland, CA

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Rebecca Shapiro
Registered Psychological Associate, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94618
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with adults in the Bay Area. In general, I am interested in how individuals understand and articulate their experiences and how, in the process of therapy, we modify these experiences, providing increased freedom over time. I believe that the relationship between therapist and patient is foundational to change and am therefore sensitive to how the language we use together develops and shifts within the relationship to accommodate emergent understanding.
I am a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with adults in the Bay Area. In general, I am interested in how individuals understand and articulate their experiences and how, in the process of therapy, we modify these experiences, providing increased freedom over time. I believe that the relationship between therapist and patient is foundational to change and am therefore sensitive to how the language we use together develops and shifts within the relationship to accommodate emergent understanding.
(510) 761-3835 View (510) 761-3835
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Lori Beth Kaplan
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94610  (Online Only)
My ideal client is an adult, child or teenager struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, relationship and Identity issues. In childhood or adolescence there may be behavioral, academic or social issues that are limiting success and happiness. Today's world is challenging with increased stressors and isolation. Adults may try to mask their struggles or feel stuck in the same pattern of behavior. Parents want their children or teenagers to maximize their potential and grow into fulfilled adults.
My ideal client is an adult, child or teenager struggling with ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, relationship and Identity issues. In childhood or adolescence there may be behavioral, academic or social issues that are limiting success and happiness. Today's world is challenging with increased stressors and isolation. Adults may try to mask their struggles or feel stuck in the same pattern of behavior. Parents want their children or teenagers to maximize their potential and grow into fulfilled adults.
(510) 849-6760 View (510) 849-6760
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Willow Pearson Trimbach
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT, MT-BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608  (Online Only)
I have been working with individuals, couples, and groups for over twenty years, both in private practice and in various medical centers and community clinics.
My practice emphasizes integral, psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation for a variety of psychological, relational, medical, cultural, and spiritual issues. I specialize in working with adults who grapple with anxiety, depression, loss, stress, health, disability, identity, sexuality, relationships, transitions, trauma, creativity, spirituality, life path/purpose/meaning and fulfillment. I also enjoy providing consultation to colleagues. Building on my fifteen years of private practice experience during my twenty years as a licensed clinician, it is my joy to combine private practice in Oakland with my teaching at CIIS.
I have been working with individuals, couples, and groups for over twenty years, both in private practice and in various medical centers and community clinics.
My practice emphasizes integral, psychodynamic psychotherapy and consultation for a variety of psychological, relational, medical, cultural, and spiritual issues. I specialize in working with adults who grapple with anxiety, depression, loss, stress, health, disability, identity, sexuality, relationships, transitions, trauma, creativity, spirituality, life path/purpose/meaning and fulfillment. I also enjoy providing consultation to colleagues. Building on my fifteen years of private practice experience during my twenty years as a licensed clinician, it is my joy to combine private practice in Oakland with my teaching at CIIS.
(650) 620-7927 View (650) 620-7927
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Sophie Jani
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Waitlist for new clients
I am trained in Sex Therapy, Hakomi, EMDR, & EFT for couples.
Sometimes there are circumstances in life that are overwhelming and are beyond our control. Other times, we are trapped by our own perceptions and projections of the world. My approach is to serve as a guide and help you unravel your perceptions, memories, and beliefs, as well as provide you with some skills to help you cope in your world. I am partnered with Journey Clinical to provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work primarily with couples looking for deeper communication around sexual intimacy.
I am trained in Sex Therapy, Hakomi, EMDR, & EFT for couples.
Sometimes there are circumstances in life that are overwhelming and are beyond our control. Other times, we are trapped by our own perceptions and projections of the world. My approach is to serve as a guide and help you unravel your perceptions, memories, and beliefs, as well as provide you with some skills to help you cope in your world. I am partnered with Journey Clinical to provide Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. I work primarily with couples looking for deeper communication around sexual intimacy.
(510) 962-9374 View (510) 962-9374
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Janine Heisler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94619  (Online Only)
When people are stuck at critical life crossroads they sometimes need a clear sounding board. I help clients think through important decisions and make choices that let them move forward. Much of my work has centered on relationship conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, and assertiveness development. I ultimately assist clients in leading authentic lives of their choosing.
When people are stuck at critical life crossroads they sometimes need a clear sounding board. I help clients think through important decisions and make choices that let them move forward. Much of my work has centered on relationship conflicts, life transitions, depression, anxiety, parenting, and assertiveness development. I ultimately assist clients in leading authentic lives of their choosing.
(415) 997-5098 View (415) 997-5098
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Lauren Mellone
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94602  (Online Only)
Hi there! Finding a therapist can be a daunting task. Perhaps you're seeking extra support during a hard time, wanting to enhance your relationship(s), or feeling ready to explore some shadowy areas in your self. Maybe you are facing some existential or spiritual questions, and seeking personal transformation. All of these are vulnerable pursuits, and you want to find a therapist that feels comfortable for you! I'd love to talk with you and see if our connection feels right for the special work ahead of you.
Hi there! Finding a therapist can be a daunting task. Perhaps you're seeking extra support during a hard time, wanting to enhance your relationship(s), or feeling ready to explore some shadowy areas in your self. Maybe you are facing some existential or spiritual questions, and seeking personal transformation. All of these are vulnerable pursuits, and you want to find a therapist that feels comfortable for you! I'd love to talk with you and see if our connection feels right for the special work ahead of you.
(415) 384-5733 View (415) 384-5733
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Michael Y. Simon, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MS, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94602
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
Therapy should not and cannot be "one size fits all." It should be rooted in a consistent, deep effort to understand who you are and what you need, in relation to the resources you have near you. Therapy should also be practical and offer some fairly immediate results, even though bigger change takes time. It's ultimately about collaboration, and the formation of a helpful relationship. Although I have 25 years of clinical experience to bring to our work, it is more important that you feel we have a good match as we enter this work together. I trust that after we talk, you'll know whether it seems like the right match.
(510) 343-7369 View (510) 343-7369
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Charlotte Parker
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609  (Online Only)
I have 20 years experience working with individuals and couples who have a desire to make positive changes in their lives. My motivation is to support you as you journey through your personal exploration and growth; and assist you in finding the answers for yourself. Within my practice, I offer a formal and professional relationship that is authentic and accommodates your development of self-awareness and self - responsibility. My personal philosophy incorporates the provision of a safe environment from which you can explore your thoughts, emotions, experiences and perceptions within framework of acceptance.
I have 20 years experience working with individuals and couples who have a desire to make positive changes in their lives. My motivation is to support you as you journey through your personal exploration and growth; and assist you in finding the answers for yourself. Within my practice, I offer a formal and professional relationship that is authentic and accommodates your development of self-awareness and self - responsibility. My personal philosophy incorporates the provision of a safe environment from which you can explore your thoughts, emotions, experiences and perceptions within framework of acceptance.
(510) 270-4296 View (510) 270-4296
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Kacey Truong
Pre-Licensed Professional, ASW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94609
Do you struggle with anxiety and depression due to your childhood trauma? Are you having problems with your partner or family members due to life transition issues? Are you experiencing increased stress, fears, and doubts around the future? I believe that we all have the capacity to heal our emotional wounds and create meaningful changes. My goal as a therapist is to offer you a safe place in which you can process insights, concerns, and emotions associated with trauma.
Do you struggle with anxiety and depression due to your childhood trauma? Are you having problems with your partner or family members due to life transition issues? Are you experiencing increased stress, fears, and doubts around the future? I believe that we all have the capacity to heal our emotional wounds and create meaningful changes. My goal as a therapist is to offer you a safe place in which you can process insights, concerns, and emotions associated with trauma.
(415) 236-4893 View (415) 236-4893
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Laurie Jacobs
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611  (Online Only)
My practice includes teenagers, individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in helping adults better understand their relationships with others and themselves. My therapeutic approach is based on establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients. This enables my clients to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment and leads to greater insight and positive life changes. I live in the East Bay and enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family/friends and being a therapist.
My practice includes teenagers, individuals, couples, and families. I specialize in helping adults better understand their relationships with others and themselves. My therapeutic approach is based on establishing a genuine, trusting relationship with clients. This enables my clients to express their thoughts and feelings without fear of judgment and leads to greater insight and positive life changes. I live in the East Bay and enjoy outdoor activities, spending time with my family/friends and being a therapist.
(415) 799-8174 View (415) 799-8174
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Tim Henry
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94609
Who is driving you crazy? Your partner, your boss, your teacher, your mother? Are you feeling overwhelmed, trapped, unsatisfied? Would you like to be more assertive, establish stronger boundaries & have more satisfying relationships? Would you like to remove obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your dreams? I want to help you develop life-long patterns to sustain a richer, more gratifying life. I specialize in working with adults going through transitions relating to work, school & relationships. I love working with intelligent, creative, motivated & insightful clients.
Who is driving you crazy? Your partner, your boss, your teacher, your mother? Are you feeling overwhelmed, trapped, unsatisfied? Would you like to be more assertive, establish stronger boundaries & have more satisfying relationships? Would you like to remove obstacles that are preventing you from achieving your dreams? I want to help you develop life-long patterns to sustain a richer, more gratifying life. I specialize in working with adults going through transitions relating to work, school & relationships. I love working with intelligent, creative, motivated & insightful clients.
(510) 878-4379 View (510) 878-4379
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Silver Lake Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94612
Therapy is a process of self-reflection and conversation that honors the struggles of life: career uncertainty, relationship decisions, loneliness, grief, and the ongoing pursuit self-love.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
Therapy is a process of self-reflection and conversation that honors the struggles of life: career uncertainty, relationship decisions, loneliness, grief, and the ongoing pursuit self-love.
Learn how to feel more connected to yourself, others, and the world around you. Therapy provides all the elements of intimacy: honest communication, vulnerability, and trust. Good therapy is challenging yet warm, providing both structure and empathy for your unique experience.
(415) 449-5206 View (415) 449-5206
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Emma Neumann
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94611
I work with people facing life transitions that have ruptured their sense of self and relationship to the world.
People often come to therapy because they feel stuck in their lives, are experiencing anxiety or depression and are struggling with personal and professional relationships. My style is warm, supportive and engaged. I believe that the more access we have to our authentic selves, the more we can live a life that is deeply fulfilling. We will work collaboratively to develop a relationship in which there is room to take risks and experience aspects of yourself that may have been previously unknown to you. You will gain valuable tools to help you reach your goals personally, creatively, and professionally.
I work with people facing life transitions that have ruptured their sense of self and relationship to the world.
People often come to therapy because they feel stuck in their lives, are experiencing anxiety or depression and are struggling with personal and professional relationships. My style is warm, supportive and engaged. I believe that the more access we have to our authentic selves, the more we can live a life that is deeply fulfilling. We will work collaboratively to develop a relationship in which there is room to take risks and experience aspects of yourself that may have been previously unknown to you. You will gain valuable tools to help you reach your goals personally, creatively, and professionally.
(510) 900-5385 View (510) 900-5385
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Julie Fishman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
I work with individuals and couples, offering in person or video sessions and specializing in issues of depression, anxiety, and relationship. I believe that we all have the capacity to feel more alive, and achieve our creative potentials. An important part of fostering growth is building trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship, so I place a focus on this as a foundation for our work together. From there, I will support you in working toward goals that we co-create, and can help you to feel a sense of purpose, connection, and freedom in your life. For more information you can visit my website at: juliefishmantherapy.com
I work with individuals and couples, offering in person or video sessions and specializing in issues of depression, anxiety, and relationship. I believe that we all have the capacity to feel more alive, and achieve our creative potentials. An important part of fostering growth is building trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship, so I place a focus on this as a foundation for our work together. From there, I will support you in working toward goals that we co-create, and can help you to feel a sense of purpose, connection, and freedom in your life. For more information you can visit my website at: juliefishmantherapy.com
(510) 394-3698 View (510) 394-3698
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Miranda Hoffman Jung
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94610
Do you feel disconnected from yourself or others? I can help you understand and move through experiences of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulty, and parenting difficulty.
I believe my job is to create a sense of safety in which we can think about the things you might have trouble thinking about. There may be parts of your history that are difficult and frightening to contemplate on your own. Together, we can help you begin to understand yourself, trust yourself, soften toward yourself, validate what is true for you, and eventually accept all the parts of you. I’ll want to understand your current difficulties in the context of your personal and family history, and will listen with curiosity and warmth to understand the way in which your history may be affecting your current situation.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself or others? I can help you understand and move through experiences of depression, anxiety, relationship difficulty, and parenting difficulty.
I believe my job is to create a sense of safety in which we can think about the things you might have trouble thinking about. There may be parts of your history that are difficult and frightening to contemplate on your own. Together, we can help you begin to understand yourself, trust yourself, soften toward yourself, validate what is true for you, and eventually accept all the parts of you. I’ll want to understand your current difficulties in the context of your personal and family history, and will listen with curiosity and warmth to understand the way in which your history may be affecting your current situation.
(510) 491-0981 View (510) 491-0981
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Brooke Hein
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94608
I believe you’re here because you haven’t given up. Some part of you knows more is possible — more joy, more connection, more ease, more fulfillment, more meaning. You're grappling with complex emotions and experiences, seeking a safe space to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. Whether you're questioning your identity or your purpose, grieving the loss of someone you love, feeling stuck in yucky relationship dynamics, or struggling to find your way out of anxiety or depression — therapy offers the necessary time, space, and connection to heal and grow.
I believe you’re here because you haven’t given up. Some part of you knows more is possible — more joy, more connection, more ease, more fulfillment, more meaning. You're grappling with complex emotions and experiences, seeking a safe space to explore and understand yourself at a deeper level. Whether you're questioning your identity or your purpose, grieving the loss of someone you love, feeling stuck in yucky relationship dynamics, or struggling to find your way out of anxiety or depression — therapy offers the necessary time, space, and connection to heal and grow.
(510) 930-3167 View (510) 930-3167
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Roy Bettencourt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94619
The only thing scarier than change, is thinking things will never change. We love our partner, yet we fear love may not be enough. The relationship seems stuck. We constantly miscommunicate. We fight even when there’s nothing wrong. It doesn’t have to be like this and we don't have to find a new partner to have a new relationship. I honor the courage and strength it takes to ask for help. Together we will slow down the process, identify harmful relational patterns, and replace those dysfunctional patterns with new more satisfying interactions.
The only thing scarier than change, is thinking things will never change. We love our partner, yet we fear love may not be enough. The relationship seems stuck. We constantly miscommunicate. We fight even when there’s nothing wrong. It doesn’t have to be like this and we don't have to find a new partner to have a new relationship. I honor the courage and strength it takes to ask for help. Together we will slow down the process, identify harmful relational patterns, and replace those dysfunctional patterns with new more satisfying interactions.
(925) 478-4934 View (925) 478-4934
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Joshua Pasewaldt
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94601
Joshua Pasewaldt, LMFT 106522. I work with couples and individuals, utilizing a combination of tools and skills from multiple therapeutic approaches (cognitive to behavioral therapy, solution-focused, gestalt, and trail-focused cognitive therapy). I have worked with ADHD, anger management, anxiety, dual diagnosis, OCD, addiction, depression, grief and loss, personality disorders, and relationship conflict/distress. My communication style is often described as somewhat conversational with epiphanies that hit deep.
Joshua Pasewaldt, LMFT 106522. I work with couples and individuals, utilizing a combination of tools and skills from multiple therapeutic approaches (cognitive to behavioral therapy, solution-focused, gestalt, and trail-focused cognitive therapy). I have worked with ADHD, anger management, anxiety, dual diagnosis, OCD, addiction, depression, grief and loss, personality disorders, and relationship conflict/distress. My communication style is often described as somewhat conversational with epiphanies that hit deep.
(510) 983-7847 View (510) 983-7847
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Zachary A Berman
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Oakland, CA 94618
As an engaged listener, I strive to create an atmosphere of respect and understanding, while also being compassionate, non-judgmental and warm. Within this safe space, we can explore family and relationship patterns and address your specific needs. I tailor sessions to meet each client’s challenges, developing trusting relationships that help him or her move towards a life of playfulness, passion and purpose. Your unique journey is made up of the circumstances, choices, beliefs and values that make up your reality. Together, we will determine new ways to bring tranquility, vitality, and fulfillment to your life. www.drzackberman.com
As an engaged listener, I strive to create an atmosphere of respect and understanding, while also being compassionate, non-judgmental and warm. Within this safe space, we can explore family and relationship patterns and address your specific needs. I tailor sessions to meet each client’s challenges, developing trusting relationships that help him or her move towards a life of playfulness, passion and purpose. Your unique journey is made up of the circumstances, choices, beliefs and values that make up your reality. Together, we will determine new ways to bring tranquility, vitality, and fulfillment to your life. www.drzackberman.com
(415) 878-3703 View (415) 878-3703
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Marie Sarte
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Oakland, CA 94611
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, my practice specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, unresolved trauma, anxiety, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. Effective therapy starts with a trusting relationship. In a safe space where you feel understood and accepted, we will work toward your goals so that you feel empowered to change and can begin to make positive changes in your life. Practice specialties: Teens, Young Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship and Family Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Trauma, and Substance Use.
As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, my practice specializes in working with people who struggle with depression, unresolved trauma, anxiety, family and relationship issues, and life transitions. Effective therapy starts with a trusting relationship. In a safe space where you feel understood and accepted, we will work toward your goals so that you feel empowered to change and can begin to make positive changes in your life. Practice specialties: Teens, Young Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Relationship and Family Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Trauma, and Substance Use.
(510) 401-3186 View (510) 401-3186
Couples Counseling Therapists

Does couples counseling work?

Research shows that couples counseling is effective; it can reduce relationship distress and improve emotional awareness, communication, empathy, intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. For example, emotionally focused therapy was found to be effective for about 75 percent of couples, and those benefits lasted at least two years.

When should a couple seek counseling?

Couples can benefit from counseling if they consistently struggle in their relationship. They may have lost the ability to communicate effectively, become entrenched in harmful patterns, begun to fight more than usual, broken the other’s trust, suffered from a mental or physical illness, or faced any number of other challenges. Many therapists offer free consultations, so if a couple isn’t sure whether therapy is necessary, asking directly can provide clarity.

How can I get my partner to go to couples therapy?

The decision to seek couples therapy is often driven by one partner, who then convinces the other to participate. When discussing the idea, the initiator should be direct and assertive. They can state the problems they see and explain how the relationship would benefit from therapy. In more serious cases, they can also explain how their relationship may suffer without making any changes or seeking professional help.

How does a couple prepare for couples counseling?

The anticipation of beginning couples counseling can be difficult—sometimes more difficult than the first session itself. Taking a few moments to reflect can allay those concerns: What are the current challenges? When and how did they begin? What do they want the relationship to look like in the future? Reflecting on these questions can help individuals or couples articulate their goals. Of course, the therapist will also ask questions and guide couples through the process.