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Bay Area Couples Therapy & Counseling

In-Person and Online Evidence-Based Couples Therapy

Holistic & Integrative Couples Therapy

Do you feel like you and your partner have the same arguments over and over with each other? 

Do you feel stuck, hopeless, and alone in your relationship? Is it difficult for you to get your needs met? 

Does it feel like you give more than you get in return? Do you struggle to communicate your needs and feelings to your partner?

If so, then couples therapy can help.

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Revolutionary Approach to Couples Counseling

A New Approach to Overcoming Old Patterns

A the Bay Area CBT Center, we help you overcome the obstacles that prevent you from having the relationship you desire.

Our approach to couples therapy is active and directive and offers practical skills for couples such as Nonviolent Communication, mindfulness, polyvagal regulation, and assertiveness training.

We integrate interventions from IMAGO Couples Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Schema Therapy.

The Role of Schemas in Couples Therapy

By the time partners seek out couples counseling and therapy, they often feel so overwhelmed that they believe their problems are impossible to manage or repair. Couples get stuck in lose/lose communication when they focus on the immediate conflict rather than their underlying needs.

Often, their conflicts grow out of core beliefs or main themes in relationships, which we call “schemas.” Interpersonal schemas and gender schemas significantly impact attachment styles and relationships. You may be totally unaware of your schemas, but they shape not only your thoughts, actions, and life choices but also your relationships. By taking the  relationship schema quiz, you can begin to uncover these themes or schemas in your relationship. Once identified, your problems may not seem so large. We can help you recognize and break these painful patterns in your relationship and learn new skills to resolve conflict, build intimacy, and improve your well-being.

Evidence-Based Couples Therapy

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Relationship challenges affect all types of couples—same-sex and heterosexual as well as couples where one partner (or both) is transgendered. Research shows that behavioral couples therapy improves relationships for couples of all sexual orientations. 

We have ample experience working with a wide variety of couples, and are dedicated to helping you rebuild and maintain a healthy relationship. We also offer premarital counseling counseling to helpyou stay proactive and address potential issues before they escalate.

Our Approach to Couples Counseling

Our approach is designed to meet the distinctive needs of each couple, providing a respectful and affirming environment. We focus on fostering healthy communication, understanding, and growth, ensuring that every couple receives care that acknowledges and celebrates their unique journey together.

Our therapy is tailored, transformative, and focused on empowering you to make lasting changes. If you’re ready to explore therapy that truly works for you, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Our Diverse Range of Couples Therapy Services

We understand that every relationship is unique and deserves specialized care. Committed to inclusivity, we offer couples therapy that caters to a wide spectrum of relationships, including those in the LGBTQ+ community and from underrepresented backgrounds.

As part of couples therapy, we offer a variety of self-awareness and skill-building opportunities. Although the list below is not exhaustive, it will give you an idea of the many ways we can help you. Depending on your needs and desires, any one or combination of these can be incorporated into your therapy:

INNOVATIVE COUPLES THERAPY

How to Start Couples Therapy

Your Path to Your Ideal  Relationship Begins Here.

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Book Consult

Book a free 15-minute consult with our specialist to discuss your therapy goals.

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Therapist Match

We’ll match you with a therapist who fits your specific requirements.

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Schedule Your Session

Choose video, phone, or in-person for your first session.

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Embark on your path to wellness with your therapist’s guidance.
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Master Key Skills to Unlock Deeper Connection

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Transform Relational Patterns

Cultivate adaptive coping strategies that empower your relationship to thrive in the face of adversity.

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Enhance Emotional and Physical Intimacy

Enhance your understanding of the mind-body connection to reignite the chemistry in your relationship and deepen your emotional and physical bond. 

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Improve Communication

Develop practical tools for resolving conflicts and managing emotional intensity in your relationship.

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Practice Co-Regulation Techniques

Uncover body-centered interventions, such as somatic experiencing, vagal toning, mindfulness, and empathy-building, to regulate each other’s nervous systems.

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Cultivate Secure Attachment

Learn behavioral techniques for reshaping interpersonal schemas to heal attachment wounds and relational trauma.

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Build Trust

Discover strategies to address issues related to trust, jealousy, and insecurity, fostering a more secure relationship.

INNOVATIVE COUPLE THERAPIES

Integrative, Holistic, Effective Therapy

Redefine your journey to mental wellness in the Bay Area

Beyond Traditional Couples Therapy

Relationship Therapy, Counseling, and Coaching

Engaging, Dynamic, and Experiential Approaches

We offer comprehensive couples counseling and couples therapy services. With a team of skilled marriage and family therapists, the center specializes in addressing a myriad of relationship issues that couples may face. The family therapists at the center are dedicated to facilitating family therapy in a way that fosters relationship satisfaction and positive changes in the relationship dynamic.

Therapy That Empowers You to Live Your Best Life

Our couples therapy sessions are designed to provide support and a safe space for both partners to communicate effectively. The benefits couples therapy offers are numerous, ranging from helping married couples get on the same page to changing behavior patterns that hinder relationship growth. Couples counseling focuses specifically on areas where partners seek to improve their relationship, such as resolving relationship conflict or addressing sexual difficulties.

HOLISTIC MENTAL HEALTH IN THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

Trusted, Licensed San Francisco Couple Therapists

We are a team of highly experienced mental health professionals specializing in evidence-based therapy for couples. Our  licensed therapists employ a solution-focused approach to couples therapy. 

This method involves self-reflection, where each partner examines their role in the relationship dynamic, and talk therapy, which facilitates open communication between partners. Marriage and family therapists understand that external stressors and issues related to a partner’s family can significantly impact the couple’s relationship. We aim to help couples identify these factors and work through them collaboratively.

Innovative, Expert-Led Couples Therapy Tailored Just for You

Our therapy is customized and tailored to each couple’s unique needs, aiming to enhance communication and strengthen your bond. Finding a therapist who resonates with both partners is pivotal to successful couples therapy. At the Bay Area CBT Center, we ensure a suitable match between couples and therapists through our perfect fit matching process. 

We offer a unique guarantee: if the therapist we match you with doesn’t perfectly suit your needs, we’ll find you a new one free of charge. This ensures our center provides the most effective and suitable therapy experience for every couple.

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Types of Couples Therapy We Offer

Taking an integrative and holistic approach to couples therapy is more effective because it allows us to meet the unique needs of each specific couple. We understand that no two relationships are the same, just like no two individuals are alike. We incorporate a variety of therapeutic modalities and tailor our interventions to address the specific challenges and dynamics present within the couple’s relationship.

Whether you’re seeking individual relationship therapy, dating support, or marriage therapy, we offer treatments to help you strengthen your relationships in all areas of life. This personalized approach enables us to delve deep into the root causes of conflicts and issues, uncovering the underlying emotions and beliefs that shape your interactions.

We  combine strategies and techniques from various forms of therapy to build a deeper sense of connection, understanding, and growth. This customized approach empowers couples to actively engage in therapy, leading to more meaningful and lasting change.

ACT for Couples

ACT offers a unique framework that empowers partners to build healthier and more resilient relationships.

Schema Therapy 

Schema Therapy helps couples identify and address negative relational patterns, fostering healing and growth.

Somatic Therapy

Somatic Therapy integrates mind, body, and spirit to help partners enhance connection and heal emotional wounds.

Integrative Couples Therapy

Integrative CBT is a powerful approach that combines the best elements of cognitive, behavioral, somatic, and emotion-focused therapies.

Mindfulness-Based CBT

MBCT offers an evidence-based integrative approach that helps couples develop awareness, compassion, and effective communication.

Emotionally-Focused Couple Therapy

Taking a behavioral approach to attachment theory, we help you develop secure attachment behaviors in your relationship. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Couples

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Couples

ACT combines mindfulness, acceptance, and values-based commitment to help individuals lead more meaningful and fulfilling lives. When applied to couples therapy, ACT offers a unique framework that empowers partners to build healthier and more resilient relationships.

affordable couples therapy and marriage counselingA fundamental principle of ACT is acceptance, which involves acknowledging and embracing the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of oneself and one’s partner without judgment. In relationships, acceptance means recognizing and validating each other’s emotions, perspectives, and individuality. By practicing acceptance, couples can create a safe space for vulnerability and open communication, cultivating a deeper sense of understanding and connection.

In ACT, commitment refers to actively engaging in behaviors aligned with one’s values. In ACT couples therapy, commitment refers to engaging in values-based actions that are consistent with your values. In couples therapy you will learn how to distinguish between avoidance behaviors and values-based actions and learn tools for working with the thoughts and feelings that try to stop you from taking actions towards your values.

Acceptance and Commitment Couples Interventions for Couples Therapy:

Mindful Listening: Actively listening to your partner is a vital component of healthy communication. Engage in mindful listening by giving your undivided attention, maintaining eye contact, and genuinely focusing on your partner’s words and emotions.

Defusion Techniques: ACT introduces defusion techniques to help couples observe their thoughts without getting entangled in them. Recognizing and distancing from negative thoughts, helps couples to stop reacting impulsively or defensively. This helps create distance from negative stories partners have about each other, resulting in these thoughts having less influence on their behaviors.

Values Clarification: Identifying and discussing personal values, as well as shared values as a couple, is an important step in ACT. Reflecting on what truly matters to both partners can guide decision-making and help prioritize actions that align with those values.

Acceptance: Incorporating acceptance and self-compassion exercises into your daily lives can be transformative for couples. ACT teaches specific skills for developing radical acceptance to internal experiences including core beliefs, feelings and sensations.

Mindfulness Exercises: Mindfulness is an integral part of ACT, and it can greatly benefit couples. By practicing mindfulness together, partners can learn to be fully present with each other, fostering deeper intimacy and connection. Activities like mindful breathing exercises, meditation, or shared mindful moments can help couples stay attuned to each other’s needs and enhance their overall relationship satisfaction.

In essence, ACT for couples is a pathway to addressing relationship issues and enhancing relationship satisfaction through the principles of mindfulness, acceptance, and commitment to values. It’s an approach that empowers couples to understand each other better, communicate effectively, and grow together, making it a valuable tool in couple therapy. By engaging in couples counseling with a marriage and family therapist, partners can explore the positive aspects of their relationship, understand the impact of childhood experiences, and work through issues related to their dynamic. Therapy can help change behavior, resolve issues, and ultimately improve your relationship satisfaction. Starting from the first session, the therapist will provide support and guidance, helping couples to improve their mental health and navigate the journey of couples counseling work together.

Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Couples

Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Couples

Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for couples is a powerful approach that combines the best elements of cognitive, behavioral, and emotion-focused therapies. It provides invaluable tools and interventions to help couples build a strong and fulfilling partnership.

This therapeutic approach draws from various evidence-based techniques to address the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of a person’s life. It offers a comprehensive framework to identify and modify unhelpful thoughts, behaviors, and emotions that may contribute to relationship challenges.

Integrative CBT recognizes the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, sensations, urges, and behaviors. Understanding the patterns and dynamics that contribute to relationship distress, couples can gain insight into their own and their partner’s perspectives, resulting in increased empathy and understanding.

Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Interventions for Couples:

Communication Skills Training: Effective communication is at the core of a healthy relationship. Learning Nonviolent Communication helps couples develop essential communication skills, such as active listening, assertiveness, and empathy. Couples learn to express their needs, concerns, and emotions in a more constructive way. Practicing NVC is one of the best ways to improve communication and mental health.

Behavioral Activation: Couples work together to identify specific behaviors that contribute to relationship difficulties, such as avoidance or negative patterns of interaction. Through behavioral activation, partners engage in new behaviors that promote positive interactions, intimacy, and shared activities.

marriage and family therapists for couples therapyEmotion Regulation: Emotional regulation skills are crucial for maintaining a healthy and balanced relationship. Integrative CBT equips couples with techniques to manage and express their emotions effectively. By understanding and regulating their emotions, partners can navigate conflicts with greater emotional intelligence, fostering empathy and reducing emotional reactivity.

Problem-Solving Strategies: Integrative CBT emphasizes problem-solving as a collaborative process. Couples learn effective problem-solving strategies to address issues and conflicts effectively. CBT relationship counseling involves identifying the problem, generating potential solutions, evaluating the pros and cons, and implementing the best course of action. By developing problem-solving skills, couples can resolve conflicts more efficiently and create win-win solutions.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT) for Couples

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (MBCT) for Couples

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Couples Therapy offers an evidence-based integrative approach that helps couples develop awareness, compassion, and effective communication.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy integrates the principles of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with the practice of mindfulness. It combines the tools of cognitive restructuring and behavior modification with the present-moment awareness cultivated through mindfulness practice. By incorporating mindfulness into the therapeutic process, couples can develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their partners, and their relationship dynamics.

Mindfulness involves intentionally directing one’s attention to the present moment with an attitude of openness, curiosity, and non-judgment. When couples engage in mindfulness practices together, they create a space for connection, presence, and deepening their emotional bond. By practicing mindfulness as a couple, partners can develop the capacity to respond to each other with intention, compassion, and empathy.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy offers couples a transformative treatment to deepen their connection, enhance communication, and navigate challenges with mindful compassion. By integrating mindfulness practices with cognitive-behavioral techniques, couples can cultivate awareness, emotional regulation, and effective communication skills.

Somatic Therapy for Couples

Somatic Therapy for Couples

Somatic Couples Therapy focuses on the body’s wisdom and the integration of mind, body, and spirit. Somatic Therapy for Couples can help partners enhance their relationship by bringing awareness to bodily sensations, releasing tension, and  deep healing.

Somatic Therapy recognizes that the body holds valuable information about our emotions, experiences, and relational patterns. It emphasizes the connection between the mind and the body, highlighting the importance of somatic awareness, embodiment, and the release of stored tension and trauma. Somatic Therapy Couples Therapy offers a holistic framework to heal emotional wounds, build trust, and create a more embodied and fulfilling partnership.

Somatic Therapy Interventions for Couples:

Body Sensations and Emotional Awareness: Somatic Couples Therapy encourages couples to bring attention to their bodily sensations and notice how these sensations are connected to their emotions. By tuning into the body’s wisdom, couples can develop a deeper understanding of their emotional experiences and gain insights into their relationship dynamics. This awareness helps partners attune to each other’s needs and respond with more curiosity.

Breathwork and Grounding Techniques: Somatic Couples Therapy incorporates breathwork and grounding techniques to help couples regulate their nervous systems and establish a sense of safety and presence. Through specific breathing exercises and grounding practices, partners learn to connect with their bodies, release tension, and access a be present. These techniques promote a calm and centered state, allowing for more authentic and vulnerable communication.

Movement and Expressive Arts: Somatic Couples Therapy integrates movement and expressive arts as a way to access and release emotions stored in the body. Through movement, partners can express themselves, access deeper layers of their emotions, and create new patterns of connection. These practices enhance body awareness, self-expression, and facilitate nonverbal communication within the relationship.

Touch and Intimacy: Through safe and consensual touch exercises, couples can rebuild trust, deepen their emotional bond, and explore their physical connection. Through conscious touch and attunement, partners can create a sense of safety, comfort, and pleasure within their relationship.

Trauma Resolution: Somatic Couples Therapy provides effective tools for healing and resolving trauma within a relationship. Somatic interventions, such as Somatic Experiencing or Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, help partners gently process and release trauma stored in the body.

Schema Therapy for Couples

Schema Therapy for Couples

Relationships are affected by deep-seated patterns of thoughts and beliefs that impact our interactions. Schema Therapy can help couples identify and address these patterns, fostering understanding, healing, and growth. Schema Therapy, developed by Dr. Jeffrey E. Young, integrates elements of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and experiential therapies. It focuses on identifying and changing maladaptive patterns or schemas—core beliefs about oneself, others, and the world. When applied to couples therapy, Schema Therapy provides a framework for understanding and healing the underlying dynamics that contribute to relationship difficulties.Couples Therapy, family and marriage counseling near me

Schemas (core beliefs in relationships) often emerge from past experiences and shape our perceptions and interactions with others. In couples therapy, schemas manifest as recurring themes, such as mistrust, abandonment, or inadequacy, which contribute to conflicts and emotional distance. Recognizing these schemas is a crucial step in Schema Therapy for couples, as it allows partners to gain insight about their relationship challenges.

Schema Therapy Interventions for Couples:

Schema Exploration: Through guided discussions and exercises, couples can identify their schemas and explore how they impact their relationship. This process involves examining core beliefs and patterns that contribute to emotional reactions in interpersonal dynamics. Bringing awareness to these schemas, helps couples gain insight into their triggers and vulnerabilities.

Take the relationship schema quiz to find out what your schemas are in relationships. You can bring your schema quiz results to your therapy session to explore, with your therapist, how your schemas and your partners schemas interact and to identify repetitive themes and patterns that these schemas create.

Schema Dialogue: Schema Dialogue provides a structured approach for partners to engage in open and empathetic conversations about their schemas. This intervention involves active listening, validation, and mutual understanding. Partners take turns expressing their thoughts and feelings while focusing on providing support and empathy.

Schema Avoidance Behaviors: Schema avoidance behaviors are unhelpful habits that we have adopted to deal with relationship pain. These can range from seeking excessive reassurance, to lying, screaming, accusing, blaming, clinging, and more. Although these behaviors may provide temporary relief, they end up harming the relationship in the long run. Schema couples therapy can help you learn how to replace these behaviors with more positive coping mechanisms that strengthen your relationships.

Cognitive Restructuring: Schema Therapy incorporates cognitive restructuring techniques to challenge and modify maladaptive beliefs and thought patterns. Couples learn to identify cognitive distortions, reframe negative interpretations, and replace them with more balanced and realistic thoughts. This intervention promotes more accurate perceptions of oneself and the partner, reducing misunderstandings and promoting healthier communication.

Behavioral Pattern Change: Schema Therapy recognizes that change occurs not only through insight but also through action. Couples work together to identify specific behaviors that perpetuate negative patterns and develop alternative actions to create positive change. This may involve practicing new ways of relating, expressing needs and boundaries, and engaging in shared activities that promote connection and intimacy.

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Attachment Therapy for Couples

Relationships are influenced by our deep-rooted attachment styles, which govern how we connect and interact with our partners. Attachment Therapy for couples aims to identify and address these attachment styles, fostering understanding, healing, and growth. This therapeutic approach, drawing on the principles of attachment theory, integrates elements of emotional, experiential, and relational therapies. It focuses on identifying and modifying attachment patterns—innate ways of connecting and protecting oneself in relationships. In couples therapy, Attachment Therapy provides a framework for understanding and healing the underlying dynamics that contribute to relationship difficulties.

Attachment styles in relationships often stem from early life experiences and influence our perceptions and interactions with partners. In couples therapy, these styles manifest as recurring themes, such as anxiety, avoidance, or disorganization, which contribute to conflicts and emotional distance. Recognizing these attachment styles is a crucial step in Attachment Therapy for couples, as it enables partners to gain insight into their relationship challenges.

Attachment Therapy Interventions for Couples:

Attachment Exploration: Through guided discussions and exercises, couples can identify their attachment styles and explore how they impact their relationship. This process involves examining attachment histories and patterns that contribute to emotional reactions in interpersonal dynamics. Bringing awareness to these styles helps couples gain insight into their triggers and vulnerabilities.

Take the relationship attachment quiz to find out your attachment styles in relationships. You can bring your attachment quiz results to your therapy session to explore, with your therapist, how your attachment styles and your partner’s styles interact and to identify repetitive themes and patterns that these styles create.

Attachment Dialogue: Attachment Dialogue provides a structured approach for partners to engage in open and empathetic conversations about their attachment styles. This intervention involves active listening, validation, and mutual understanding. Partners take turns expressing their thoughts and feelings while focusing on providing support and empathy.

Attachment Avoidance Behaviors: Attachment avoidance behaviors are unhelpful habits that we adopt to cope with relationship distress. These can range from withdrawal, to defensiveness, stonewalling, or over-reliance on self. While these behaviors may offer temporary relief, they ultimately harm the relationship. Attachment couples therapy can help you learn to replace these behaviors with more positive coping mechanisms that strengthen your relationships.

Cognitive and Emotional Restructuring: Attachment Therapy incorporates techniques to challenge and modify maladaptive beliefs, emotions, and thought patterns related to attachment. Couples learn to identify distortions, reframe negative interpretations, and replace them with more balanced and realistic thoughts and emotions. This intervention promotes more accurate perceptions of oneself and the partner, reducing misunderstandings and promoting healthier communication.

Behavioral Pattern Change: Behavioral Therapy recognizes that change occurs not only through insight but also through action. Couples work together to identify specific behaviors that perpetuate negative attachment patterns and develop alternative actions to create positive change. This includes helping couples develop secure behaviors, which involve open communication, responsiveness to each other’s needs, and constructive conflict resolution. By practicing new ways of connecting, expressing needs and boundaries, and engaging in shared activities that promote connection and intimacy, couples can foster a more secure and fulfilling relationship.

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Our approach is centered on fostering profound and lasting change, moving beyond temporary fixes to address the root causes of challenges in your relationship. We provide you with effective strategies and tools to break free from detrimental patterns that hinder your connection. Our couples therapy ignites passion and resolves conflicts, ensuring both partners grow together.

Beyond Surface-Level Solutions: Embracing True Healing

Whether in-person or via online couples therapy, our approach is vital for enhancing connections and supporting mutual development. Whether you’re preparing for marriage, navigating life changes, or simply looking to improve your relationship, the Bay Area CBT Center offers a range of personalized, evidence-based therapy options to cater to your unique needs. Remember, seeking couples counseling is not a sign of weakness, but a step towards creating a strong, healthy, and fulfilling relationship.

Is Couples Therapy Right for Us?

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Even if you struggle individually with post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, or other mental health concerns, taking an integrative behavioral approach to relationship counseling is essential for long term behavioral change. Insight is not enough to help couples. Partners must practice and engage in new behaviors to foster emotional regulation for a healthier relationship. Relationship counseling sessions with an integrative CBT approach can help you recognize patterns and habits that may be causing conflict or distance in your relationship.

Not sure whether you should seek a licensed therapist? Take this relationship satisfaction questionnaire to find out whether your relationship could benefit from therapy. Not sure whether you need individual therapy, marriage counseling, or marriage and family therapy? Take this relationship schemas quiz to find out your core beliefs in relationships and this interpersonal problems quiz to assess your relational patterns across relationships.

Our licensed marriage and family therapists will provide you with practical strategies and techniques to implement in your everyday life that result in real changes outside of therapy. Our holistic approach will empower you and your partner to develop healthier coping skills, improve communication, address mental health issues and foster a more authentic and fulfilling relationship.

Online Couples Counseling

For your convenience, we offer also online cognitive behavioral couples therapy, our online relationship counselors are available through video or phone. We provide couple’s counseling services across California and have offices in San Francisco and Oakland. Studies show that online relationship counseling works just as well as in person. Our remote relationship therapy services include online premarital counseling, online marriage counseling, coparenting, online couple’s counseling, conscious uncoupling, virtual sex therapy, and more.

How to Begin Couples Therapy and Counseling?

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The first step to initiating treatment is to book a free 15-minute consultation call with our client care coordinator to get matched with a couples therapist who meets your specific needs. In this consultation session, our client care coordinator will assess your concerns and schedule you with a therapist that is the best fit for your particular situation.

The first couples counseling session will involve your couples therapist talking with each of you individually and together. Your couples therapist will discuss your concerns, evaluate your needs, and give you a good sense of what maintains your current problems. Together with you, your couples therapist, will explore therapeutic approaches that may help with the relationship distress and challenges you face. In the first few sessions, your couples therapist will continually reassess your needs and your specific goals for therapy.

At The Bay Area CBT Center, we believe that it is imperative to find a couples therapist who is a good fit for both partners and who possesses qualities such as personality style, therapeutic stance, and values that resonate with you both. Having an authentic and genuine connection with your couples therapist is essential.

During the course of your couples relationship therapy, your therapist will continue to check in with each of you regarding your goals and monitor your progress. You may also choose to engage in additional activities or exercises in between sessions. Couples who are willing to practice new behaviors outside of therapy and engage in homework exercises in between therapy sessions are more likely to show significant improvement in therapy.

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In-Person and Online Couples Therapy

Couples therapy  can be conducted via teletherapy online or in person at our Oakland office or San Francisco office locations. For couples seeking to prioritize their relationship, online couples therapy offers a convenient and accessible option. It provides the same advantages as in-person therapy, including the improvement of communication skills, resolution of conflicts, and an increase in marital satisfaction.

 Online couples counseling and in-person couples therapy sessions are typically one hour long. Whether you choose online couples therapy or in person couples therapy, we are here to help.

Quality Couples Counseling

Integrative couples counseling caters to the specific needs of couples by offering personalized care that integrates various therapeutic theories and techniques, including mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion-based techniques.

For those who seek couples therapy, the Bay Area CBT Center is a high-quality source of support and guidance. Our therapy helps couples resolve issues, change patterns that are no longer beneficial, and regain trust in each other. Our therapist’s role is crucial in solving problems, providing a neutral perspective, and helping the couple share feedback constructively during each session.

Holistic Couples Therapy

Couples therapy and  counseling at the Bay Area CBT Center is about more than just talking; it’s about making real and lasting changes. Whether it’s through family therapy, individual self-reflection, or a combined effort to communicate effectively, the goal is to improve your relationship and navigate the complex human experience together. 

With the support of marriage and family therapists, couples can learn to work through relationship problems, manage external stressors, and ultimately enjoy the benefits couples therapy brings to their relationship.