OUR COUNSELORS

Meet Empathi's
Therapists

Work face-to-face with one of our highly-trained therapists.
We meet with couples and/or individuals to provide customized support.

We're Figs and Teale, the founders of Empathi.

We’re also husband and wife, so working on relationships is not just a job, it’s our way of life. We’re dedicated to making sure everybody gets the support they need.

Schedule a free, confidential consultation today.

One of our highly qualified counselors will learn what’s happening with your relationship, then come up with a support plan to meet your particular needs.

Meet the Empathi
Team

Figs is the creator of the Empathi method and the certification process for Empathi coaches. He's also Chief Empathi Officer, husband, dad, wounded-healer and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered as a champion for healthy relationships.

Figs' life's mission is to help couples feel more connected.

Figs Counselor
Fiachra "Figs" O'Sullivan
COUNSELORCertified EFT Practitioner, LMFT #79062

Teale is a wife, mother, artist and passionate advocate for love relationships. She has a special focus on cultural sensitivity, parenting, and how to prevent and repair affairs and other relationship injuries. Teale loves working with people to facilitate their greater sense of self-acceptance and capacity to experience joy and connection.

Teale counselor
Teale Taxis
COUNSELORLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100084

A gentle man who walks the talk, a loyal long-time partner in a committed relationship. Ford is a certified teacher and senior trainer in iRest, helping train other therapists in this somatic healing practice. He is also certified in yoga therapy and SHEN therapy for emotional healing. Ford's passion is helping clients find fulfilling connection with themselves and in their relationships.

Ford counselor
Ford Peck
COUNSELORLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco #116677

Karen is skilled at helping couples understand the painful cycle of conflict they’re stuck in and guiding them back to safety, connection, and love. She is known by her clients for offering direct and honest feedback with love, warmth, and humor. Karen specializes in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues. She is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and has intensive training in EFT for Couples.

Karen counselor
Karen Gordon
COUNSELORLicensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California #9560

As an individual and couples therapist, Lauren collaborates with clients in the brave work of tuning into underlying feelings to facilitate authentic connection and a sense of being more fully alive. Lauren brings openness, curiosity, and genuineness to her therapeutic work and is sensitive to each client’s unique needs and life experiences.

Lauren counselor
Lauren Williams
COUNSELORLicensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco #103508

Relationships are a mirror, portal, and cauldron to Joanna, who believes a little bit of work can lead to transformative relief within a relationship. She is a skilled supporter who has personal experience with monogamous, polyamorous, and open relationships.

Joanna is trained in a range of therapy approaches, but most of all, she is known for bringing mindfulness and an attitude of gratitude to her work with clients. Formerly a political advocate, Joanna now advocates for people like you, seeking the love they desire.

Joanna counselor
Joanna Calabrese
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist in California #125355
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT#100084

Ben is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CATC Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist. Ben has extensive experience and passion for helping individuals and couples overcome painful habits and patterns, in order to move into lives of greater joy and fulfillment.

Ben first owned a life coaching company in Santa Barbara, California where he worked to help people develop, clarify and achieve their goals. Going on to become a licensed psychotherapist Ben has passion for both helping people achieve their outer goals in the world and to heal and grow their emotional lives so they can experience new levels of personal freedom, fulfillment and love.

Ben counselor
Ben Murphy
COUNSELORLicensed Marriage and Family Therapist #87265

It’s tough to see couples who really love each other fall apart just because they don’t have the insight they need to make it work. That’s why Iliana works heart-to-heart with individuals and couples, in English or in Spanish, to help them deeply connect to themselves and others.

Using the Emotionally-Focused Therapy model, Iliana leads individuals in navigating their inner world and helps partners understand and see each other so that they can rebuild the trust, safety, and love they both long for.

Illana counselor
Iliana Paola Domínguez
INTERNATIONAL COUNSELORLicensed Psychologist in Mexico
Supervised by Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan, LMFT #79062

Relationships have the ability to present us with challenges, and for this reason they also have the ability to be our greatest teachers and catalysts for growth.

A student of life and of her own partnership spanning over a decade, Justin is a lover of music, nature, food, learning and connection.

She enjoys working with couples from diverse backgrounds and of diverse configurations to uncover the cycles that generate conflict and disconnection between them. She utilizes an EFT attachment framework to help couples fundamentally shift their perspectives in order to experience a deeper sense of safety, freedom and connection with one another.

Justin counselor
Justin Schreiner
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #118938
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT#100084

Ali is a warm, compassionate, and loving therapist. She is an expert in working from an Attachment lens with all types of couples and families as well as parent-child relationships. Ali got her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (‘97), her doctorate in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy (‘18), and has continued her life-long love of learning with postdoctoral master-level training as an Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) therapist.

Ali is also a parenting educator and for over 30 years she has worked with families with someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and all the issues relating to coming out, questioning your gender/sexuality, as well as dealing with the disenfranchised grief one may have when a loved one comes out.

Ali Counselor
Dr. Ali Dubin
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles #106098
Supervised by Fiachra Figs O'Sullivan, LMFT #79062

EMDR-trained Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Happily married father of two. Raphael loves helping people get more intimately connected by helping them work through emotional and traumatic blocks. His own long-term relationship has been aided greatly by Emotionally Focused Therapy and he wants to share the benefits of being more insightful, honest, and compassionate in relationships.

Raphael has worked with several different configurations of relationship with the focus on creating security, care and safety. By helping couples relate to each other more effectively, it has ripple effects on their children; friends; extended community. The stronger we are together, the easier the travails of life are to face.

Raph counselor
Raphael Barker
COUNSELORSomatic Experiencing Practitioner, LMFT #123865

Kristin Herbert enjoys collaborating with couples and individuals as they work to understand their patterns, expand their sense of agency, and build lives and relationships that are coherent with their values and priorities.

With profound respect for the universal importance of belonging and feeling understood, Kristin supports people as they learn to use their emotions to guide them into deeper, more secure connections with themselves and one another.

Kristen counselor
Kristin Herbert
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist in California #124146
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Sean believes in the power of connection. His work with couples, families, individuals, and children is inspired by his experience with Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic/Mindfulness practices. Sean's clients appreciate his ability to provide a safe environment to explore their challenges, identify old patterns, and discover new strategies to cultivate the balance, love, and connection they deserve to have in their lives. Sean is also a loving husband, proud father, and outdoor enthusiast.

Sean counselor
Sean Neesley
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #126334, APCC #9783
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Vulnerability is the greatest asset we have for building personal and interpersonal resilience. That’s why Olga is committed to offering a safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where those she helps can achieve their goals and grow into their personhood.

Olga specializes in using EFT in new ways with couples to foster a long-lasting and secure attachment in an attentive, collaborative space. Here, partners can explore their emotions and behavioral triggers, attaining a greater understanding of themselves and each other.

Olga counselor
Olga Alayev
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #124377, APCC #9305
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Chiraz has seen first-hand how by being open, trusting, and empathetic with one another, partners can grow stronger and face the world together as a team. Having personally benefitted from applying Emotionally-Focused Therapy concepts to her long-term marriage, Chiraz is committed to helping partners to re-establish their emotional connection by gaining awareness of their emotions and patterns of interaction.

Chiraz has experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting, emotional regulation, anger management, and acculturation. She also loves being a married and a mother of two, enjoys art and music, and is a dog lover.

Chiraz El Helou Fathy Counselor
Chiraz El Helou Fathy
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #117629
Supervised by Fiachra O’Sullivan, LMFT #79062

Wendy is a long-time mental health practitioner who believes that, with the right amount of effort, the partnership of your wildest dreams is within reach and can turn up the heat on your personal growth.

In a culture that puts so much emphasis on “I,” Wendy works with patients to develop the “we” mentality required for a loving, thriving, satisfying relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

Wendy uses Emotionally-Focused Therapy to help couples demystify the behaviors of their partner and learn to identify the underlying patterns and programming that cause emotional chaos. Her work helps members of a couple draw closer and build bonds that withstand the inevitable hardships of life.

Wendy Parker Counselor
Wendy Parker
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #121183 in Oakland
Supervised by Fiachra O’Sullivan, LMFT #79062

"Did I pick the wrong person?"

Most of us have been here—stuck in the same negative cycles, feeling like our partners are the enemy. But what if you could feel tenderly toward each other again? Like you get each other and have each other's backs?

As a client herself, Maureen has been through the good, the bad, and the ugly of couples therapy. As a therapist, she makes sure her clients receive the best therapy has to offer, using her knowledge of the Gottman Method, Imago therapy, and just plain talk therapy. Maureen also has experience dealing with trauma and is currently training in EMDR Therapy. As an Empathi therapist, Maureen embraces attachment theory and the Emotionally-Focused Therapy model with her clients.

Maureen counselor
Maureen Teefy
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #130788, APCC #11167
Supervised by Teale Taxis, CA MFT #100084

A fellow human being and lifelong learner, Alyx leads with compassion and curiosity to create a safe, empowering space for clients to grow. She collaborates with clients so they can experience their past in a new way, (re)build love and trust in the present, and head into the future using empathy and connection.

Alyx has experience working with trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, sexuality, and uses a holistic, strengths-based approach to mental and physical health. She promotes equality through culturally competent care for all populations, including women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.

In a world of disconnection, Emotionally-Focused therapy can be used to help individuals, couples, and families connect to themselves and others. Life is a dance, let's dance together!

Alyx Duckering Counselor
Alyx Duckering
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #133456
Supervised by Jen Hyatt, LMFT #99355, IMFT #F.1800080

An artist and adventurer at heart, Alissa shares her warmth and natural curiosity with her clients, bringing a wealth of tools to assist in transforming her client's felt experience and relationships.

Alissa utilizes Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with couples in order to heal and strengthen their emotional bonds so that the relationship—and each individual—can deepen and grow. With a prior professional background in mind-body movement, hypnotherapy, and coaching, Alissa’s approach with clients is holistic, psychodynamic, and relational.

Alissa’s personal and professional experience includes navigating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, neurodivergence, cultural differences, monogamy, sexuality, and polyamory.

Alissa Gibbons, Empathi Counselor
Alissa Gibbins
COUNSELORAssociate Marriage and Family Therapist #129762 in California
Supervised by Jen Hyatt, LMFT #99355, IMFT #F.1800080
Figs Counselor
COUNSELOR

Certified EFT Practitioner, LMFT #79062

Figs is the creator of the Empathi method and the certification process for Empathi coaches. He’s also Chief Empathi Officer, husband, dad, wounded-healer and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered as a champion for healthy relationships.

Figs’ life’s mission is to help couples feel more connected.

Teale counselor
COUNSELOR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100084

Teale is a wife, mother, artist and passionate advocate for love relationships. She has a special focus on cultural sensitivity, parenting, and how to prevent and repair affairs and other relationship injuries. Teale loves working with people to facilitate their greater sense of self-acceptance and capacity to experience joy and connection.

Ford counselor
COUNSELOR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in San Francisco #116677

A gentle man who walks the talk, a loyal long-time partner in a committed relationship. Ford is a certified teacher and senior trainer in iRest, helping train other therapists in this somatic healing practice. He is also certified in yoga therapy and SHEN therapy for emotional healing. Ford’s passion is helping clients find fulfilling connection with themselves and in their relationships.

Karen counselor
COUNSELOR

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in California #9560

Karen is skilled at helping couples understand the painful cycle of conflict they’re stuck in and guiding them back to safety, connection, and love. She is known by her clients for offering direct and honest feedback with love, warmth, and humor. Karen specializes in working with couples and individuals dealing with relationship issues. She is trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and has intensive training in EFT for Couples.

Lauren counselor
COUNSELOR

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco #103508

As an individual and couples therapist, Lauren collaborates with clients in the brave work of tuning into underlying feelings to facilitate authentic connection and a sense of being more fully alive. Lauren brings openness, curiosity, and genuineness to her therapeutic work and is sensitive to each client’s unique needs and life experiences.

Joanna counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California #125355
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Relationships are a mirror, portal, and cauldron to Joanna, who believes a little bit of work can lead to transformative relief within a relationship. She is a skilled supporter who has personal experience with monogamous, polyamorous, and open relationships. Joanna is trained in a range of therapy approaches, but most of all, she is known for bringing mindfulness and an attitude of gratitude to her work with clients. Formerly a political advocate, Joanna now advocates for people like you, seeking the love they desire.

Ben counselor
COUNSELOR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #87265

Ben is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CATC Certified Addiction Treatment Specialist. Ben has extensive experience and passion for helping individuals and couples overcome painful habits and patterns, in order to move into lives of greater joy and fulfillment.

Ben first owned a life coaching company in Santa Barbara, California where he worked to help people develop, clarify and achieve their goals. Going on to become a licensed psychotherapist Ben has passion for both helping people achieve their outer goals in the world and to heal and grow their emotional lives so they can experience new levels of personal freedom, fulfillment and love.

Justin counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #118938
Supervised by Teale Taxis, CA MFT #100084

Relationships have the ability to present us with challenges, and for this reason they also have the ability to be our greatest teachers and catalysts for growth.

A student of life and of her own partnership spanning over a decade, Justin is a lover of music, nature, food, learning and connection.

She enjoys working with couples from diverse backgrounds and of diverse configurations to uncover the cycles that generate conflict and disconnection between them. She utilizes an EFT attachment framework to help couples fundamentally shift their perspectives in order to experience a deeper sense of safety, freedom and connection with one another.

Illana counselor
INTERNATIONAL COUNSELOR

Licensed Psychologist in Mexico
Supervised by Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan LMFT #79062

It’s tough to see couples who really love each other fall apart just because they don’t have the insight they need to make it work. That’s why Iliana works heart-to-heart with individuals and couples, in English or in Spanish, to help them deeply connect to themselves and others.

Using the Emotionally-Focused Therapy model, Iliana leads individuals in navigating their inner world and helps partners understand and see each other so that they can rebuild the trust, safety, and love they both long for.

Ali Counselor
COUNSELOR

PsyD, CPC, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #106098
Supervised by Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan LMFT #79062

Ali is a warm, compassionate, and loving therapist. She is an expert in working from an Attachment lens with all types of couples and families as well as parent-child relationships. Ali got her master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy (‘97), her doctorate in Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy (‘18), and has continued her life-long love of learning with postdoctoral master-level training as an Emotionally Focused Couples (EFT) therapist.

Ali is also a parenting educator and for over 30 years she has worked with families with someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and all the issues relating to coming out, questioning your gender/sexuality, as well as dealing with the disenfranchised grief one may have when a loved one comes out.

Raph counselor
COUNSELOR

Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, LMFT #123865

EMDR-trained Marriage and Family Therapist and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Happily married father of two. Raphael loves helping people get more intimately connected by helping them work through emotional and traumatic blocks. His own long-term relationship has been aided greatly by Emotionally Focused Therapy and he wants to share the benefits of being more insightful, honest, and compassionate in relationships.

Raphael has worked with several different configurations of relationship with the focus on creating security, care and safety. By helping couples relate to each other more effectively, it has ripple effects on their children; friends; extended community. The stronger we are together, the easier the travails of life are to face.

Kristen counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California #124146
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Kristin Herbert enjoys collaborating with couples and individuals as they work to understand their patterns, expand their sense of agency, and build lives and relationships that are coherent with their values and priorities.

With profound respect for the universal importance of belonging and feeling understood, Kristin supports people as they learn to use their emotions to guide them into deeper, more secure connections with themselves and one another.

Sean counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #126334, APCC #9783
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Sean believes in the power of connection. His work with couples, families, individuals, and children is inspired by his experience with Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Somatic/Mindfulness practices.

Sean’s clients appreciate his ability to provide a safe environment to explore their challenges, identify old patterns, and discover new strategies to cultivate the balance, love, and connection they deserve to have in their lives. Sean is also a loving husband, proud father, and outdoor enthusiast.

Olga counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #124377, APCC #9305
Supervised by Teale Taxis, LMFT #100084

Vulnerability is the greatest asset we have for building personal and interpersonal resilience. That’s why Olga is committed to offering a safe, compassionate, and nonjudgmental therapeutic environment where those she helps can achieve their goals and grow into their personhood.

Olga specializes in using EFT in new ways with couples to foster a long-lasting and secure attachment in an attentive, collaborative space. Here, partners can explore their emotions and behavioral triggers, attaining a greater understanding of themselves and each other.

Chiraz El Helou Fathy Counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #117629
Supervised by Fiachra O’Sullivan, LMFT #79062

Chiraz has seen first-hand how by being open, trusting, and empathetic with one another, partners can grow stronger and face the world together as a team. Having personally benefitted from applying Emotionally-Focused Therapy concepts to her long-term marriage, Chiraz is committed to helping partners to re-establish their emotional connection by gaining awareness of their emotions and patterns of interaction.

Chiraz has experience working with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parenting, emotional regulation, anger management, and acculturation. She also loves being a married and a mother of two, enjoys art and music, and is a dog lover.

Wendy Parker Counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #121183 in Oakland
Supervised by Fiachra O’Sullivan, LMFT #79062

Wendy is a long-time mental health practitioner who believes that, with the right amount of effort, the partnership of your wildest dreams is within reach and can turn up the heat on your personal growth.

In a culture that puts so much emphasis on “I,” Wendy works with patients to develop the “we” mentality required for a loving, thriving, satisfying relationship based on mutual respect and understanding.

Wendy uses Emotionally-Focused Therapy to help couples demystify the behaviors of their partner and learn to identify the underlying patterns and programming that cause emotional chaos. Her work helps members of a couple draw closer and build bonds that withstand the inevitable hardships of life.

Maureen counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #130788, APCC #11167
Supervised by Teale Taxis, CA MFT #100084

“Did I pick the wrong person?”

Most of us have been here—stuck in the same negative cycles, feeling like our partners are the enemy. But what if you could feel tenderly toward each other again? Like you get each other and have each other’s backs?

As a client herself, Maureen has been through the good, the bad, and the ugly of couples therapy. As a therapist, she makes sure her clients receive the best therapy has to offer, using her knowledge of the Gottman Method, Imago therapy, and just plain talk therapy. Maureen also has experience dealing with trauma and is currently training in EMDR Therapy. As an Empathi therapist, Maureen embraces attachment theory and the Emotionally-Focused Therapy model with her clients.

Alyx Duckering Counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #133456
Supervised by Jen Hyatt, LMFT #99355, IMFT #F.1800080

A fellow human being and lifelong learner, Alyx leads with compassion and curiosity to create a safe, empowering space for clients to grow. She collaborates with clients so they can experience their past in a new way, (re)build love and trust in the present, and head into the future using empathy and connection.

Alyx has experience working with trauma, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, sexuality, and uses a holistic, strengths-based approach to mental and physical health. She promotes equality through culturally competent care for all populations, including women, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, and other marginalized communities.

In a world of disconnection, Emotionally-Focused therapy can be used to help individuals, couples, and families connect to themselves and others. Life is a dance, let’s dance together!

Alissa Gibbons, Empathi Counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #129762 in California
Supervised by Jen Hyatt, LMFT #99355, IMFT #F.1800080

An artist and adventurer at heart, Alissa shares her warmth and natural curiosity with her clients, bringing a wealth of tools to assist in transforming her client’s felt experience and relationships.

Alissa utilizes Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy with couples in order to heal and strengthen their emotional bonds so that the relationship—and each individual—can deepen and grow. With a prior professional background in mind-body movement, hypnotherapy, and coaching, Alissa’s approach with clients is holistic, psychodynamic, and relational.

Alissa’s personal and professional experience includes navigating anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, neurodivergence, cultural differences, monogamy, sexuality, and polyamory.

Maureen counselor
COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #130788, APCC #11167
Supervised by Teale Taxis, CA MFT #100084

“Did I pick the wrong person?”

Most of us have been here—stuck in the same negative cycles, feeling like our partners are the enemy. But what if you could feel tenderly toward each other again? Like you get each other and have each other’s backs?

As a client herself, Maureen has been through the good, the bad, and the ugly of couples therapy. As a therapist, she makes sure her clients receive the best therapy has to offer, using her knowledge of the Gottman Method, Imago therapy, and just plain talk therapy. Maureen also has experience dealing with trauma and is currently training in EMDR Therapy. As an Empathi therapist, Maureen embraces attachment theory and the Emotionally-Focused Therapy model with her clients.

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Meet Your Empathi Monsters

These adorable creatures will be with you every step of the way as you navigate our supplemental relationship tools. Are you a Jo? Are you a Pat? Discover it with the Empathi Quiz!

Jo

EMPATHI CREATURE Relentless Lover

Jo is an imaginary being in service to you and your partner, to reflect back relationship behaviors in a fun, engaging, and non-threatening way. Jo embodies the set of human emotions, judgments, and strategies commonly used by people with the emotional bonding style we call the Relentless Lover. By providing an external focus for you and your partner in the Empathi Exploration Quiz, Reports and Courses, Jo hopes you will be able to see your relationship behaviors with more clarity and self-compassion.

Pat

EMPATHI CREATURE Reluctant Lover

Just like Jo, Pat is an imaginary being in service to your relationship, although from the perspective of the common emotional bonding style we call the Reluctant Lover. Pat also reviews your answers to the Empathi Exploration Quiz and helps reflect back ways of being in love, because sometimes it is easier to see ourselves from an outside perspective. Pat has a deeply poignant way of illustrating relationship behaviors—and might even help you have a good laugh or two at yourself!

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