EMPATHI

Couples
Therapy That
Works
in Berkeley

Better Methods. Better Lovin.
Better Methods. Better Outcomes. Better Lovin.

Empathi's therapists provide hope
to couples in Berkeley

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Struggling with your partner is despairing and exhausting.

Sometimes it can seem hopeless. The good news is, we really know how to help you get unstuck!

Empathi’s Methods are proven to help.

We are extremely selective about which therapists are invited to join our practice.

Each of our therapists are trained to use our proprietary blend of the Empathi Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). We’ll help you understand both your intrapersonal and interpersonal struggles in a way that guides you to communicate better, repair after fights, and feel more deeply and securely connected.

We are extremely selective about which therapists are invited to join our practice.

Each of our therapists are trained to use our proprietary blend of the Empathi Method and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). We’ll help you understand both your intrapersonal and interpersonal struggles in a way that guides you to communicate better, repair after fights, and feel more deeply and securely connected.

Clinical research shows that 86% of couples improve after a brief period of EFT guidance, and 73% have maintained their improvements when we check back two years later.

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With Empathi Couples
Therapy You Will…

There’s no quick fix for repairing a relationship — if there were, no one would suffer in love — but there is a process that works.

Stop struggling. Book your call now.

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Discover why Empathi couples therapy is right for you.

Do I need Empathi couples therapy?

When a relationship is fresh, there’s electricity in the air. You might be energized with a renewed zest for life and feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. There’s no mountain you can’t climb or problem you can’t solve together, as a team. Sparks fly when you’re together, and every moment apart is filled with anticipation for seeing each other again. There’s nothing else like it.

As the relationship grows and becomes more established, though the love is still there and your commitment is still strong, problems arise, mistakes are made, and the demands of life wear away at the bond that holds you together. Exhilaration gives way to complacency and fog, and you find yourself losing sleep with concern that your relationship could be fizzling out.

Thankfully, there is a way back into the excitement and liveliness that your relationship once knew. Our quality counseling has helped countless couples get back to enjoying each other and loving their relationship.

Reach out to Empathi to strengthen and renew those fraying bonds today.

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Do I need Empathi couples therapy?

When a relationship is fresh, there’s electricity in the air. You might be energized with a renewed zest for life and feel like there’s nothing you can’t do. There’s no mountain you can’t climb or problem you can’t solve together, as a team. Sparks fly when you’re together, and every moment apart is filled with anticipation for seeing each other again. There’s nothing else like it.

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As the relationship grows and becomes more established, though the love is still there and your commitment is still strong, problems arise, mistakes are made, and the demands of life wear away at the bond that holds you together. Exhilaration gives way to complacency and fog, and you find yourself losing sleep with concern that your relationship could be fizzling out.

Thankfully, there is a way back into the excitement and liveliness that your relationship once knew. Our quality counseling has helped countless couples get back to enjoying each other and loving their relationship.

Reach out to Empathi to strengthen and renew those fraying bonds today.

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Can a couples therapist near me help our relationship?

Are you looking for couples therapy in Berkeley, CA? You’re not alone. It’s not unusual for the excitement of a new relationship to wear away over time. Thousands of couples are experiencing this same struggle, and more reach out for help every day. We give couples the tools to return to the love life they once knew.

Here are the most common issues people in Berkeley, CA come to us with:

Diminished excitement doesn’t have to mean diminished closeness, but intimacy can sometimes become less of a priority in a relationship. The demands of work and life often push themselves to the forefront of our minds while emotional togetherness is taken for granted. Intimacy is essential to a committed relationship, so let us help you bring yours back.

Actions from one or both partners has the power to dramatically weaken trust in a relationship. But while its difficult to regain trust after it’s been damaged, it is possible. Whether a loss of faith in each other stems from dishonesty, infidelity, or something else entirely, we know how to guide you into restoring your faith in each other.

Couples who live together can find themselves disagreeing over who is responsible for what tasks and who is contributing more in the home and relationship unit. One partner can find themselves being chided when the other one doesn’t feel they’re pulling their weight. This conflict can be even more pronounced when the couple has children. We’ve seen this problem time and again and we have the expertise to help you manage it.

Arguments can brew when a couple isn’t on the same page about when or if they should get married. It’s fairly common for one partner to feel ready for marriage while the other partner doesn’t feel the same way. With quality therapy, you will acquire the skills to effectively communicate and come to agreement on important issues like this.

We are expert therapists who’ve guided numerous couples through these kinds of obstacles. We have the experience and methods needed to guide you through your difficulties as well.

What if I've tried couples therapy in Berkeley before?

If seeing a relationship therapist hasn’t worked for you in the past, don’t lose hope for your relationship.

While there are many reasons counseling may not have worked for you—whether their particular style of communicating didn’t land well with you and made the process more difficult or they just weren’t experienced and didn’t have the relationship counseling expertise to help you navigate through your issues—you’ve arrived at the right place.

Our expert professionals have extensive experience in successfully giving partners a hand concerning many obstacles.

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Here's why our approach works

We have the best counseling experts because they are empathetic, trained, knowledgeable, and they use counseling methods that work. Let us help you get back to the excitement and energy that once charged your relationship.

Disagreements are a natural part of life. The occasional argument is healthy, but when casual disagreements turn into persistent conflict, they have the power to damage relationships. Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is an effective tool in reframing conflict and turning it into constructive communication. Studies show that 86% of couples who’ve gone through EFT see real improvement in the short term and this improvement continues long-term for 73% of couples. Pretty good odds!

Unfortunately, addictive habits sometimes manifest during the course of a relationship. The behaviors that come along with them are destructive and do serious harm to trust and intimacy. We use experiential therapy methods that are effective in getting to the root of addiction and bringing back healthy behaviors.

Trust is the foundation of all meaningful relationships, but it’s not as easy to trust for some as it is for others. For some individuals, personal histories and trauma have trained them to resist putting their faith in people. When trust is weak, it can break down productive communication and tear away at intimacy. But with attachment theory techniques, we can help you build back trust and return to intimacy.

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Will it be difficult to start couples therapy near me?

Couples often dive into relationship counseling having no idea what to expect or even what success is supposed to look like. They just know that their relationship needs help and that quality couples counseling is the best first step toward getting that help. But starting relationship therapy doesn’t have to be scary and uncertain.

Here’s how we make it easy:

Here are the ways we make it easy:

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Begin the Empathi Process

Your expert counselor is here to guide you back to connection using Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and the Empathi Method.

Acceptance

The hardest part is just getting started.

Healing starts with accepting you need help, booking a free consult, and showing up as you are. Everything that comes next will be easier as you’re held by an Empathi therapist and a proven process. From now on, you’re not alone in this.

Alliance

Feel like you’re on the same team again.

Explore your process and discover a unified narrative where neither of you are wrong or right, “the good one,” or “the bad one.” Learn to approach suffering and conflicts as an “us” problem instead of a “them” problem or a “me” problem.

Empathy

See the hurt and love behind their reactivity.

Strengthen your new narrative by accessing empathy to recognize the root of each other’s reactivity, how much you matter to each other, and what love is. Understand the cycles you get into with the help of your expert Empathi counselor.

Vulnerability

Share the hurt and love behind your reactivity.

Get to know, live in, and share your vulnerable feelings. Then, learn to let in the ways that those feelings are understood and accepted by your partner through the power of the Empathi method and Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy.

Connection

Feel deeply and securely bonded to one another.

Mend your relationship and your wounds through the understanding that you matter to each other. Learn to grieve, show up for, heal, and accept the most vulnerable parts inside of each other without sacrificing those parts in yourselves.

Resilience

Rely on your bond to get out of stuck moments.

Having proved your ability to resolve long-standing issues, heated conflicts, and negative cycles, face your future together with a certainty that you will not only survive those moments, but grow stronger and more connected because of them.

Meet the San
Francisco Team

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Karen Gordon

COUNSELOR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100084

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 work and has intensive training in EFT for Couples.

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Stefanie Bond

COUNSELOR

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100084

Artist, animal lover, and impassioned mentor. Stefanie’s calling is to guide others in building greater capacities for challenging emotions so their lives can pulse with vitality and relationships thrive with connection. She completed the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training, an effective mind-body approach aimed to improve symptoms of stress. Chronic pain and addiction recovery are some of Stefanie’s notable specializations.

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We are passionate about healing relationships.

Our team of couples counselors, relationship coaches, and marriage therapists can help you reconnect and discover that loving feeling.

Frequently Asked Couples Therapy Questions

Read our Berkeley FAQ or schedule a free consult now and get answers directly!

How much does relationship therapy in Berkeley cost?

In Berkeley, the relationship counseling cost ranges from $45 and $200 a session. Some therapists charge far more because they’re in higher demand for their experience and success rates.

Empathi offers a range of pricing, but at every level, our relationship experts will provide you with personalized couples guidance to make your relationship successful and fulfilling.

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How much does relationship therapy in Berkeley cost?

In Berkeley, the relationship counseling cost ranges from $45 and $200 a session. Some therapists charge far more because they’re in higher demand for their experience and success rates.

Empathi offers a range of pricing, but at every level, our relationship experts will provide you with personalized couples guidance to make your relationship successful and fulfilling.

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Is pre-marriage counseling a good idea?

If you’ve decided, as a couple, to get married, some preliminary counseling is a very good idea! Premarital counseling gives couples the tools necessary for successfully navigating conflict and provides insight into how to productively communicate. Pre-marriage counseling can strengthen relationships before couples are married and set them up for a rewarding, long-lasting partnership.

How much does premarital counseling near me cost?

You can expect to pay around the same for premarital counseling as you would for marriage or couples counseling in Berkeley—the cost varies, but the typical range is between $45-$200. As with other counselors, experienced premarital couples therapists with high success rates may charge more because they’re in higher demand.

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What are the divorce statistics for Berkeley, CA?

Since the late 1980s, divorce rates have been gradually declining nationally and seem to be continuing in that direction. World Populated Review data places the divorce rate in California among the lowest in the country at 9.0%. The divorce rate in Berkeley is slightly higher, at 11.8%.

Divorce is a painful process that nobody expects to go through when they first get together. Sadly, however, it still happens. The best way to preserve a happy relationship is to get the help you need from counselors qualified to give it.

How many couples therapists are in Berkeley, CA?

Couples therapists are grouped with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places just over 60,000 people employed nationally as marriage or marriage and family therapists. There are just over 32,000 employed in the state of California, which is the highest number in the nation. Berkeley is included in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which is just over 3,300 such therapists.

A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me” to help users sift through this abundance of therapists. A search of best couples counselors in the San Francisco area places Empathi founder, Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan in the top 10 list on Yelp and the top 5 list on GuideDoc. These services are available to couples in Berkeley as well.

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How many couples therapists are in Berkeley, CA?

Couples therapists are grouped with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics places just over 60,000 people employed nationally as marriage or marriage and family therapists. There are just over 32,000 employed in the state of California, which is the highest number in the nation. Berkeley is included in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which is just over 3,300 such therapists.

 

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A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me” to help users sift through this abundance of therapists. A search of best couples counselors in the San Francisco area places Empathi founder, Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan in the top 10 list on Yelp and the top 5 list on GuideDoc. These services are available to couples in Berkeley as well.

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How do I choose a good couples therapist in Berkeley, CA?

To choose the therapist that’s best for you and your partner, counseling centers or therapists with a specialty in relationship therapy and significant experience with couples are your best bet.

Here are some questions to help you discover if a therapist is right for you:

There are many good couples therapists, but it’s important to make sure you’ve found one who can understand what you and your partner are literally saying. Even a highly qualified counselor might not speak the same proverbial language as you, so try to gauge their communication style and ability to understand your words and explain their perspective effectively. Challenging your perspective isn’t the same thing as not understanding it, but if you’re leaving conversations more confused than enlightened, they may not be the right therapist for you.

Try to ascertain a therapist’s ability to grasp the context of your experiences. If they don’t have the cultural or values-based experience to understand the complexities of your situation and are unwilling or unable to familiarize themselves, you may be better served by another therapist.


We at Empathi emphasize—you guessed it—empathy in our couples therapy as a powerful tool for connecting with unique and varied experiences. But if you’re looking for someone specialized in situations like yours, simply schedule a free consult and we’ll help you find the Empathi therapist right for you.

It’s important to ask a potential therapist questions before you decide they’re right for you, and completely expected. So if your therapist is unwilling to answer questions or overly vague in their responses, that’s a red flag.

What questions should I ask before starting couples therapy in Berkeley, CA?

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Once you start counseling, it’s important to keep at it. If you don’t stick with therapy until it’s complete, any benefit you receive will be short-lived, no matter how good the couples therapist is.

Couples who see counseling all the way through commonly report being happier and feeling more at ease with their relationship than when they began. Studies also show that when you stay with therapy until it’s completed, you enjoy better emotional health and are more likely to live longer than average.

Seeking out a quality couples therapist is the best first step in repairing your relationship because they are uniquely able to objectively look at your relationship and determine which tools they provide will give you the best outcome.

If you and your partner need help restoring your relationship, now is the time to take action. The sooner you act, the sooner quality couples therapy can help you. Come to us for quality therapy.

Reach out to Empathi and reclaim your intimacy.

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"With Empathi, Figs has created a fun and creative way to help people feel more connected in their relationship and to become acquainted with the transformational power of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy."

Dr. Sue Johnson

Creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

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