EMPATHI

Couples
Therapy That
Works
in Oakland

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

Empathi's therapists provide hope
to couples in Oakland

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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?

We enter new relationships with eager anticipation. We’re curious about our new partner, and want to get to know everything about them. When you freshly enter into a partnership, each revelation is like a new discovery, a mystery uncovered that brings you emotionally closer to your new love. It’s an amazing adventure of intimacy, discovery, and togetherness, and you never want it to end.

But the day comes when you feel there’s nothing new to uncover about your partner and nothing new for you to reveal to them. It feels as though the journey of discovery has come to its end, and all that’s left is a humdrum coexistence, or worse, a conflict-ridden one.

If your relationship has fallen into the trap of the mundane and the weary, there’s no need to accept your suffering. Quality couples therapy is here to help couples just like you. Reach out to Empathi today and begin your adventure anew.

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Do I need Empathi couples therapy?

We enter new relationships with eager anticipation. We’re curious about our new partner, and want to get to know everything about them. When you freshly enter into a partnership, each revelation is like a new discovery, a mystery uncovered that brings you emotionally closer to your new love. It’s an amazing adventure of intimacy, discovery, and togetherness, and you never want it to end.

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But the day comes when you feel there’s nothing new to uncover about your partner and nothing new for you to reveal to them. It feels as though the journey of discovery has come to its end, and all that’s left is a humdrum coexistence, or worse, a conflict-ridden one.

If your relationship has fallen into the trap of the mundane and the weary, there’s no need to accept your suffering. Quality couples therapy is here to help couples just like you. Reach out to Empathi today and begin your adventure anew.

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Can a couples therapist near me help repair our relationship?

Are you looking for couples therapy in Oakland, CA? You’re not alone. It’s not uncommon to feel as though you’ve reached the last leg of a journey you didn’t ever want to end. Thousands of couples are experiencing the same struggle, and more reach out for help every day. Find encouragement in knowing that there are expert professionals with the skills to show you a path back to the adventure you and your partner shared.

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

If you and your partner disagree on your readiness to get married, it can cause issues. It’s fairly common for one partner to feel ready to take the big leap, while the other feels they need to wait until some condition is met. Often they’re waiting until they’re more financially stable. We’ve guided many couples through this very issue.

If you, your partner, or both of you have reached a place where physical or emotional intimacy feels like a thing of the past, this is a sign that things are likely off in the relationship. Couples often reach this point in their committed partnership. Good couples therapy helps you restore the vitality of your relationship.

If you or your partner have done something to damage the trust in your relationship, you may feel as though there’s no way past it. Broken trust is a difficult issue to work through, but it’s an obstacle that couples therapists guide partners past frequently and give them new opportunities for intimacy and growth.

We’ve helped couples break through countless barriers that stand in the way of their fulfillment. We’re here to show you how to break through yours as well.

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

Maybe you’ve already tried a relationship therapist and weren’t impressed by the results. Don’t be discouraged. You’ve come to the right place. We are experienced couples therapists with the skills and knowledge to help you break through whatever barrier might be holding your relationship back.

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Here's why our approach works

We apply methods and techniques that have demonstrated themselves to be successful for countless couples.

Attachment theory gets at the heart of trust. If we can’t trust, we can’t have a solid, healthy relationship. It’s the most important building block of any meaningful connection. Once we’ve shown you how to trust again, rebuilding intimacy is the natural next step.

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) focuses on turning destructive conflict into productive communication. EFT has an 86% success rate in the short term, and the benefits carry on for 73% of couples who continue to apply these principles for the long term.

Experiential psychotherapy strikes at the roots of addiction and the damaging behaviors that accompany it. Addiction is a destructive pattern that brings relationships to ruin. We’re here to guide partners out of addictive behavior and into productive and healthy habits that last a lifetime.

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Will starting couples therapy near me be hard?

Starting couples therapy doesn’t have to be scary. You might not know what to expect from your therapist. You might be anxious about revealing your secrets to strangers. You might not even be sure what results you expect to see, but relationship counseling is the best first step toward revitalizing your committed partnership.

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 Oakland 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 Oakland FAQ or schedule a free consult now and get answers directly!

How much does relationship counseling in Oakland cost?

In the San Francisco metropolitan area the cost ranges on average from $120 per therapy hour to $250 per therapy hour. There are no statistics specifically related to Oakland. The reason for this large range is because some therapists are in higher demand. Skill and training also play a large part in the pricing of marriage therapy. Some may charge more than $250, but these tend to be highly specialized marriage counselors with significant rates of success.

Empathi’s pricing can vary, but it’s worth every penny. Our relationship counseling experts offer personalized relationship guidance to help you realize the dream of making your partnership successful and fulfilling.

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How much does relationship counseling in Oakland cost?

In the San Francisco metropolitan area the cost ranges on average from $120 per therapy hour to $250 per therapy hour. There are no statistics specifically related to Oakland. The reason for this large range is because some therapists are in higher demand. Skill and training also play a large part in the pricing of marriage therapy. Some may charge more than $250, but these tend to be highly specialized marriage counselors with significant rates of success.

Empathi’s pricing can vary, but it’s worth every penny. Our relationship counseling experts offer personalized relationship guidance to help you realize the dream of making your partnership successful and fulfilling.

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Is pre-marriage counseling a good idea?

If you’ve decided as a couple to get married, getting preliminary counseling is a wise choice. Premarital counseling shows you how to effectively manage conflict, and it provides useful guidance on how to productively communicate. Pre-marriage counseling also works to strengthen your present relationship, so you’ll go into your marriage with a definite advantage.

How much does premarital counseling near me cost?

One can expect to pay around the same for premarital counseling as for marriage or couples counseling in Oakland. The cost varies, but the typical range for counseling in the Bay Area is typically between $120 and $250. Experienced couples therapists with high success rates may charge even more because they are in higher demand.

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What are the divorce statistics for Oakland, CA?

National divorce rates have been on a decline over the past three decades, and the trend appears to be continuing. Divorce isn’t a process someone expects to go through when they first get married, but it happens.

World Populated Review data places the divorce rate in California among the lowest in the country at 9.0%. The divorce rate in Oakland is slightly higher than that, at 10.0%.

How many couples therapists are in Oakland, CA?

Couples therapists are placed with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts. 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. The Bureau includes Oakland in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which is just over 3,300 marriage and family therapists.

A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me.” A search of best couples therapy 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 Oakland as well.

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How many couples therapists are in Oakland, CA?

Couples therapists are placed with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts. 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. The Bureau includes Oakland in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which is just over 3,300 marriage and family therapists.

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A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me.” A search of best couples therapy 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 Oakland as well.

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

An online search of couples therapy in the Oakland area will turn up numerous results. Read all you can about the therapists and facilities that interest you. Find a therapist that specializes in relationship counseling. The more experience, the better.

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

An online search of couples therapy in the Oakland area will turn up numerous results. Read all you can about the therapists and facilities that interest you. Find a therapist that specializes in relationship counseling. The more experience, the better.

Here are some tips to help you choose the right one for you:

When you’re reaching out to receive counseling, try to speak to the therapist that will be helping you so that you can gauge their communication style. There are many excellent couples therapists out there, but it’s important to find the one that’s right for you and your partner. It’s important that your counselor understands you and your issues, and it’s just as critical that they can express their advice effectively.

If a therapist’s principles are similar to the ones you and your partner share or they are able to understand them, they will be much more effective guides to help you through your issues.


If you’re able to, ask your potential therapist some questions before you decide they’re right for you. If you don’t click or can’t get on the same page, you’re not likely to get any real benefit from your sessions.

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

Most counselors offer initial consultations. When you first see them, give your potential therapists an interview. Have some questions prepared and base your decision on how they answer.

You’ll want to know the qualifications of the therapist that you’ll be seeing. You’ll also want them to be a good fit.

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These questions will help you better determine if a therapist will be the best option for you:

Stay with counseling once you start. No matter how good a couples counselor is, no matter how much experience they have, their help won’t be very effective if you don’t stick with the schedule they lay out for you. Couples who see therapy through to the end have the best, longest-lasting results. 

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

Contact Empathi right now and breathe life back into your relationship.

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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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