EMPATHI

Couples
Therapy That
Works
in Palo Alto

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

Empathi's therapists provide hope
to couples in Palo Alto

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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?

At the beginning of a new relationship it feels as if everything is magical. A spell is cast over a couple that enhances every moment they share. They feel that magic when they’re together, when they touch, and when they hold each other. And, of course, they hope it never ends.

Sometimes, as time passes, the enchantment slowly dispels and is replaced with more difficult emotions. It can be so gradual that neither partner feels it diminishing until one day one or both realize that they are in a different and darker place than where they started. They feel as though the magic has left them.

If you no longer sense the enchantment that brought you and your partner together in the first place, this is no time to languish in worrying. It’s time to take action. Reach out to Empathi right now. We help to bring the magic back.

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Do I need Empathi couples therapy?

At the beginning of a new relationship it feels as if everything is magical. A spell is cast over a couple that enhances every moment they share. They feel that magic when they’re together, when they touch, and when they hold each other. And, of course, they hope it never ends.

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Sometimes, as time passes, the enchantment slowly dispels and is replaced with more difficult emotions. It can be so gradual that neither partner feels it diminishing until one day one or both realize that they are in a different and darker place than where they started. They feel as though the magic has left them.

If you no longer sense the enchantment that brought you and your partner together in the first place, this is no time to languish in worrying. It’s time to take action. Reach out to Empathi right now. We help to bring the magic back.

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Can a couples therapist near me help repair our relationship?

If you’re looking for couples therapy in Palo Alto, CA, you’re not alone. Thousands of couples are experiencing the same struggle, wondering where the magic went, and more reach out for help every day. Be encouraged knowing that we help couples who encounter a wide range of issues similar to yours.

Here are the most common issues people in Palo Alto come to us with:

Waning romance is a very common issue for couples who’ve been in a long-term committed relationship. It affects married and unmarried people alike. This gives rise to friction between the couple.

There is often disagreement over the division tasks between partners who live together. This issue becomes even more prominent when the couple has children together.

If a couple lives together, conflict sometimes emerges over the ownership of items and property in the home. This is often a symptom of other sources of tension between the couple.

When a couple isn’t married, the topic of nuptials can upset a committed relationship. They often debate over their readiness to take the next step. It’s common for one partner to want to move forward, while the other feels that the timing isn’t right.

Couples often bring their disagreement over each other’s parenting style to the counselor’s office. Conflicting convictions over how to parent is a substantial source of distress. This especially happens with couples who already have children, where the topic is no longer hypothetical. Because we place such a high value on the future of children, working through opposing convictions on the topic requires the help of an expert hand to guide a couple through.

We have the expertise and experience to help couples see their way through these and many other struggles. Empathi is here to help you through yours.

What if I've tried couples therapy in Palo Alto before?

If you’ve seen a relationship therapist in the past and it hasn’t worked for you, this isn’t the time to give up. At Empathi, an experienced couples counselor gives you and your partner the tools you need to work through your struggles and overcome your issues.

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Here's why our approach works

Our couples therapists are the best at what they do. By using established techniques, we have the skills and the tools to guide you through your struggle and give you the tools to reignite that magic that you once shared.

There is nothing unhealthy about disagreeing with each other. Debate and argument sharpen the mind and help us to grow. But when healthy debate turns into never-ending contention it damages relationships. Emotionally-focused therapy—or EFT—helps you to reframe conflict and turn it around, into the healthy communication it should be.

Trust is the linchpin of all meaningful relationships. Some people find it difficult to trust. These people may have a history in which those close to them, perhaps a parent or previous partner, let them down. But by way of attachment theory, we can help you learn and build trust.

Addictive behaviors are damaging, destroy trust, and ruin intimacy, especially in a romantic relationship. By using experiential psychotherapy techniques, we can give you the tools to lift yourself out of those habits and into a healthy and connected way of doing things.

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Will it be difficult to begin couples therapy near me?

Starting couples counseling doesn’t have to be scary. It’s true that many times couples don’t know what to expect from their therapist. They might not even know what an ideal outcome looks like, they just know that the magic is gone and something needs to change. Relationship therapy is the best first step toward making that change.

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 Palo Alto 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.

Stefanie counselor

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

How much does relationship counseling in Palo Alto cost?

In Palo Alto the cost typically ranges from $40 to $200 per session. Therapists who are in higher demand typically charge more, because they have extensive experience and impressive success rates. Some couples therapists might charge more than $200, but these are often therapists with very high success rates.

Empathi offers a range of pricing. Our relationship experts offer personalized marital guidance to bring magic and fulfillment back to your committed partnership.

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How much does relationship counseling in Palo Alto cost?

In Palo Alto the cost typically ranges from $40 to $200 per session. Therapists who are in higher demand typically charge more, because they have extensive experience and impressive success rates. Some couples therapists might charge more than $200, but these are often therapists with very high success rates.

Empathi offers a range of pricing. Our relationship experts offer personalized marital guidance to bring magic and fulfillment back to your committed partnership.

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Is pre-marriage counseling a good idea?

If you’ve decided as a couple to get married, premarital counseling is a great idea. Preliminary counseling provides effective tools to manage conflict, and guidance to productively communicate with each other. Pre-marriage counseling often improves current relationships.

How much does premarital counseling near me cost?

The cost is about the same for premarital counseling as it is for marriage or couples counseling in Palo Alto. The cost varies, but the typical range is between $45-$200. Experienced couples therapists with high success rates might charge even more because they’re in higher demand.

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What are the divorce statistics for Palo Alto, CA?

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

World Populated Review data places the divorce rate in California among the lowest in the country at 9.0%. The rate is even lower for Palo Alto, at 8.0%

How many couples therapists are in Palo Alto, CA?

Couples therapists are placed with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just over 60,000 people employed in this field, with around 32,000 employed in the state of California. There are 1,680 practicing therapists in and around Palo Alto. These stats reflect all of Santa Clara County, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto. There are no statistics available for individual cities within the county.

A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me” to help searches find the right therapist for them. A search of best couples therapists 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.

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How many couples therapists are in Palo Alto, CA?

Couples therapists are placed with marriage and family therapists in statistical charts. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows just over 60,000 people employed in this field, with around 32,000 employed in the state of California. There are 1,680 practicing therapists in and around Palo Alto. These stats reflect all of Santa Clara County, including San Jose, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto. There are no statistics available for individual cities within the county.

empathi couples therapy

A number of sites have a list for “best relationship counseling near me” to help searches find the right therapist for them. A search of best couples therapists 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.

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

Finding the right couples therapist is important. There are many excellent couples therapists out there, but you want to find the one that’s right for you and your partner. First, look for a therapist that has extensive experience in relationship therapy.

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

Finding the right couples therapist is important. There are many excellent couples therapists out there, but you want to find the one that’s right for you and your partner. First, look for a therapist that has extensive experience in relationship therapy.

Here are some more tips to help you find a therapist that fits:

Talk to them and pay attention to their communication style. You need to make sure your counselor understands you and your issues and it’s just as critical that they are able to express their advice effectively.

If a counselor’s values are similar to the principles you and your partner share or they are skilled empathizers, they will be much more effective guides to get you through your issues.

Ask a potential therapist questions to better decide if they’re right for you. Therapists are people too, and if you’re unable to feel at ease with them, you are much less likely to benefit from their help.

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

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, schedule a consultation, give your potential therapists an interview. Have some questions prepared and base your decision on how they answer.

You’ll want to know the counselor’s qualifications. You’ll also want to make sure they seem like a good fit.

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These questions will help you better determine if the therapist is the best choice for you:

Try to stick with counseling once it starts, because you’ll get the best results if you complete your therapist’s plan. Couples who’ve stayed with therapy until it was complete have better outcomes all around—they enjoy better emotional health, live longer, and report themselves as being happier than before they started therapy. 

If you and your partner need guidance in rebuilding 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 and let us help you bring the magic back.

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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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