EMPATHI

Marriage
Counseling
That Works
in Berkeley

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

Empathi's counselors provide hope
to spouses 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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Counseling 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 marriage counseling is right for you.

Do I need Empathi marriage counseling?

While people approach marriage in different ways, couples frequently go into it with the firmly held belief that their union is special and that it will prove impervious to the challenges of married life. There’s nothing that can get between them, so why even consider something like pre-marriage counseling?

Then the inevitable struggles of life and love happen, and a couple can be left wondering how their marriage drifted so far from where it began. 

But this doesn’t mean that their journey is over. It means it’s time to begin the trail back to each other.

If your marriage feels as though it’s drifted and it needs a course correction, we’re here with expert marriage counselors with experience in helping couples get their relationship back on track. 

Reach out to Empathi today to preserve and strengthen your marriage’s unique bond.

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Do I need Empathi marriage counseling?

While people approach marriage in different ways, couples frequently go into it with the firmly held belief that their union is special and that it will prove impervious to the challenges of married life. There’s nothing that can get between them, so why even consider something like pre-marriage counseling?

Then the inevitable struggles of life and love happen, and a couple can be left wondering how their marriage drifted so far from where it began.

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But this doesn’t mean that their journey is over. It means it’s time to begin the trail back to each other.

If your marriage feels as though it’s drifted and it needs a course correction, we’re here with expert marriage counselors with experience in helping couples get their relationship back on track. 

Reach out to Empathi today to preserve and strengthen your marriage’s unique bond.

Is there a marriage therapist near me who can help repair our relationship?

Are you looking for marriage counseling in Berkeley, CA? You’re not alone. If your journey together feels like it’s stalled out, that sense of oneness is missing, or you just feel like you need to reconnect, know that thousands of couples are experiencing the same struggles and more reach out for help every day.

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

Disagreements about finances are one of the most common reasons couples look for marriage counseling. With counseling at Empathi, you can come to agreements on money matters.

In Berkeley, couples often seek relationship counseling because they no longer feel like they can talk to each other. Our quality counseling can teach you better ways to communicate with each other.

When that sense of emotional and physical unity feels like it’s missing, a marriage counselor can help you reconnect.

Differing beliefs on how to raise children can put tremendous stress on a marriage. We can guide you into becoming a unified parenting unit.

Addiction causes great harm to relationships and often seriously damages marriages. Let us help you turn these behaviors around.

What if marriage counseling in Berkeley hasn't worked for me in the past?

Perhaps you’ve seen a relationship therapist of some sort before but you didn’t get the guidance you needed. It might be that your counselor was new to the field or just didn’t have the right kind of experience to effectively handle your unique situation.

Luckily, there are experienced, skilled experts who can give your marriage the help it needs. You’ve come to the right place.

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Here's why our approach works

Our experienced relationship counselors use established methods to guide the process. WIth the counsel of a quality marriage therapist, you can resume the journey you and your partner were on, or perhaps even begin a better one.

Through attachment theory, we guide our couples into building trust, the most important part of any relationship. With Empathi’s help, you can build that trust and restore your faith in each other and yourselves.

Experiential psychotherapy methods provide direction to help negate behaviors that are negatively impacting your relationship. Let Empathi guide you away from harmful conduct and destructive habits.

Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) helps couples to turn conflict into communication. 86% of couples see significant improvement right away and this improvement continues long-term for 73% of couples.

Will starting marriage therapy be hard for me?

Starting marriage therapy can seem scary, but there’s nothing to be afraid of. Perhaps you don’t know what to expect, or you aren’t even sure what the core issues are that you and your partner are facing. All you do know is that you have to do something to get back on course.

Here's how we make that process 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.

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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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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 marital counseling near me cost?

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

Empathi offers varying price points, but the results are priceless. Our relationship counseling experts offer personalized marital guidance and can assist in realizing the dream of a successful marriage.

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How much does marital counseling near me cost?

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

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Empathi offers varying price points, but the results are priceless. Our relationship counseling experts offer personalized marital guidance and can assist in realizing the dream of a successful marriage.

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What are the divorce statistics for Berkeley, CA?

Divorce is a painful and damaging experience. Most married couples try everything they can to avoid it, and yet divorces still occur.

However, you’ll be happy to know that national divorce rates have been in decline over the past three decades, and that the trend appears to be continuing. California has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. World Populated Review data places the divorce rate in California at 9.0%, and the divorce rate in Berkeley is a bit higher than that, at 11.8%.

There are many issues that contribute to divorce, nationally, for people across California, and in Berkeley, specifically. Financial stress, marital infidelity, and problems with communication all rank high as reasons for filing for divorce. These are just some of the issues that you can work through with quality marriage counseling.

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What are the divorce statistics for Berkeley, CA?

Divorce is a painful and damaging experience. Most married couples try everything they can to avoid it, and yet divorces still occur.

However, you’ll be happy to know that national divorce rates have been in decline over the past three decades, and that the trend appears to be continuing. California has one of the lowest divorce rates in the country. World Populated Review data places the divorce rate in California at 9.0%, and the divorce rate in Berkeley is a bit higher than that, at 11.8%.

There are many issues that contribute to divorce, nationally, for people across California, and in Berkeley, specifically. Financial stress, marital infidelity, and problems with communication all rank high as reasons for filing for divorce. These are just some of the issues that you can work through with quality marriage counseling.

Why should I seek out marriage counseling near me?

If you still have hope, hold onto it. Marriage counseling does work. If you decide it’s time for you and your partner to do something about the suffering you’ve been experiencing together, a quality therapist can guide you through the process of restoring what’s missing and give you tools to keep your marriage strong for years to come.

If you have children, decades of research has also shown that living in a household with two loving parents will give them the best chance for emotional and physical health. Statistically, children with parents who are happily together also enjoy higher academic achievement than children who grow up in a single-parent home.

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Why should I seek out marriage counseling near me?

If you still have hope, hold onto it. Marriage counseling does work. If you decide it’s time for you and your partner to do something about the suffering you’ve been experiencing together, a quality therapist can guide you through the process of restoring what’s missing and give you tools to keep your marriage strong for years to come.

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If you have children, decades of research has also shown that living in a household with two loving parents will give them the best chance for emotional and physical health. Statistically, children with parents who are happily together also enjoy higher academic achievement than children who grow up in a single-parent home.

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How many marriage therapists are in Berkeley, CA?

The most recent data from BLS (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 marriage and family therapists employed in the state of California, which is the highest number in the nation. BLS includes Berkeley in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which has just over 3,300 marriage and family therapists.

Many sites feature lists for “best relationship counseling near me.” For the San Francisco area, a search of best marriage therapists 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 marriage therapists are in Berkeley, CA?

The most recent data from BLS (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 marriage and family therapists employed in the state of California, which is the highest number in the nation. BLS includes Berkeley in the count for the San Francisco Bay area, which has just over 3,300 marriage and family therapists.

Many sites feature lists for “best relationship counseling near me.” For the San Francisco area, a search of best marriage therapists places Empathi founder, Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan in the top 10 list on Yelp and the top 5 list on GuideDoc.

How do I choose the best marriage counselor near me?

If you want to repair your relationship, you’ll get the best results from a therapist that specializes in marriage counseling. Decent marital counselors aren’t difficult to come by, but you’ll want to make sure that you find the one that’s right for you and your spouse.

Recommendations from friends are some of the most reliable. If someone you trust has made it through serious marital problems, they probably had a skilled therapist help guide them through it. Ask your friend if they’ll share their marriage counselor’s name and contact information.

If you don’t have a friend who’s seen a marriage therapist or you don’t feel comfortable sharing your situation with someone else, searching online is one of the best ways to discover the right marriage counseling for you. 

Search for the best marriage counselors in your area. A therapist who’s had good results is going to have very good reviews. When you’ve found a relationship counselor that has what you’re looking for, give their state licensing board history a thorough review to make sure they have a record you’re comfortable with.

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How do I choose the best marriage counselor near me

If you want to repair your relationship, you’ll get the best results from a therapist that specializes in marriage counseling. Decent marital counselors aren’t difficult to come by, but you’ll want to make sure that you find the one that’s right for you and your spouse.

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If you don’t have a friend who’s seen a marriage therapist or you don’t feel comfortable sharing your situation with someone else, searching online is one of the best ways to discover the right marriage counseling for you.

Search for the best marriage counselors in your area. A therapist who’s had good results is going to have very good reviews. When you’ve found a relationship counselor that has what you’re looking for, give their state licensing board history a thorough review to make sure they have a record you’re comfortable with.

What questions should I ask before I start marriage counseling?

If you’ve found a few options for marital counseling, it’s a good idea to get a feel for each of them before deciding who you’re going to go with. It’s okay to ask questions. Have some prepared to ask your potential therapists before making your decision.

There are many different types of people who become effective marriage counselors. There are many perspectives and many schools of thought.

Here are some questions to help you decide:

An experienced professional should be able to answer these questions clearly to give you a better understanding of their expertise, values, and methods.

You’ll get the best results if you see your counseling plan all the way through, so try to find a therapist who will make it easy to stick with counseling. It won’t always be easy, but it’s worth it. Couples who’ve stayed with therapy enjoy better emotional health, live longer, and are happier. Many report feeling better about their relationship than they did before they were even married.

Seeking out a quality marriage therapist is the best first step in repairing your relationship. They’re in a unique position to look objectively at your marriage and determine which tools they can provide to give you the best outcome.

If you and your spouse need guidance to help restore your marriage, now is the best time to take action. The sooner you act, the sooner quality marriage counseling can help you. Come to us for quality counseling. 

Contact Empathi to begin restoring your relationship today.

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