EMPATHI

Marriage
Counseling
That Works
in Palo Alto

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

Empathi's counselors provide hope
to spouses 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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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?

When a married couple loses something along the way and they end up in a completely different place than they thought they would be when they first started out, it’s incredibly difficult. What was once a shining light of possibility, filled by love of each other’s company, can feel as if it’s dimmed into a barely-tolerable coexistence. A couple can struggle to maintain some semblance of what they once had when the relationship was fresh and the world was theirs for the taking. Luckily, this feeling doesn’t mean all hope is lost. They simply need a guide to show them the way back.

If you recognize this situation—if it hits a bit too close to home—take heart. Empathi’s EFT certified marriage therapists can help bring you back to each other using personalized marriage guidance. Reach out today and let us guide you through the healing process for your marriage.

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Do I need Empathi marriage counseling?

When a married couple loses something along the way and they end up in a completely different place than they thought they would be when they first started out, it’s incredibly difficult. What was once a shining light of possibility, filled by love of each other’s company, can feel as if it’s dimmed into a barely-tolerable coexistence. A couple can struggle to maintain some semblance of what they once had when the relationship was fresh and the world was theirs for the taking. Luckily, this feeling doesn’t mean all hope is lost. They simply need a guide to show them the way back.

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If you recognize this situation—if it hits a bit too close to home—take heart. Empathi’s EFT certified marriage therapists can help bring you back to each other using personalized marriage guidance. Reach out today and let us guide you through the healing process for your marriage.

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

Are you looking for marriage counseling in Palo Alto, CA? You’re not alone. Whether the light of your relationship has dimmed, you and your partner are feeling adrift, or you just want to reconnect with each other, thousands of couples are experiencing the same kinds of struggles and more reach out for help every day.

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

What if marriage counseling in Palo Alto, CA hasn't worked for me in the past?

Maybe you’ve had a bad experience with marriage counseling in the past. Perhaps your therapist’s methods didn’t land well with you or your partner. It could be that their advice conflicted with your own core values. Maybe your counselor just didn’t have the right experience. Well, you’ve come to the right place.

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Here's why our approach works

Our relationship counselors walk you through reconnecting with each other. Strengthen your marital bonds through marital counseling techniques that use reliable therapy methods.

We guide you into rebuilding trust through attachment theory, an effective therapy tool that’s been successfully used for decades. We help you utilize perspective to renew your trust, the most critical element of any relationship.

We confront negative addictive behaviors that may be impacting your relationship by applying experiential psychotherapy. Addiction and the accompanying behaviors don’t have to be in control of your marriage. Let us guide you on a path away from them and toward healthy interaction.

The Empathi Method employs emotionally focused therapy (EFT). Around 86% of couples experience significant improvement through EFT, and 73% continue to see that improvement and carry those benefits with them into the future.

Will starting marriage therapy be hard for me?

Starting marriage counseling can be scary. A person goes into it having no idea what to expect. They might not even know what success is supposed to look like. They just know that their marriage needs to heal. Quality marital counseling is the perfect first step into the healing journey.

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.

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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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Wendy Parker

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.

Justin counselor

Justin Schreiner

COUNSELOR

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #118938
Supervised by Teale Taxis LMFT #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.

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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 marital counseling near me cost?

There are no hard statistics on the cost of marital counseling in Palo Alto. However, in California one can expect to pay between $45.00 and $200.00 per session. The range is so vast because some therapists are in higher demand based on their experience and success rates. Some marital counselors—usually specialized therapists—charge more than that.

At Empathi we offer a range of pricing. Our experienced, licensed marriage counseling professionals provide you with personalized marital guidance and give you the tools you need to become a model for marriage.

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How much does marital counseling near me cost?

There are no hard statistics on the cost of marital counseling in Palo Alto. However, in California one can expect to pay between $45.00 and $200.00 per session. The range is so vast because some therapists are in higher demand based on their experience and success rates. Some marital counselors—usually specialized therapists—charge more than that.

marriage counseling that works

At Empathi we offer a range of pricing. Our experienced, licensed marriage counseling professionals provide you with personalized marital guidance and give you the tools you need to become a model for marriage.

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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. Despite this, and despite the fact that divorce isn’t a process someone expects to go through when they first get married, it does happen.

Currently California doesn’t provide any exact divorce statistics. However, this information can be aggregated and interpolated from statistics of various cities and counties that track this information. World Populated Review data for 2021 places the divorce rate in California among the lowest in the country at 9.0%. The most recent data places Palo Alto even lower, at 8.0%.

Many factors contribute to divorce rates nationwide. Financial stress, infidelity, addiction, and communication issues are the most common factors that contribute to divorce in this country. These problems impact people across California and hit home in Palo Alto, too. These are serious issues, but they can be worked through with high-quality marital counseling.

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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. Despite this, and despite the fact that divorce isn’t a process someone expects to go through when they first get married, it does happen.

Currently California doesn’t provide any exact divorce statistics. However, this information can be aggregated and interpolated from statistics of various cities and counties that track this information. World Populated Review data for 2021 places the divorce rate in California among the lowest in the country at 9.0%. The most recent data places Palo Alto even lower, at 8.0%.

Many factors contribute to divorce rates nationwide. Financial stress, infidelity, addiction, and communication issues are the most common factors that contribute to divorce in this country. These problems impact people across California and hit home in Palo Alto, too. These are serious issues, but they can be worked through with high-quality marital counseling.

Why should I seek out marriage counseling near me?

As long as you believe there is hope for your marriage, you stand a chance in your relationship. With quality therapy and counseling, your relationship can be renewed and become even stronger than it ever was.

If you have children, staying together becomes more important. Nearly three decades of research has been conducted, and the data shows that children who live in a household with two parents consistently have better physical and emotional health, and even perform better academically.

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How many marriage therapists are in Palo Alto, CA?

A number of sites have a list for “best marriage counselors near me” to help married couples seeking the best help available. A search of best marriage therapists in San Francisco places Empathi founder, Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan in the top 10 list on Yelp and the top 5 list on GuideDoc. These same quality services are available for residents of Palo Alto as well.

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How many marriage therapists are in Palo Alto, CA?

The most recent data from 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 marriage and family therapists employed in the state of California, which is the highest number in the nation.

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 marriage counselors near me” to help married couples seeking the best help available. A search of best marriage therapists in San Francisco places Empathi founder, Fiachra Figs O’Sullivan in the top 10 list on Yelp and the top 5 list on GuideDoc. These same quality services are available for residents of Palo Alto as well.

How do I choose the best marriage counselor near me?

The task of finding a good marriage therapist shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want to make sure to find a therapist that specializes in marriage counseling and has a lot of experience in the field.

If someone you know and trust has overcome troubles in their marriage, chances are they had a skilled therapist help them through their difficult time. A good place to start would be to get their recommendation for a therapist.

If you can’t rely on a friend’s recommendation, search online for reviews for good marriage therapists near you. Therapists who’ve made a positive impact on their clients’ lives are sure to have outstanding reviews. When you find a therapist that appears to be what you’re looking for, look into their state licensing board history to make sure they have a record that you feel comfortable with.

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How do I choose the best marriage counselor near me?

The task of finding a good marriage therapist shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want to make sure to find a therapist that specializes in marriage counseling and has a lot of experience in the field.

If someone you know and trust has overcome troubles in their marriage, chances are they had a skilled therapist help them through their difficult time. A good place to start would be to get their recommendation for a therapist.

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If you can’t rely on a friend’s recommendation, search online for reviews for good marriage therapists near you. Therapists who’ve made a positive impact on their clients’ lives are sure to have outstanding reviews. When you find a therapist that appears to be what you’re looking for, look into their state licensing board history to make sure they have a record that you feel comfortable with.

What questions should I ask before beginning marriage counseling?

Prepare some questions to ask each of your prospective marriage therapists. Interview them to make sure they’re the right fit for you. It’s okay to ask questions and base your decision on how they respond.

You’ll want to know what your counselor’s qualifications are. You also want to make sure you and your partner will be compatible with them.

These questions will help you better determine if the therapist is a good option for you:

A therapist who shares your values or can empathize with them is likely to be more effective than someone whose views are counter to your own.

Just remember that it’s important to stick with counseling to completion, and thus important to find the right therapist. Couples who continue marriage counseling tend to remain together longer. They report their marriages as being healthier and more fulfilling. Further, couples who stay in a healthy, committed relationship live longer, have better emotional health, and experience more joy in life.

People go into marriage with the highest of expectations. They see an ideal life of possibilities and endless joy ahead of them. Over time, the ideal fades, the reality becomes more difficult than they anticipated, and they’re often left wondering what happened. This doesn’t mean it’s over. There is still a future of bright possibilities ahead. They just need to take that step toward bringing back the joy. Good marital counseling is the first step into making that happen.

If you’ve come to the realization that your marriage needs to be healed, now is the time to take that step and turn it around. The sooner you start, the sooner we can help guide you back to the former glory of your relationship. Marital renewal is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

Reach out to Empathi and start on the road back to each other.

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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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