San Francisco and the surrounding areas (Silicon Valley, Berkeley, Menlo Park, Palo Alto etc.) are full of psychotherapists providing couples counseling. Unfortunately, there seems to be a large amount of therapists treating couples without adequate direction and focus on goals. It is very common for a couple to come to me with the same complaints about previous therapy. Often the husband or boyfriend feels “ganged up on” or the couple feels that they paid weekly to fight in-front of someone and were sent home without anything to try or practice.
I work diligently with couples of all combinations to quickly identify the reasons that have brought them to my office, their individual goals, and their shared goals. I believe it is paramount to have clear goals in couples therapy in order for it to be effective. Couples in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley are often pressed for time and want to feel that they are being provided with tools and skills to improve their relationship on a weekly basis. My entire practice, whether working with individuals or couples in therapy is focused on using research based and targeted treatments, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
In my work with couples in counseling, I bring in elements of the Gottman Method, Relational Life Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) in a way that is specific to the couple. No two couples are the same and every couple deserves individualized treatment.
If my approach sounds like a good fit you and your partner, give me a call so we can explore working together.