Elizabeth Hayes, Psy.D, MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
1195 Valencia Street, Suite 4, San Francisco, CA 94110
I work with couples that are struggling to connect emotionally, have issues with communication, and want to create new relational dynamics that increase their connection. My approach is warm and collaborative and I work hard to carefully listen to each person to provide the therapeutic interventions necessary to increase understanding, communication, mutual interest, curiosity, and awareness. In my experience couples enter treatment with varying degrees of ambivalence and desire for change. I work hard to create a safe environment to explore each persons concerns and desires so we can better collaborate towards working together to generate movement and change.
Theo Reynolds, RC
1630 Lombard St., San Francisco, CA 94123
One of my main specialities is couples counseling. I work with couples of all varieties - not just romantic couples but any combination of two people who need help with their relationship; sisters, father and daughter, cousins, business partners. I also work with other types of couples such as gay and lesbian couples, transgender couples, polyamorous couples etc. I enjoy this work immensely and have helped many couples find more closeness, safety, compassion, ease and care for each other. About half of my clients are couples so I have a great deal of experience. No matter how old and deep the problems are in your relationship, I can help you finally move past these issues for good.
Judith Wyatt, MFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
870 Market St., Ste. 968, San Francisco, CA 94102
I work with couples to set up a non-blaming environment in counseling, and to make it clear that I believe that each person's basic needs and feelings are valid, and that I intend to make equal room for each. I am not there to judge between you, and we dispense with the right/wrong model, barring actual abuse. We look at the pluses between you, and the areas of conflict. I teach non-violent communication and the appropriate setting of boundaries. We explore the unconscious assumptions you each bring from your family of origin, and the acceptance of your differences as valid. You will learn that you each have a personal dictionary, and how easy it is to misinterpret each other.
San Francisco State University
Psychology Clinic Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building, Room 240, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132
The Psychology Clinic at San Francisco State University offers low-fee individual, couple, family, and group psychotherapy to SF State students and members of the Bay Area community. The clinic is staffed by graduate students in clinical psychology, working under the supervision of licensed clinicians.
Our individual session fees typically range from $10- to $50- per session however we do not turn anyone away who is unable to pay. We work with a range of individuals from the student population to the broader community. Child and family psychotherapy is available at no cost.
Erika Shershun, MA, MFTI
465 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94104
A sense of belonging happens when we feel truly seen by one who loves us, yet it is in the safety of belonging that much of our wounding begins to emerge. Patterns of relating created by attachment, separation, and loss formed during childhood form the foundation of self perception on physical, emotional, and psychological levels, significantly influencing and impacting our adult relationships. It is through these most intimate relationships that we find the greatest opportunity to heal our attachment wounds. Together we can identify, explore, and bring relief to the cycles of triggering that you and your partner(s) get caught in, creating a greater sense of connection and intimacy.
Natalie M. Mills, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapist
870 Market St., Ste. 1055, San Francisco, CA 94102
Many of the couples I see come to me because they have become more like roommates than a romantic couple, inability to trust one another, jealousy present in the relationship, unfulfilling sexual or emotional intimacy, intense yelling and arguing, or an episode of infidelity. It can feel both hopeful and scary for couples to explore these issues in their relationship. When your relationship suffers, most other things in your life suffer because you're not at your best. Our work will explore why your relationship is exhibiting its pattern, give you tips and strategies to abate and extinguish unhealthy cycles, and maintain the relationship you want.
Peter Bernhardt, MFT
Marriage Family Therapist
1197 Valencia, San Francisco, CA 94110
Are you trapped in destructive cycles of anger and blame? Have you lost trust because of an affair? Are you avoiding your partner or feeling disengaged? Is it hard for you to have real conversations or solve problems together? I will help you untangle your painful negative cycles of communication and build new stronger connections. You can learn to have power over that cycle by learning your triggers and undoing them. You will learn about the roots of the cycle learned in early relationships. Call, text or email me to set an appointment.
Andrea Shelley, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Within Driving Distance of San Francisco, CA
Couples therapy offers an environment for two people to safely work through issues and deepen their relationship. It can assist a couple to communicate difficult issues and learn to share feelings in an assertive but inoffensive manner. It can help you learn to resolve conflict in a productive and healthy manner. It can help each of you learn about each others unique emotional needs and how to fulfill them. Couples therapy can assist in healing wounds and restoring trust. Ultimately, couples therapy will assist you in finding the intimacy, love, and fulfillment you yearn for in a relationship.
Joanne Davis, M.A.
Marriage and Family Therapist
582 Market St., Suite 415, San Francisco, CA 94104
With couples I help them identify a pattern as the issues, rather than either partner as the issue. We work with the roots of the pattern. For example one partner may have a difficult time dealing with intense emotion, or even mind emotion. The other my have a difficult time regulating their emotion when they become upset, and also feels abandoned when the other withdraws to quite their nervous system. Thus they spiral downward with each amping up their ways of coping. Thus awareness of how each copes with distress is a place to focus and improve on--rather than taking things overly personally. Adopted from EFT for Couples, they come to trust and understand their needs and how to get there.
Sandra Amat, MFT
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist
2171 Union Street #6, San Francisco, CA 94123
I view relationship as a vehicle to support greater deepening and healing. It is in relationship that we see our deepest vulnerability, insecurity and unprocessed wounding. Where do we get more triggered than in our primary relationship? I believe that sharing the attitude of using the relationship as a vehicle to heal, allows couples to get on the same page as they work through their issues. It becomes less about who will win this argument and more about how the couple can support each other in healing. Together we can explore relationship dynamics and work toward creating a supportive environment for growth, transformation and healing.