Relationships can be repaired. We are marriage counselors and coaches trained in the most current and research-validated techniques. We approach couples therapy with a structured coaching process designed to create safety and clarity.
You know how coaches run along the sidelines at a basketball game? That’s us. We identify the benefits both of you can gain from the process.
Does one of you feel dragged into counseling by the other? One of our first tasks is to identify how you BOTH can be happier. We want you to walk out of the first session knowing what’s in this for YOU.
Sometimes couples fear therapy: will it open up painful or destructive conflict? Our aim is to show you how to…
We work in two layers.
The first layer is about skills. Our therapists understand what makes authentic, happy couples succeed in their relationships, and we recognize what unhappy couples need to stop doing. Hot conflict can be turned into an opportunity to grow closer. The downward spiral of cold avoidance can be warmed up and reversed.
We often begin with a few basic skills: how to share what’s true without evoking defenses, how to hear and validate the viewpoint of the other, and how to build warmth and safety with small considerate acts.
The second layer is about underlying, sometimes very old hurts—and how they’re triggered in a way that derails real communication. Pockets of pain can create circular conflict and prevent couples from communicating constructively. Facing these obstacles together can create powerful allies.
We invite you to call and talk with one of us about your partner’s hesitation. Let’s see if we can identify ways you and your partner can both benefit.
Dan supervises the research of doctoral students at The Wright Institute, in Berkeley, where he has been a clinical supervisor and taught…read more
Tim has worked for over 20 years coaching people on ways to draw upon their strengths, intuition, and common sense to improve their lives…read more
Rob’s training is consistent with my values of respect and caring for the individuals and couples I work with. My experiences include working…read more
Stacy completed post graduate course work at the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis and trained in expressive arts therapy at the Tamalpa…read more
Yael helps clients identify and galvanize their strengths, and the parts of their lives that DO work, to get the rest of their lives…read more
Kirsten Maier has 15 years of therapy experience working with a wide range of individuals, couples, and groups in Canada. She is a PhD…read more
We’re happy to chat on the phone with you about your situation, and think together about the ways we might be able to make a real difference.
THE BRIDGE COUNSELING CENTER
1425 Leimert Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94602