Find Relationship and Marriage Counselors in Oakland, CA

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Marriage and Relationship Counseling in Oakland

Marriage and relationship counselors and therapists in Oakland can help address or resolve a variety of issues involving romantic partners. Couples counselors do not take sides and generally don’t give advice. Rather, marriage and relationship counselors help partners to identify the roots of their issues, communicate openly and honestly, develop empathy for each other’s perspectives, and move forward in an amicable and respectful way. Couples counselors may suggest exercises, either in session or to take home, as well as other tools and resources that can help partners develop more productive, loving ways of relating to one another.

With the divorce rate hovering at about 40% to 50% in the U.S.—higher for subsequent marriages—there is no shortage of couples who can benefit from marriage counseling. However, not all relationship counseling is about resolving problems. Many couples seek therapy in Oakland simply to learn skills and strategies that may help them prevent relationship problems, misunderstandings, and conflict in the future. Premarital counseling is specifically designed to help couples enter marriage with open eyes and address potential areas of conflict before they become serious issues.

Many relationship counselors work with LGBTQIA+ couples. Some therapists also specialize in nontraditional relationship structures such as polyamory or ethical nonmonogamy.

Find a Marriage or Couples Counselor with GoodTherapy

Some conflict in relationships is normal and healthy. However, if you and your partner frequently experience problems that linger for days or longer without resolution, consider contacting a therapist in our directory. Research suggests that relationships characterized by criticism, resentment, contempt, and stonewalling are far more likely to end in breakup, but effective couples counseling can work to repair the damage.

For your convenience, the carefully screened therapists listed above—all of whom specialize in marriage and relationship counseling—practice in Oakland. They are trained and ethically bound to protect your confidentiality and privacy. If cost is a concern, ask about insurance, sliding-scale fees, payment plans, and other options. Many therapists are driven by a desire to help, no matter the obstacles.

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