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Palo Alto Marriage And Family Counselors

Browse these marriage and family counselors with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Palo Alto.

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The Sacred Adventure
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top pro on Thumbtack
Whitney S.
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When my fiancee and I were in search of a pre-marital counselor, we didn't know what to expect. We just knew it was best practice to do pre-marital counseling, so we did. The minute we met with Kim for an intro session, she was a kind, comforting presence that was able to get both me and my partner to easily share - something rare for my partner. Throughout our time working with Kim, she helped us hone in on issues within our relationship while discovering things about ourselves - individually - that we didn't realize were negatively affecting us. What we loved most about Kim was that she didn't just talk us through every problem we were working to solve but provided us with tools that we will be able to use for years to come. In our sessions, Kim provided great counseling with a sincere intention to set our marriage off on a strong foundation of self-awareness and clear communication to build our relationship upon. Thank you, Kim, for all of your guidance and support!

Love and Intimacy Mentor
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Lorraine P.
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Danielle is so present and aware that I can just relax into her coaching. She allows me to find my way by directing to me to my inner experience so I can have profound breakthroughs over and over. She also sets an amazing example of a divine union in her own relationship that continually inspires me. Thanks Danielle! Lorraine Platt, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Enhance My Life Now
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Adam H.
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An unexpected death in the family upended a number of things in my life. I needed some guidance to get back on track to run my business and tackle the new personal challenges I was facing. I was working with another counselor for a few months but did not find much value in my sessions. My wife found Karim so I decided to try one session. Needless to say, I really enjoyed Karim's approach. Karim has acted like a guide to help me identify, process and work on my challenges. I enjoyed his help so much that I also paid to attend a couple of the workshops he hosts outside of regular hours from time to time. I highly recommend talking to Karim at least once and see how you feel. Chances are, you will want to work with him.

Anxiety Gone
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Sara A.
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When I started working with Shannon I was struggling with deep unhappiness and uncertainty about my life, as well as my relationships with the people in my life. I was skeptical of talking to anyone because of several prior bad experiences with counselors and psychiatrists. But I called anyway out of desperation and I'm very glad in retrospect that I did. Shannon helped me consciously identify things that are important to me and things I wanted to change. With Shannon I learned to proactively become aware of and eliminate negative, harmful, or just plain not useful patterns of thinking and instead treat myself using positive reinforcement. These changes seems small and simple but their impact is deep. I also benefited from her wise perspective on managing relationships with others. By using what I've worked on with Shannon, I feel more clear, capable, reflective, and self-aware. This in turn has helped me focus, enjoy my work, and improve how I view my relationships with my family and coworkers. I'm all around much happier and proud of myself. In working with Shannon, I was impressed by her kindness, her breadth of understanding, her proactive approach, and her focus on ensuring her clients improve in a quantifiable, verifiable way. I would and do recommend her to anyone looking for guidance through rough times, especially if you're looking for quick and concrete practices to implement to improve your life immediately.

  • 15 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
Mardi W.
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Lisa's coaching is effective in so many ways -- she teaches me to let go of activities I don't truly enjoy so I have more energy for what I do enjoy. She refuses to let me stay feeling powerless or resentful. She demonstrates that when I feel good, my life goes well. It just takes way too much energy to hate my job or my life. So now I love my life, I'm in love with an amazing man (whom I never would have attracted before I started working with Lisa) and I feel closer to my friends and family than ever before. Lisa is like a best friend who really cares about me. But instead of colluding and agreeing with me, she is honest and straightforward. She challenges my negative beliefs and has amazingly helpful insights. We have a lot of laughs and we do a lot of good work together. I would advise you to call her today. DON'T DELAY!!!!

Living the Sacred
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Anima L.
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Illana officiated our wedding, and there is no way that our experience could have been better! The opportunity to have Illana marry us and coach us through vows beforehand was a big part of our choice to get married when we did. Illana had been working with us as a coach and counselor for a couple months before we asked her to officiate our marriage. We wanted something special and very intimate -- really, we wanted a ceremony that was deeply about us committing to one another and our lives together, rather than pomp and circumstance...or frankly a lot of people and planning. Illana was so positive and deeply excited for us, which was great because it wasn't impersonal -- by that time, she already knew our challenges and gifts as a couple, and so she was the perfect person to ask (and only one we would have asked). When the time came, we asked to be married on New Years Day -- the week BEFORE. (Yes, I'm serious). Although she planned to be out of town, Illana offered that we join her up on the coast where she was staying, where she recommended the most INCREDIBLE location. She also happened to know a fantastic female photographer who also said 'yes' to our last-minute when-inspiration-strikes wedding...! We trusted Illana to create the ceremony as she envisioned it, and anyone who knows her would trust her with the same (although my sense is she is also would have been very open to collaboration). The biggest gift was how Illana coached us in our own vows -- she had us see them in a spiritual sense, as a practice we are committing to rather than a promise that can be broken or kept. This has lent so much richness not just to the ceremony but to our lives in the weeks since. I'm HAPPY to share Illana with the world, and I've already recommended her -- and her way of looking at marriage -- to several friends. Truly a GIFT!

Pastor Ama Zenya
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • New on Thumbtack
Geoff H.
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She really cared about us and our marriage. Ama spent the time to understand our relationship and our goals, and created a program and service that were uniquely ours.

  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
James S.
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A great experience. We recommend Krista to anyone who's looking for Marriage and Family Therapy services.

Risso Counseling
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amanda G.
Verified review

I have known Melissa a long time and she is one of the best therapists that I have worked with. She is patient, understanding, and is a great listener. Melissa is highly skilled and has been able to help me work through a variety of issues. She has a clear passion for her career and truly cares about each of her clients. If you are looking for a therapist, look no further. I absolutely recommend giving her a call!

Thomas D.
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Robert is an excellent therapist. He is always professional and dependable. I will most definitely use his services again. I found him extremely helpful.

  • 13 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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I like to think that it's because I bring humor to my work. Humor allows us to identify difficulties or challenges apart from ourselves and have more clarity overcoming them.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Scott Tucker provides individual and couples' counseling, focusing on relational and emotional difficulties. Group therapy services are available for adult children of dysfunctional backgrounds. There are also relational and developmental focus groups for men. Scott Tucker has experienced background and Christian setting. He has flexible hours, reasonable rates, comfortable and friendly style and easy to locate office.

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I have been providing high-quality psychotherapy and life coaching in the SF Bay Area for the past 22 years. My passion is helping people discover their capacity in solving their own problems.

  • 9 years in business
  • New on Thumbtack
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Addiction , Family Consultation and Interventions

  • New on Thumbtack
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I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who is in private practice, working with a variety of clients, ranging in age from elementary school children to adults of all ages. My treatment focus includes, but is not limited to, the following: * couple's counseling * addiction and recovery * co-dependency * depression * anxiety * grief and loss * bereavement * adolescent issues * parenting challenges * low self-esteem * lack of intimacy and connection I offer daytime and evening appointments and offer a free 30-minute consultation by phone or in person to discuss your needs and see if I am the right therapist for you.

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I have gained a variety of experience working with a wide variety of issues, from ages 5 to 65. I have also gained a significant amount of experience in the corporate world and understand the challenges that today's Individual, Couple faces when addressed with pressure of work and when it carries over to the home relationships and vice versa

  • New on Thumbtack
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Families of every size turn to family and marriage counseling to help sort through their usually overwhelming everyday obstacles.

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I provide counseling for individuals, couples and families who are struggling with transitions. You can explore developmental stages and dynamic techniques with a seasoned therapist of 20 years. This includes stress reduction, communication styles, family of origin and life cycle techniques.

  • New on Thumbtack
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I accept family court referrals and have expereince in that arena. Additionally, I accept Blue Shilld and United Healthcare Insurance

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I have a wide range of experience. One of the specialities I have is working with those who particularly seek to integrate their Christian faith with their therapy work.

  • New on Thumbtack
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Deep within each one of us is a vast intelligence that moves us toward wholeness. I am continually in awe of how effectively this guides the healing and awakening process once we learn how to listen to the dreams, feelings, body sensations, and life challenges that give clues as to where the healing wants to go next. My work as a therapist is to create a safe, supportive space for clients to open up, experience life as it is right now, and explore whatever is calling out for attention from within ourselves or from outer challenges. Often, we may need to make detours into past traumas that prevent a full surrender into the present. As old griefs, traumas, hurts, and losses are embraced and healed, inevitably, clients drop into the deepest grief of all: the abandonment of oneself. As this is grieved, then the unique expression of the essence of that person can be freed up to participate fully in life, to blossom like a flower. As French author Anais Nin wrote, “The day will come when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom." This work is empowering to my clients as they connect with a flow of healing and transformation from within themselves, and learn new tools for living more fully: tools that they can carry into their lives long after our time together has passed. I have been a psychotherapist for over 35 years. During that time, I have helped clients with a wide range of issues. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client's individual needs; my clients and I work together to address their goals and concerns, whether they are current life challenges or longstanding issues. I specialize in working with grief. Over a lifetime, we will experience many losses, not just the loss of loved ones, but the loss of a marriage, health, a job, our dreams, or a child when he or she goes off to college. Each one of us will be called on at different times to face losses, but will we embrace it or shrink from it? Most of us shrink from a loss, thinking that if we just keep busy, we can close our hearts a little to protect ourselves from loss. However, it is ungrieved loss that takes a toll on our hearts and deadens us to life. We pay a price in terms of our vitality, happiness and health. I offer unique and effective strategies for grieving fully without feeling overwhelmed. This includes experiential exercises for exploring the ongoing inner relationship with a deceased loved one. I have a masters degree in counseling psychology from the University of Santa Clara and a license in the state of California (since 1976) as a marriage and family therapist. I am the author of two books on grief: Losing a Parent and The Infinite Thread: Healing Relationships Beyond Loss. I have taught at University of California Extension, Santa Cruz, the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, and John F. Kennedy University. I have trained in the following: * Grief work with Stephen Levine * Family therapy with Virginia Satir and John Krop * Art therapy with Janie Rhyne * Dream work with James Hillman, Alice Howell and Charles Ponce * Women's sexuality with Lonnie Barbach * Bioenergetics with Michael Conant and others at the Northern California Bioenergetic Institute My 35-year meditation practice (mostly Buddhist) has enriched and deepened my approach to psychotherapy; this has enabled me to bring compassion, humor, patience, spaciousness, and balance into the therapeutic relationship. My teachers include Stephen Levine, Jack Kornfield, Goenka, Ruth Denison, among many others. I consider it an honor and a privilege to work with clients in this journey of healing, transformation and self-discovery. What rich resources for coming into our wholeness lie within each one of us, just waiting to be tapped!

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