Restore and Renew Couples Counseling

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  • Jennifer R.

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    Elvina was very compassionate with both of our views of our relationship. She gave us hope when we were wondering if there was any. She is very good at what she does and we are going back to hear more good advise from her.

    Dec 15, 2016Verified
  • Jason H.

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    This is after our first visit but Elvina has been terrific, a great listener and a wonderful mediator. She incorporated our specific (and very complicated) lifestyle while she relayed her advice. We are definitely pleased with our choice :) !

    Jan 18, 2015Verified

About this pro

I am practical and believe that therapy has to go beyond talking about feelings. It needs to bring real change and real improvement. I am not here to waste anyone's time and money, I want my clients to get better and go on with their lives. At the same time, I want to help clients get closure about things, which means that we will be talking about feelings and childhood difficulties, but with a clear purpose of bringing closure to something that bothers the person in current life. Therapists that practice pure CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) do not believe in finding the origin of problems, they focus on behavioral results. The draw back is when a client feels they have not been truly heard/understood and feel that they are rushed into showing improvement, they might not feel supported or cared for. Therapist that practice pure psychodynamic/psychoanalytical or humanistic/existential therapy are very talk-therapy oriented and aren't result oriented. Of course those are not the only theories that therapists use, but those are examples of approaches that are lacking. I assess what the clients' needs are and use the approach that I feel is most helpful. I constantly assess the progress in therapy, I want to make sure we are making progress in each and every session. My job is so rewarding because I know I help improve peoples' marriages and families. Couples walk into my office, often times one of them feels that they can no longer put up with the problems in the relationship, other times, one or both of them have given up hope that things can ever get better. Couples counseling can turn all of that around, and in fact make the relationship even better than before. If you are wondering if it works, I offer free phone consultations to help you decide if you want to actually start counseling.

Years in business

6

Times hired on Thumbtack

8

Number of employees

1

License

Verified
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    Q & A

    • What types of customers have you worked with?
      These are the most common issues that I address in couples counseling: 1. there has been a conflict and one or both people are still feeling hurt 2. one or both feel neglected or unappreciated 3. passion seems to be gone, they feel distant from each other I'd say I have a very good track record of effectively resolving those issues in a short amount of time.
    • What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
      When looking for a therapist, don't be afraid to shop around. Talk to them on the phone to get a better idea of what they are like, and of course read their website and do online research about them. It doesn't have to be super in-depth research, see what the search results bring you. Go with the therapist that you feel comfortable with. That is a much better indicator of success as opposed to how long they've been doing it or if lots of people recommend them, because at the end of the day what matters is that you got the help you wanted. So find someone who feels like a good fit, don't force yourself to try someone if your gut feeling is wrong.

    Business hours

    Pacific Time Zone
    Sunday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Monday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Tuesday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Wednesday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    ThursdayClosed
    Friday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Saturday11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Coverage Area for Restore and Renew Couples Counseling is about 150+ miles of San Ramon, CA.