Couples Therapy/Marriage Counseling

(Including Premarital Counseling)

Call  (707) 544-9000

Couples therapy can help with a variety of difficulties such as:

Communication problems
Repetitive arguments
Loss of intimacy and passion
Feeling distant
Anger and resentment
Lack of trust
Sexual problems
Money issues
Parenting difficulties
Step-family concerns
LGBT issues
Substance abuse
Sex and porn addiction


How we approach counseling:

We create a safe, non-judgmental environment where each of you has the opportunity to explore and express your deepest feelings and feel understood.  Our office becomes a safe haven to freely discuss problems and differences.
In the first few sessions, we explore both of your perspectives on the immediate relationship problems; this is the beginning of gaining a deeper understanding of each other.  We evaluate your goals for therapy and answer any questions you have about the process.

Then, we make an assessment of the relational patterns including how you push each other's buttons and get stuck in painful interactions.  We help each of you identify your role in the problems and offer positive solutions and skills to transform conflict into greater intimacy and love.  Together, we regularly evaluate your progress.

Throughout this process, we point out the strengths in your relationship, the areas that are already working well for you as a couple; these positive qualities are often under appreciated and, when recognized, can help you feel more hopeful.

Our extensive training has been in in-depth psychodynamic psychotherapy.  We are both skilled, optimistic, intuitive and passionate about our work.

Developing Communication Skills:

Healthy communication is a key ingredient of a successful relationship.  Through counseling, we can help you understand how your communication breaks down and teach you new skills and solutions to improve the way you talk to each other.

We will guide you to:

  • Learn how to stop blaming each other so you can work through problems without power struggles.
  • Stop repetitive arguments by recognizing the cause & effect patterns in your communication.
  • Learn skills to turn conflicts into greater intimacy.
  • Heal hurt and resentment and rebuild trust.
  • Learn to show appreciation for each other.
  • Restore passion.

We believe each couple is entitled to a joyful, vital and deeply satisfying relationship.

Since 1980, We Have Helped Hundreds of Couples Solve Their Problems and We're Ready to Help You.

Consider our no obligation phone obligation.  We’d be happy
to talk to you about your unique situation.

In Santa Rosa, call (707) 544-9000
In Petaluma, call (707) 769-8050
Or send an email to to make an appointment or to learn more how we can
help you.

Creating Loving Relationships (also know as the Marriage Center for Counseling and Education) serves the online community as well the communities in Sonoma County, California including: Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Cotati, Rohnert Park, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Windsor, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Kenwood, Glen Ellen, Calistoga, Bodega, Guerneville, Forestville, Napa and Novato.
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We provide marriage counseling, relationship therapy, couples counseling, premarital counseling, individual counseling and psychotherapy, help with divorce, relationship advice as well as help with love and communication.