Top 10 best couples therapists in the Bay Area [2024]

  • Published Feb 23, 2024

    6 mins read
  • Written by:Chris Boutté
  • Reviewed by:Adam Putterman
Top 10 best couples therapists in the Bay Area [2024]


Some couples seek therapy to resolve conflict or bring back intimacy, and others use it as a tool to proactively strengthen their relationship. If you want to improve your relationship, couples therapy in the Bay Area is a great option.

Couples therapy is one of the best things you can do for your relationship, but there are some common myths about getting help. Some believe that outside help isn’t necessary or that it signifies a relationship is ending. The reality is that many people utilize couples therapy in various ways, and many relationships survive because they get help from some of the best couples therapists in the Bay Area.

Whether you’re in San Francisco, Oakland, or anywhere in the Bay Area, we have a list of some of the top therapists who provide couples therapy in the region. You’ll learn about each therapist, where they’re located, and how much couples therapy sessions cost.

The following list of couples therapists in the Bay Area is in no particular order. We chose therapists based on their credentials, reviews, and more. At the end of the day, research has consistently shown the best therapist is the one that’s right for you.

1. Ours

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Ours is a premier couples therapy service that provides sessions to Bay Area residents. Ours is a virtual service, so you and your partner can do sessions from the comfort of your own home. We provide both couples counseling and premarital counseling for those looking to plan a future together and want to strengthen their relationship.

One of the most difficult parts about finding a therapist is choosing the right one for you. With Ours, you don’t need to worry about that because we hand-pick the best therapist for you and your partner after you fill out our questionnaire. We have a diverse range of therapists and are LGBTQIA+-friendly as well. 

Our therapists specialize in communication, intimacy in a marriage, and more. Regardless of where you’re at with your relationship, we can help.

If you’re in the Bay Area, sign up for affordable couples counseling today

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2. Sabrina Curtis, AMFT

Sabrina Curtis

Sabrina Curtis, AMFT

Sabrina Curtis is located in San Francisco and offers virtual couples sessions to those in the area. She believes that one of the biggest challenges people face is being mindful of the care and attention they need. She specializes in treatment methods like emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and helps couples with different attachment styles.

3. Ali Howard Kirsch, MFT

Ali Howard Kirsch

Ali Howard Kirsch, MFT

With a BA in psychology from the University of Michigan, Ali Howard is an MFT who works with couples in San Francisco. She’s run her private practice since 2012, where she treats children and families. Ali specializes in helping couples through communication issues, life transitions, and intimacy issues within relationships.

4. Fiachra “Figs” O’Sullivan

Fiachra _Figs_ O_Sullivan

Fiachra “Figs” O’Sullivan

Figs is the creator of the Empathi method, which involves couples learning acceptance, empathy, vulnerability, resilience, and more. Figs specializes in EFT and runs Empathi with his wife, offering couples therapy in San Francisco. You can work directly with Figs or one of their many qualified therapists at Empathi.

“My husband and I were on the fence about whether or not we needed couples therapy, but it turns out we did, and we’re both so glad that we took the plunge and chose Figs as our guide.”

-Vanessa H.

5. Bart Magee

Bart Magee

Bart Magee

With over 25 years of experience, Bart Magee offers excellent couples counseling in San Francisco. He received his Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and currently helps couples improve their self-knowledge individually and learn how to solve problems together. He loves collaborating with clients to help them identify thinking patterns and improve their relationships using the proper tools.

6. Christy Tadros

Christy Tadros

Christy Tadros

Christy has spent her career working with children and families, which ultimately led to her founding WestCoast Therapy & Wellness in Berkeley, California. She has over a decade of experience working in different clinical settings, and one of her specialties is working with couples who are in love but struggling with relationship issues. Christy uses various therapies and also teaches clients mindfulness practices to incorporate a mind-body connection.

7. Elizabeth Dausch

Elizabeth Dausch

Elizabeth Dausch

Based out of Oakland, Elizabeth offers couples therapy in the Bay Area. Elizabeth aims to provide her individual and couples therapy clients with transformational healing. She understands that many people have suffered through different types of trauma, and it’s often the root of many personal issues as well as relationship conflicts. Elizabeth decided to become a therapist after getting help herself, so she knows what it’s like to go through the process.

8. The Couples Center

The Couples Center

The Couples Center

If you need a couples therapist in the Bay Area, The Couples Center has locations in San Francisco and Berkeley. Each location has a team of therapists who offer couples counseling, sex counseling, and premarital counseling. They also provide workshops and courses, like their Relationship Blueprint Course and eight-week Online Relationship Course.

“My partner & I were searching for a premarital workshop we could take before our upcoming wedding, as well as a couples therapist that could help us work through recurring cycles of conflict in our relationship. My partner stumbled on The Couples Center, and we were amazed at the incredible positive reviews.”

-Nina G.

9. Iliyana Gesheva

Iliyana Gesheva

Iliyana Gesheva

Iliyana has over 10 years of experience helping couples improve and repair their relationships in the Bay Area. Her primary goal is to empower couples to confidently manage their everyday challenges. She provides couples with tools to help manage their thoughts and emotions while using healthy communication techniques. Iliyana also offers free consultations to see if she’s the right fit for you.

10. Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

Victoria Jones

If you’re looking for virtual relationship counseling in San Francisco or the Bay Area, Victoria Jones is the founder of Heal My Vibes Therapy. She’s been in the mental health and social work field for over nine years. While much of her background is in social work helping marginalized populations, she now offers couples therapy and is highly committed to helping the BIPOC community. She specializes in solution-focused therapy as well as trauma-informed therapy.

Strengthen your relationship with marriage counseling 

Having a great experience with couples therapy starts with finding a great therapist. Whether you and your partner have hit a rough patch in your relationship or are looking to create a strong foundation of healthy practices, Ours is here to help. We offer marriage counseling for couples in San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area. While many individual therapists work with couples as well as individuals, couples counseling is our primary focus.

Our process starts with you filling out a simple questionnaire, and then we read through every detail to match you with the best therapist possible. To get started, sign up today.

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