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Ellyn Bader is Co-Founder & Director of The Couples Institute. Ellyn combines her keen perception with an unparalleled command of theory and practical application. Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form at the bottom of this page to request an appointment.
Michelle Wangler Joy For almost 15 years Michelle has helped couples manage conflicts and stop the negative cycles—a major cause of distress. She explains, “I teach couples communication skills specific to their relationship dynamics, so that they can repair blunders and prevent painful interactions from reoccurring….” Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form at the bottom of this page about making an appointment with her.
Barbara Green is a psychotherapist with more than 30 years of clinical experience working with couples and individuals. Clients appreciate her knowledge and expertise as well as her warm and engaging style. Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form below about an appointment with her.
Peter Klein is a licensed clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist in Menlo Park. Clients benefit from his clinical expertise and his careful attention to detail, since both contribute to their overall positive experience and results. Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form below to reach him about an appointment.
Stacy Lee has been helping couples and individuals create flourishing relationships and communication since 2006. She has been a vital part of helping clients reconnect and stay connected while transitioning through many difficulties in life, such as examining and healing trauma and broken trust, navigating difficulties in parenting, establishing healthy boundaries and increasing intimacy. Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form below if you would like to make an appointment with her.
Sara Bunce has a gentle, empathic style that offers safety for challenging feelings and insights. She helps clients look at underlying patterns that may be creating difficulties for themselves individually and in their relationship. Contact The Couples Institute or complete the form below if you would like to make an appointment with her.
Lida Sharlin is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist, passionate about working with couples to make their relationship safe, emotionally satisfying and intimate. Couples learn skills enabling them to speak their emotional truths effectively and end repeating negative interaction cycles which leave both partners feeling unheard, alone, hurt, frustrated and angry. To read more about Lida, click her name above or click here to make an appointment.


A Glossary of Terms that are sometimes Confusing

Couples Therapy is a counseling procedure that seeks to improve the adjustment of two people who have created an interdependent relationship. There are no standard procedures to help two people improve their adjustments to each other. Generally, a more experienced therapist will offer more perspectives and tools to a couple. Length of treatment will depend on severity of problems, motivation and skills of the therapist. A couple can be dating, living together, married or separating and may be gay, lesbian or heterosexual.

Marriage Therapy is a term often used interchangeably with marriage counseling. The term marriage implies two people have created a union sanctioned by a government or religious institution. The methods used in marriage counseling, marriage therapy and couples therapy are interchangeable and depend more on the specific challenges of each unique couple.

Psychotherapy is one or more processes to help improve psychological and emotional functioning. Examples are psychoanalysis, cognitive therapy, behavior therapy, Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis, Rational-Emotive therapy, or group therapy. Many forms of psychotherapy are blends of different approaches. For example, newer forms of psychotherapy called energy psychology draw upon recent advances in brain and neuroscience. These approaches often build on cognitive behavioral methods.

Clinical Psychologist. After graduating from college, it usually takes about five years of graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Psycholgy. It then requires an additional two years of supervision and passing a written (and often) an oral exam. There are a few states that allow psychologists to prescribe medications (with additional training) but that is uncommon.

Psychiatrist. After graduation from medical school, there is a generally a 4-year psychiatric residency. After the completion of this training, psychiatrists must pass an exam issued by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to obtain certification and legally practice in the field. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications.

Clinical Social Worker. This profession usually requires two years of study after obtaining an undergraduate degree. While specific licensure requirements vary by state, most require clinical social workers to obtain 3,000 hours or 2 years of supervised clinical experience, after obtaining a Masters degree. Social workers can also specialize in diverse fields such as human services management, social welfare analysis, community organizing, social and community development, and social and political research.

Marriage and Family Therapist. Obtaining this license requires a Masters degree which takes approximately two years of post graduate study. The license also requires 3000 hours of supervised work and passing written exams.

The Couples Institute. We have assembled a group of top notch therapists at The Couples Institute. Whatever marriage help or marriage advice you are looking for, we are here to serve you. While most other therapists see only a few couples a week, we specialize in marriage and couples relationships, working to develop and bring you the most current and effective approaches to couples therapy. For more information about couples therapy or marriage counseling, see our couples therapy section.