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My husband and I are going through some major challenges in our
marriage. With two small children, we are doing everything in our power
to try and save the marriage. It has gotten to the point that it is
beyond what we can do and we need some intensive professional help. We
are self employed and cannot afford $100+ for 50 minutes on a weekly
basis. Does anyone have a reccomendation for a low cost provider that
offers marriage counseling? We are in the East Bay. Any leads are
Low Cost Help
For low to moderate cost couples therapy, I recommend either
The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley (510) 548-2250, or
Women's Therapy Center (510) 524-8288. Both use a sliding
fee scale based on income and consider your individual
financial situation. Best of luck, Debra Lyman, LCSW
The Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito may be an option for you.
They charge on a sliding scale with the maximum being $85 for the
50 minutes depending on what your household income and expenses
You may want to look into Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito.
Best of luck.
I highly recommend Audrey Sabol. My husband and I have been seeing
her for many years and we are very very thankful to have her. There
have been manys struggles and points where we were not sure if we
were going to make it as a couple and Audrey helped us work it out.
She's also very flexible. We would see her 2 times a month to fit
our budget and she let us bring our baby to session. I believe her
rate is between $100-115. She's in Rockridge and her number is
510-869-5329. Good luck! Monica
The Bay Area Psychotherapy Training Institute in Lafayette
provides low fee services by interns in their final stages
before becoming licensed. They are all mature, well trained
counselors overseen by very seasoned licensed professionals
and provide excellent services. To schedule an appointment
call 925-284-2298. They also have a website, just google
BAPTI. Best wishes to you and your husband. You can make
After 4 years of marriage and the birth of our first child, who is almost
one year old now, I feel we really need some counseling if we want to
make our relationship last. We have no health insurance at the moment,
and it seems we have no time or money to spare either -which is probably
part of the problem, but not all of it- Does anyone know of any free, or
inexpensive couple's counseling?
desperate new mom
Many churches have free or low cost counseling available. Also, there
are classes for couples to take to work on your marriage. Our church,
First Presbyterian Church in Berkeley (www.fpcberkeley.org) has both.
The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley is a great resource for low-cost
(they use a sliding scale) couples or individual therapy. The number if
It is important to remember that most relationships
experience a decline in marital happiness after having a
baby. Couples counseling can be very helpful in providing
tools for improving communication and reestablishing
intimacy with your partner. Women's Therapy Center in El
Cerrito offers low-fee, sliding scale counseling by interns
for individuals and couples. Their number is (510)
Seeking affordable family/couples therapy in West Berkeley
The nonprofit agency where I work, JFCS/East Bay, offers
excellent sliding scale family and couples therapy in downtown
Berkeley. We've got a great team of competent, expert therapists
who could assist you. Call (510) 704-7475, ext. 700. Or check out
our website at www.jfcs-eastbay.org. Though ''Jewish'' is in the
agency's name, we're nonsectarian and offer services to people
from all backgrounds. Best,
My husband and I are going through rough times with trust and
communication issues. We have a young family (1 year old and 2 1/2 year
old) and do not necessarily have the means to afford the $100-150/hr
fee for a therapist. However, we are very committed to working through
our issues. Any suggestions for therapists that are affordable and
Try the Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito. It is staffed by
counseling interns who provide individual and couples therapy on
a sliding scale fee structure. Sorry I don't have the number at
Hope that helps
I would highly recommend Stacy Stoddard. She's an MFT Intern,
which means she has reasonable rates even though she has years
of experience. She actually focuses on women and couples who
have babies and children, so she may be a good match for you.
God knows she did wonders for us! Her office is in North
Berkeley, and her website is www.newparenttherapy.com, phone is
510.496.2733. Good luck!
I am wondering if people have recommendations for low-cost
couples counseling. I have looked at previous referrels, and
many of them are out of date. I would love some names of
individual therapists, or clinics.
The third year of training at the Women's Therapy Center in El
Cerrito specializes in couples/relationship counseling, and they
work on a sliding scale. They are mature women with great
supervisors and teachers. 527-3562 is the number I have for
them, but if that doesn't work, call the WTC number, which is
Try the Women's Therapy Center in El Cerrito. They do individual
and couples counseling. The fees are on a sliding scale
depending on family size and income.
a satisfied client
The adjustment to adding a child to our family has been hard on my marriage and after 18 months of trying to fix it with cheaper methods, we have resigned ourselves to the fact that we need to invest in marriage counseling. The only problem is that we do not have space for this in our budget. Therefore, we are looking for a high quality marriage counselor who we could see twice a month for no more than $160 per month ($80 per session). We would really prefer someone who is in Oakland, as the closer they are to home, the less we have to pay a babysitter. We need someone who would be available evenings or weekends. I have looked on the website and contacted the UC Berkeley Psychology Clinic, but their hours do not work with ours.
The Couples Clinic at University of California, Berkeley is offering
low-cost, short-term therapy to a limited number of couples. Our approach
is based on the latest research on marital relationships. We will help you
and your partner to communicate openly, resolve your disagreements
positively, and cope with negative emotions. Dealing with these issues now
is an investment in the future of your marriage and the well-being of your
children. Your marriage is too important to put on hold.
The Psychology Clinic is open to all Bay Area residents and offers
affordable fees. For more information, call (510)642-2055.
My husband and I have seen someone recently who might work for you.
His name is Bruce Ecker. He does something fairly unusual (he
literally wrote the book on it!) called "Depth Oriented Brief Therapy".
The hallmark of this technique is that he believes that deep, long-lasting
change is potentially available FROM THE VERY FIRST VISIT. He will
see individuals or couples (so far we've always gone together, although
some visits were more like individual therapy with kibbitzing), and he
will schedule sessions at whatever interval you feel comfortable with.
Each session is scheduled at the end of the current one, so you're in
no way "committed" to see him for any set period of time. The downside
is that it can mean inconsistent timing of visits, since it will depend
on whatever he has open at that point. But we've never had any problem
finding a mutually acceptable time within about 2 or 2 1/2 weeks. He
has a sliding scale, and I believe that the bottom is $80. He is not
solely a marriage counselor, but he certainly does work on dynamics
between couples, very effectively (he is both an MA and MFCC). He
works in Oakland, at 445 Bellevue Ave. Suite 101. Phone number:
marriage counselor. George Gardener, LCSW has an office in Oakland and he is
a really great therapist! His number is 482-1002 Good luck
we saw Joyce Lindenbaum, LCSW, on College Ave in the Rockridge area.
It was many years ago so the price would be outdated, but she was
flexible in reducing the fee for us. Even so, it was a stretch
financially, but we figured we could put off saving money to buy a
house so that we'd have the best shot at wanting to live in it
together! Joyce was a tremendous help and I recommend her highly
Editor Note: as of 2006, Joyce Linderbaum is not working on sliding scale
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