254 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 494-7074

Couples therapy provides the emotional safety, confidentiality, and support for you and your partner to face and have potentially difficult conversations. Many couples find it helpful to work with an objective third party who can understand, and seek to bridge, two different points of view. Couples therapy offers individuals an opportunity to increase your self-understanding as well as empathy for your partner. 

As your couples therapist, I offer you the opportunity to better recognize communication that leads to disconnection and defensiveness, and move toward communication that connects. 

Couples therapy may offer you support in making decisions about the direction of your relationship, e.g. whether to deepen the commitment, live together, marry, or have children. While many couples find that couples therapy can strengthen and deepen their existing bond, for others it may clarify that it is time to renegotiate or end the current relationship agreement. For these couples, couples therapy may serve to support conscious uncoupling, as one or both partners choose to end the relationship in order to support individual growth or healing. 

About Tanya

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2017, Tanya Takacs has supported individuals, couples, and families to improve their mental and emotional well-being and relationship dynamics since 2013. She holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies (C.I.I.S.), and a Bachelor’s in Sociology, with an emphasis on issues of diversity and social justice, from Vassar College. As a therapist she draws from psychodynamic/psychoanalytic approaches, attachment theory, family systems, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Tanya is passionate about her work as a psychotherapist and committed to ongoing professional development, currently participating in a two-year training program in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Prior to her therapist training, Tanya studied and practiced Zen meditation extensively, living in diverse community at a Zen Center for over a decade. When not at work, Tanya enjoys the beauty of the San Francisco Bay Area, quality time with loved ones, foreign and independent films, and bearing witness to current events/politics.   

Couples issues in my practice include: 

  • Relationship discernment

  • Acknowledging and navigating the daily celebrations and challenges of living together

  • Pre-marital and marital counseling

  • Monogamy/monogamish/open relationships

  • Infidelity/Healing from an affair

  • Recovery/Codependency

  • Grief/Loss/Life transition

  • Sex/sexuality concerns

  • LGBTQ couples