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Whether you’re looking for therapy for yourself, your family, or your child, the first step begins here. 

Contact me today with the form below. Alternatively, you can email me directly at Mariefranceycote@gmail.com or call my office, located in San Rafael, at 415.997.0020. I look forward to working with you.

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822 D Street
San Rafael, CA, 94901
United States

(415) 997-0020

Mariefrance Cote, LMFT. Therapy Marin County, CBT, Solution-focused, emotion-focused coping skills. Psychotherapy for adults, teens, and children with anxiety, depression, sleep, OCD, and school challenges. Relationship expert. The therapy approach of Mariefrance Cote, LMFT is warm, caring, and engaged.

OLDindividuals, couples

Individual and Couple Therapy

Individuals

Life begins outside of your comfort zone, but the comfort zone can keep us trapped. We confuse safety for comfort and then find ourselves surprised with overarching themes of dissatisfaction and struggle in our lives. Someone seeking psychotherapy has often become aware of this trap; they’ve realized that comfort and growth are not indicative of one another and are ready to take a step, if not a leap, of faith. They are ready to begin a new journey; a new path. Knowing where to place your feet can be overwhelming, especially when you try and walk alone.

As we work together, you’ll gain confidence in your ability to walk on your own. You’ll be able to look back on past paths not with regret, but with lessons learned. And you’ll begin to boldly press down this new path, equipped with understanding, creativity, and mind/body wholeness. This is achieved through exploring the dynamics of significant relationships, both past and present – beginning with your relationship with yourself.

We’ll explore thought patterns and behaviors that promote dissatisfaction and, once identified, we’ll replace them with affirming patterns that pave the way for a life built on your terms. Shortly after our work begins, you’ll likely experience an increase in energy, and I view this energy as potential. You’ll become awakened to a potential that was always there, though it was likely obstructed by stress and relational challenges. We’ll channel this potential into productive and creative endeavors that, one step at a time, will lay the groundwork for lasting change.

Emotional and spiritual maturation is a process whereby you identify your needs and desires and use this new-found potential to breathe new life into them. You’ll watch in active amazement as your relationships with others and, most importantly, with yourself, are transformed. Through this transformation, your career, hobbies, and creative projects will bask in new light as well. We’ll accomplish this through my Mind/Body Approach, which I outline HERE.

Couples

For many intimate couple relationships are at the core of the experience of life satisfaction. While couple relationships can be deeply rewarding and fun, often after the initial “honeymoon” phase of a relationship, couples find themselves becoming stuck in emotional patterns that dampen the sense of joy in relationship. This phase can lead to escalating conflict and disillusion about the future of the relationship. However, this is a very potent turning point for a relationship, for it is at this time that conflict and dissatisfaction can be explored and worked through, and transform to the next level of growth and intimacy in the relationship! For others, beginning a relationship with an exploration of mutual aspirations and goals within a therapeutic context can set the stage for creating the Fundamental Key Components of a Successful Relationship (see below).

I approach couple therapy in a similar manner than individual therapy, where I align with the couple to get clarity on their goals and explore behaviors and thinking/emotional patterns that get in the way from achieving those goals. A good amount of focus is directed toward fostering positive communication that diffuses reactivity, builds responsibility and deepens intimacy. Exploring how building compassion and understanding of each other’s triggers and sensitivities can support the appreciation each partner’s qualities and enhance the relationships rather than dampen it, is also at the core of Couple Therapy.


Fundamental Key Components of a Successful Relationship:

  • Compassion and Empathy
  • Individuation
  • Humor, fun
  • Positive Communication
  • Shared Goals
  • Safety; Emotional and Physical
  • Sexual/Intimate Satisfaction

I specialize and have training in working with the following couple experiences/challenges:

  • Attachement Enhancement
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Interracial
  • Parenting
  • Life Transitions
  • Sexual Abuse in one Partner
  • Sexual Intimacy

*I have experience working with same sex couples, alternative couples, and relationship configurations.

If you’re ready to release your potential and begin a new chapter in your life, take the first step and contact me HERE.


Fees +

$150 per 50-minute session (sliding scale available)

Issues of Interest +

  • Women's Health

  • Parenting experience

  • Anxiety and Depressive States

  • Trauma

  • Creative Blocks

  • Relationship, intimacy

  • Spirituality