About Danielle

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Danielle Saunders, LMFT

San Francisco & East Bay Couples Therapist


Connect to yourself and your relationships with integrity

I am here to listen to the stirrings of your heart and to give you grounding, real techniques that will help you release trauma and past wounds to stand fully in this world as your authentic self.


Whether you seek support for yourself or with your partner or family, I will create safety to address the pressing issues that burn for recognition and release. We will discuss how to bridge difficult conversations and how to listen with compassion. Through gentleness and clarity, we will navigate the ebb and flow of emotions, thoughts, fears and wishes. I am trained in Emotionally-focused Couples Therapy, and Solution-focused Family Therapy.

Individual Therapy

I offer a variety of optional creative techniques including mindfulness, meditation and Expressive Arts to supplement our talking and being present together.

Couples Therapy

For many people, having their partner in the session promotes a level of safety to address issues of past trauma and painful family patterns and is the only way for them to get help for their individual needs.

Family Therapy

This is powerful work for mothers/fathers/parents and adult or teen children to address issues of poor communication, stress from work, relocation, divorce, acting out behaviors, increasing trust and safety and processing old hurts.

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Danielle is sensitive, grounded and creative. She is interested in your life narrative…

We Speak Relationship.

More About Danielle:

As a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of California since 2004, Danielle maintains a private practice seeing adults, couples and families using psychology, the arts and mindfulness techniques focusing on issues such as anxiety, depression, sensitive/artistic children, divorce/separation, career transitions, marital stress and postpartum. She provides assessment, family collateral sessions and referrals for the above issues. Danielle welcomes all clients of all backgrounds, races, genders and sexual orientations.

A Pennsylvania native, she began teaching children and teens art, drama and movement as an undergraduate, eventually working at Manchester Craftsmens Guild and Civic Light Opera in Pittsburgh, PA. She continued her passionate service for youth and families at Hilltop High School for Teen Mothers in San Francisco, APPLE Family Works, San Rafael, CA and Lincoln Child Center, Oakland, CA, as a Psychotherapist and Case Manager. In private practice, she worked her way backwards to working with couples, to help them build a strong foundation from which to raise healthy, resilient children.

She has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA, 2000. She was educated with a foundation of Transpersonal Psychology, the blending of humanistic psychology with spirituality, mindfulness and embodiment. She practices Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Solution-Focused Family Therapy and Relational-Attachment Therapy.This rigorous program also submerged her in arts-as-a-healing-agent, equipping her with the extensive and subtle knowledge of layering arts techniques, modalities & mediums. She has additional training in yoga, mindfulness, Hakomi, and spiritual crisis.

Danielle teaches as Adjunct Professor at California Institute of Integral Studies and John F. Kennedy University and offers small group classes in her office on topics of Spiritual Development, Deepening Intimacy for Couples and Intuitive Painting. Danielle is an ardent student of Western and Eastern spirituality, meditation, yoga and the healing of the planet. She brings her unique blend of presence, archetypal awareness and resonant fluidity to all her sessions and groups.

Danielle accepts private pay only, however, will provide all the necessary documentation for insurance reimbursement. Please contact us if you have special needs or further questions.

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