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Need Relationship Counseling? Couples Therapy In San Diego

How do you know your relationship is over? If you are here searching, you’re looking to learn and maybe that means there is hope.
Who we are

Marriage Counseling and Couples Therapy In San Diego

Welcome. We have the vision to change the world one relationship at a time through relationship counseling.

We help San Diego couples and individuals have conversations that enable more fulfilling lives, intimacy and enriching conversations that may lead to a stronger connection and feel a sense of security.

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Our Values

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.

John Bacon Gilbert – Couples Therapist & Marriage Counselor – Couple Connection

Hello, I’m John Bacon Gilbert, Marriage Counselor

Couples Therapy – LMFT#125762

My partner and I sat down over coffee and openly discussed what we would do if we could have any career in the world. It was no surprise to either of us, if I could do anything in the world I would be a therapist.

I’ve had a lot of passions in my life, and I still do, but finding a career as a therapist does not feel like work. The development and growth of my clients bring me so much joy. As a young parent, I served as a shipboard firefighter in the Coast Guard, and later I became a small business owner.

I rolled up my sleeves, moving from contractor to learning new skills as an IT system analyst. Today I have the honor of finding my passion as a therapist specializing in couples therapy.

The highest compliment I can receive is when a client reaches an increased level of connection with one another that they have not previously experienced. It’s a blessing to be able to find joy, peace, and a true sense of purpose in this work.

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My Approach To Helping Couples

From the onset of couples counseling, and throughout treatment, I have taken a neutral stance.

You two are the experts in your lives and it’s my job to understand how both of you experience the relationship together. It is very important to me to be prepared for your appointment, and that starts with beginning your session on time. I take great pride in being punctual.

I’ve been an anxious client in a waiting room too, and I want you to know my career doesn’t make my time more valuable than yours. When a new client enters my office I learn as much as I can.

When I meet with a couple, I imagine the space between them on the sofa as my client. How can I better close that space between them? It’s not my job to find the “wrong” person in the relationship.

I believe we all interact in relationships in a way that makes sense through our own perspective–a fact that rarely makes as much sense to our partners. My focus lies in helping to decipher those interactions and restore the connection.

I use a model of therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy. If you are not an “emotional” person, don’t worry, I’m not either.

The model is focused on eliciting experiential changes. Some therapy models focus on tools, homework, or communication styles. While those are helpful for some, it depends heavily on actually using the tools.

In the heat of an argument, the successful deployment of said tools isn’t likely. This often leaves couples frustrated and seeking couples therapy in San Diego again.

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Seeking relationship counseling is such a courageous step. But it doesn’t stop there, it takes work. Are you ready to build intimacy and resolve conflict?

Let’s face it, most people don’t open an internet browser and search for help when they are on a positive winning streak and their relationship is great and communication is perfect.

I haven’t had anyone sit down and say, “you know John, our chemistry, connection, support, trust, and communication is so strong. We don’t have any issues or difficulty. We just wanted to share it with someone. Our friends are sick of hearing about our amazing relationship.”

Certified Expert

John Bacon Gilbert is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


John builds trust so you feel comfortable sharing which is crucial to your treatment

Flexible Appointments

Choose what works best for your between in-person or virtual appointments

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John Bacon Gilbert LMFT#125762

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Finding the best couples therapist in San Diego

Are you and your partner looking for a couples or family therapist to help reconcile your differences and work on your mental health and communicating more effectively? With the right therapist, both of you can learn ways to recognize and express emotions, resolve conflicts, and enhance the connection between you. Read on to find helpful tips on how to search for couples therapy in San Diego that is right for you.

Understand Your Needs

Before you begin your search for a compassionate couples therapist in San Diego, take some time to think about what it is that you need from family therapy. It’s important to be clear on what exactly you want to work on in your relationship and with the help of a counselor. Ask yourself questions such as, “What are our biggest challenges?” or “What is a successful outcome I hope we can achieve through couples therapy?” Taking the time to answer these questions can better prepare you for the process.

Ask Friends and Family For Referrals

Word of mouth can be a great way to find highly recommended references for a couples therapist. Reach out to friends, family, or co-workers that have sought counseling services themselves in the past and see if they can provide any recommendations. Not only will they be able to share their experiences with certain counselors, but they may also be able to tell you who has the best success rate when it comes to working with couples.

Research Potential Therapists Online

Once you’ve got a list of prospective counselors, start researching them online. Most therapists will post their qualifications and bios on their own websites or social media pages. Read these over carefully to determine whether they’ve had experience working with couples and if they specialize in any specific issues.

A great way to narrow your search even further is to look for reviews or testimonials from previous clients who have received services from the therapist you’re considering.

Make Sure the Therapist is Credentialed

Before you decide to work with a relationship or family counseling therapist or clinical psychologist, it’s important to check that they are credentialed by a recognized body. If your therapist hasn’t completed the appropriate training and achieved board certification, it’s unlikely that their services will be covered by insurance and this could cause financial problems in the future.

Also, make sure any couples therapist you investigate is working under an ethical code prescribed by the counseling field. This will ensure your therapy is conducted professionally and respectfully.

Set Up an In-Person Interview or Telecall With the Therapist for a Good Fit

Before committing to working with a couples therapist, it’s important to know whether you have a good rapport with them. You can set up either an in-person or telecall interview to get a feel for their style and approach. Plus, you can ask any questions you have about the therapy process they use and also make sure that they are capable of understanding your specific relationship needs.

The interview is also an opportunity to make sure there are no conflicts of interest – more specifically, that the couple’s therapist doesn’t already have relationships with either of you outside of the therapy setting.

Get A Free 15-Minute Consultation

Finding the right therapist can be quite challenging. I recommend that you call several therapists to see which one is the right fit for you. I am happy to offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to answer any questions you may have about relationship counseling and therapy.

If it turns out that we are not a good fit, I can provide you with other possible different available recommendations for marital counseling and affordable couples therapy San Diego.

Have Questions?

Do you have questions about relationship counseling before you decide to book your Free 15 Minute Consultation?

Text, call, or fill out the form to the right to contact us with your questions.

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Our Location

5252 Balboa Ave, Suite 204
San Diego, CA. 92117

Operating Hours

Monday – Friday
(9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

Frequently Asked Questions About Counseling Sessions

Couples therapy can definitely help to fix a broken relationship. This type of therapy offers couples encouragement and a safe space to discuss their issues and understand each other's perspectives.

It often focuses on communication, conflict resolution, and trying to identify the underlying issues that led to the relationship breaking down in the first place. Couples therapy also encourages both partners to take responsibility for their own actions, as well as learn new ways of relating and interacting with one another.

With courage, patience and hard work, couples therapy can be extremely effective in helping to repair a broken relationship and build trust between partners once again.


Couples therapy can last for any length of time, depending on the couple's needs and goals. Generally speaking, couples therapy can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

However, some couples may need more intensive help and may require longer-term treatment lasting several years. The length of time will depend on the severity of the issues faced by the couple and how effectively they are working together to address them.

It is important for couples to discuss their expectations with their therapist so that they can be realistic about the amount of time needed to work through their difficulties. Couples should also remember that even after completing therapy, it is important to continue practicing healthy communication habits and coping skills in order to maintain a strong relationship.


Couples therapy can be a great way to help a toxic relationship. It provides an opportunity for couples to work together to address and resolve their conflicts, while also building on the positive aspects of their relationship.

Through couples therapy, couples can learn better communication skills, gain a better understanding of each other’s needs and wants, and develop healthier ways of relating to one another.

Couples therapy can also help couples identify any underlying issues that may be causing the toxic behavior in their relationship and find ways to address those issues in order to create a stronger foundation for their partnership.

With the help of a trained therapist, couples can often talk openly and find the tools needed to heal their relationship and foster greater understanding and connection with one another.


Couples therapy can be a great investment for couples who are struggling to communicate or work through issues in their relationship. It can provide a safe space for couples to express their feelings, thoughts, and concerns without fear of judgment.

It can also help identify the underlying issues that need to be addressed and provide strategies for making positive changes. Couples therapy can be expensive, but it is often worth the money if it leads to improved communication and better understanding between partners.

Additionally, it can help each person in the relationship become more self-aware, learn how to better manage conflict and develop healthier habits to ensure a lasting relationship.

Ultimately, investing in couples therapy is ultimately up to the couple themselves - but with the right commitment and collaborative effort it could be an invaluable tool in strengthening relationships.