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Ellyn Bader, LMFT
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Ellyn Bader, LMFT, Marriage & Family Therapist in Menlo Park, CA


Ellyn Bader, PhD, is Co-Founder and Director of The Couples Institute in Menlo Park, California. Over the past 25 years she has conducted professional training programs in couples therapy and has trained therapists throughout the United States as well as Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. She is a past-president of the International Transactional Analysis Association and a recipient of the Clark Vincent Award for an outstanding literary contribution to the field of marital therapy from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.. Ellyn is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. and with her husband, Peter Pearson, PhD, she co-authored two books, In Quest of the Mythical Mate: A Developmental Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment in Couples Therapy (Brunner/Mazel) and Tell Me No Lies: How to Face the Truth and Build an Honest Marriage (St. Martin’s Press). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Oprah, Cosmopolitan and on Good Morning America and the Today show.
Ellyn Bader is also listed in Best Marriage Therapists in Menlo Park


Ellyn Bader received a bachelor’s degree from the MSU and completed her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Licensing & Certifications:

  • Licensed
  • License State: CA
  • License Number: 6591, received 1976
  • Clinical and Teaching Member TA


  • Infidelity
  • Intimacy
  • LGBTQ+
  • Life Transitions
  • Sex
  • Trust

Types of Therapy:

  • Couples Therapy
  • Acceptance And Commitment Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Marriage And Family Therapy
  • Pre-Marriage

Services Provided Via:

  • In person

Works With:

  • Couples

Working With Marriages for:

  • 40 Year(s)

Free Phone Consultations?

  • Yes

Hourly Fees Range:

  • $250+

Language(s) Spoken:

  • English

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Office Location

445 Burgess Drive, Suite 150,
Menlo Park CaliforniaUnited States 94025