Marriage & Couples Counseling in Sacramento, CA

As a licensed marriage and family therapist, I can create a comfortable environment for Sacramento couples to explore their relationship concerns and overcome their shared and individual obstacles. It can be easy to get lost in a sea of constant disagreement, and you may feel at a loss when experiencing a great deal of arguing or a loss of connection. Thankfully, these are extremely common issues in relationships. With some time, communication, and effort, you will have all the tools you need to rebuild your relationship and move forward to a place of deeper connection and arguments that end in resolution, not despair.

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Healing separately and together in Sacramento, CA

Therapy is not about airing your grievances to a third-party and looking to see who is correct. One important aspect of therapy is realizing your feelings are just as valid as your partner’s, and by finding ways to express yourself in a healthy manner, you’ll gain a much better understanding of each other’s intentions and experiences.

Healing can be messy, and it can be difficult. However, it is important not to shy away from the work! I will be able to assist you with building healthy habits, efficient SMART goals, and maintaining a genuine friendship between you and your partner.

To meet these goals, I use the Gottman Method, which entails 7 principles:

  • Love Map Building
  • Expressions of Fondness and Admiration
  • Turning Toward Each Other
  • Accepting Influence
  • Addressing Solvable Problems
  • Resolving and Managing Conflict
  • Establishing “Shared Meaning”


Couples therapy is beneficial for all relationship types. I understand there are many ways to navigate a relationship. I will help you set comfortable, yet firm boundaries and find ways to works together to achieve your mutual goals.

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Anxiety and Trauma Therapy in Sacramento, CA

I am also happy to provide counseling services for individuals who are suffering from anxiety and trauma. Your past does not have to define your future, and I am passionate about helping folks find ways to get through the mental obstacles that stand in their way of leading a fulfilling life. Together, we’ll figure out how to instill healthy habits and coping mechanisms, sifting through your triggers, fears, and concerns to understand the best way to alleviate anxiety and encourage confidence.

I use a variety of methods to aid in overcoming anxiety and trauma, such as EMDR, DBT, and CBT techniques. After our consultation, if you decide I am the correct fit for you, we’ll begin the work to develop a treatment plan that addresses your most prominent concerns.

Connect With Cristeta Rillera Today

For a free, 20-minute consultation, please reach out to me by phone at (530) 302-6097 or via email at [email protected]. You may also fill out the online form available and I will get back to you as soon as possible. I look forward to working with you on your journey of healing and wellness.