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“Gal and Liron have clearly put a lot of thought, time, and care into the curriculum of the workshop and it shows. They are living proof of their own practice and it's inspiring. Don't second guess it. Just do it.

- J, 2019 Love Made Simple Participant from Petaluma, CA

More about Gal...

In his work with hundreds of couples, Gal Szekely has observed that most relationship issues stem from one well-intentioned but misguided thought: “It should come naturally!” In reality, strong partnerships don’t just happen—they require tools and resources most of us weren’t given and don’t even realize we need.

As the director of The Couples Center and Love Made Simple, Gal is dedicated to the vision of helping all couples create a Love that Lasts. His warm, practical approach—combining psychotherapy, coaching, and spiritual guidance—recognizes and honors the very best in every person, and makes him a sought-after coach, therapist, and workshop leader.

Gal’s transformative experience in his own relationship compelled him to leave a successful career in high-tech marketing and management consulting in favor of pursuing a master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at San Francisco’s California Institute of Integral Studies, a school blending Eastern and Western healing philosophies. As a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Gal’s relationship with his wife is the source of inspiration for his commitment to helping couples create thriving relationships.

Gal has a lifelong dedication to learning and growth and is trained in a range of effective couples counseling methods. He is an instructor in the Hakomi experiential therapy method and is part of the Hakomi California teaching staff. He is also and adjunct faculty at CIIS University and JFK University where he teaches couples counseling. He has studied EFT (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy) extensively and often incorporates EFT into his therapy work. Additionally, Gal utilizes a powerful approach to therapy called PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy) which utilizes cutting edge neuroscience and attachment theory. His work draws on years of meditation practice and a deep understanding of the body-mind connection. Gal also holds a master’s in Social Psychology from Tel-Aviv University in Israel, and conducts marriage counseling in Hebrew as well as English.

An experienced speaker and workshop leader, Gal has led dynamic, highly rated events at local tech companies, nonprofits, and universities. Gal has been interviewed for J. WeeklyI Do Podcast, and SFGate and is an expert contributor at YourTango. His articles have been featured on Prevention.comPsychCentralMomtastic, and The Huffington Post.

Learn more about Liron...

I was born and raised in Israel, and as a daughter to immigrant parents – that immigrant from Morocco and Iraq to Israel – and being an immigrant myself (here in California), I went through period of culturally rejection, and isolation.

Therefore I deeply understand the complexity of race and color, the process of planting roots in a new ground, the social and personal aspect of growing up in a foreign place – it’s never easy. In my case, It always kept me aware of how the different background of two people can impact their relationship, their communication and intimacy, so dramatically…

Being a therapist is my third career. When I met Gal in 2003, I was already in a design school and later became interior and fashion designer in 2008 I trained and became a doula, and through all of these carrier changes, I was already deeply invested in my own personal healing process, and the transformation I went through inspired me to pressure my degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, and decided to specialize in couples and relationships as part of my/ our own journey in couplehood and my own journey into myself.

We had different phase in our relationship, some difficult, other full of joy, and even though we had deep challenges, and learned to repair and recover from them. It all inspired me to learn more about connection, communication, and deepen my understanding of relationship, and above all to explore and deepen my relationship with myself.

In 2015 (and 2021!), I became a mom to a wonderful child, and the journey of motherhood empowered my ability to grow and change as I needed to fulfill my new role and begin to explore new ways of life...

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