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Professional Staff

  • Alapaki Yee, MFT

  • Salvatore Garanzini, MFT

Sam Garanzini, MFT, is the Executive Director and Cofounder of the Gay Couples Institute, based in San Francisco and Palm Springs, CA. He and his husband, Alapaki Yee, MFT, also a Cofounder and Clinical Director, are licensed therapists who have helped over 4000 same-sex couples improve their relationships.


They are both Certified Gottman Therapists who published a ground-breaking peer-reviewed research study with Drs. John and Julie Gottman showing the effectiveness of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy with same-sex couples. Salvatore is also an adjunct professor in the University of San Francisco Counseling Psychology Department.

They created the Gay Relationship Revolution Program - a powerful system for helping same-sex couples in committed relationships, as well as individuals looking to rapidly increase their relationship happiness and satisfaction in just 90 days. This program removes the obstacles they felt as a young gay person, going to therapy and reading relationship books when they really wanted a straightforward plan.

So if you want a crystal clear and predictable roadmap to help you create a long-lasting connection with a partner, as well as feel personally confident in your relationship abilities, click here to schedule an initial session!


Salvatore Garanzini, MFT

Salvatore Garanzini is the Executive Director of the Gay Couples Institute, and Certified by John and Julie Gottman to teach Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Also a professor of counseling psychology at the University of San Francisco, Salvatore teaches addiction therapy and psychopharmacology, and brings 15 years of clinical experience to this training. 

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Alapaki Yee, MFT

I enjoy working at the Gay Couples Institute because I enjoy positively helping other gay couples with their relationship; that I had a small part to help them get along better, communicate better, and even last long term. I also use the skills I teach in my own relationship, so I know it works even if you don't get it perfect. Contact us to get started!

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Dr Gabrielle (Gabe) Price

Gabe Price is a postdoctoral fellow who has served adults and adolescents in the mental health and coaching field for 7 years. He received his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. Gabe is dedicated to serving individuals and couples who present with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, relational issues, and sexuality-related concerns. He is passionate about providing culturally competent care to individuals and couples with intersecting marginalized identities. Gabe has conducted research supporting the positive correlation between intimacy and sexual satisfaction in same-sex couples and transgender individuals as well as research normalizing BDSM and kink in couples therapy. He has a strong passion for serving LGBTQ+ individuals and same-sex couples, providing them with effective care to help improve their emotional, relational, psychological, and sexual wellbeing.

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