Steve Meineke-Marriage Counselor
Steven E. Meineke, MA, MDiv, MFT

Marriage and Family Therapist (License #20244)
Over 30 years of clinical experience
Specialist in marriage and couples counseling, therapy and education


Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Past President, AAMFT- California Division
Committed to highest standards of ethics and clinical practice


Award Winning Writer
Columnist for San Diego Family Magazine since 1985
Parenting Publications of America multiple
Gold Award winner

Ordained Minister, United Church of Christ
Spiritual teacher and leader in university and church settings for over 35 years
Member of inclusive
progressive Christian faith community committed to social justice



Thank you for your interest in my practice.

I specialize in helping couples build equal, intimate and enduring relationships that bring health, joy and meaning to their lives. I provide support and resources to couples wanting to work through a crisis, resolve longstanding issues, or adjust to major life changes such as becoming parents, starting or ending a job, and retiring. For couples contemplating whether or not to divorce, I offer a brief discernment process. Some of the most common reasons couples seek my help are: poor communication (i.e. arguing, fighting), infidelity (i.e. extramarital affair, cheating), anger management, lack of intimacy or sexual desire, lack of teamwork in parenting, work and lifestyle stress, conflicts related to differences in religion (e.g. interfaith marriages), depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

I provide marriage counseling, premarital counseling, couples therapy, and a relationship enrichment program for couples in stable marriages. In addition to my work with couples, I provide individual and family therapy for a variety of issues.

My office is private and comfortable, on a quiet street near the ocean in Solana Beach—an easy drive from San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, Encinitas, Carlsbad and other North County communities. You can be assured I will treat you and your loved ones with sensitivity, respect and compassion, regardless of your issues, family status, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

On the Q & A page, I answer questions you may have about me and my practice, some of which you may not feel comfortable asking me yourself. The Services page provides details about the types of counseling I provide. And if you’d like to get a better sense of my personal marriage and parenting values, you may find it helpful to read some of my essays on the Articles page.

Please feel free to call and talk with me personally if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.