Why Choose IECC?

Deciding to come to counseling with your partner is a big deal. You make that decision, and then you still have to decide where you’ll go to get the help you want. We’d like to let you know what you can expect from marriage counseling with Inland Empire Couple’s Counseling.

Compassionate honesty

We will be honest with you. We care about our clients too much to withhold valuable information, sugar-coat things, or not give you our honest, informed, professional assessment. This is part of the process of growth, and we will help you through it. We are not the kind of therapists who will just repeat back everything you say–“So I hear that you’re angry”–or ask you repeatedly in a soft voice “And how does that make you feel?” We will tell you what we think and where you are getting in your own way, and we will help you find practical, workable solutions to your problems so you can have the loving, connected, happy relationship you want.

Professional skill

We are a group of passionate, experienced marriage counselors and couple therapists serving the Inland Empire. We are committed to providing excellent service and are always working to improve our skills. Our therapists are trained in research-backed methods of couple’s counseling; we believe in doing what works for our couples and not only relying on our own ideas, personal experiences, or folk wisdom.

A personal experience

We started as an operation of one person and developed business practices and habits that give our clients a completely personalized experience. Even as we grow, we are committed to maintaining that personal feel for all our clients.

  • Working with a marriage counselor is different than reading a book or attending a class. You get an experience that is tailored to your individual situation, problems, and personalities.

  • We are easy to access. We always respond to calls and emails. After you are matched with a therapist, you communicate directly with that person. You don’t have to go through a receptionist or scheduling or billing departments.

  • We have time for you in our schedule; we don’t overbook our therapists. You won’t have to wait weeks or months between appointments. Our clients come weekly. We want you to start seeing the changes you are looking for as quickly as possible. And when you reach your goals, you can graduate knowing you can pop back in for a check-up or tune-up as needed, if it is needed at all.

  • And because our therapists are not overloaded, we have time to do things that benefit you between sessions. This might be research to help you find the answer to a question or to find you a needed referral. Or it might be reading or consultation to improve our knowledge and skills so we can better help you.


We prepare. We think about your goals, your progress, the previous work we’ve done together, and we make a unique plan for each session. We’ll work with you to meet your needs. At the end of the session, we work together to create a record of the session–what you might typically think of as a therapist’s notes. You get to tell us what was meaningful about your session and what inspired you to try something new. Going through this process is helpful for you: it increases the likelihood that things will actually change outside of the time you spend with your counselor.

Celebrating your successes (and sometimes even laughs)

Really! We laugh. Therapy is serious business and hard work. It can be emotionally exhausting and sometimes even scary. Part of our philosophy is to find joy wherever we can to balance out the hard and the sad. We will cheer you on as you move toward a more fulfilling relationship and away from the pain and disconnection that’s tearing you apart. That journey often involves some trial-and-error; and we’ll be with you when you slip to help you get back on track. Somehow, we find something to laugh about in almost every session. As you get closer to the person you want to be and the relationship you want to have, therapy might even become fun!


You can come to our office; it’s on Brockton Ave between Central and Arlington in Riverside, California. We can come to you; we can meet in your home or office. Additional travel fees may apply. Or we can meet online; we use a secure HIPAA-compliant service for online sessions. Before your first session, you will get instructions that let you know what to expect and how to prepare for each session type.


Our office is paperless. Any forms you need to fill out are done securely online. You can do them when it’s convenient for you. There’s no showing up early to sit in the waiting room writing on a clipboard. In fact, many of our clients hardly use the waiting room at all (though it is stocked with drinks and snacks if you need one). We are typically prompt with our sessions and may even be waiting for you when you get here. We accept payment by cash or credit/debit card. If you’d rather not bring cash, we can charge the card you’ve stored securely with our HIPAA-compliant billing system without you even pulling out your wallet. Easy.


Meet Our Team


Michael Hooker

Are you tired of talking endlessly about the problems in your relationships and are ready to find solutions? Are you frustrated with all the general relationship advice out there and just really want a professional therapist to understand your unique situation and guide you through it? I’m Michael Hooker, and I can help. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (California Lic. No. 92564) with a passion for helping couples and families live better lives.

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Rebecca Williams

Do you miss your partner? You see them every day but you feel like you hardly know them. You miss the days when you were best friends and lovers. You don’t know how to go back to the relationship you used to have, maybe you doubt if it’s even possible to have that happiness and connection again.

I’m Rebecca Williams; and I can help you heal your hurts and fall in love again. I have a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University and am licensed in the state of California (Lic. No 81817).


Jarely Rivera

Jarely is the voice you’ll talk to when you call our office. She will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and match you with the right therapist to meet your needs.

At IECC we are committed to helping people get relief from their stresses and reconnect with their loved ones. If we’re not the right fit for you, Jarely will recommend other therapists, clinics, or resources that might be able to help.