Couples

Services for Couples

Treatment Philosophy

Providing Couple's Counselling can be a complex and sensitive situation. In most cases, a couple will enter into therapy when one or more core foundations in the relationship begin to create distress and turmoil. The Couple Therapy sessions require an approach that is completely impartial, while preventing all perceptions of assigning blame or fault. It is important for the therapist to recognize each individual's perspective and to promote an environment of understanding, forgiveness and connection between the couple.

I have received formal education and training in Couple Therapy through the University of Guelph and I continually update my learning experiences by attending ongoing Workshops and Seminars as a member of both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.  

The Therapy Process

The First Step

Consider these questions:

  • Have you or your partner recognized an increase in the frequency or intensity of arguments?
  • Have you started to talk to friends or family about problems in your relationship?
  • Are you having conflict or disagreements with your partner over the same issue, without adequate resolution?
  • Have you recently asked a lawyer or done any research regarding the process of separation or divorce?
  • Have you noticed a decrease in physical intimacy?
  • Has a person outside of your relationship negatively impacted the connection you have with your partner?
  • Have you or your partner been diagnosed with a Mood Disorder?
  • Do you or your partner engage in Addictive behaviour?
  • Do you have any concerns regarding the health and well-being of yourself, your partner and/or your relationship?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then it may be time to make an appointment with a qualified professional to explore these situations in more detail.

The Next Step

**If there has been a history of domestic violence in the relationship, please inform the therapist PRIOR to the first appointment.**

What happens during the first meeting?

  • The initial appointment begins with an introduction, followed by some simple paper work and a review of confidentiality and fee policies
  • A history of relevant information and a description of the issues you're experiencing is discussed
  • A treatment plan is established, which involves concrete ideas on how to create positive changes regarding your situation
  • All therapy sessions are informative, not directive. You are not "psychoanalyzed" and then told "you must do this...."
  • Future appointments are booked on an "as needed" basis. You will not be asked to commit to ongoing, weekly appointments
  • During the entire process, any and all questions are openly welcomed

Due to the nature of the therapy process and for confidentiality purposes, "free consultations" are not available.    During the first appointment, the process begins with a collaborative approach for creating positive changes.

Core Treatment Values

Respecting Individuality
Creating treatment plans based on the relationship dynamic, as well as each individual's personality and needs
Fair and Impartial Perspective
Assisting couples to move away from a "right" and "wrong" conflict, into understanding and compassion
Creating Relationship Communication
Working with each partner to create a communication style that works for the individuals and the relationship