METHODS AND MODALITIES
Emotion Focused Therapy for couples
Gottman Method for Couples
EMDR for Couples (Corrie Elliott)
Training in Gottman Method for Infidelity and trauma/PTSD
HOW WE CAN HELP
Promote greater personal awareness and growth
Build conflict resolution skills
Make co-parenting work
Create trust and intimacy
Support non-traditional relationships
Create greater mutual understanding
Resolve recurring issues
Address trauma or earlier life experiences
WHEN IS IT TIME TO START COUPLES COUNSELLING?
As biased as we are, we truly think anytime is a good time to attend couples counselling.
Most often, couples begin therapy together to address a conflict or smooth out an issue that's causing trouble in their relationship. We work with you to determine a goal together, and create a positive and helpful path on achieving this goal.
We also welcome you to attend couples counselling if you seek general guidance and maintenance. Sometimes, all you need from the mechanic is a tune up. We think it is great when couples come in to figure out what will keep their dynamic strong and resilient in today's world.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You start by booking a first session. Both of you attend the session together with the counsellor and determine what positive change you wish to achieve as a couple.
You will also have a chance to meet with your couples counsellor individually as well.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW?
Couples therapy is not about winning or losing. Your therapist is not there to pick sides, but to work with both partner's equally to achieve a shared goal.
Contrary to what we see on tv, couples counselling is usually a structured and positive space, and not a shouting match with the therapist mentally checking out! While it's not always easy, couples counselling is an opportunity to learn about yourself: your communication style, personality traits and what life experiences have shaped your attachment style. This type of therapy helps you build confidence and meet your needs.
Couples therapy is a lot like running a three legged race. It is most successful when both you and your partner are on the same page working towards the same goal.
There are some counter indicators to couples therapy. Sometimes, there are scenarios that warrant the therapist to call a timeout on couples counselling. When these concerns are present it is best to explore individual, one-on-one therapy with and return to couples therapy when both partners are safe and able to engage in the process.