Our therapists draw from many therapeutic modalities during their sessions with couples but primarily use Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). Most of us tend to argue with our partners about the same things, over and over again. EFT helps draw awareness to some of the underlying emotions you may be feeling in your relationship but may not be aware of. Therapy is a safe place where you can learn to be vulnerable with your partner about your unmet needs and deeper emotions. You will learn how to communicate these in more effective ways and help initiate new cycles of interaction with your partner.
Our therapists also draw from Dr. John Gottman’s work which integrates research-based interventions to help couples improve the friendship in their relationship and resolve conflict in a positive way.
Our therapists also incorporate Imago Therapy with couples, which is based on the theory that there is a connection between frustrations in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. Couples can learn to understand each other’s feelings and “childhood wounds” more empathically, allowing them to heal themselves and their relationships.
Pre-Martial Counselling: Prepare and Enrich Couples Assessment and Counselling Program
In addition to general couples counselling we also offer pre-marital counselling. Preparing couples for marriage is important, so important that it has been found to reduce the rate of divorce by 30%. Premarital counselling, coaching, and education are investments in your relationship health and future.
Using a personalized assessment we provide you with a clear analysis of your relationship. This tailored approach allows your therapist to get to know you on a deeper level. The program helps identify a couple’s strengths and weaknesses, major sources of stress, and develops their communication and conflict-resolution skills.
What to Expect
Session 1: Meet with your Couples Therapist for an initial intake Couple will then complete online assessment individually after session.
Session 2-4: “Assessment in Action” by developing greater understanding of couple’s strengths and growth areas Couples have an opportunity to go through core workbook exercises between sessions.
Session 5: Wrap Up and Formulate Continued Enrichment plan This can be done by determining if additional counselling is required
***There is an additional fee of up to $85 for the Prepare and Enrich material (cost of the assessment and couples workbook)
Couples Checkup: Couples Checkup Assessment and Counselling Program
Deepening your connection in your relationship though a periodic check-in can be beneficial to enriching your marriage. Life changes such as parenting, career, family responsibilities and health can be impactful to the vibrancy of relationships. Investing time and space to reconnect with your partner can reignite companionship, romance and commitment. The practical assessment tool, Prepare and Enrich Checkup, helps revaluate the strengths in your relationship and the opportunities to grow in.
The assessment tool used is a scientifically sound instrument which allows the couple and counsellor to get a short snapshot of the couple’s relationship as whole. This promotes an opportunity to dive into the results and have a safe place for meaningful conversation around various areas of the couple relationship.