Marriage Counselling & Couples Therapy
Marriage Counselling and Couples Therapy with our therapists is a way to address marriage and relationship issues, including:
· Improving communication and conflict resolution skills
· Improving connection and emotional closeness
· Improving physical intimacy and enjoyment
· Repairing a relationship disruption and trust
· Overcoming an affair or infidelity
· Discussing co-parenting issues
· Mediating challenging discussions
Our therapists utilize a form of couples and marriage counselling that follows the basic principles of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT), one of the most heavily researched and validated therapeutic approaches to addressing relationship and marriage concerns.
The initial marriage counselling or couples therapy session involves the couple meeting with the therapist to describe the problem, concern, or challenge that brings them to therapy; each person will have a chance to express how they perceive their relationship concerns. Following the initial session, the therapist will then meet with each partner either together or individually for subsequent sessions to further explore the perspectives of each partner. The therapist will also ask about individual family histories, values, and beliefs, in addition to any traumas and relational experiences that may be important for understanding current relationship challenges.
These initial sessions are by far the most important in terms of building the foundations for a successful course of marriage counselling and couple therapy. In the following joint sessions, our therapists will identify and explore the core relationship issues, which often involve problematic relational patterns that keep the relationship stuck. In the safe environment of the therapy room, couples will be encouraged to take emotional risks in communicating with their partner. While there might be some basic emphasis on ‘communication skills,’ a primary focus in the marriage counselling and couples therapy sessions is on the ‘here and now’ process of how couples relate to each other. The focus is not on blaming one another, but on identifying each person’s needs, emotional experience, and triggers. The process of therapy then involves identifying the maladaptive relationship pattern and finding ways to free the couple from it.