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Counselling for Relationship Issues

Couples counselling can be helpful for fostering healthy relationships. Ideally, our intimate relationships are “supposed” to be full of peace, joy, tranquility, and serenity. Many people would like to be in a relationship that is filled with passion. However, it is a fact that relationships are not always a bed of roses. There are times when the emotional roller-coaster ride that we experience with our intimate partners can prove to be too much.

If you are finding yourself arguing and fighting more often with your partner, then the emotional challenges that come with this has likely left you feeling drained. Your relationship dynamics may have changed over the years. Your sex life may have been equally affected and you may not be excited at the thought of each other. The sweet and cherished memories you had together may have been replaced by painful wounds.

At times we can get caught up in patterns that can negatively impact our relationships without us even realising it.

Below are the four main themes identified by Dr. John Gottman, a psychological researcher focused on intimate relationships.

  1. Defensiveness - Playing the victim, blaming the other person, and not taking responsibility are all examples of defensiveness.
  2. Criticism - Criticism often can cause a partner to become defensive or it can even start an argument. Attacking your partner’s character, saying ‘you always’ or ‘you never’, using ‘you statements’ instead of ‘I statements’ are all examples of how criticism can lure it’s ugly head.
  3. Stonewalling - Shutting down, acting busy and tuning their partner out are some examples of stonewalling.
  4. Contempt - Contempt is said to be the most complex and negative of the horsemen. Rolling eyes, feeling or acting superior and name calling or mocking are examples of contempt.

How Couples Counselling can help your Relationship?

Marriage counselling is tailored to meet the needs of each couple. Whether it is as simple as a communication breakdown, or any other intricate issues, professional counselling can be helpful for rebuilding your connection with your partner. A counselling approach that tends to be helpful with couples is Emotion-Focused Therapy. In this approach, the counselor supports both partners to recognize the underlying intentions and emotions of each partner. The therapist then guides the partners to notice the negative interactional patterns and helps them create positive interactional patterns.

If you or a loved one is having trouble with relationships, get in touch with us right away to know how we can help.

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Chris Jarvis

Chris Jarvis
Registered Psychotherapist

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(Individual Therapy and Couples Counselling)



Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Grief and Loss, Relationship Issues, Spirituality/Faith Concerns, Job burnout/fatigue, Caregiver burnout

Heather Eskedjian

Heather Eskedjian
Registered Social Worker

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(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress, Grief, Suicidal Ideation, Bipolar Disorder, Stress Management, Life Transitions and Relationship Issues.

Natasha Busic

Natasha Busic
Registered Social Worker

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(Individual Therapy for Adults)



Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Burn Out, Sress Reduction and Management, Emotional Regulation, Trauma, Life Transitions, Grief and Loss.

Rochelle Martin

Rochelle Martin
Registered Social Worker

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(Individual Therapy 18+ & Couples Counselling)



Relationship and Attachment Issues, Anxiety, Stress, Loss of Sense of Self and/or Connection with Others, Trauma, Emotion Regulation, Depression, Self-Esteem Issues.

Hari Chettiar

Hari Chettiar
Clinical Director, Regitered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Anger management, Couples Counselling, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Gaming Issues, Parenting Support.

Heidi Baker

Heidi Baker, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Anxiety, Depression, Parenting Support, Separation and Divorce, Relationship Issues, Spirituality and Faith Concerns, Life Transitions, Stress Management, Grief and Loss, Work-Life Balance.

Sandra_Harrison

Sandra Harrison, M.A.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

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Gender Diversity and Gender Minority Stress, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQ2+, Identity, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Work/Life Balance, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Conflict Resolution Skills.

Susana Cadavid

Susana Cadavid
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Stress, Work Place Issues, Relationship Issues, Family Conflict, LGBTQ2+ Support, Body Image Concerns.

Kelly Nancekivell

Kelly Nancekivell
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)
Intern Therapist (Supervised by Hari Chettiar)

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Anxiety, ADHD Management, Relationship Issues, Depression, Stress, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem and Body-Image Concerns, Divorce, Infertility Concerns, Grief and Loss.

Kelly O'Hearn

Kelly O'Hearn,
Regitered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Life Transitions, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Parenting Concerns, Relationship Issues.

Sara Kohtala

Sara Kohtala, M.A.,
Registered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Sex and Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Trauma, Grief, Emotions Regulation, Self-Esteem Issues, Body Image Concerns, Eating disorders.

Madelyn Whittle

Madelyn Whittle, M.C.,
Regitered Psychotherapist

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Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Emotion Regulation, Trauma, Grief & Loss, Relationship Issues, Life Transitions, Self-Discovery.

Megan Gauthier

Megan Gauthier, M.S.W.,
Registered Social Worker

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Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress, Stress Management, Life Transitions, Relationship Issues, Eating Disorders.

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