Marriage counselling (couples therapy) can help when there is conflict or distance within a marriage or relationship. Common issues include money, sex, parenting, in-laws, and communication. Childhood issues, trauma and family systems can all be factors.
Once destructive patterns get established, a relationship may need outside help to get better. Resentment, criticism, withdrawal, rage and substance abuse are all painful signs that a marriage is in trouble. Other symptoms may be present. A skilled marriage counsellor can help interrupt the cycle, provide perspective, offer feedback and insight, and teach the struggling couple new skills.
Relationships can be hard. As much as they give, they also ask a lot from us. Couples who are experiencing conflict (or distance) can feel very discouraged, especially if it’s been going on for years. No matter what your situation, hope begins with a single step. Once the counselling process is begun, surprising resources, insights and transformations can occur.
I work with individuals and couples from all over the world representing a diverse range of beliefs, backgrounds, sexual orientations, experiences and lifestyles. Many of my clients have succeeded in understanding and shifting their relationship dynamic, solving a specific problem, or making an important change or decision. My approach goes well beyond the standard advice about empathy, communication and date nights. We go deeper – looking into the unconscious beliefs, habitual behaviors and unique personality traits that are shaping your relationship system.
Marriage Counselling can help with:
- Conflict resolution
- Deepening intimacy
- Communication and understanding
- Bridging distance
- Healthy boundaries
- Sexual pleasure and healing
- Repairing hurt feelings
- Cheating, infidelity
- Negotiating agreements
- Non-conventional relationship models
- Collaborative decision making
- Parenting, in-laws, family systems
- Separation and divorce
Friendly and aware counselling for Kink/BDSM, LGBTQ, Polyamory, alternative relationships and lifestyles.
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“My partner and I have both grown in amazing ways over this past 6 months, and we find ourselves coming out of this growth stage still deeply attracted to the things that attracted us to one another 5 years ago. I have learned that as challenging as growth may be, it can be seen as a great gift. I could not have done this without your counseling and guidance. I am deeply grateful.” ~ M.A.
Additional marriage counselling and couples therapy resources:
The Re-Connection Handbook For Couples – by Justice Schanfarber
Passionate Marriage (book)
Mating in Captivity (book)
The Gottman Institute (website)
Experiential psychotherapy with couples: A guide for the creative pragmatist (pdf)
Marriage Counselling Campbell River (worldwide via phone/skype)
Justice Schanfarber, CHT
Phone 778 996-3821 (Your initial telephone consultation is free of charge.)
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