Marriage and/or Relationship Issues Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Marriage and/or Relationship Issues

Entering into a relationship means merging your life with another person, understanding his or her flaws, quirks and beliefs. With marriage rates declining and divorce statistics set at 50%, it is clear that people are increasingly challenged by marriage and relationship issues, and many lack effective ways to address them. So how can we bridge the gap to understanding our partners better and enjoying romantic bliss?

Many factors affect the interpersonal relationship between two partners who are a couple and sometimes it's hard to see the cause of conflict or friction in a relationship. While some people find divorce to be the best or only option, other people speak to counsellors and psychologists  in a bid to try salvage the relationship.

Signs that indicate a need for couples counselling include poor communication in a relationship, affairs, living past one another, inability to resolve marriage of couples' issues, and acting out negative feelings. When divorce seems like the only option, or if a couple is staying together for the kids' sake, that's a sure sign that therapy is needed.

Therapists do not necessarily  believe that all marriages can be salvaged, but counselling can often help even some of the most challenged relationships.  Through talk therapy, the couple will discover again why they fell in love and what they can do to get back to that place in their marriage. They use a range of effective, proven methods to help couples in any situation to restore intimacy and move past the hurt and wounds to a safe and comfortable place.

The concrete tools used by marriage therapists provide guidance in a supportive and encouraging setting and empower clients to restructure their thoughts and emotions. It helps the couple to work with each other, instead of on one another, helping each individual to find the person he or she is at the core level and to build a happy union.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who works with  couples you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy encompasses a range of six principles that aim to help clients develop greater psychological flexibility. The six principles include:

1. Cognitive defusion help to reduce tendencies to regard thoughts, memories and emotions as real and concrete events.

2. Acceptance is about allowing the thoughts to surface and pass without the need to allow them to interfere with daily life.

3.  Being present means being aware of current existence and being involved with the now.

4. Self observation helps the client to be aware of the self and the unchanging consciousness.

5. Exploring values to discover those that are most important to the person.

6. Committed action involves setting goals based on the explored values, and setting actions in place to reach those goals.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy is a form of cognitive behavioural therapy and is commonly used in therapy, and in it's sub-forms and helpful for a range of conditions, including OCD. If you require Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, have a look at the counsellors listed below.

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Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC

Mila Skeeles

M.A., CCC

Kimberly Stringer

Psy.D., R.Psych

Laurissa Kowalchuk

M.Ed., RCC

Mary Gillis

M.A., RCC

Geraldine Brooks

Ph.D., R.Psych

Joachim Sehrbrock

Ph.D., R.Psych

Lauren Shay

M.S.W., RSW

Jill Parker

M.Ed., RSW

Karina Fuentes

Ph.D., R.Psych

Lee Kotsalis-Thulin

M.A., RCC
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Chi-Jen Hung

M.Couns., RCC

Cathy Hill

Ph.D., R.Psych

Dianne Leitch

M.Couns., RCC

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW

Alex Abdel-Malek

M.S.W., RCC

Kristen Dowling

Ph.D., R.Psych

Nazanin Moghadami

M.Couns., RCC

Josef Zaide

Ph.D., R.Psych

Diana Mawson

Ph.D., R.Psych

Ron Depner

M.Couns., RCC

Tamara Adilman

M.A., RCC

Derek Swain

Ed.D., R.Psych
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Jason Winters

Ph.D., R.Psych

Alexia Brown

M.Ed., RCC

Susan McConnell

M.S.W., RSW

Jeff Ross

M.A., RCC