Marriage and/or Relationship Issues Brief 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.

Brief Therapy

Brief therapy focuses on a client's present and future, rather than his or her past and it builds solutions. Many brief therapists never explore their clients' past problems, but rather focus on the present with goals for creating a positive future.

Psychologists who offer brief therapy take a more pro-active approach to offer faster care for subjective and clinical conditions. This type of therapy creates natural resources and temporarily suspends disbelief to help the client consider a range of new viewpoints or perspectives. It provides a wider context for the client to view the present, and better understandings that can bring about spontaneous change.

Unlike other therapies that focus on the problem, brief therapy is solution-based. It removes the factors that sustain a problem and prevent change. Brief therapists understands that there are many approaches that, combined, can bring about ultimate success.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers brief therapy, please browse our list of practitioners below..

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Tamara Knott

M.A., RCC
Tamara Knott is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in the VGH/Granville area of Vancouver. Welcome! You are taking a great step in looking for a therapist and asking for support when you need it. We all need a... Read more

Lee Cassels

M.A., CCC
Lee Cassels is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who sees clients in her office which located in the Port Moody area.    Often people find themselves drawn to counselling sites when they have reached a... Read more

Marilee Sigal

Psy.D., RCC
Our relationships with our parents, siblings, friends, lovers, spouses and children can be our greatest source of joy, and also provide our most profound experiences of frustration and sorrow. Marilee has been helping... Read more

Teesha Morgan

M.A., CCC
Dr. Teesha Morgan is a Psychotherapist, published author, adjunct professor, and co-founder of the Westland Academy of Clinical Sex Therapy. Dr Morgan specializes in Sex Therapy and Couples Counselling, and has had a... Read more

Ruth Skutezky

M.A., RCC
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Is anxiety getting in the way of living your best life? Are you feeling disconnected from your partner, arguing more, or even having doubts about your future together? Are you a new parent, struggling to adjust to this... Read more

Pam Paquet

M.Ed., CCC
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Before I try to impress you with credentials, accomplishments and experience, I want to introduce myself on a personal level. I love change. I love helping people create their change. I am passionate about seeing people... Read more

Annette Kasahara

M.Ed., RCC
As a Coach and Therapist Annette Kasahara provides a safe environment of acceptance and encouragement to allow clients to achieve their goals at a pace they determine. Her commitment is to assist clients to recognize... Read more

Meagan Maddocks

M.Couns., RCC
Meagan is a registered clinical counsellor who has over 15 years of expertise in working with clients who live with chronic illneses. Balancing life’s stressors and joys can be a difficult task. When you... Read more

Matty Devenish

M.S.W., RSW
Many people express feeling stuck with the issue or problem they are facing. In fact, many people's lives are completely consumed by the issue they are facing. Having worked in the counselling field since 2006, I... Read more

Jonathan McVicar

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Jonathan McVicar, MA, PhD (UBC), Registered Psychologist has been working with adults (ages 17+) and couples for over 20 years. During this time, he has focused his practice on relationship / marriage... Read more

Pauline Mullaney

M.S.W., RCSW
My practice includes working with couples, families, adolescents, individuals and groups. Couples counselling, communication and relationship concerns. Family issues such as behaviour management, parent /... Read more

Peter Vaughan

M.A., RCC
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Certified Gottman Method Therapist, Peter frequently addresses couples communication during conflict, restoring fidelity and commitment, or building intimacy and sexuality. Other common issues: ongoing incompatibilities... Read more

Adrienne Foster

M.S.W., RSW
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ABOUT **Currently connecting with clients over the phone or via video counselling. I believe healing is a collaborative venture; you can expect to find in me a therapist that is compassionate, non-judgmental and... Read more

Kim Watt

M.A., RCC
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** I'm open for business to all new and existing clients, and am currently offering both video and phone sessions instead of in-person appointments. Free 15-minute consultations are also available. Please reach out... Read more

Lee Lourdeaux

Ph.D., RCSW
The people who come to see me include men who struggle with anxiety, depression, anger, or the misuse of alcohol, sex, or drugs; women concerned about relationships, anxiety, and depression; couples who feel nearly... Read more

Jason Lehmann

M.A., RCC
*NOW ACCEPTING CREDIT CARDS, CASH, CHEQUE, OR E-TRANSFER *Over 10 years of clinical practice.  Some Information about the work  Clients present a number of problem areas, or life issues. Jason has... Read more

Jim Browning

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Browning has been a registered psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1980. He has worked extensively in the areas of mental health, family violence, addictions, men's issues, trauma recovery and employee... Read more

Mary Longworth

M.Sc., RCC
Mary Longworth is in private practice (Delta Counselling) in the South Delta, Tsawwassen, Ladner and New Westminster regions since receiving her M.Sc. in marital, family and child counselling in 1995. Mary is a... Read more

Sara Place

M.A., RCC
It is my honour to deeply listen and support your personal journey through whatever life circumstance brings you to counselling.  We can work through difficult life circumstances, relationship challenges (including... Read more

Deena Chochinov

M.Ed., RCC
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Deena is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a private practice in Vancouver since 2000. She works with individuals, couples and families and uses a variety of therapeutic approaches to help clients find the self-... Read more

Lisa McLellan

M.A., RCC
If you are looking for a practically based down-to-earth counsellor with over 30 years of experience in helping others,  you have arrived at the right place. Making the decision to enter into counselling ... Read more

Chris Clarke

M.A., RCC
Chris has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from City University. He has been practicing on Vancouver Island for over 13 years. Chris is currently married for over 24 years and has two teenagers. He worked as a... Read more

Martin Phillips-Hing

Ph.D., R.Psych
The beginning is the most important part of the work. ~ Plato I am a Registered Psychologist (#1361) in the province of British Columbia and have been in private practice since receiving my Ph.D. in 1998. I see... Read more

Claire Sutton

M.A., RCC
I help people who feel stuck. I help people who are angry and overwhelmed. I help people who are afraid of change, afraid of making the wrong decision and afraid that they might not be good enough.  I help... Read more

Lida Izadi

M.A., RCC
I am a bi-lingual and bi-cultural clinical counsellor, mental health clinician, and university instructor with extensive experience and remarkable results. My broad range of professional qualifications has enabled me to... Read more

Eva Helpard

Ph.D., RCSW
We all encounter challenges and difficulties that at times frustrate and overwhelm us. They may prevent us from living our lives the way we truly want. But these struggles also present us with a Time for Change- an... Read more

Jan Paris

M.A., RCC
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor and Psychotherapist with over 25 years of experience working in private practice and the voluntary sector.  I work with individuals, couples, groups and families. I... Read more

Khalil Nourani

Ph.D., RCC
Dr. Nourani is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors. He has more than two decades of experience in the field of mental health. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Developmental... Read more

Jan Sutherland

M.Sc., RMFT
Jan Sutherland is an experienced couples, marriage and family therapist with a well established practice in Kelowna, B.C. She provides relationship and marriage counselling to both singles and couples. In couples... Read more

Marion Gargiulo

M.C., RCC
It is common to feel alone with your problems. Excessive worries, depression, a difficult relationship, or a painful loss can feel heavy and make it hard to cope. You might feel further weighed down by thinking your... Read more