Marriage and/or Relationship Issues Marriage & Couples Counselling

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.

Marriage & Couples Counselling, Satir Therapy

Marriage & Couples Counselling offers a wide range of approaches that incorporate a variety of models to work in different situations. Some of the most common approaches in couples counselling are Imago therapy, emotionally focussed therapy, and Gottman approach.

One of the first undertakings of marriage & couples counselling is to set goals for the therapy. Establishing healthy communication within the relationship is one of the key components in any of the approaches make up their union, because this is what helps couples to better understand one another and the patterns that  Couples will be led to examine their communication styles and explore their attachment experiences. Healing past hurts and trauma is essential in building healthy future relationships.

If you are looking for a therapist who offers Marriage & Couples Counselling, please browse our list of practitioners below..

Satir Therapy, or Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy (STST) deals with interactive and intrapsychic therapy elements. Unlike some other therapies, Satir Therapy is not limited to emotions, behaviour and cognition, but rather focuses on changes at the level of being, as well as the sensory experiences and behavioural changes.

The key to Satir Therapy is to help individuals discover a sense of peace and wholeness that comes from tapping into their personal universal desires when dealing with society and interpersonal relationships.

Only therapists with exceptional levels of congruence can offer Satir Therapy. They will provide skills development and resources during small group lectures or discussions. Clients will take part in structured exercises, skills practice, experiential learning, lectures and small group discussions.

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

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Diana Dawson

M.A., RCC
Diana Dawson is a M.A., Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), living in Langley, who sees clients using convenient tele-health, online video, or phone options in British Columbia... 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

Alison Bell

M.A., RCC
I am pleased to offer in-person, video and phone session to individual, families and couples. I have been providing counselling services for over 20 years and I have worked in private practice in the... Read more

Ross Laird

Ph.D., RCC
Ross Laird, PhD RCC is a consultant to organizations on themes of personal development, well-being, and whole-person learning. He has worked extensively in the fields of addiction, interpersonal conflict, trauma,... Read more

Noele Bird

M.A., RCC
Private Practice Registered Clinical Counselor with the BC Association of Clinical Counselors Certified Music Therapist with the Canadian Association of Music Therapy Trainer in the Bonny Method of Guided... Read more

Jo-Ann Majcher

Ph.D., R.Psych
Jo-Ann Majcher works with adults and children to help them cope with life challenges.  Her practice with adults focuses on enhancing clients’ well-being while helping them cope with life stressors... Read more

Ann-Marie Inoue

M.C., RCC
    • Online booking
Do you feel dissatisfied or discontented with life? Tired of looking happy on the outside, but feeling empty on the inside? Do you constantly push people away that love you? It is my passion to walk with people... Read more

Alexandra Vittes

M.S.W., RSW
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2003, and am currently a Registered Social Worker with the BC College of Social Workers.  I was trained in both... Read more

Carly Goodfellow

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
*I am pleased to offer both in-person and online Videoconferencing options for counselling and hypnotherapy appointments.* You are not alone. Are you struggling with your feelings day after day? Do... Read more

Jude Weir

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
For some, counseling is about transforming relationships and lives. For others, it's about addressing a specific problem and moving forward with more confidence. Others just want to feel better. I offer a... Read more

Heather Rennie

M.A.Sc., RCC
Life got you down? Feeling alone? Want more peace and joy? Don't wait another day- take a "leap of faith".  I offer affordable, expert counselling to individuals, couples, and families-... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., CCC
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviors like bed-wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

ursula kerr

M.S.W., RSW
    • Online booking
Counselling is an effective way to help you overcome life’s barriers and struggles, and to identify and reach your goals for self-improvement with the support of a professional.  I'm a registered... Read more

Sam van Ginkel

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
What does thriving mean to you? I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor operating from Victoria, BC. I offer in-person sessions, as well as online therapy, to individuals and couples. I help clients develop... Read more

Amber Lowdermilk

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
Amber is a Registered Clinical Counsellor whose compassionate nature and warm personality helps her clients feel secure and safe, as together they challenge and overcome a variety of painful difficulties. In... Read more

Tracey Dahl

M.A., RCC
The Journey: Get out of the rut Do you feel unsettled, worried or stuck? Do you have a sense that you are in a rut, created from doing the same things over and over, and not getting different results? Maybe you feel... Read more

Katy Strachan

Ph.D., R.Psych
Dr. Katy Strachan has been a Registered Psychologist in the Vancouver area since 1994. She has specific interests in women’s counselling, relationship issues, parenting issues, victim’s assistance,... Read more

Douglas Ozier

Ph.D., R.Psych
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    • Online booking
Are you ready to finally start feeling “good enough”? Your friends would probably be surprised if they knew how deeply you doubt yourself. They might be surprised at how shaky you often feel, how quickly... Read more
    • Online booking
Hi I’m Laurie, and I understand how lonely it can be to feel that there are things you can’t talk about with anyone in your life. I have experience working with folks who have dual diagnoses of mental health... Read more

Jennifer Baker

M.Ed., RCC
Welcome! The idea of seeking out counselling can be a daunting prospect for many clients. It can be difficult to open yourself up to a person you’ve never met before, and discuss issues that may be painful or... Read more

Rosalyn Best Clark

M.Couns., RCC
Rosalyn Best, MoC, RCC #8656. Ros Best is passionate about counselling because she has so often witnessed its transformative power. She offers couples counselling, and counselling for life transitions, trauma, cancer... Read more

Sonder Haven

M.A., RCC
    • Online booking
You have answers within you. Let's find them together. Right now we are dealing with a lot: COVID-19, the ongoing and escalating police violence against Black and Indigenous peoples, as well as the ongoing racism... Read more

Lindsay Faas

M.A., RCC
Lindsay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Canadian Certified Counsellor with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology. She is the Owner and Director of ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness, as well as... Read more

Richard Tatomir

M.A., CCC
    • Online booking
At Relationship Experts Vancouver, I (Richard Tatomir, MA, CCC), focus on delivering science-based, trauma, attachment, and body-informed therapy, training and supervision, keeping your most important relationships... Read more

Michael Dayan

Ph.D., RCC
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Here is some basic information about Michael Dayan, PhD RCC: Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) — Member of the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC) Proficiency with... Read more

Geraldine Brooks

Ph.D., R.Psych
My counselling is holistic, informed by scientific advances in psychology and neurology as well as Transpersonal, Jungian (the theories of C.G. Jung) and Energy Psychologies. I address a wide variety of client concerns... Read more

Tom Foster

M.S.W., RSW
TOM FOSTER, MSW, RSW: Tom has been a therapist for over 35 years and has experience working with clients facing a wide range of concerns. Tom has worked extensively with issues related to sexuality, relationship... Read more

Sarina Wiesinger

M.Couns., RCC
    • Online booking
When life’s difficulties cause anxiety, stress, conflict, trauma, depression, or exhaustion, your overall well-being will suffer. Understanding how this distress has manifested is the first step to healing... Read more

Linda Stull

Ph.D., R.Psych
Congratulations on making the decision to reach out to improve your life by enhancing your well-being.  Although reaching out can be difficult, making that decision is the first step towards changing your life in... Read more

Jasmine McMurray

M.A., RCC
My name is Jasmine and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor. I hold a MA in Counselling Psychology from Adler University, and a BA from the University of the Fraser Valley. I work with individuals from ages 17 and up,... Read more