Relationship Counselling

Relationship Counselling

Relationship counselling can help couples work through conflict in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. Counselling is tailored to the specific needs and values of each couple.

Entering into a relationship can sometimes create conflict through misunderstandings and different belief systems. Couples may find themselves engaging in unhealthy patterns of communication where they feel stuck, disconnected and alone. Having a Therapist as a third party can be helpful to guide you and point out negative interaction cycles in your relationship that you may not be aware of.

In counselling, couples often learn effective and non-defensive ways of communicating their deeper attachment needs and feelings. Couples are also encouraged to develop increased self-awareness of how they each respond to conflict in the relationship.

Couples therapy can help you develop a deeper sense of closeness and intimacy in your relationship. If you are experiencing relationship issues with your partner, you may find it beneficial to learn strategies and tools to help you repair and enhance your connection. Common issues that are often addressed are listed below:

Communication issues
Stonewalling or avoidance
Criticism
Defensiveness
Negative interaction cycles
Trust issues
Financial stress
Intimacy
Codependency
Family stress
Multicultural concerns
Dating & relationship issues
Unmet emotional needs
Life transitions

Book Recommendations:

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work – by John M Gottman
Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by – Sue Johnson
The Five Love Languages – by Gary Chapman

Counselling Burnaby Vancouver, Via Counselling & Consulting. Burnaby Counsellor Shari Wood, M.Ed., R.C.C. dedicated to helping clients begin their personal therapeutic journey. A Clinical Counsellor, specializing in helping people overcome self-doubt and build healthy relationships.