Couples Therapy

Couples Facts…

  • More than 43% of Canadian marriages end up in Divorce before the 50th wedding anniversary.  The average age for men is 44 and 41 for women. ( July 28, 2011)
  • The script for being in a romantic relationship usually comes from your parents.
  • According to Dr. John Gottman, the four deadliest elements in a relationship are:  Criticism, contempt, stonewalling and defensiveness


What is Couples Counseling ….

Couples counseling assists individuals that are experiencing emotional and psychological distress in the couple relationship.  The counselor/therapist usually meets with the couple and helps the couple to:

  • Express their feelings in a safe and secure environment
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Develop couple problem solving skills and rules for conflict resolution
  • Develop awareness of patterns in their relationship
  • Create new and healthier ways of interacting
  • Reconnect to the attraction that drew the couple together in the beginning, or
  • Helps couples make informed decisions about the future of the relationship


Traits of Long Lasting Relationship… they tend to:

  • express love verbally
  • be physically affectionate
  • express their love sexually
  • express their appreciation and admiration of each other
  • participate in mutual self-disclosure
  • offer each other an emotional support system
  • express love materially
  • accept demands or put up with shortcomings that would be far less acceptable in any other person
  • create time to be alone together

Credit: Dr. John Gottman


We delight in the beauty
of the butterfly
but rarely admit the changes
it has gone through
to achieve that beauty.
~ Maya Angelou

You can learn more about
a person in one hour of play
than you can in
one year of
- Plato -