Relationships have always fascinated me, from both ends of the spectrum: the unparalleled joy of falling in love, having a partner with whom to share life ’s joys and sorrows; and the difficulties couples encounter, which can make or break relationships.
While there are people who are fortunate to have found their soulmates, many are struggling to have a deep connection with a partner, or running into the same patterns in relationship after relationship. Others are with their ideal partner, yet have become clouded by life’s stressors and given up on trying to make things work. Sometimes one partner is invested in working on the challenges, while the other is not, creating a stalemate.
I approach couples counselling from an emotionally focused perspective, using the developmental model.
In couples counselling, I meet with both partners in the assessment stage for the first session, followed by an individual session with each partner, before coming back together for subsequent couple sessions.
Please be advised that in my work with couples, I have a no secrets policy, which means that information that is disclosed to me by one partner and is unknown to the other (such as an affair, problematic drug or alcohol use, financial debts, etc.) will need to be shared in the couple sessions.
Rates are $175 for a 50-minute session.
Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and ourself, a kind of attuning and understanding. When empathy is extended, it satisfies our needs and wish for intimacy, it rescues us from our feelings of aloneness."