Do you and your partner struggle to talk about important issues without it turning into a fight? Do you feel like you just can’t see eye to eye on important issues, no matter how hard you try? Has your emotional connection and intimacy faded over time, as you became busy with work, parenting, or other responsibilities? If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you are not alone. Many couples have difficulty coping with day-to-day stresses and balancing the many responsibilities of family and work life without their relationship suffering. The good news is that effective help is available, and we are here to assist you!
When working with couples, we use two complementary, empirically-supported approaches to treatment, called Integrative Behavioural Couples Therapy (IBCT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). IBCT and EFT are both proven to be effective in helping couples to resolve conflict, improve communication and deepen their emotional connection. These approaches both aim to help couples develop a variety of relationship skills in the areas of communication, conflict resolution and collaborative problem-solving, while also increasing mutual acceptance, understanding, compassion and respect, in order to help partners better recognize and meet each other’s basic emotional needs.