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Couples Counselling in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth, & Sackville

Relationship Issues?

Recognize and resolve conflicts, learn a better communication style, rebuild trust and connection

Couples Counselling in Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth, & Sackville

Relationship Issues?

Recognize and resolve conflicts, learn a better communication style, rebuild trust and connection

Feel in control of
your emotions
Keep your relationship
healthy
Develop boundaries
that work

What happened to 'us'?

Deciding to go to couples counselling can feel like a big step.

It is an acknowledgement that things are not perfect in your relationship and sometimes even the best couples go through rough patches in their marriage.

Fully understanding another person is challenging enough, but add kids, careers, houses, and bills – and somedays it’s hard to remember why you started this journey in the first place.

We can help you be better together.

Are you struggling with:

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    Finding common ground even as friends?
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    Trust issues in your relationship?
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    A "to-do" list that is taking over your time together?
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    Your kids keeping you from intimacy?
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    Schedules that keep you from seeing each other?
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    Getting your physical needs met?
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    Asking for what you need?
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    Being seen, heard and appreciated?

We can help.

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Couples Counselling
to meet your needs

Premarital Counselling

Start your marriage on a strong foundation. Issues left undiscussed before marriage can lead to challenges after the ceremony.

Premarital counselling can help ensure you and your partner have the tools to build a strong, healthy relationship that leads to a stable and satisfying marriage.

We can give you the support you need to thrive.

Couples or Marriage Counselling

Build the best relationship through communication & connection.

Unexpected issues can leave you struggling to feel connected. Couples counselling can help you navigate past and present issues in order to strengthen the foundation of your relationship.

We can help you communicate while you reconnect in your relationship.

Co-Dependency Counselling

Independence is a healthy part of any relationship.

Codependent relationships may leave you overly reliant on your partner. Co-dependency counselling can help you take the steps to build a healthy relationship with yourself so you know how to build a partnership that works.

We can help you communicate while you reconnect in your relationship.

Couples Counselling In Halifax & Across Nova Scotia

Why Couples Therapy?

We know that every couple is unique, and the challenges you face a set of challenges that are distinctly yours. Whether it’s unending arguments, the pain of betrayal, difficulties in communication, or the feeling of slowly growing apart, you’ve landed here because you desire change, understanding, and, most importantly, a stronger bond with your partner.
Misunderstandings, assumptions, and unexpressed feelings often form a barrier in effective communication. Over time, this can lead to resentment and detachment. Through couples therapy, you can learn how to communicate openly and honestly, ensuring your partner understands your feelings and perspectives. Effective communication strategies not only resolve conflicts but also help to prevent them, allowing for a healthier and more balanced relationship.
Conflict is a natural part of any relationship, but ongoing, unresolved disputes can cause emotional distress and create a toxic environment. Couples therapy provides a safe space to voice your concerns, negotiate differences, and find mutually satisfying resolutions. It helps break down the cycles of blame and defensiveness, moving towards a resolution model that encourages compromise and mutual respect.
Significant life changes, such as the birth of a child, job loss, retirement, or empty nest syndrome, can put enormous stress on a relationship. These transitions often bring changes in roles and expectations, leading to disagreements and dissatisfaction. Couples therapy can help navigate these periods, providing strategies for adapting to change, managing stress, and maintaining a strong bond through life’s unpredictable twists and turns.
After an affair, the feelings of betrayal, hurt, and mistrust can feel insurmountable. Therapy offers a confidential and non-judgmental environment to explore these painful emotions. Through therapy, couples can understand the factors that led to infidelity, rebuild trust, and work towards forgiveness. It’s a challenging journey, but with commitment and patience, it’s possible to mend the broken bonds and even deepen the relationship.
Sexual dissatisfaction or a decline in intimacy can lead to feelings of rejection, loneliness, and even questioning self-worth. Couples therapy can help address these sensitive issues, allowing couples to voice their needs and fears openly. A therapist can facilitate conversations around intimacy, help identify potential barriers, and develop a plan to reconnect physically and emotionally.

Even before tying the knot, couples therapy can be immensely beneficial. Pre-marital counselling focuses on building strong foundations for a successful marriage. From aligning expectations to managing finances, resolving differences, and planning for the future, therapy can prepare couples for the ups and downs of married life. It’s a proactive approach that sets couples up for a long-lasting, fulfilling partnership.

Whether you’re struggling with parenting styles or navigating a separation or divorce, parenting challenges can cause considerable strain on a relationship. Couples therapy helps in establishing effective co-parenting strategies that put the child’s best interests first. It focuses on creating consistency, managing disagreements, and fostering a supportive family environment, regardless of the relationship status between parents.

Over time, partners may start to feel more like roommates than lovers, leading to emotional disconnection. When couples grow apart, it can be challenging to rekindle the emotional intimacy. Couples therapy helps identify the reasons for this drift and supports couples in rebuilding their emotional connection. By focusing on shared goals, mutual interests, and cultivating appreciation, therapy can reignite the spark and bring partners closer.

Therapy can help you learn to understand your partner, rebuild your connection, and rediscover the love between you.
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Common Questions About Couples Counselling

In many cases, couples therapy has been proven to be successful, but it’s important to keep in mind that the success is largely dependent on your commitment and willingness to change. According to research, therapy helps about 70% of couples. You can develop important communication skills, gain understanding of relationship dynamics, and make significant changes that can improve your relationship through this process. It’s not a quick fix, though, and both partners must keep working at it.
Depending on the complexity of your issues and your willingness to work on them, couples therapy can last anywhere from one to several years. While some couples benefit significantly from therapy after just a few sessions, others might require it for several months or longer. We will meet together for 50-60 minutes once a week, but keep in mind that every person’s journey is different, so it’s important to move forward at a pace that feels natural to you and your partner.
Your therapist will probably inquire about your past romantic relationships, present problems, and therapy objectives during your initial appointment. This is an opportunity for you to explain your goals for therapy and for the therapist to better understand the dynamics of your relationship. You can also decide if you are at ease with the therapist and their method during this time. Remember, it’s completely normal to feel a little anxious or uncertain at first.

Absolutely. One partner may be reluctant or resistant to the idea of therapy, which is not uncommon. Individual therapy is still often very helpful in these situations. You can work on developing better communication skills for yourself, comprehending your needs and expectations, and discovering more constructive ways to respond to disagreements. Changes in your own actions and reactions can improve the dynamics of your relationship even when your partner is not present. Always respect your partner’s feelings; eventually, they might realise the advantages and decide to participate.

No problem is too small or too big for therapy. Therapy can offer helpful tools to help you navigate your challenges, whether you’re dealing with a serious crisis, like infidelity, or seemingly minor problems, like ongoing arguments about household chores. Even if you believe your issues are insurmountable, keep in mind that the therapist’s role is to assist you in deconstructing and resolving these problems. There is never a wrong time to ask for assistance. It’s all about strengthening your bond and increasing your sense of happiness together.

Couples Counsellors in Halifax

Therapists Specializing in
Couples Counselling

Sharing your love with another person is one of the greatest gifts in life.

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How Our Couples Counselling Works

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We Meet Together

We meet together for 50 minutes to work on understanding your goals, your struggles and your communication styles.
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We Meet Individually

Your therapist can meet with each of you individually. Each session is a 50 minutes and can address additional challenges.
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We Build On Each Session

We work together for up to 10 sessions to resolve conflicts and build stronger connections to each other.

Our Couples Counselling Program

10-Session Psychotherapy Program For Couples

10-Session Psychotherapy Program
For Couples

Providing an evidence based and compassionate approach to couples therapy

What’s Included

  • 8 couples therapy sessions
  • 2 individual therapy sessions
  • Individualized treatment plan for couples
  • Virtual or in-person appointments

What You Can Expect

  • We schedule your therapy sessions ahead of time to keep your mental wellness in your calendar and on your minds.
  • We give you actionable tools that will increase your connections.
  • We work to develop solid coping strategies beyond asking “and how did that make you feel”.
  • We work to connect you as a couple using Gottman’s four pillars of: a healthy relationship, shared meaning, positive sentiment override, and constructive conflict

Results

  • A better relationships with yourself
  • A stronger relationship with your partner
  • Fair Fighting™ tools and skills
  • Freedom for distressing negative emotions
  • Ability to ask for what you need
  • Feel like you are being seen, heard, and appreciated
  • Being in a win/win relationship

We provide a safe space to share your tears and your celebrations

*Psychotherapy sessions are billed per session and can be discontinued at anytime.

*Please see our fees page for options on payment and insurance coverage.

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Couples Counselling In Halifax

Stop being "fine" — start being better together.

If you’re ready to build a connected relationship, develop healthy boundaries and experience more happiness, we can help.