Marriage Counselling services in Toronto, Newmarket, Aurora, Richmond Hill, Markham, Thornhill and Mississauga
Couple Counselling (sometimes called Relationship Therapy or Relationship Counselling) is no longer referred to as ‘Marriage Guidance’ or ‘Marriage Counselling’, because marriage does not always apply to relationships. Couples counselling also applies to heterosexual relations, same sex relations, and bi-relationships.
First and foremost, Counselling works by giving both of you the chance to be heard. Your Counsellor will give you all the time you need to talk, cry, shout, or just sit quietly and think. It’s an opportunity for you to look at problems from different perspectives, with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make. You will also be offered self-help hand outs and work sheets so that you can continue with the progress you are making in your sessions, when you are at home.
The most common things couples argue about are money, sex, work, children, and housework – roughly in that order. Most arguments start because of differences of opinion, but with patience and basic communication skills and help, you should be able to negotiate a compromise.
When is the right time to go for counselling?
Far too many couples leave Counselling until it’s too late. By the time of their first appointment, years of bitterness and resentment have built up, and the fear of being hurt blocks out any chance of change. If you’re experiencing any of the following, maybe now is the time to consider counselling:
- When your emotions are all over the place.
- When your communication has broken down
- When you suspect your partner may be having an affair or you are having an affair.
- When your arguments are getting worse.
- When either of you are experiencing depression or anxiety.
- When your relationship has been going through a bad patch for several months or years.
- When you have lost a person close to you.
- When you are thinking of separating.
- When your relationship has changed since the arrival of a new baby.
- When you are adjusting to both being retired.
- When your anxiety level is at overload and it is affecting your concentration at work.