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Couples Therapy

We use Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to address a variety couple's issues. EFT is usually a short-term (i.e. 8-20 sessions) structured approach to couples therapy that is grounded in human attachment theory and emphasizes the quality of the connection between partners. A substantial body of research outlining the effectiveness of EFT now exists, and suggests a higher success rate (i.e. 70 to 75% success rate) compared to other more traditional models of couples therapy (i.e. cognitive or behavioural approaches).

EFT can be used with a diverse range of clients from various cultures, backgrounds, sexual orientations, and presenting problems. Some of the more common issues we address include:

  • Past hurts (i.e. affairs or relationship traumas)
  • Communications difficulties or excessive arguing/fighting
  • Loss of connection or closeness in the relationship
  • Lifestyle disagreements (i.e. parenting, money, etc.)
  • Sexual or intimacy concerns 
  • Coping with individual difficulties (trauma, depression, chronic health problems, grief/loss) 
  • Debating separation or divorce

We do not use couples therapy to address issues such as on-going violence/abuse/control behaviors as well as current emotional or physical affairs. Generally, in these situations, we advise that each partner seek individual therapy first before engaging in couples work.

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