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Couples Counselling
Valerie Kates Marriage Counsellor

You may be seeking couples counselling because your marriage is in crisis, or you may feel "stuck" as a couple and want to try something different to improve things.

All long-term relationships have unique challenges that can feel insurmountable. Through counselling, you can begin to recognize where these challenges or frustrations began and how they developed. You can also learn concrete skills and tools that can break the frustrating patterns you and your partner feel stuck in.

By communicating in new ways, you can restore and deepen the connection between you.

My work with couples is psychodynamic in orientation and integrated with practices drawn from Imago Therapy.

Couples see counsellors for many different reasons like:

Red Bullet   Infidelity

Red Bullet   Frequent bickering and fighting

Yellow Bullet   Breakdown in communication

Purple Bullet   Inability to stop destructive patterns of behaviour

Purple Bullet   Feeling taken for granted, unsupported or misunderstood

Red Bullet   No longer enjoying time together

Yellow Bullet   Ethical or cultural differences

Purple Bullet   Damaged trust or jealousy

Red Bullet   Less of intimacy

Yellow Bullet   Challenges with parenting

Purple Bullet   Difficulties with the stress of work and family

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