Relationships are fun, supportive and hard work!

Are you and your partner constantly bickering? Is the sizzle gone from your relationship? Do you feel like you’re on the brink of breaking up? Does your relationship seem broken and you don’t know how to fix it? Maybe you should give couples counselling a try.

Sooner or later, at some stage, most relationships will hit a few bumps in the road – these bumps may be the result of a breakdown in communication or periods of anger, conflict or mistrust. They may also arise because couples have difficulty accepting their differences, adjusting expectations or life cycle changes. For many couples it may be frightening to find that their old and trusted means of communication are no longer functional and to feel that what they once had may be lost.

For Couples Counselling to be effective, it must be approached with realistic goals. Do not expect a quick fix or the counsellor to do all the work. It is hard work for both you and your partner. The process of unlearning bad habits, and learning new, more effective habits can prove to be intense, frustrating and exhausting. You can expect that the process will be difficult and take time, but well worth the effort.

The modules we use for Couples and Marriage Counselling at A1 Counselling Centre were developed by our Director, Clarence Baptiste, and are based on The Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems, developed by David H. Olson, Ph.D, which deals with the the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES), that demonstrates how couples and families who are enmeshed or disengaged become differentiated. This scale also shows how couples that are rigid or chaotic can become flexible

Some of the common issues we address in Couples and Marriage Counselling include:
  • Problems communicating with a partner
  • Time spent together and apart
  • Disagreements about how to manage finances
  • A lack of emotional and/or sexual intimacy
  • Different and unfulfilled expectations
  • Disputes about how to divide household responsibilities
  • Dealing with intrusive in-laws, ex’s and relatives
  • Anger Management
  • Disagreements about how to parent children
  • Blending families after re-marriage
  • Infidelity
  • Religious and cultural differences
  • Dealing with a controlling or jealous partner
  • Physical abuse
  • Fear of abandonment
  • Loss of attraction
  • Healing after a relationship has ended
New skills that can be developed in Couples and Marriage Counselling include:

  • New effective means of communication which will serve to not only help you listen to your partner, but also to process what your partner is saying.
  • Healthier, effective means to resolve conflict.
  • Appropriate ways to express, disclose and resolve painful emotions
  • Ability to state your needs clearly and openly with your partner
  • Ability to work through unresolved issues
  • Disputes about how to divide household responsibilities
  • Effective ways to negotiate for change within your relationship
  • Anger Management

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We Provide

  • On-Demand Classes
  • Counselling Programs
  • Assessments

for personal, professional development and court requirements in:

  • Anger Management
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Parenting
  • Sensitivity
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