Relationship Therapy

Why choose Relationship Therapy?

Consider for a moment the relationships in your life:
  • How often do you experience feelings of anger, resentment, loneliness, disappointment, or hurt in your relationships?
  • How often do you find yourself acting on these feelings in unhelpful ways (some examples may be: withdrawing affection, arguing/yelling, blaming, criticizing, pushing away, clinging, infidelity, excessive work, drug or alcohol use).
  • How often do you experience feelings of compassion, warmth, forgiveness, connection, or intimacy in your relationships?
  • How often do you intentionally act on these feelings to further nurture the relationship?

We are relational beings—we relate to ourselves, and we are endlessly called to relate to others—through family, romantic relationships, work, and day to day interactions. And while our accessibility to interaction has exploded with the use of cell phones, email, social networking, and text messaging, these means seem to encourage relating with little to no connection or closeness.

In addition, we bring with us into every relationship a host of beliefs about ourselves and others, as well as particular ways we have learned to relate, some of which may work really well in some situations with some people, yet maybe not so well in others, or when under stress. And because our relationships move through normal transitions, these offer opportunities for growth and connection, but in this also may create an uncomfortable level of stress to our typical relating skills.

In the face of these challenges, it’s no wonder at times we find it difficult to maintain meaningful and connected relationships with our loved ones.

Our relationships are as unique as the individuals who share in them. So it makes sense that relationship therapy may look very different depending on the relationship in question.

Read more about what concerns may be addressed by Relationship Therapy

Why Choose a Marriage and Family Therapist?

Marriage and family therapy research shows that couple and family therapy is a preferred and effective treatment for depression, severe mental illness, substance abuse, couple problems and parenting concerns.

Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems who:

  • are commonly known as family therapists.
  • are uniquely qualified relationship professionals who help people see their situations from a new perspective that supports their strengths and invites change.
  • are highly trained mental health professionals who have completed over 1000 hours of therapy with individuals, families, couples and groups while supervised by an Approved Supervisor.
  • have acquired rigorous graduate level training in couple and family therapy.
  • help people explore their relationships with themselves, and with spouses, partners, fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, sisters, brothers, step-parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours and others.
  • honour diversity in ability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, sexual orientation, spirituality and socioeconomic status.
  • adhere to the AAMFT Code of Ethics that outlines responsibilities to clients, the profession and the community.
  • encourage people to keep life’s most precious relationships resilient and strong. (AAMFT, 2011)