Couple/Marital


How Healthy Is Your Marriage?

Every marriage has it’s ups and downs. Why else would “in sickness and in health” for “richer or for poorer” even be a part of the vows? The fact that your marriage isn’t always going to be sunshine and roses is an uncomfortable, yet undeniable fact! When was the last time you stopped to consider…

Selecting a Couples Counsellor

Couples Counselling is a fantastic resource for couples at all stages. A Couples Counsellor provides the outside perspective you need to help your relationship thrive, and adapt to everything life throws at you both. Choosing the right couples counsellor to suit you and your partner can be difficult, but it is a rewarding process! Choose…

When to Begin Couples Therapy

Is the first date too early for couples therapy? The above question was posed to couples and therapists alike in this recent article, and while the statement itself might be a more hypothetical question, the thought behind it is a good one. At what point is it beneficial to seek out couples’ therapy? As reflected…

Valentine’s Day & Couple Therapy: Relationship Checkup

Relationship Checkup: Should we attend an Ottawa couples therapy session? One helpful thing that holidays can do is remind us, and give us the space to, reflect. And while Valentine’s Day may be one of your least favourite holidays due to the commercialism of love, it can still provide us with a chance to take…

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Benefits of Conjoint Therapy (aka “Two on Two Therapy”)

Written By: Marlene Neufeld, MSW, RSW and Bob Neufeld, M.Ed.   We are a husband/wife team who use a conjoint therapy approach working as co-therapists almost exclusively with couples. We meet with couples two-on-two, which means that there are four of us in the room, the client couple and the two of us. We use…

Partners are not mean: They just have a wound or two, like you.

Written By: Dr. Martin Rovers, Psychologist with Capital Choice Counselling Group How often has a couple fight included the words: “But, you always do that! Why are you so mean?” After 25 years of doing couple counselling and marriage therapy, I know that the above line is most often not true. Even though it feels like…

How to Choose a Good Couple Therapist

Choosing a Couple Therapist for your relationship can be daunting, and as many couples do not seek out therapy until they have been in distress for an average of six years, often the stakes are high when they do. This may be your last resort, and if so, you will want to find a therapist…

How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk

Written by: Dr. Martin Rovers, Capital Choice Counselling Group Falling in love is suppose to be easy, natural, and meant for life-long happiness. Too many times it ends in failure and hurt, and we can’t believe that we fell for that same type of person again. What went wrong? How can we avoid falling in love…

From Falling in Love to Couple Therapy

Written By: Martin Rovers, Ph.D., with Capital Choice  Counselling Group Falling in love is easy but relationships require work, and sometimes that means coming in for couple therapy. It can be hard to decide as a couple when to see a couple therapist. After the “falling in love” stage of a relationship, there usually is a “honeymoon…