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Celebrating Friendships this Valentine’s Day

You may have noticed that we have posted several blogs recently about Valentine’s Day, (relationship check-up here, and ideas for the whole family here). That’s because at Relationships Matter and at Capital Choice Counselling Group we firmly believe that our relationships are at the centre of our physical, social, spiritual, emotional, and mental health. We…

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Making Valentine’s Family Friendly

While Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate your partner, it can also very easily be a time of bonding for the whole family. What better holiday than the one of love to remind each family member how valuable they are, and to be intentional about showing love to others.   Here at Capital Choice…

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…

Befriending Winter and Beating the “Winter Blues”

There’s a reason your Facebook homepage might be showing more pictures of sunny beaches with luxurious white sands like the one above – it is that time of year where many Ottawa residents are dreaming of summer. Yet, not everyone is able to take a week off to the sunny south, and for many, the…

How Family Counselling Can Help

Written by: Dr. Martin Rovers, Psychologist with Capital Choice Counselling Group in Ottawa, ON. As Joe and Mary leave for work, each is cold and distant from each other. The arguments last evening over their youngest son’s behaviour and how it impacts their family is still echoing in their minds. These fights and their son’s behaviour seem…

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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…

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How are you spending Christmas?

First, this blog is not meant to be a “bah humbug” on Christmas. It can be a wonderful time of family, friends, celebrating, volunteering, and yes, even giving. Gift giving can be a very thoughtful way to let someone know that they are remembered and loved. However, this blog is an invitation for us to…

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What You Can Expect from Capital Choice Counselling Group

1) High Quality Counselling and Psychotherapy Capital Choice Counselling Group is committed to high quality individual counselling, couples’ therapy, marriage counselling, and family counselling. All our counsellors are dedicated to meeting your needs and seek to offer effective and quality counselling services in a safe and professional environment. Our goal is to improve your relationships…

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…