When a couple is struggling they often find it impossible to understand each other's point of view. Arguments are frequent and unproductive or a cold distance defines the relationship. What was once a source of joy and comfort now feels painful, distressing and at times even hopeless. Counselling helps by creating a framework for communication and understanding. While each couple's challenges are unique, it is often the case that they need to learn to genuinely listen to each other's thoughts and feelings. They may need help in learning how to talk to each other in clear, straightforward, and constructive ways so that discussions stay productive and on track. As each couple's framework of understanding is strengthened, and more effective communication put in place, problems can be properly understood and addressed.
Challenges that have led couples to seek professional help:
"We don't communicate."
"Trust has been broken."
"We need to rekindle our friendship."
"Outside stressors have damaged our relationship."
"We love being parents, but we have lost touch with each other."
"We love each other, but we are now doubting if our love will prevail against our blended family challenges."
"We are under too much pressure from extended family members."
I have over 15 years of clinical experience working with couples. I continue to extend my knowledge and clinical capabilities through ongoing professional training, including the completion of Level II training in the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.
Although I have been delivering online and phone counselling for several years now, Covid-19 has forced broad adaptation to online and phone counselling models.
The platform I utilize for online/virtual counselling is called NousTalk.
This platform does not require you to download any programs or apps.
NousTalk offers a secure end-to-end encrypted transmission that is PHIPA and PIPEDA compliant, meaning compliant with the privacy laws governing the protection of Health Information in Ontario and Canada.
If it is your preference to speak by phone, or if you live in an area with slower internet service, conducting counselling sessions by phone is another viable and proven option.
My professional fee is $100 per hour. Individual sessions are typically for 1 hour. Couple sessions are typically for an hour and a half.
Extended Health Benefits may cover all or part of my counselling services. Please check with your place of employment and insurance provider to see if you have coverage for the specific counselling services provided (in person, by phone or online) by a Masters Level Registered Social Worker (MSW RSW).
Western University students receive, through their student health coverage programme, up to $750 for counselling services provided by a Registered Social Worker.
My office is located in north west London Ontario near the corner of Oxford and Commissioners.
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday: 9 am - 9 pm
Registered Member, Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Master of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Ontario Association of Social Work
Canadian Association of Social Work