Expert advice to help you create your next relationship…Together.
Create Effective Communication Patterns
Dysfunctional communication is often about the distribution of power in your relationship. Understanding your conflict style can lead to collaboration instead of avoidance or aggression. Replace arguments with productive conversation.
Re-establish Emotional Connections
Increase your confidence knowing you meet your partner’s emotional needs. Learn the small daily behaviours that lead to increased intimacy. Replace the distance with trust and validation.
Feel and Behave Happier
One powerful strategy for couples is to dream together. Creating a future relationship in your conversation implies safety and security. It can also satisfy each partner’s need for fun and adventure. Reignite the desire for fun and togetherness.
- For couples who are feeling like they are in a “rut” or have a general sense of dissatisfaction
- For couples who are committed to their spouse yet feel they need to renegotiate the terms of their marriage
- For couples who are open to seeing their “irreconcilable differences” in a new way
- For couples who have been impacted by a physical or emotional affair
- For couples who have health issues that are impacting their ability to be happy together
- For couples who have experienced job loss and are restructuring their roles in the relationship
- Mediation: For couples who have decided they will end their marriage and need to sort out parenting and property matters
- Child Therapy: For couples who are concerned about how their children are managing the separation
- Individual Therapy: For individuals who need therapeutic support for themselves to understand and cope with the loss
- Divorce Coaching: For individuals who need coaching to navigate the divorce and focus on a new way of living
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In all relationships there is a push and pull of closeness and distance. Some people need more belonging while others need more autonomy or space. In the Psychological literature these ideas are discussed in terms of attachment. Attachment is the emotional bond built with our caregivers in the earliest days of life and those bonds show themselves throughout various stages of development even lasting into adulthood.
Think about how you like to feel supported by your spouse. For some of us an explicit expression of help is a welcome gesture and brings about a sense of appreciation. For others, an explicit effort to help makes us feel more stressed and even annoyed. Appreciating what tasks our partner’s feel confident with is the key to being appropriately supportive. These are the findings of the authors of a research study in 2017.
With the arrival of COVID-19 and the resulting isolation measures in place, all Canadians have felt some impact on family dynamics. This means that parents have been managing their children more of the time and engaging in what researchers call family work. This family work generally takes on three forms: housework, child rearing and emotion work. While housework and child rearing can be easily observed, emotion work is done covertly and is not easily seen or measured.