Virtual or online marriage counselling is the best choice if you want a direct, effective approach to improving your marital satisfaction.
3 Step Marriage Counselling Process
If your marriage is in distress, we use a proven three stage approach:
- Cycle De-escalation: assess and identify your relationship cycle and reveal the underlying emotions and needs.
- Bonding: assist each of you with reconnecting with your own needs and self and promoting acceptance between each other to create emotional engagement.
- Consolidation: guide you towards independently creating new solutions to old problems and developing new ways of relating.
We understand that is a fairly technical description! But we want you to know we follow a very strategic, proven pathway that is designed to leave you relating to each other effectively, lovingly and with a true sense of togetherness and security.
Our Counselling Style
Our style is to be very gentle and empathic when you describing painful moments. However, we also love to bring humor into the sessions and, when necessary, we will call you out if we sense it would be helpful to you.
Our marriage therapists have all completed training in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (overseen by ICEEFT). All that to say that we are trained in one of the handful of empirically validated approaches to marriage counselling! (In plain language: we use the research-based approach that is most likely to help your marriage).
Virtual Marriage Counselling
We use Zoom for our online meeting tool. It is very easy to use.
You’ll need a quiet, private room with a decent Internet connection. For equipment, you’ll want to use a laptop with a webcam (or a tablet) with Zoom installed.
Studies have shown virtual counselling to be as effective as in-person counselling. Additionally, you are able to get help from the convenience of your own home without the need to travel through the city, find parking, sit in an awkwardly silent waiting room, etc. It really is so much more convenient.
Sessions are one hour long and we will schedule to meet with you weekly. A course of virtual marriage counselling using our approach typically lasts 4 to 6 months.
How Do I Start?
Please get in touch first with a little information about your marriage situation. Information sent through that link/form will drop into the confidential inbox of our Clinical Director, Caleb Simonyi-Gindele. Following that, we can also set up a quick phone consult with you just to answer any questions you may have and give you a chance to get a feel for how we work.
Sessions are $150 per hour (if you reside in Canada, GST will be added).
Q: Does insurance cover online marriage counselling?
No, it usually does not. Sorry!
Q: Is virtual marriage counselling for everyone?
No, our approach is contraindicated (not recommended) for situations where abuse and/or domestic violence is part of the marriage. If you find yourself in this situation, please get in touch and we will be happy to help you counsel you through this very difficult situation.
Having said that, more and more studies are showing that virtual (video-based) counselling is as effective as in-person counselling, plus it is a whole lot more convenient! No driving to a therapy center, finding parking, awkward waiting room silence, etc…
Q: Do you do other kinds of counselling?
Yes. While our marriage therapist really do specialize in that field, they are also able to help with a variety of other family and personal issues. If you tell us a little about yourself, we will make sure you see the team member who is best equipped to help you.
Q: What if I can’t afford marriage therapy?
Good question. You may be able to find a local counselling agency that offers a sliding scale based on your income level. Also, I have heard from many couples that our podcast has helped them tremendously, so I’d encourage you to subscribe to that. I’d also recommend that you sign up for our emails so that we can keep in touch. Perhaps your financial position may change in the future and make counselling possible then.