Having worked with couples for close to 20 years, I am convinced that a safe and secure relationship is the foundation for a full and happy life. It provides us with the energy we need to meet everyday challenges, whether they involve parenting, resolving family issues, negotiating workplace conflicts, or navigating in the community at large.
My work is focused on helping couples develop safe, secure-functioning relationships by knowing who they are, where they have come from, and how their early attachment histories impact their adult life. The more couples understand each other, and the clearer they are about how they react to each other, the faster they can repair moments of disconnect.
As a couple therapist, I have been inspired more recently by the work of Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, who has developed A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). As a Level 11 PACT Therapist, I have found that this approach provides my clients with concrete skills and insights to move forward as a couple.
PACT integrates attachment theory (how early childhood relationships impact present experiences), arousal regulation (the ability to regulate our emotions), and developmental neuroscience (how the brain impacts our behaviour). It is guided by the principle of secure-functioning relationships — relationships that thrive on mutuality, fairness, justice, and win-win for both partners.
Many people think of couple therapy as a last resort. Couples seek help when they are struggling with:
Whatever brings you to couple therapy, you will find this counseling experience to be insightful, helpful, and hopeful. My goal as your therapist will be to bring out the best in both of you so that you can feel safe and secure as both partners and friends.
I am interactive and collaborative with my clients, and I bring warmth, humour, and a sensitive listening ear to each counseling session.
We meet in Caledon, Ontario (my office location will be provided when you schedule your first appointment). Your first few sessions will be two hours long. The length of your sessions may be reduced to 1.5 hours over time.
My marriage and couples counselling hourly fee is $150 (+HST). Payment is due at the time of your appointment by cash, cheque, VISA or MasterCard. Hourly sessions require 48 hours notice of cancellation.
If your company has an Employee Assistance, or an Extended Healthcare plan, you may be covered for services provided by Psychologists, Psychotherapists and/or Registered Social Workers. I am a licensed clinician with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Please check with your provider to see if my services are covered by your plan.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the marriage and couple counselling process, or to schedule your initial appointment.
Suite 431 – 75 First Street
Orangeville, Ontario, L9W 5B6
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