At Expressions Counselling, we give couples the support needed to improve their communication, understand each other better, and strengthen their connection. Our relationship counsellors are patient, flexible, and knowledgeable. We aim to empower couples to instill confidence and overcome obstacles in their relationships.
We welcome couples of diversified backgrounds. Some of our past clients have included straight married couples, gay and lesbian married couples, straight relationships, LGBTQ relationships, engaged couples, and more.
Are you not sure how to start? Learn how to prepare for your first relationship counselling session below.
Most people that think about or want to start relationship or couples counselling have little knowledge of the process since they have rarely, if ever, sought out professional help for their relationship issues. This section is designed to help you and your partner prepare and be able to effectively maximize the time put into therapy and how the process will work.
The main objective of relationship and couples therapy is to find out more about yourself and your partner, while also understanding the interactions between the two of you. This new knowledge is then used to break old, ineffective patterns and help build and develop healthier interactions.
Some key things to think about before your first session:
When thinking about the goals of relationship or couples counselling, try and keep the focus on yourself rather than making goals for your partner, for example:
One of the hardest things for individuals is to come to the conclusion that both partners are needing to change and come to a healthy compromise rather than talking about how your partner is the problem and how they need to change to fix the issues presented.
The first session in relationship or couples counselling would be a free 50-minute consultation where we observe your relationship dynamics and we will give you some information on my background and how we work as a counsellor. We will then explore what has brought you to counselling and what you are looking to get out of it. The sessions following this will be to unpack the story at hand on the relationship dynamics and working on the goals that were presented. We may ask for an individual session with each partner at certain points in therapy to get a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the relationship.