couples counselling

couples counselling

Relationships matter. Commitments matter.

And so when the most important relationship in your life begins to fall apart, it can leave you feeling sad, hopeless and overwhelmed.

There are many reasons for relationships falling on tough times:

  • Financial stress

  • Physical, mental or emotional illness

  • Infidelity (emotional or physical, in- person or on-line)

  • Life transitions

  • Job loss

  • Blending of families

  • Changing of values

As a result, intimacy and trust can be replaced by distance and betrayal. Ongoing conflict deteriorates the friendship and respect that may have once been the foundation of your relationship. It can become difficult to even know one’s self in the midst of so much hurt and anger.

At Rivers Edge Counselling Centre, we have a team of therapists who work with couples to mend their relationships. Couples counselling sessions are available in a non-judgmental atmosphere that helps couples rediscover the most important relationship in their lives.

Couples Counselling Sessions Can Help You:

  • Communicate with each other more effectively

  • Learn how to resolve conflict and "fight fair"

  • Rebuild friendship, intimacy and trust in your relationship

  • Find a way to forgive after betrayal and hurt

  • Explore the values, hopes and dreams that shape your expectations of your relationship

  • Find clarity and hope for your future together

Signs Couple’s Counselling Might be for You:

  • You barely talk with your partner

  • When you talk, you and your partner bicker – often about the same thing

  • You feel there are some things you just can’t talk to your partner about

  • You are currently having, or are contemplating having, an affair

  • You withhold financial information from your partner – i.e. purchases, investments, bank accounts, etc…

  • You believe everything will be okay if your partner “just changes”

  • Your needs for intimacy and affection are not being met in the relationship

  • You want to make the relationship work


We also offer Pre-Marital Counselling. Learn more >

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meet our couples’ counsellors

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Edna (Teddie) Knowlton Fussell
My approach to working with couples is grounded in research on the communication and interaction patterns that have helped long term couples be successful in their relationships... read more
I believe mutual respect, acknowledgment and negotiation are at the heart of any healthy partnership and I assist each member to examine the attitudes, feelings and behavior that might be getting in the way. Therefore, I help people shift from focussing on the shortcomings they perceive in their partner or themselves to negotiating the strengths, preferences, values and associated behavior they want to assert as individuals and as a team. In this manner I have helped couples work through the following issues:
• establishing a committment
• managing relationships with extended family
• new parenting
• discipline of pre-school, school-age and adolescent children
• work/home/recreation balance
• job loss/relocation
• different approaches to spending and managing finances
• hoarding or cluttered homes
• coping with physical or mental health concerns
• breaches of trust from deceit, infidelity, or abusive behavior ( a special interest of my practice)
• relationships with adult children
• becoming empty-nesters
• retirement
• caring for aging parents
• grief and loss
Teddie's Full Bio

Nicole Imgrund
Some experiences in life touch us so profoundly, that they cause a ripple effect through the whole of our life—affecting us emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally, and spiritually... read more
My experience, training and skill in key therapeutic approaches gives my work with clients both flexibility and depth. While my primary approach is psychodynamic (relational, insight-oriented), I draw on a number of other approaches to meet the diverse needs and goals of clients—including narrative, solution focused, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), mindfulness-based and family systems. The breadth of these approaches will make it possible for me to help you determine whether a more reflective or problem solving, short or longer term approach, will best meet your needs...Nicole’s Full Bio

Christine Crocker
As a Registered Psychologist trained in Marriage and Family Therapy, I believe that relationships are central to the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities... read more
Christine Crocker is a Registered Psychologist who has been providing services to families, couples and individuals since 2007, both in private practice and for agencies. Christine has a Masters in Science in Marital and Family Therapy through Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science Specialization awarded from the University of Alberta. Christine holds membership in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (Reg# 3311) and the Psychologist Association of Alberta. Christine Crocker Full Bio

Lisa McMorrow
“Happiness isn’t having everything perfect, it is seeing beyond life’s imperfections.” We can be hurt in relationship and also healed in relationship... read more
When we are struggling in our couple relationship this can impact every other area of our lives. Whether it is financial stress, communication difficulties or not being able to connect anymore this can create extra stressors in our lives. Sometimes it is difficult to understand ourselves let alone understanding our partner and this can create conflict when what we really want is connection. Therapy builds on these areas of connection and provides an opportunity for deeper understanding and healing. Lisa's Full Bio

Petrina Runke
Relationships can be challenging at times. It can be difficult to balance our needs and wants with that of another person... read more
When it comes to an intimate partner relationship, it can become even more complex to negotiate daily stressors, such as finances, jobs, and family. At times couples might find themselves at a loss for how to work through issues that arise in the course of their relationship. I join with the couple to provide a neutral, supportive, and compassionate place to gain understanding, develop communication strategies, and increase harmony and unity in the relationship. Petrina's Full Bio

Charlene Remenda-Madra
Though most couples present with communication issues, issues of conflict, trust or infidelity the underlying issue is always one of attachment, or, quite simply, “Do I matter to you?”... read more
Charlene works with couples from an attachment-based perspective to strengthen the bond between partners and increase feelings of safety and security within the relationship. She acts as a ‘process consultant’ to help people understand the negative pattern they are currently caught in to find new, more productive and fulfilling ways of connecting. Within our primary love relationship, we all want to feel accepted, a sense of belonging and comfort. We are truly ‘wired’ for connection. Charlene has completed her training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and is currently working towards certification in this model. She works with couples of all ages and stages of life from dating through to separation and with same-sex couples, as well. She approaches couples therapy from an integrated perspective using EFT, somatic and trauma techniques to help couples meet their goals or intentions for their relationship. See more about the Emotionally Focused Therapy approach.
Charlene's Full Bio

Marti Lysek-Behiels
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples in a variety of settings including non for profit and school settings... read more
Communication is key to any partnership and I support partners to learn solid communication skills in order to create an empathic understanding for the other person. When working with couples I use the Gottman method as well as Emotion Focused therapy techniques to encourage couples to repair and resolve past and current pain. Marti's Full Bio

Laura Byrtus
In couple’s counselling, the real client is the relationship. It is not about determining who is right and wrong, but to look at what is really going on in that relationship. Each person has a part to play, both in the successes and struggles that are shared... read more
I have worked with couples to recognize and communicate with their partners their wants and needs. Also, learning how to express how one feels in a respectful, healthy manner can help keep arguments from turning into screaming matches. Making changes to maladaptive behaviours and thought processes results in healthier interactions, and therefore a healthier relationship.Laura's Full Bio

Dr. Olive Okraku
My goal is to focus on communication, the meaning of the relationship to both parties, conflict resolution, develop deeper intimacy and more
My approach utilizes an emotionally focused approach with the goal of increasing insight into emotions and to identify unhelpful patterns and process emotional barriers that are preventing a healthy relationship. I also believe that due to the differences in background, experiences, values, and beliefs, it can be useful to incorporate some skill building. Olive's Full Bio

Andrea Thrall
I view relationships as essential to our sense of wellbeing and connection to the world around us. In many ways, relationships can be a source of great fulfillment as well as deep suffering... read more
When our relationship is struggling, we can experience a range of feelings including sadness, loneliness, frustration and anger. I believe that in therapy, couples can work together to heal past hurts, learn new skills and build a new future for themselves and their family. When I work with couples, I look to understand the influence of early family experiences on current challenges and support couples to develop more fulfilling ways of relating to each other. In doing so, I draw on principles of Nonviolent Communication, Emotion Focussed Therapy techniques and skills from the Gottman method. I see couples counselling as a truly rewarding opportunity for couples to develop and move into their best selves.Andrea's Full Bio

Ramona Kotke Gapp
For Couples therapy, I received my training in the research-driven Gottman Method from John and Julie Gottman themselves. The goals of the Gottman Method include increasing closeness and friendship behaviors, addressing conflict productively, and building a life of shared meaning more
Research shows that couples who function effectively treat each other with consideration, and are supportive of each other. Whereas couples who function less effectively (and are more likely to get divorced) engage in the four horsemen: 1. Criticism, 2. Defensiveness, 3. Stonewalling, and 4. Contempt. My approach to couples therapy is to first understand the couple’s background and history. To that end, I may request that the couple complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup This online relationship assessment tool not only automatically scores a couple’s strengths and challenges, it also provides detailed clinical feedback and a suggested treatment plan with specific recommendations for intervention. Relationships can be incredibly difficult, but if you are both committed to improving your relationship, you can count on me to work as hard as you. Ramona's Full Bio

Danielle Moody
As a twin, I know how profoundly deep the attachment we have to others can be. I approach my work with couples knowing that our fundamental need for secure attachment can show up in a number of ways. more
With this in mind, couples therapy can often include helping each partner recognize how their attempts to get their needs met translate into their behaviours, to organize what may otherwise feel very chaotic, and to find ways to express and meet these needs in a safe, efficient way. For these, and a variety of other concerns that may arise in couples therapy I draw from marriage and family experts such as, Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Sue Johnson in order to help each partner feel supported to navigate the challenges they face. Danielle’s Full Bio

Renée Dangerfield
Living in a state of communication grid-lock can be extremely painful and often people talk about how much they miss feeling connected with their partner emotionally, physically, mentally, and/or more
I am passionate about supporting couples to learn, improve, or restore their healthy communication skills so that they may better connect and experience the beauty of relationship. I have worked successfully with couples using a combination of psycho-education tools, role-modelling, and talk therapy drawing upon aspects of John Gottman’s research, Emotion Focused Therapy by Sue Johnson, and Virginia Satir. Renée's Full Bio

Katherine Henderson
By nature, humans are relational beings. We thrive best when we feel connected and securely bonded in our intimate relationships. Yet relationships aren’t always easy. Trust issues, communication breakdowns, and deadlocked issues can shake the foundation of any relationship, leading to feelings of confusion, abandonment, hurt, or more
In these moments, we may feel at a loss as to what to do. I believe couple’s counselling can be a powerful tool for couples to find their way back to each other. With advanced clinical training in The Gottman Method, my mission is to offer a safe place for couples to heal from past hurts, interrupt ineffective patterns of behaviour, and develop greater levels of intimacy. Katherine's Full Bio

the right fit

At River’s Edge Counselling Centre, we work with each new client to ensure they are matched to the right therapist. See how we do it: