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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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
For more information, please see our ‘team’ page or contact me directly at or call @ 780-460-0022 ext. 310. Charlene'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

Jorge Ortiz
As a therapist, I use my natural curiosity as a way to understand my client’s struggles, so that I can help them lead a happier, more fulling life... read more
I am currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the Province of Alberta. I completed my undergraduate in Psychology at the University of Alberta and my Masters in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. I have 19 years of experience working in mental health and addictions. I am passionate about helping adults, youth, couples and families recover from loss and heal from painful events in their life. Jorge’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

Jasmine Fulks
I have worked with couples to overcome different struggles at various stages in the relationship. Using Gottman principles of couples... read more
communication and relationship building I have assisted couples overcome sexual addiction, infidelity and navigate issues with consistent fighting. I have experience working with couples to increase intimacy, communication, reconnection and increase feelings of safety and trust. Jasmine'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. For more information on EFT please visit 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

Laura Bailey
My work with couples utilizes an Emotionally Focused approach... read more
Through our work, we will identify negative interaction styles and explore the emotional experiences that are at the root of these difficult patterns, with the end goal of reducing conflict and building a deeper connection and more secure attachment.Laura'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

Sue Temme
Couples usually agree to spend money to renovate their homes, but then live inside them feeling lonely, sad or angry when it comes to their relationship with their partner. I encourage couples to attend counselling to improve the parts of their marriages that need tune-ups before resentment or detachment more
I enjoy working with couples because healthy relationships add meaning and happiness to not only the couple’s lives but to their families as well. Couples who communicate well share a deep friendship, and care about one another’s goals and dreams are happier and even physically healthier. I have specific training in Gottman Method Couples Counselling as well as training in Emotion Focused Therapy to focus on what is going on beneath the surface of your relationship. Rather than focusing on problem-solving, I prefer to focus on changing how couples view and/or solve their problems. In session we will look at how each partner feels, and also how their partner reacts to them having emotions (meta-emotions). I hope to facilitate each person learning more about their partner and gaining a deeper understanding of their personality and the background that has caused them to become the person they are today. I also invite partners to make changes once the partnership becomes a safe and friendly place in which they can become vulnerable. My style is one that focuses on emotions and words spoken in the present moment. I am unafraid to ask the tough questions but I also value humour in session. Some sessions may feel heavy or difficult and others a little lighter. What is important for me is to tailor therapy to fit your needs as a couple considering how ready each partner is to change and also each person’s personality and comfortability with the counselling process. Changes and experiments are invited throughout the week to encourage the cementing of what has begun in the therapy session. Couples can expect to work on increasing their knowledge of one another, increasing positive communication, building trust, growing friendship, having deeper conversations about goals and dreams and discussing perpetual problems in a new way. I will ask you to experiment with small changes in your interactions throughout the week and we will debrief these on our next sessions. I’m happy to see you, even if you haven’t completed your “homework” ;) Every couple is treated as unique and therapy is tailored towards their concerns. For instance, if you and your partner are arguing about the same things over and over again or your conversations always tend to end up in the same place, we will work on what is deeper beneath the surface of these interactions so that they happen less and less often. If you are feeling you have lost the spark in your relationship and you have become like friends or roommates without the romance, we will work on changing interactions to revive that which was once there. I view consensual and healthy sex between couples as very important and work with couples to ensure that their sex lives become satisfying to both partners. At times a couple’s difficulties in their sexual interactions is an extension of what is going on a deeper, more subconscious level within the relationship. Counselling can help bring these to the surface so that shifts can occur within the relationship that then relate to a more satisfying sex life. I work with couples who struggle with specific sexual issues such as pain during intercourse (dysperunia), chronic illnesses that effect sexual intimacy, erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, differences in sexual preferences, frequency preferences as well as overcoming affairs or previous sexual trauma. In session together, we will work to build affection and respect for one another and deepen your connection. We will work on learning to approach conflict in a different manner where you can gain a deeper understanding of one another’s personalities and needs. Sue’s Full Bio