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Couples Therapy
In Toronto

Rebuild the love, connection and trust your relationship needs.

Couples therapy can help you and your partner:

Resolve conflicts & build trust

Deepen emotional intimacy

Improve your communication

Relationships can be challenging

When there is an emotional or physical distance in your relationship it can leave you feeling unsure about what changed or what went wrong. It is this uncertainty that leads to disconnection, mistrust and a breakdown of your partnership. Not feeling seen or heard creates a level of frustration and loneliness that continues the cycle of miscommunication.

We want to help you find the connection you need to reignite your love.

Couples therapy can help you and your partner reconnect.

Same sex couple at the beach smiling while embracing

Are you and your partner struggling with:

  • Effectively communicating your emotions?
  • Resolving conflicts and arguments?
  • Intimacy or sexual issues?
  • Feeling under appreciated or not having your needs met?
  • Infidelity or trust issues?

Couples therapy can help you rebuild trust, communication and emotional intimacy within your relationship.

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Our Approach To Couples Therapy

We take the time to understand you as a person who has a lived experience that has brought you here. We use a 3-step approach to get the relief you need.

1. We meet together

We meet with both of you to learn about your relationship history, communication patterns, and current concerns. We set goals that work for your situation.

2. We meet individually

Each person meets with the therapist individually to better understand their personal history, situation and current feelings about the relationship.

3. We work together

As you move through therapy, we regularly check-in with you to assess progress and adjust therapy goals and techniques as needed.

With the help of couples therapy, you can move from struggling to understanding; meet the needs of yourself and your partner; and enjoy a more peaceful and fulfilling relationship.

As you progress through couples therapy, you may find:

  • You have greater confidence in yourself
  • You are able to more clearly express and receive love
  • You are able to effectively express your needs
  • You are able to better understand your loved ones' needs

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Why choose EMDR & Trauma Therapy Centre?

We understand that working through trauma can be a vulnerable and emotional process.
  • We strive to create a safe, non-judgmental environment for our clients.
  • We use an integrative approach to trauma therapy so clients can experience more complete healing.
  • We are committed to providing personalized care and support, meeting each client where they are in their healing journey.
  • We are attuned to your needs and we work at a therapy pace you can handle.
We strive to help people better understand themselves and show up in the world in a way they were meant to live.
Eliza Fernandes, Founder of EMDR & Trauma Therapy Centre, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Approved EMDRIA Consultant

Eliza Fernandes, MSW, RSW
Founder, Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist, Approved EMDRIA Consultant

Therapists Specializing In Couples Therapy

Frequently Asked Questions About Couples Therapy

Couples therapy may be a good option if you and your partner are experiencing communication difficulties, conflicts, or other relationship issues that you are struggling to resolve on your own. If you are both open to exploring these issues and committed to working on your relationship, couples therapy may be helpful.

For couples therapy to be effective, a couple needs to feel like they are still emotionally connected/interested in their partner. If this is not present then couples therapy will not work. For instance, if one partner is no longer emotionally interested in their partner and has a foot out the door we suggest individual therapy.

We cannot say with certainty what the outcome of couples therapy will be for your relationship. However, couples therapy can help you work through the issues that have led to a breakdown of trust in your relationship while helping you develop strategies to rebuild trust over time.

During couples therapy, you and your partner can work together with a member of our team to explore the underlying causes of the hurt and mistrust. Over a number of sessions you can learn to communicate more effectively and develop new ways of relating to each other.
Using a variety of therapy modalities, we will also provide tools and techniques to help you rebuild trust, so you are able to set realistic expectations, practice forgiveness, and be transparent with each other.

Rebuilding trust can take time, and it requires a commitment from both partners to work through the issues that led to the initial breakdown. With our help and a willingness to put in the effort, we believe that it is possible to overcome hurt and mistrust and rebuild a strong, healthy relationship.

In couples therapy we provide a safe and supportive environment for you and your partner to explore and work through your relationship challenges. We use a variety of approaches, including Sue Johnson’s Emotionally Focused Therapy, The Gottman Approach and the Couples Therapy Developmental Model.

Some relationship issues stem from unresolved personal trauma. In those cases, we use technique called the Safe and Sound Protocol.
The Safe and Sound Protocol is an evidence based listening/music therapy that assists in resetting the nervous system to safety.

We often experience agitation, overwhelm in relationships and the first key is to create a more regulated nervous system. When this has occurred then we can begin to understand the patterns that get the relationship caught in. We may also use EMDR within relationships to move past some of the old patterns from earlier memories of pain, trauma.

The length of couples therapy can vary depending on a number of factors, including the specific issues you are working on, the severity of those issues, and the level of commitment and effort put in by both partners.

Some couples may begin to see positive changes in their relationship after just a few sessions, while others may require more ongoing support and therapy to see significant progress. On average, couples therapy can last anywhere from a few months to a year or more.

It is important to keep in mind that couples therapy is a process that takes time, effort, and commitment. It is not a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all solution, and progress may not always be linear. However, with patience, persistence, and a willingness to work through challenges, you can create lasting change and a strong connection in your relationship!

It can sometimes seem like things are getting worse before they get better. This is because the process of therapy involves bringing up difficult emotions and issues that may have been previously ignored or avoided. It can be uncomfortable and stressful for both partners, and can even lead to arguments and temporary setbacks in the relationship. However, if the couple is committed to the process and works with a skilled therapist, these difficulties are usually temporary and can ultimately lead to improved communication, a deeper understanding of each other’s needs and perspectives, and the development of new tools and strategies for managing conflict and maintaining a healthy relationship.

It is important for couples to approach therapy with an open mind, a willingness to work through difficult issues, and a commitment to making positive changes in their relationship.

Yes! Couples therapy typically refers to a type of therapy that focuses on improving the relationship between two people who are in a committed romantic relationship, regardless of whether they are married or not. We will work with the couple to help them identify and work through issues that may be causing conflict or disconnection in the relationship.

On the other hand, marriage counselling specifically refers to therapy that is designed for married couples. The focus is on helping the couple work through issues related to their marriage and their commitment to each other.
Both types of therapy aim to improve the relationship between two people, but couples therapy is a broader term that can apply to any committed romantic relationship, whereas marriage counselling specifically addresses issues that are unique to marriage.

The short answer is yes, but it’s important to understand that narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a complex mental health condition that can be difficult to treat. People with NPD tend to have a deeply ingrained sense of grandiosity and entitlement, and may struggle to empathize with others or take responsibility for their actions.

That being said, if a person with narcissistic tendencies is motivated to change and willing to participate in therapy, couples therapy can provide a supportive environment for them to work on their behaviour and communication patterns within the context of their relationship. In some cases, couples therapy can also help the non-narcissistic partner learn strategies for managing their own reactions and setting boundaries.

If you do decide to pursue therapy with a narcissistic partner, it’s important to find a therapist who has experience working with narcissistic personality disorder, and to have realistic expectations for what can be achieved in therapy.

Deciding to end a relationship after infidelity can be a difficult and painful process. There is no one “right” answer, as every situation is unique, but here are some signs that it might be time to consider ending the relationship:

  • Repeated infidelity
  • Lack of effort or interest in repairing the relationship
  • Emotional abuse
  • Irreconcilable differences

If this is a decision you are grappling with, it may be helpful to meet with your therapist for an individual session to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

Ultimately, the decision to end a relationship is a personal one and should be made based on what is best for both partners. Couples therapy can be helpful in navigating this difficult process, but sometimes it may be necessary to end the relationship in order to move on and find healing.

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