Marriage and Relationship Concerns

Edmonton couple lying on the ground facing each other

No relationship is without its unique challenges. There are always bumps in the road – some big, some small – that must be dealt with. Lots of these issues can worsen if there is a lack of productive communication. It can be difficult to have harmony and unity to cultivate positive inner workings to make your marriage or relationship flourish. Add in the stressors of life such as work, parenting (especially blended families), and navigating relationships can be especially challenging. Couples who have been together for many years and many stages of life, or those new on their journey together can find challenges with communication, or intimacy or simply want to have a healthier or more fulfilling relationship.

Marriage and relationship issues

  • Religious and faith related issues
  • Unhealthy approaches to communication and/or lack of communication
  • Sexual dysfunction and/or sexual problems related to physical & psychological needs
  • Trust issues, infidelity or other betrayals
  • Financial issues
  • Extended family issues (in-laws)
  • Problems related to children and parenting
  • Separation or divorce
  • Mixed or blended family issues
  • Cultural Issues

When is it time to get help?

Generally, the sooner you seek help for any marriage or relationship concerns, the better. Unhealthy patterns of communication or behaviour get harder to re-set the longer they’ve been established. Problems tend to get bigger with time – so the sooner you get support, the easier it is to solve those problems. If you and/or your partner are feeling unfulfilled, trapped, unheard, lonely, neglected, considering an affair or if you simply want to have a healthier relationship – you should connect with one of our specially trained therapists.

Treatment methods for marriages and relationship concerns.

  • Gottman’s Couples Therapy is based on Dr. John and Julie Gottman’s 40+ years of clinical experience and research that is based on interventions and exercises that are structured, goal-oriented and scientifically-based. What some of the research has shown is that couples need to be able to work on becoming better friends, learn to manage conflict, and create ways to support each other’s hopes for the future.
  • Gottman Relationship checkup is designed as a tool for use by the therapists at Insight in a therapeutic setting. The tool streamlines the relationship assessment process for your therapist providing personalized, clinical feedback, plus specific recommendations for treatment based on your answers. The questionnaire is composed of 480 questions about friendship, intimacy, emotions, conflict, values, and trust, as well as parenting, housework, finances, individual areas of concern and more.
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically-based approach, which looks at emotions and emotional intelligence, which helps support stronger and more secure relationships by helping better understand how our actions impact others, and how our emotions drive our interactions. EFT believes that emotions are basically adaptive and guide our attachment needs, while therapy helps clients learn how to express these emotions in ways that facilitate bonding, tolerate and regulate them, while also making sense of those feelings expressed by others. EFT practice is also based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion, thereby increasing their overall emotional intelligence. EFT attempts to make deep emotional changes in individuals and relationships by shifting from fear and conflict to corrective emotional experiences. Clients are taught to honor their feelings and express them in ways that bring others closer and resolve their needs, rather than engage in patterns that push others away and leave attachment needs unresolved.

How will my marriage or relationship improve after treatment with Insight Psychological?

If you are committed to improving your relationship, we can help you make your relationship the best it can be! You can learn better and effective ways to communicate, break old habits and patterns. You may rediscover your partner and feel excited and optimistic again. Note: If you are the only one who is interested in attending therapy, (which is not uncommon), you can still attend sessions alone and still see some benefit. You may feel better overall, and your partner may be inspired by your self- improvement, growth and development.