Improve Communication and Enrich Your Relationship
Couples Therapy: Enrich Your Relationship
Happily married but want a deeper connection? Or, tired of arguing and not being understood? I will help you identify harmful patterns that are hindering the intimacy you long for, and discover how past and present life experiences are affecting you, your partner, and your relationship.
Not sure if marriage counseling is for you? Do you just want to ‘tweak’ the good thing you’ve got going? I also offer ”Couple Communication” training which provides instruction on collaborative communication skills that can enhance your relationship. As a couple, you will learn to listen accurately and communicate more clearly so that you can find satisfying solutions to your problems.
Couples decide to come for couples counselling for a variety of reasons. Those who are planning to be married come for pre marriage counseling, while others …
A counselling session provides a time and place for you to explore issues that are important to you. For this reason, the counselling approach is collaborative and client-centered so that sessions stay focused on your goals. Sessions are generally one hour in length.
Personal growth…problem solving…self-acceptance…
People seek counselling for a variety of reasons. For some, counselling is sought when they have experienced a traumatic event, an unexpected change in life, or a life transition, triggering distress and uncertainty. Even positive events can add stress and overwhelm current coping skills. Others seek counselling when they experience a sense of unbalance in their life while others are striving for personal growth through self-exploration and self-acceptance.
Perhaps you are experiencing one or more of the following:
Making an important decision that you’d like to process before taking action
Wanting to improve a struggling or healthy relationship
Stress or anxiety, performance anxiety and/or panic attacks
Loss of hope, depression, or thoughts of harming yourself
Unresolved childhood issues
Ongoing struggles with an addiction (gambling, alcohol or drug use, shopping, sex)
Significant loss of a loved one, identity, health, culture, purpose, employment, income
Opportunities for Personal Growth
Individuals are as unique as their life experiences. No two people respond to the same event or situation in the same way.
Manitobans are all too familiar with spring floods. As the Red River surges, residents respond in very different ways. When this event is perceived as a threat, it can trigger anxiety, dread, and fear. Why? This response often results when an individual believes their resources are inadequate or depleted to cope with the event (i.e. beliefs about one’s ability to cope, or limited time, finances, energy, and other life stressors). A sense of powerlessness may pervade contributing to isolation and depression.
Fear can also motivate anxious activity to gain a sense of control over the situation. But energy generated by fear depletes us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Other residents along the Red River may become energized at the …
Our counselling approach flows from a holistic model, which views all aspects of a person – physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual—as integral to health and well-being. When one aspect is affected, all are affected. Therapy seeks to address the whole person to restore balance. This approach highly regards all people as valuable, worthy of dignity and respect.
Think of resilience as similar to taking a canoe trip down a river. On a river, you may encounter rapids, turns, slow water, and shallows. As in life, the changes you experience affect you differently along the way. In traveling the river, it helps to have knowledge about it and past experience in dealing with it. Your journey should be guided by a plan, a strategy that you consider likely to work well for you.
Perseverance and trust in your ability to work your way around boulders and other obstacles are important. You can gain courage and insight by successfully navigating your way through white water. Trusted companions who accompany you on the journey can be especially helpful for dealing with rapids, upstream currents, and other difficult stretches of the river. You can climb out to rest alongside the river. But …
Have you ever sat by a river on a warm summer day and watched as the current gently carried a leaf down stream? Perhaps you returned on a cold, windy day to find that this same river had dramatically changed. Reflecting the grey sky above and the depths below, the river had darkened, and strong currents had created ominous waves that pounded the shore with great force.
The changing currents of life affect us all. At times, life currents are gentle and refreshing, like a calm river, inviting us to play, laugh, and love. Life seems effortless and good. At other times, with little or no warning, life currents intensify in response to strong winds and surging waters; events or experiences that seem to overwhelm our ways of coping. Strong emotions can surface like waves in a storm. Just as strong …
Therapist Qualities & Skills
Susan Monkman is a Winnipeg-based counselling therapist with a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from Providence University College. Susan is a member of the Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors.
She is a genuine, caring person who desires to provide a supportive and accepting place for people to safely explore aspects of your life that hinder personal growth and your sense of well-being. Through careful listening, sensitivity and encouragement, Susan will work with you to identify and challenge factors that are contributing to problem issues. She will help you to identify your strengths that will help move you towards self-acceptance and satisfying solutions.
Location: Life Currents Counselling, 325-530 Kenaston Blvd., Winnipeg R3N 1Z4
For appointments or more information call: (204) 471-5245 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org