Marriage & Couples Counselling

I understand you and your spouse are in a challenging time and may be reluctant to “put yourself out there”.   Let me assure you, your issues will be respected and treated with the utmost of sensitivity.   My approach will safeguard your personal dignity.  I don’t take sides; rather I carefully listen to each person’s position and mediate healthy communication between you and your partner.  By providing a safe environment the root of the problem is addressed and corrected allowing you to build a conflict-free relationship you can feel proud of.

I would like to invite you to work with me at my private and comfortable office.  To arrange a convenient one-50 minute session simply call 705.220.3599. Don’t give up…there is always hope. 

Call me today to get started in a new direction.

Reasons to Seek Therapy/Counselling

  • To be successful in your relationship
  • For your family's well-being
  • To regain trust, love and stability in your life
  • Because your relationship is an investment and worth fighting for!


  • There is so much pain and suffering involved in seperation and divorce
  • Most conflict is just a matter of misunderstanding and poor communication
  • It is never too late to seek help and support
  • Counselling is an effective method of sorting out issues and restoring communication between couples
  • It might NOT be "greener on the other side" but you will still have to mow the grass!

My Approach

In our confidential sessions I take a non-judgmental, un-biased stance allowing you to talk freely and without fear of being judged.  Through experience and thoughtful consideration I will locate the area that is creating a wedge in your relationship.  With willingness and effort on your part results occur right away.

You will sense at the end of session one that there is renewed hope in your relationship.  Hope is the beginning and foundation of the therapy process and is vital in moving forward.  Remember - couples therapy does not need to be a long, drawn out process.

How it Works

There are no hard and fast rules to how couples therapy works but generally a couple will come to the first session together.  We don’t waste time - we start talking about your concerns and the specific areas you would like to focus on right away.  Before you leave our first session, I will provide feedback, we will discuss a plan of action, direction is given and our next steps will be determined.  You are not obligated in any way to commit to a certain number of sessions.  This is your choice and you are in the driver’s seat.  You book your sessions at you see fit, one at a time, weekly or bi-weekly.

Sometimes it does not work out that both you and your partner remain in counselling.  This is perfectly ok.  You can work with me one-on-one and address your issues of concern.  You cannot go wrong with efforts to improve yourself.  We are ultimately responsible for ourselves and oftentimes the changes we make within can have a positive effect on the dynamic of your marriage or relationship.

I also offer individual therapy for those who are experiencing difficult feelings of anger, sorrow or grief as a result of a separation or divorce.

Is Your Marriage in Trouble? 

Men, ask yourself these questions:

  • How often do you compliment your wife?  Have you told your wife lately – she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, what a good mother she has become, what a great meal she made.
  • When was the last time you set aside some time and asked your wife out on a date?
  • When your wife wants to talk intimately do you give her your full attention?
  • Have you ever thought about what your wife’s love language is?  It could be as simple as taking care of the children for the afternoon so she can have a break OR sweeping the floor.

Ladies, ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you treat your husband with respect?
  • When was the last time you told your husband that you believed in him?
  • How often do you encourage your husband and tell him that you love him?
  • Have you considered your husband’s needs lately?  When was the last time you set aside time for sex with your husband?

Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. 

Barnett R. Brickner