Couples Counselling

The majority of people who decide to work with a psychologist do so to address relationship issues. Given that the chance of a first marriage ending in divorce over a 40 year period is 67% and that half of all divorces occur in the first seven years of marriage, that is not surprising.

The average couple waits six years before seeking help for relationship problems, which according to the statistics is too long. However, if both partners are committed to making changes, couples counselling can be very successful.

Tanja’s approach to working with couples is based upon the work of Dr. John Gottman, founder of The Gottman Institute, who has been doing research in this field for over 35 years. Tanja has received training from Drs. John and Julie Gottman, and is a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist. She utilizes a combination of couples and individual sessions designed to help partners rediscover the positive feelings that first attracted them to each other, and create the relationship they've always wanted.

Dr. Gottman appeared on the Anderson Cooper Show to talk about the Four Negative Patterns that can destroy a relationship. If you think you and your partner are struggling with those patterns or you would like to learn more about the Relationship Assessment she offers, contact Dr. Tanja today.

If you choose to work with Tanja the counselling will consist of three phases:

  • 01. An assessment that will identify the areas in your relationship which need to be addressed
  • 02. A combination of individual and couple sessions that will teach you how to recognize the signs of relationship disintegration and what to do about them
  • 03. A focus on creating a shared idea of the relationship and how to achieve that vision

To find out how well your relationship is doing, please take this quick quiz courtesy of the Gottman Institute.

If you are interested in booking an initial consultation with Tanja, contact her.