Takeaway: All relationships face challenges from time to time. Whether you and your partner are struggling with communication, trust, intimacy, or other issues, working with a couples therapist in Toronto can help. In therapy, you’ll learn new skills to help make your relationship stronger than ever. Start the process today.

Are you and your partner at a crossroads in your relationship? Do you find yourselves constantly arguing or feeling disconnected? If so, you’re not alone. Many couples experience challenges at some point in their relationship. Seeking professional help through marriage counselling or couples therapy can be the key to rebuilding and strengthening your bond.

The first step is acknowledging that your relationship needs support. When communication breaks down, and conflicts become more frequent, seeking professional guidance can make a significant difference. In this blog post, we’ll explore the journey towards couples therapy and address some common questions you may have as a potential client.

4 Toronto Couples Therapists Ready for Hire

Julie Barasevic,

1. Julie Barasevic, MSW, RSW

  • Registered Social Worker
  • License number: 825053
  • Teletherapy or in-person counselling
  • Julie Barasevic is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) with a clinical focus. She works with a variety of life concerns, such as mood disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, grief, self-esteem, interpersonal and relationship issues, perfectionism and sleep therapy. Julie has also trained in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples.

Tammy Benwell,

2. Tammy Benwell, MSW, RSW

  • Registered Social Worker
  • License number: 820744
  • Teletherapy or in-person counselling
  • Tammy Benwell is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master’s degree from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) with a clinical focus. She engages in a variety of therapeutic modalities best suited to each unique client. She has trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Trauma Therapy (EMDR). She has also recently completed an Intensive Sex Therapy course through the University of Guelph.

Dr. Janine Cutler Clinical Psychologist in Toronto and Virtual

3. Dr. Janine Cutler, C. Psych

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • License number: 4298
  • Teletherapy or in-person
  • Dr. Janine Cutler received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Cutler has widely used cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) within the mental health and correctional systems and in private practice. She also has training in dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT); acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Rhonda King, Registered Social Worker in Oakville & Virtually - The Therapy Centre

4. Rhonda King, MSW, RSW

  • Registered Social Worker
  • License number: 822718
  • Teletherapy or in-person counselling
  • Rhonda is a Registered Social Worker who received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor. Currently she focuses on supporting children, adolescents, adults, and couples experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, anger, poor self-esteem, family conflict, peer conflict, marital issues, and difficulties in school.

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Why choose the Therapy Centre for Toronto couples counselling

There are many reasons why people choose to seek couples therapy. Choosing the right couples therapist is essential for your progress. Here’s why you should consider working with us:

  • Our therapists have extensive experience in helping couples navigate challenges and find solutions to their relationship issues using evidence based treatments. Some common issues that couples therapy can help are:
    • building stronger communication skills
    • low self esteem
    • sexual intimacy issues
    • erectile dysfunction
    • chronic illness
    • traumatic experiences
    • substance use
    • understanding an open or polyamorous relationship
  • We recognize that every relationship is unique. Our therapists tailor their approach to meet the specific needs and goals of each couple.
  • We provide a safe and supportive environment. Our psychotherapy services offer you a confidential space where you can explore your concerns without judgment.
  • Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area in Toronto, Oakville, and Hamilton. As well, all of our clinicians offer both in-person and virtual sessions, allowing you to access care in the way that makes you most comfortable.

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When the Therapy Centre might not be the best fit for you and your partner

While The Therapy Centre can offer numerous benefits for those looking for couples therapy, there are also reasons why someone might decide to look for support elsewhere. Here are some reasons we might not be the best fit for you:

  •  You are looking for free therapy
  • You or your partner are located outside of Ontario
  • You or your partner are experiencing complex mental health needs that may require specialized care
  • You or your partner are actively in crisis:  If you feel like your safety is at risk, please call 911 right away or go to your nearest emergency department.

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FAQs about working with a couples counsellor in Toronto

Can couples therapy save a toxic relationship?

Couples therapy can be effective in many cases, but it may not always save a relationship that is toxic, abusive, or irreparably damaged. In some cases, only one partner is willing to seek therapy to address relationship problems. In such situations, the therapist’s priority may shift towards ensuring the safety and well-being of each individual.

What is the difference between couples therapy and couples counselling?

While the terms are often used interchangeably, there is generally no significant difference between couples therapy and couples counseling. Other terms such as relationship counselling, family therapy, marriage counselling, and relationship therapy all fall into the same umbrella of working with a trained professional to address relationship issues and improve communication, relationship satisfaction, and understanding.

What type of couples therapy is most effective?

The effectiveness of couples therapy can vary depending on the unique needs, preferences, and circumstances of each couple. What works best for one couple may not work as effectively for another. Several evidence-based approaches to couples therapy have shown positive outcomes such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy (CBT), and Sex Therapy. Clinicians at The Therapy Centre use these as well as many other therapeutic approaches to support our clients.

What type of counsellor is best for couples?

A licensed mental health professional such as a psychotherapist, psychologist, or social worker who is specifically trained in relationship counselling is ideal. These professionals have the expertise to address the unique dynamics of relationships. At The Therapy Centre we have Registered Social Workers and clinical psychologists that work with couples. Choosing a therapist that you feel comfortable with is a highly personal decisions so it is up to you to decide which professional you would prefer to work with.

Should a boyfriend and girlfriend go to couples therapy?

Yes, couples therapy is not limited to married couples. Boyfriends and girlfriends can benefit from therapy as well. If you’re experiencing challenges in your dating relationship and want to work through them, couples therapy can provide valuable support.

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Get support working through your challenges. Start couples therapy in Toronto today.

Couples therapy can be a transformative journey towards healing and strengthening your partnership. It’s a proactive step towards understanding and addressing issues that can ultimately lead to a more fulfilling relationship.

If you’re considering couples therapy, The Therapy Centre is here to help support you on your journey. We are a full-service practice that works with children, teens, adults, seniors, couples and families. We are comprised of dedicated clinicians with extensive training including psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and a dietitian.

Our offices are located across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area, at 2525 Old Bronte Road in Oakville, 849 Upper Wentworth Street in Hamilton, and in Toronto at 1849 Yonge St (Yonge and Davisville). We offer both in-person and  Virtual Telehealth services including secure phone sessions and videoconferencing.

Reach out to our team today at (289) 291-0205 or info@thetherapycentre.ca.