Relationship problems can cause constant conflict, burdensome stress, feelings of loneliness or detachment, or the end of a partnership altogether. The effects of nonstop relationship problems tend to seep into other parts of a couple’s life, leaving them less focused at work, frustrated with their friends and family, or withdrawn and isolated. When couples are stuck in a cycle of negative emotions and patterns of adverse behaviour, it can be almost impossible to see a way out. Through couple counselling, Esther Benbihy, a registered psychological associate, has helped Toronto couples to reconnect, communicate, and develop fulfilling relationships that last and add meaning to their lives.
WHAT ISSUES ARE ADDRESSED BY COUPLE COUNSELLING?
The problems that disrupt relationships are diverse. Anything from past experiences to unconscious feelings to current stressors can set off a cycle of behaviour that is difficult to break out of.
Esther has worked with couples suffering from issues such as:
- Constant fighting
- Lack of trust or respect
- Communication failures
- Health issues
- Career changes
- Sexual difficulties
- Lack of intimacy
- And much more
Often over the course of couple counselling, partners are surprised to discover underlying issues that are manifested in negative emotions, communication breakdowns, or disrespectful behaviour. Addressing these problems head-on allows couples to come up with solutions and start the healing process.
Esther’s Therapeutic Methods and Techniques
The couples who seek out couple counselling with Esther are as unique as the individuals that comprise them. Esther has worked with couples who are living together, dating, married, or in alternative situations as well as LGBT couples. Relationships are dynamic and multi-layered!
Esther tailors her therapeutic techniques to each couple’s specific needs through a blend of different theories and practices, including:
- Emotionally Focused Therapy – Focuses on understanding emotional responses and changing maladaptive emotional patterns to form secure attachments to a partner.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – A goal-oriented approach that links emotions to patterns of thinking and behaviour to disrupt negative cycles and alter bad habits.
- Adlerian – Also called individual psychology, Adlerian practice focuses on encouraging clients to understand their motives and work towards self-development.
Through intense sessions, couples begin to share their feelings and thoughts with each other in a secure and judgement-free environment. Being open about your needs can be a vulnerable and difficult experience. For many, couple counselling is the first time that they feel comfortable enough to be completely honest with both their partner and themselves.
Why Consider Esther Benbihy, M.A., C.Psych. Assoc.?
For Toronto couples who are at the end of their ropes, there is hope. Esther has helped clients who came to her with a wide variety of issues but with the same goal: To create a meaningful and fulfilling relationship that will last a lifetime. Esther provides a client-focused approach, comfortable environment, and years of counselling experience to couples who want to rejuvenate their relationship through relationship counselling or marriage therapy. Call 647-295-5935 to set up your first session.