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Couples Therapy Toronto | Betty Stockley Counselling

Give Your Relationship Another Chance with Professional Couples Therapy in Toronto

It is a well-known fact that any relationship can face complications over time. Making your partnership work requires time and constant effort. However, professional intervention may sometimes be needed to solve more challenging problems. If your relationship appears to be breaking down, you may want to consider marriage counselling or couples therapy. Our psychotherapist, Betty Stockley, has over 35 years of experience in marriage/couples counselling in Downtown Toronto.

Even couples with minor problems can benefit from our marriage counselling services by solving issues before they become too big. We have helped many couples by saving their marriages and have, in many cases, even successfully saved relationships on the verge of termination. Betty Stockley Counselling provides personalized insights, tips, and tools about your relationship during each session. We also help you develop the communication skills to sustain your relationship with your significant other.

If you are looking for a marriage counselling service in Toronto, contact Betty Stockley Counselling. Let us help you.


Identifying the signs of a struggling marriage is crucial in addressing the issues and seeking the necessary support. Some indicators that your marriage may face challenges include

  • Communication breakdown:
    Strong communication is the cornerstone of a healthy marriage. When couples experience a breakdown in communication, it often manifests as a lack of understanding, misinterpretation of intentions, or simply feeling unheard. Pay attention to recurring misunderstandings, stonewalling, or reluctance to express thoughts and feelings openly.

  • Lack of intimacy:
    Intimacy extends beyond physical closeness; it encompasses emotional connection and vulnerability. A lack of intimacy may result in a decline in physical affection and reduced quality time spent together, or an overall feeling of emotional detachment. If couples find themselves drifting apart, addressing the root causes is essential.

  • Constant conflicts:
    Every marriage experiences conflicts, but disagreements may signal deeper issues when they become a persistent pattern. Frequent arguments, unresolved disputes, or a sense of walking on eggshells can create a toxic environment. Identifying the underlying causes of these conflicts is crucial for fostering a healthier dynamic.


  • Emotional distance:
    Emotional distance occurs when spouses feel emotionally disconnected. This may manifest as a lack of shared interests, limited emotional support, or feeling like strangers in the same household. Recognizing and bridging this emotional gap is vital for rebuilding connection and intimacy.


  • Trust issues:
    Trust is the bedrock of a strong marriage. When trust is eroded, suspicion, insecurity, and doubt may take its place. Infidelity, secrecy, or broken promises can contribute to trust issues. Rebuilding trust requires transparency, honesty, and a commitment to addressing the root causes of betrayal.


  • Unresolved past issues:
    Baggage from the past can cast a long shadow on a marriage. Unresolved issues, whether related to family dynamics, personal traumas, or past conflicts, can resurface and impact the present. Acknowledging and addressing these issues, possibly with the assistance of a professional, is essential for moving forward.

​Recognizing these signs can help you acknowledge the need for marriage counselling and take proactive steps toward rebuilding a healthy relationship in Toronto.


Relationship counselling can offer various positive benefits to your partnership's overall health and well-being. Some advantages of seeking professional support include

  • Enhanced communication: Learning effective communication techniques and conflict resolution strategies can improve how you express your needs, listen to your partner, and navigate disagreements.

  • Increased understanding: Gaining insight into each other's perspectives, emotions, and needs can foster empathy and strengthen your bond.

  • Rebuilding trust: Addressing trust issues, infidelity, or breaches of faith through counselling can help rebuild trust and create a secure foundation for your relationship.

  • Resolving conflicts: Working with a skilled therapist can guide you through resolving conflicts constructively and respectfully, preventing recurring patterns of negative interactions.

  • Strengthening intimacy: Marriage counselling can provide tools to reignite intimacy, rebuild emotional and physical connection, and nurture a fulfilling and satisfying partnership.

  • Personal growth: Individual growth and self-awareness are often nurtured through relationship counselling, helping you address personal challenges that may impact your relationship.

Seeking relationship counselling is a proactive step towards creating a healthier, more fulfilling, and long-lasting partnership. Contact Betty Stockley Counselling to book a marriage counselling session as soon as possible.


Betty Stockley Counselling understands how unique your relationship is and wants to help you develop the skills necessary to address the inevitable issues you and your significant other encounter. It may be a good idea to seek marriage counselling after experiencing

  • Major life changes: Major transitions such as losing a family member or expecting your first child can cause your relationship to experience changes. Couples counselling can help you get through these changes and find the new normal of your relationship.

  • Your spouse brings up counselling: If you feel that your relationship is stable and your spouse suggests couples counselling, you may feel that your spouse is considering a divorce. That is usually not the case. If your spouse is proactive about getting marriage counselling, it most likely means they want the marriage to work.

  • You feel stagnant: Professional marriage counselling can help you find a solution when you feel like you are not progressing or that you are the only one working on the relationship.


Through couples counselling, you can identify the core of the problems affecting your relationship. You can also get personalized tips and tricks about what to do to help your relationship last longer, the most important of which is effective communication. Additionally, through marriage counselling, you can develop the skills to keep your partner happy and your relationship bloom.


During each session, you will have the chance to talk in a safe space about the problems your relationship is facing and how they are affecting you. At the same time, you must be prepared to listen to the areas in which, according to your partner, you lack. You must also be open-minded and receptive to the techniques that we will share to modify your behaviour.


Betty Stockley Counselling  in Toronto can help resolve relationship problems by focusing on the following:

  • Lack of communication: If you and your partner have grown apart, you are unlikely to communicate your wants, needs, fears, etc., with each other. This can sour down the relationship and pull you two further apart. Marriage counselling offers a suitable environment to sit together and communicate openly.

  • Lack of trust: If you and your partner do not communicate enough or have too many miscommunications, you will lose trust in each other. We can help you by facilitating open communication between you and your partner so that you know each other’s true feelings and intentions.

  • Intimacy issues: Intimacy will become difficult once you and your partner grow apart. Even if you manage to get some moments of privacy, there is a high possibility that you will not enjoy them. Marriage counselling can help you by taking you back to being a couple instead of two individuals, thus reigniting the spark.


We have a 10-week course designed to help couples explore the following major areas and issues that may impact their future lives together.

  • Defining marriage and relationship

  • Love and friendship

  • Your family of origin

  • Knowing yourself and your partner

  • Financial issue

  • Power issue

  • Trust and commitment

  • Feelings and communication

  • Sexuality and romance

  • Children


Building a strong and lasting marriage requires ongoing effort and dedication from both partners. Here are some essential tips and strategies to help you maintain a healthy and fulfilling relationship:

  • Prioritize open communication: Regularly communicate with your partner, expressing your thoughts, feelings, and needs openly and honestly. Practice active listening and be receptive to your partner's perspective.

  • Cultivate trust and respect: Trust and respect are the foundation of a healthy marriage. Be reliable, honest, and supportive of each other. Avoid engaging in behaviours that erode trust, such as dishonesty or betrayal.

  • Nurture emotional intimacy: Create opportunities for emotional connection and intimacy. Engage in meaningful conversations, express appreciation and affection, and prioritize quality time together.

  • Embrace compromise and teamwork: Understand that compromise is essential in any partnership. Be willing to find mutually agreeable solutions and work as a team to overcome challenges and achieve shared goals.

  • Maintain individuality: While being a couple, it's important to maintain a sense of individuality. Encourage each other's personal growth, pursue individual interests, and respect each other's boundaries and autonomy.

  • Show appreciation and gratitude: Regularly acknowledge and appreciate each other's efforts, small gestures, and qualities that you admire. Gratitude fosters positivity and strengthens the bond between partners.

  • Seek professional help when needed: Don't hesitate to seek professional support through marriage counselling or therapy if you encounter persistent challenges or conflicts you cannot resolve independently. A skilled therapist can provide guidance and tools to navigate difficulties effectively.

Remember, a healthy marriage is a continuous journey of growth and commitment. You can nurture a strong, loving, and enduring partnership by practicing these tips and strategies.


You and your partner can undertake this important course of discovery with Betty’s help through marriage/couples counselling. This counselling is designed to prepare you to fulfill your role in your relationship successfully. Betty Stockley Counselling is conveniently located in Downtown Toronto. Call us today for more information about our marriage counselling services in Toronto! We offer in-person and online appointments through Facetime or Skype. We also provide grief counselling, eating disorder counselling and more.

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