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Couples and Families

Barbara uses an approach to couple and family counselling that is a brief, emotionally focused therapy model. This is used to resolve conflict or to recover from affair issues. Interventions are aimed at developing healthy communication in relationships, by addressing difficult emotional issues and focusing on the strengths of each individual.

The most important thing to remember is that your health is highly dependent on your psyche; the more depressed you are, the greater the chances of disease. A reduction in your stress levels will ensure that your mood is better, along with a boost in immunity and longevity. Extreme worry and stress levels have the potential to make you ill, from a simple common cold to severe cardiac conditions.

Some of the key areas Barbara focuses on to help resolve or outline coping strategies are listed below. These services include helping individuals, couples or families dealing with addictions, abuse, divorce and anxiety across Aurora. Each client receives a customized plan to help with their experiences. 


  • Marriage counselling
       -Resolving conflict
       -Improving communication
       -Affair recovery
  • Separation and divorce
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Personal counselling for relationship issues and stress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Child abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Trauma
  • Work issues
  • Parenting and child counselling
  • Family violence
  • Stress management
  • Anger management
  • Addiction issues

Barbara's Approach to Family Counselling

Barbara's approach to family counselling is based on coaching parents and children to manage difficult issues in a peaceful manner. Communication is the key to successful family life and it is only through productive and engaging conversations that relationships survive and persevere. Barbara has vast experience in helping families through obstacles, such as parent and child/teen conflict, mental health and addiction issues, to name a few. 


Whether you need marriage counselling, anger management or coping strategies for stress or anxiety in Aurora, please contact Barbara today to schedule an appointment.

Barbara Talks about Her Approach

Further Resources

Barbara can also be found via her profile on

Suggested Reading

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
By: Sue Johnson
Published by: Little, Brown and Company

The 5 Love Languages®
By: Gary Chapman

Getting the Love You Want
By: Harville Hendrix

Patient Testimonial

“I just wanted to thank you for all of the help that you gave us. Andrew and I are communicating with each other so much better than we ever have before. We did get the house that we put an offer on, and in the past, the stress of buying a new house would have made us both clam up and not share our feelings with each other. Now, because we are being so open with each other, there is no stress!! For everything you helped us with, we are eternally grateful!”—M.

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