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Professional Couple and Family Counselling in Aurora and Muskoka

Conflicts among family members can lead to an uncomfortable environment at home. At Barbara Brown BSW RSW, we provide counselling services that can help improve relationships between couples and family members. Our professional therapist, Barbara, uses a couple and family counselling approach based on a brief, emotionally focused therapy model. The primary goal of using this model is to address and resolve conflicts or overcome marital problems. Barbara guides you in achieving this goal by helping you address complex emotional issues and using your strengths to develop healthy communication in your relationships. Our primary goal is to foster understanding and harmony among family members, creating a supportive and positive environment at home.

If you are looking for an experienced professional to help you navigate difficult emotions and improve your relationships with family members, our couple and family counselling services in Muskoka and Aurora can help you. Book a session today! Invest in the well-being of your family and experience the transformative power of expert counseling.

How Can Counselling Help You Stay Healthy?


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 conflict. Extreme worry and stress levels can potentially make you ill, from a simple common cold to severe cardiac conditions. Reducing your stress levels will ensure that your mood is better and boost immunity and longevity. Counselling is an effective way to achieve lower levels of stress.


During counselling sessions, you can learn effective coping strategies and techniques to manage your emotions and alleviate any negative feelings that you may be experiencing. This can help to reduce your stress levels, which can, in turn, reduce the risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes.

In addition to these benefits, counselling can improve your relationships and social connections crucial to your overall well-being. By improving communication skills and helping you to resolve conflicts, counselling can help you to develop stronger, more meaningful connections with those around you. These improved social connections contribute significantly to your overall well-being, fostering a supportive environment for personal growth and resilience.

Counselling Services at Barbara Browne BSW RSW


Our family counselling services focus on helping individuals, couples or families dealing with addictions, abuse, divorce and anxiety across Muskoka. Each client receives a customized plan to help with their experiences because we understand the unique struggles each person and family may encounter.

Some of the key areas Barbara focuses on to help resolve or outline coping strategies include:


  • 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 focuses on an approach based on coaching parents and children to manage difficult issues peacefully. Communication is the key to a 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 or family counselling, anger management or coping strategies for stress or anxiety in Muskoka, Barbara can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment. You can also email us if you have any questions! Appointment slots are available during the daytime as well as in the evenings!

Couples Counseling Vs. Family Counseling:


Couples counselling centers on improving the relationship between romantic partners, addressing issues like communication breakdowns and trust. In contrast, family counselling takes a broader approach, involving multiple family members to address systemic problems such as parenting challenges and sibling conflicts. Both aim to enhance communication and resolve disputes, guided by a trained therapist. The choice between the two depends on the nature of the issues and the relationships involved. At Barbara Browne BSW RSW in Aurora, we offer expert family and couples counselling tailored to meet individual needs, fostering stronger, healthier relationships. 

Basics of Couples Counselling: Strengthening Bonds and Fostering Connection

In couples counselling, the foundation lies in open communication, a vital aspect of a healthy relationship. Skilled counsellors identify recurring patterns and underlying issues, offering insight into the root causes of conflicts. Focused on fostering empathy and understanding, couples learn to see situations from each other's perspectives, deepening emotional connections. Conflict resolution strategies are pivotal, equipping partners to navigate challenges healthily. Couples counselling also addresses individual needs, creating an environment where both partners feel valued. Rebuilding trust is a fundamental aspect explored in a supportive setting. Enhancing intimacy and connection is prioritized, reigniting faded emotional and physical bonds. Setting shared goals and learning practical relationship skills empower couples to sustain a healthy relationship beyond counselling sessions. Contact us today to book 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.

Family Counselling Services in Muskoka


Take the first step towards stronger family relationships with Barbara Browne BSW RSW.

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