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Rebuild Connection & Reignite Love with Marriage Counselling in Calgary.

Our experienced therapists help couples from all walks of life navigate challenges and strengthen their relationships.
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What is Marriage Counselling?

Marriage counselling, sometimes called couples therapy, is a type of psychotherapy. It centres around various techniques and methods designed to help couples understand and resolve conflicts, improve their relationship, and rebuild their emotional connection. While each couple is unique and will require a tailored approach to marriage counselling, many sessions involve some combination of guided discussions, exercises, and tools. At One Life, these are all provided by a licensed therapist to address important issues specifically.

Common Issues Addressed

  • Communication problems
  • Infidelity and trust concerns
  • Lack of intimacy
  • Financial stress
  • Parenting disagreements
  • Extended family conflicts
  • Chronic arguing

Benefits of Counselling

  • Enhanced communication skills
  • Stronger emotional and physical connection
  • Effective conflict resolution strategies
  • Renewed commitment and understanding
  • Greater relationship satisfaction

Our Team Members Providing This Service

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Signs You Need Marriage Counselling

Whatever brings you to our Calgary office for marriage counselling, know that our therapists have experience with various relationship concerns. Whether it’s an argument that has seeped into other aspects of your life or multiple issues leaving you frustrated and distant, we’re here to help support your journey to a healthier relationship.

  • Frequent and unresolved arguments
  • Feeling disconnected or emotionally distant
  • Considering separation or divorce
  • Persistent feelings of resentment or bitterness
  • Issues with trust or infidelity
  • Lack of physical intimacy
  • Communication breakdowns
  • Feeling stuck in negative patterns

Why Choose One Life?

At One Life Counselling and Coaching, our experienced therapists provide a compassionate, non-judgmental space where couples can explore their issues and work towards healing and reconnection. We understand life is busy, making it difficult to prioritize time together as a couple for therapy sessions. When you choose marriage counselling at our Calgary office, know that we offer flexible scheduling, including evening, weekend, and online counselling options, to accommodate your schedule.

Our team consists of highly qualified therapists with diverse specializations in marriage and family therapy, including experts trained in the Gottman Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Once you have found a good fit for your counselling session, your therapist will bring a wealth of experience and a unique approach to support your journey.

Our Approaches

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method focuses on building a strong marital friendship, managing conflict effectively, and creating shared meaning. Developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, this approach is based on over four decades of research with thousands of couples. The method emphasizes the importance of building a deep friendship, maintaining a positive perspective, and developing effective conflict management strategies. 

Gottman Method therapists use specific tools and exercises to help couples strengthen their emotional bonds, enhance intimacy, and create a shared sense of purpose and meaning in their lives together.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) helps couples explore their emotional responses and develop stronger, more secure attachments. EFT is grounded in attachment theory and focuses on the emotional bond between partners. With this approach, your marriage counsellor will work with you to identify and address negative interaction patterns and unmet emotional needs. Our EFT therapists guide couples in creating new, positive interaction cycles that foster emotional safety and connection. 

Through this process, couples learn to express their emotions more openly and respond to each other’s needs with empathy and support, leading to a more secure and fulfilling relationship.

IMAGO Relationship Therapy

IMAGO Relationship Therapy helps couples transform conflict into healing and growth by understanding each other’s childhood wounds and unconscious dynamics. The term "imago" comes from the Latin word for "image" and refers to the unconscious image of familiar love developed in childhood. IMAGO therapy posits that individuals are drawn to partners who reflect their unresolved childhood issues. 

Through structured dialogues and exercises, IMAGO therapists help couples become more aware of these dynamics and learn to communicate with empathy and compassion. Should your therapist choose this path of marriage counselling for you, you’ll find the process allows partners to heal past wounds, reduce conflict, and build a more conscious and connected relationship.

Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT)

The Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) focuses on attachment and neuroscience to help couples develop secure, loving relationships through effective communication and trust-building. PACT combines cutting-edge research from neuroscience, attachment theory, and arousal regulation to help partners understand and respond to each other’s emotional needs. 

By emphasizing the importance of secure attachment and understanding the brain’s role in emotional regulation, PACT therapists guide couples in creating deeper emotional bonds and fostering a safe, supportive relationship environment.

Relational Life Therapy (RLT)

Relational Life Therapy (RLT) helps couples understand and break destructive patterns, fostering a more resilient and satisfying relationship. RLT focuses on the dynamics of power in relationships, helping partners identify and change their relational habits that undermine intimacy. 

By addressing underlying issues and teaching new skills for emotional honesty and connection, RLT aims to restore balance and mutual respect in the relationship. If your therapist believes this is the best approach for your relationship, they will guide you through exercises that promote healthy communication and conflict resolution, leading to stronger and more fulfilling partnerships.

Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Counselling

How much does marriage counselling cost per session?

Marriage counselling at our Calgary office costs $330 + GST for 90-minute sessions, and $220 + GST for 60-minute sessions.

Will what we discuss in counselling be kept confidential?

Yes, all sessions and information discussed in marriage counselling are kept strictly confidential. This ensures a safe and private space for you to work on your relationship.

How often should you attend counselling sessions?

The frequency of counselling sessions depends on the couple's needs, and we typically recommend weekly or bi-weekly sessions to gain momentum on your goals. As progress is made, sessions may be spaced out for longer periods.

Does my insurance cover marriage counselling?

It’s possible. Many insurance plans cover marriage counselling, and we recommend checking with your insurer prior to booking to understand the specifics of your coverage.

What to expect in the first session?

The first session can be nerve-wracking, especially as you bring current issues to the surface in front of a professional. In the first session, you'll discuss your relationship history, current issues, and goals for counselling. This session helps the therapist understand your dynamics and develop an initial plan for your therapy.

How long does marriage counselling take?

The length of the process varies based on the couple's needs and the complexity of their issues. Some couples see significant improvements in a few months, while others may continue for a year or more.

Do both partners need to be willing to attend counselling for it to be successful?

While it's ideal for both partners to participate, counselling can still be beneficial if only one partner is initially willing to attend. Individual therapy can also support relationship improvement.

What if one partner is resistant to going to counselling?

It's common for one partner to be hesitant. Openly discussing the benefits and addressing concerns can help. Sometimes, starting with a few individual sessions can ease the transition into joint counselling.

What happens if we decide to separate or divorce after going to counselling?

If separation or divorce is the chosen path, your therapist can help facilitate a respectful and amicable process, focusing on effective communication and, if applicable, co-parenting strategies.

Rates and Insurance


Individual Sessions

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

Couples Sessions
(Recommended first 4-6 sessions)

(90 minutes)
$330 + GST
Per Session

Maintenance Couples Counselling
Follow-up or Maintenance

(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session


(60 minutes)
$220 + GST
Per Session

If being able to use your insurance benefits is an important factor in your selection, our team would be happy to recommend one of our therapists who's services are covered by most insurance plans. Please be sure to confirm in advance if insurance coverage is preferred.

Our standard fees are aligned with the recommended fee schedule from the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. However, we offer the added value of 60-minute sessions in contrast to the recommended 50-minute session for this fee.

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Improve Your Relationship With Couples Counselling in Calgary!

Get your relationship back on track with couples therapy. With our counselling services, we’ll help you regain improve communication between you and your partner and prevent interactions that have negative outcomes.

During your initial consultation, we’ll match you with a therapist who’s right for you. You’ll learn the strategies and skills you need to help your relationship. Contact One Life Counselling & Coaching today!
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