Made You Mad!

After a tiring day of work, you find yourself hesitating to open the car door. You stare at your front door, frozen, and think, ‘What happened?’ What happened to the joy we felt when we found this house that was going to be our home? We were so excited! And now you allow yourself to acknowledge, perhaps for the first time, that you have no want or desire to walk through that door. What happened?

At Bayridge Counselling Centres, we specialize in a variety of couples counselling services, including

  • Marriage counselling
  • Family therapy
  • Relationship counselling
  • Collaborative parenting
  • Intimacy
  • Conflict resolution
  • Trust
  • Betrayal
  • Finances

How Does the Process Work and What Can You Expect from Your Marriage Counselling Sessions?

Marriage counselling is a valuable resource that can help couples improve their relationship, address conflicts, and strengthen their bond. If you’re considering marriage counselling, it’s natural to wonder how the process works and what you can expect from your sessions. Let’s dive in and explore the journey you’re about to embark on.

  • Initial Assessment: The first step in your marriage counselling journey is the initial assessment. During this stage, you and your partner will meet with a trained and experienced marriage counsellor. They will create a safe and non-judgmental environment for both of you to share your concerns, challenges, and goals. Expect open-ended questions, active listening, and genuine empathy as your counsellor seeks to understand your unique situation.
  • Goal Setting: Once your counsellor has gained insight into your relationship, they will work with you to set clear and achievable goals. These goals will guide the direction of your counselling sessions and serve as a roadmap towards positive change. Your counsellor will ensure that both you and your partner have a say in setting these goals, ensuring that they align with your shared vision for the future.
  • Building Trust and Communication: Trust and communication are the pillars of a healthy marriage. Your counselling sessions will focus on helping you and your partner develop and strengthen these crucial aspects of your relationship. Through various exercises and techniques, you’ll learn effective communication skills, active listening, and conflict resolution strategies. Expect engaging open discussions, and practical tools to enhance your understanding and connection.
  • Exploring Core Issues: In marriage counselling, it’s important to delve into the underlying issues that contribute to conflicts and dissatisfaction. Your counsellor will help you identify and explore these core issues in a compassionate and supportive manner. They will encourage both you and your partner to express your feelings, concerns, and needs openly. This process of exploration and reflection will promote understanding, empathy, and ultimately, healing.
  • Developing Relationship Skills: Marriage counselling isn’t just about addressing current challenges. It’s also about equipping you and your partner with the skills needed to maintain a strong and thriving relationship in the long run. Your counsellor will teach you valuable relationship-building tools and techniques such as active appreciation, emotional regulation, and intimacy enhancement exercises. These skills will empower you to nurture your bond and navigate future obstacles together.
  • Ongoing Support and Progress: Throughout your marriage counselling journey, you can expect ongoing support and guidance from your counsellor. They will celebrate your progress, offer encouragement during setbacks, and provide a safe space for you and your partner to share any concerns or questions that arise. Remember, the counselling process is a collaborative effort, and your active participation is crucial to achieving positive outcomes.
  • Conclusion: Embarking on a marriage counselling journey can be both exciting and difficult. By understanding how the process works and having clear expectations, you can make the most of your counselling sessions. Embrace the opportunity to grow, learn, and rediscover the joy of being in a loving and fulfilling partnership.

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How Often Should You Attend Couples Counselling?


Couples counselling can be a beneficial tool for improving relationships and resolving conflicts. However, the frequency of attending sessions can vary depending on various factors, such as the severity of the issues, the commitment of both partners, and the availability of time and resources.

Weekly sessions

For couples facing significant relationship challenges or experiencing intense conflicts, attending weekly counselling sessions might be most effective. This regularity allows for consistent support and guidance from the therapist, enabling the couple to delve deep into their issues and work towards resolution.

Bi-weekly or monthly sessions

In some cases, attending counselling sessions every two weeks or on a monthly basis might be suitable. This frequency is often chosen when couples have less severe issues or when they prefer a slower pace of therapy. It still provides an opportunity to address concerns, learn new skills, and receive professional guidance but allows more time for reflection and implementation of strategies between sessions.

As-needed sessions

In certain situations, couples may opt for attending sessions on an as-needed basis. This flexible approach allows them to schedule appointments whenever they feel the need for extra support or guidance. As-needed sessions are typically recommended for couples who have already made significant progress in therapy or have successfully resolved most of their conflicts but occasionally need a tune-up or assistance with specific challenges.

It’s important to note that the frequency of couples counselling can be modified throughout the therapy process based on the progress made, the evolving needs of the couple, and the recommendations of the therapist. Open communication with the therapist about scheduling preferences and treatment goals can help determine the most suitable frequency for attending counselling sessions.

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Does Insurance Cover Couples Counselling
at Bayridge?

  • Many insurance plans do cover couples counselling, but it may vary depending on the specific plan and provider.
  • Bayridge Counselling Centres works with all insurance companies.
  • It is important to contact your insurance provider directly to inquire about coverage for couples counselling at Bayridge.
  • They will be able to provide you with detailed information regarding your specific policy and any limitations or requirements.

We have loved working with couples for over twenty-five years. We would love to work with you as well. Talk to you soon!

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Therapists & Mental
Health Specialists

Experience Matters:

    • We’ve supported 35,000+ individuals
    • Completed over 300,000 sessions to date.
    • Country-wide network of therapists

Marriage and

Mark Laing, a counsellor at Bayridge Counselling Centre discusses Marriage and Partnership.

“You don’t try marriage, marriage tries you. There’s a learning curve involved now and a therapist can be so helpful for any client as they engage in a marriage and learn to be a partner.”