262 Commercial Street, North Sydney, NS B2A 1B8

Providing Couples Therapy in North Sydney, Industrial Cape Breton & Across Nova Scotia

Relationships can be challenging.

Couples therapy can help you increase emotional intimacy & connection with your partner.

Providing Couples Therapy in North Sydney, Industrial Cape Breton & Across Nova Scotia

Relationships can be challenging.

Couples therapy can help you increase emotional intimacy & connection with your partner.

IMPROVE COMMUNICATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS
GAIN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S NEEDS & PERSPECTIVES
EXPERIENCE DEEPER EMOTIONAL INTIMACY & PHYSICAL CONNECTION

“What happened to us?”

The most common question we hear people say when they come to couples therapy is, “What happened to us?”
In truth, probably about a hundred things happened to get you where you are today – but the most common issue is that you started to disconnect from each other. A disconnection may be in the time you spend together, your communication, your activities, your goals and/or your physical intimacy.

Couples therapy is a way to reconnect with why you started this journey together and build stronger bonds as you move forward.

10-ways relationship struggles
show up in your life

Communication BReakdowns

"We can't seem to have a conversation without arguing."

Trust Issues

"I don't know if I can ever trust them again."

Sexual Issues

"We're not on the same page when it comes to intimacy."

Infidelity

"I can't get over the fact they cheated on me."

Power Struggles

"We're constantly fighting over who's in charge."

Money Problems

"We can't agree on how to manage our finances."

Parenting disagreements

"We can't agree on how to raise our children."

Life Transitions

"We're having a hard time adjusting to our new situation."

Different Goals & Values

"We want different things out of life."

Emotional Disconnection

"We're not connecting on an emotional level anymore."

Couples Therapy can help you address the areas that are keeping you from connecting the way you want to as a couple.

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3 Myths About Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is only for couples on the brink of divorce

This is a common myth that prevents many couples from seeking therapy early on in their relationship. The truth is that couples therapy can benefit any couple, regardless of how long they've been together or the severity of their issues. Therapy can help couples strengthen their relationship, improve communication, and prevent small problems from turning into larger ones.

Going to couples therapy is a weakness in your relationship

Many people believe that seeking therapy is a sign of weakness or failure, which can prevent them from seeking help. In reality, seeking therapy is a brave and proactive step towards improving your relationship and your mental health. It takes courage to admit that you need help and to take action to address your issues.

Couples therapy is too expensive

While therapy can be expensive, there are many affordable options available, including sliding scale fees, insurance coverage, and online therapy. Additionally, investing in your relationship can save you money in the long run by preventing issues from escalating and potentially leading to separation or divorce. Many couples find that the benefits of therapy far outweigh the cost.

Couples therapy is not about keeping score, it’s about living with more joy, connection and love in your life.

Why Choose East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic

We don’t believe in one-size-fits-all therapy.

Who you are and the struggles you’ve faced are as unique as the DNA you carry. We strive to create a safe space where people can explore difficult issues and experience transformational change. We believe in diversity, social justice and we stand in support of racial, gender, and cultural equality. 

We believe that everyone should have access to helpful, high-quality, up-to-date therapy.

East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic provides in-person therapy in North Sydney, Industrial Cape Breton, and virtual therapy across Nova Scotia.

Beth Toomey, Registered Clinical Social Worker, East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic, North Sydney

Beth Toomey MSW, RSW
Clinical Director & Founder

Beth Toomey, Registered Clinical Social Worker, East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma Clinic, North Sydney

Beth Toomey MSW, RSW
Clinical Director & Founder

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East Coast Psychotherapy & Trauma ClinIC

How Our Couples Therapy Works

We get to know you individually

We take the time to understand your struggles, life history and who you are as a person separate from your relationship.

We meet with you together

We work with you as a couple to help you build the tools and skills you need to reconnect and communicate.

We work toward your goals

We build on each session and adjust our approach as we get clear on what’s most helpful in reaching your goals.

Frequently Asked Questions

Couples therapy is a form of therapy designed to help couples improve their relationship. It typically involves meeting with a trained therapist to discuss and explore issues related to the relationship. This can include communication problems, issues with trust or infidelity, difficulties with intimacy or sex, or other issues that may be impacting the relationship.
Absolutely. Couples therapy can be a highly effective way to work through relationship issues and build a stronger connection with your partner. It is an investment in your relationship and your future together. Research has shown that couples therapy can be effective in improving communication, reducing conflict, and increasing relationship satisfaction.

While couples therapy can be effective in addressing a wide range of issues, there are some situations where it may not be enough. For example, if one partner is abusive or has a serious addiction, couples therapy may not be appropriate. In these cases, individual therapy may be a better option.

Deciding whether to end a relationship is a deeply personal decision that should be made with care. However, there are some signs that may indicate it’s time to consider ending the relationship. We have found that if you are deeply unsure about what to do in your relationship, start with individual counselling as a way to help you move in the right direction for you and your partnership.

We love to say couples therapy is most successful when you come to the table with these four steps already in place:

  1. A willingness to be open and honest
  2. A commitment to the process
  3. A willingness to work together with your partner and therapist.
  4. A willingness to learn new skills and try new approaches.

We provide in-person therapy in North Sydney and virtual therapy across all of Nova Scotia. Even if you live close to the clinic, you can attend virtual sessions.

Therapists who specialize in Couples Therapy

How To Get Started

If you’re ready to get started with therapy, you can book a free phone consultation with our Client Services Coordinator below. During the consultation, we will answer any questions you have and match you with the therapist best suited for your unique situation.
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Start on the path to reconnection.

Couples therapy can help you find the laughter and love you crave.