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Cheating can drive a hard wedge into any relationship. We will help you overcome these negative feelings and improve your relationship.

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Marriage can be difficult; whether you are newly married or have been married for years, there’s going to be struggles. Let us help you explore how to bring new life to your marriage.

Young Couples

Navigating a relationship can be challanging and complex especially when you’re young. We can help you navigate the complexity.

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We have flexible couples counselling appointments to help you find a time that works best for both of you.

1st Session!

You will meet with your counsellor who will work with both of you to find a solution!

What is Couples Counselling?

Couples counselling, also known as marriage or relationship therapy, is a specialized form of counselling designed to help couples navigate the challenges and complexities that can arise in intimate relationships. It provides a safe and supportive environment where couples can explore their issues, communicate more effectively, and work together to create positive changes in their relationship.

How Couples Counselling Works: A Step-by-Step Guide

Couples counselling can be a powerful tool for navigating challenges and strengthening your relationship. Here’s a breakdown of the typical process:


1. Initial Assessment:

  • Meeting the Therapist: The first step is usually an initial assessment session, where you and your partner meet with the couples counselling therapist.
  • Understanding Your Story: During this session, the therapist will ask questions about your relationship history, current areas of conflict, and what you both hope to achieve through therapy. This helps the therapist understand your unique situation and goals.
  • Tailored Approach: Based on the information gathered, the therapist will develop a personalized treatment plan specific to your needs. This plan might involve specific techniques or approaches that address your identified issues.

2. Communication and Understanding:

  • Safe Space for Dialogue: couples counselling sessions typically involve both partners attending together. The therapist facilitates open and honest communication, ensuring a safe space for each of you to express your thoughts, feelings, and concerns without judgment.
  • Active Listening and Empathy: The therapist plays a crucial role in guiding the conversation. They encourage active listening, where each partner focuses on understanding the other’s perspective. The therapist also fosters empathy, helping you see things from each other’s point of view.
  • Constructive Expression: Through active listening and guidance, the therapist helps you express your thoughts and feelings in a constructive way. This can involve learning healthier communication skills, managing difficult emotions, and avoiding blame.

3. Building Stronger Connections:

  • Identifying Underlying Issues: As couples counselling progresses, the therapist may help you identify deeper issues that might be contributing to your conflicts. These could be past experiences, communication styles, or unmet needs.
  • Conflict Resolution Skills: You will learn practical tools and techniques to manage conflict in a more positive and productive way. This can involve learning to compromise, set boundaries, and navigate disagreements effectively.
  • Rebuilding Trust and Intimacy: Through improved communication and conflict resolution, couples counselling can help rebuild trust and emotional intimacy in the relationship. The therapist can guide you in reconnecting with each other and strengthening your bond.

4. Progress and Outcomes:

  • Homework and Practice: The therapist might assign homework exercises to practice the skills learned in sessions between sessions. This helps you solidify positive changes in your communication and interaction.
  • Reviewing Progress: Regularly, you’ll discuss your progress with the therapist. This allows you to assess your goals and adjust the therapy plan as needed.
  • Ending Couples Counselling: The ultimate goal is for you to develop the skills and understanding to navigate challenges and maintain a healthy relationship on your own. Once you’ve achieved your goals, you can decide to end therapy or continue with occasional sessions for maintenance.
Tanis Vos Words of Hope - Couples Counselling

Who Are We?

Tanis is a Registered Social Worker and has spent over 24 years of meticulous self-study. She has been providing couples counselling and therapy in many aspects and different settings for over 20 years. Tanis works with clients of varying ages including children, teens and adults. She lives in Barrie, enjoying the outdoors, with her four children and husband. She is actively involved in a local church and has volunteered her time with coordinating and leading the “Mom’s Need a Break” group, supporting children to cope with their grief and loss through the Rainbows Program, and facilitating various spiritual Small Groups. Tanis has also found pleasure and has had the opportunity to be a motivational speaker inspiring others to believe in one’s own worth.

She is dedicated to empowering her clients by providing them with the tools they need to live more fulfilling and successful lives. Many of Tanis’s clients have enjoyed her non-judgmental, honest and caring style. She is respectful and takes the time to fully understand the problems of her clients.

Our Couples Counselling Team


I started therapy with Marcelina in June 2021. I really enjoy attending my therapy sessions. Marcelina is very kind, and very easy to get along with. She is very knowledgeable in her field. Would highly recommend Words of Hope, as well as Marcelina

Jessica D.

Our therapist was able to identify and help us resolve the major problems in our marriage. We are currently getting along better than ever!


I have been seeing Tanis for a bit now. Shes helped me with a few difficult issues in life. Shes helped me with her guidance, shes very supportive, very kind and a excellent listener. I appreciate Tanis help Immensely. I truly recommend Words Of Hope Counselling Services.

Dyenne P.

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We take a non-bias, solution focused approach with all our clients so you can feel confident expressing yourself in a safe space. You don’t have to feel the way you do, let’s get started today and start feeling better!

60 Collier St. Suite 204 & 217 Barrie, Ontario, L4M 1G8