Therapy for Couples
Kristen Gane, Registered Psychotherapist
I offer an unbiased, seasoned and compassionate approach to exploring and mending the weak spots or vulnerabilities in your relationship while also revealing and celebrating the strengths that you and your partner embody. I am both pragmatic and warm-hearted, with a keen understanding of the frustrations and challenges that can develop within relationships, eroding trust and affection. My job is to support and guide you and your partner towards a more positive, affirming and healthy way of living together, managing conflicts and giving and receiving love.
My approach is informed by the evidence-based framework developed by Drs. John and Julie Gottman. (I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy.) A preliminary assessment serves as a guidepost to our sessions as each partner shares their specific concerns and hopes. With attention and respect, issues can be explored thoughtfully and new strategies and healthy interventions given a test drive. A stronger, more intimate and healthier bond is possible – and can be immensely rewarding.
Fees and location
My fee for couple's therapy is $180 + HST (per 1-hour session). I provide a free, initial 30-minute consultation by phone or video (Zoom or Doxy). Fees are payable by e-transfer at the time of the session and receipts are issued promptly. You may wish to check with your insurance provider or your employer to confirm that the services of a registered psychotherapist are covered under your plan. My office is located in west Toronto, however I am currently offering online sessions only and these sessions are available throughout the Province of Ontario.
My skills, diverse clinical and life experience, patience and adaptable approach allow for the flexibility to address the unique needs and perspectives of each individual and couple I support. I offer unbiased, compassionate guidance to foster growth, confidence and positive outcomes.
My clinical experience includes the following areas:
- Marriage support and repair
- Blended family support
- Separation/Divorce support
- Suicidal thoughts
- Loss and grief
- Chronic illness
- Complex care issues
- Behaviour issues
- Parenting support
- Family conflicts
I embrace the interprofessional practice model, which recognizes the importance of everyone who is involved in the circle of care. I have worked with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to enhance and manage client wellbeing.
My work is informed by a psychodynamic, humanistic, strength-based and existentialist approach*. I routinely incorporate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems, and several other modalities as appropriate. I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the Gottman Method Couples Therapy and use this evidence-based framework in my assessment and therapeutic approach.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, (#004791) and I adhere to their policies, code of ethics and quality assurance program. I provide guidance and professional support to other psychotherapists in my role as a Peer Advisor for the College as well as acting as a consultant for their Quality Assurance Program.
*A psychodynamic approach considers entrenched thoughts and feelings that often take root in childhood and continue to influence behaviour well into adulthood. Exploration can produce new insights and awareness – the building blocks to making powerful change in perceptions, intention, behaviour and life direction. Humanistic psychotherapy recognizes and values each individual's unique qualities and inherent strengths. These qualities can be revealed, developed, utilized and celebrated. Existential psychotherapy acknowledges that feelings of stress and sorrow are a natural part of living in a complex and challenging world. Honouring, rather than suppressing these feelings can allow a positive, creative shift towards finding personal meaning and purpose.