ottawa family counselling

Ottawa Family Therapy Services

Families are complicated. It seems whenever you get two or more people together, family relationships, communication, sibling revelry, and parental favorites all place a strong emotional role in family harmony or family conflict. Family counselling can help take care of life’s precious relationships. But families are system, like dominos: if one element of the family breaks down, all the other elements are affected. Families can also grow and change as a unit. They work best when they work as a team. Understanding family and relationships dynamics, personal and parental wounds, sibling revelry, ect, all help each family member better understand the family dynamics, the family wounds, and thus the road to family healing. Ottawa family counselling can help when family relationships get stuck or there is family conflict.

Some family counselling issues include: parenting plans, blended families, children with developmental issues, caregiving for aging parents,facilitating parenting skills, parenting teens and youth.


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Ottawa couple’s therapy

Are you and your partner struggling? Are you having constant unresolved relationship difficulties? Couples therapy can help with your struggles, even if at times it is difficult, stressful and frightening. Counselling offers an opportunity to discuss your concerns, clarify problems, and move forwards with your lives as a happier, stronger couple.

Even if your relationship is struggling in only one area, couple’s counselling and therapy can be very useful. It can help to improve communication, and address underlying issues in even healthy relationships. Every relationship can improve; all you need to do is take the first step. So if you feel any of the following:

  • I feel like my relationship is in danger.
  • I feel ignored.
  • I don’t think I share the same values as my spouse.

Couples counselling may be right for you.

Couple’s counselling can help with a number of issues within a relationship, such as the following:

  • Problems with mood or anxiety
  • Coping and interpersonal conflict
  • Unstable emotions and mood swings
  • Marital satisfaction
  • Healthy parenting after separation
  • Problem drinking, drug use, and gambling

If you think any of these issues are affecting your relationship you can get help today. All relationships have peaks and valleys, passion followed by boredom. Even unintentional offenses can affect the most loving relationships, poisoning them by manipulation, lack of accountability, and eventually anger and contempt.


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Martin RoversAbout Martin Rovers

Martin Rovers, PhD, is a professor and AAMFT Approved Supervisor in the Faculty of Human Sciences at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. He has been a health care practitioner for over 30 years, as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, team leader, mentor, writer, and workshop presenter. Martin is the author of Healing the Wounds in Couple Relationships (Novalis, 2005) (find his book online at, Family’s Many Faces: Contempory Family Patterns and Challenges (2014: co-editor: Peeters, Belgium), and Touch in The Helping Relationships (Editor, 2015 in press) as well as many articles in the area of attachment within couples and family.

Martin’s therapeutic approach is based upon two areas of inquiry: 1) what is the emotional connection between you and your significant others today, such as partner, children, parents, and 2) what wounds of childhood are holding you back from a more loving and secure relationship and connection with others. Using emotionally focused relationship therapy and family of origin therapy, Martin has developed his own approach to therapy called Attachment in Family Therapy (AFT).

Martin’s areas of counselling interest include inter-partner touch in couple counselling, reconciling with aging parents, adult children caregivers, and family of origin dynamics. See some of Martin’s publications at:

Martin Rovers’ Counselling Philosophy

There are two reasons why people come into counselling: enough love for self and others or too much pain. Personal learning and growth are courageous acts of people who want to become better people, better partners and better parents. Growth in counselling requires both a deep knowledge of the human sciences and lots of practice of the required skills: my desire, as a counsellor, is to work with each client to seize the opportunity!!! Seize the day!!!!

Our Ottawa Service Areas

Dr. Rovers’ Associates are located across the Ottawa region: Ottawa Central, East, West, and South. Please choose your most convenient location from the drop down menu when you fill out your request form.


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