Transforming Your Relationship from Imperfect to Ideal
Our focus is more about Repairing Ruptures in Connection than Solving Problems
Both partners' points of view are equally valid, important and respected
Imago Relationship Therapists don't take sides; we are on the side of a healthy relationship
There's no good guys or bad guys: Both partners contribute to the current condition of the Relationship
Conflict is seen as Growth trying to Happen
Working through our unmet childhood needs with our Imago partner is needed to achieve maximum personal, relational & spiritual growth
The purpose of Imago Couples Therapy is to teach couples to how to transform their current imperfect or unsatisfactory relationship into an ideal one that promotes mutual growth and healing by cultivating true mature love!
Most couples report reduced fighting after the first session
Hot topics that used to be avoided become manageable
Conflicts are transformed into opportunities for learning, healing and growth
Mutually acceptable resolutions to concerns are found
Negative cycles of communication are reversed
Efforts to show love are maximized, and become noticed and appreciated
Deep ruptures in connection such as infidelity are healed
Emotional connection is restored and deepened
If you have received counseling in the past and found it frustrating that the sessions were too short, ineffective, or felt rushed, I offer a unique approach with both couples and individuals.
Upon booking, clients complete a background information document ahead of time and send it back to me before we meet. This allows clients the opportunity to provide important details about themselves, their relationship history, family and medical history so they can save valuable time and expense in the first session, and allows us to get right into the presenting concerns.
The first session with couples is generally 2-2.5 hrs, and 1.5-2 hrs with individuals. This allows us plenty of time to get familiar with each other and develop a safe space for clients to express or unload things they have been holding onto for far too long.
Going forward, a regular couples session is around 2 hrs and 1.5 hrs for individuals, and we generally meet every other week instead of meeting once a week for an hour. In my experience, these longer sessions have proven to be more meaningful and effective, clients end up needing fewer sessions overall, and they get things resolved sooner than if we met weekly for an hour.
There are also times when, depending on the urgency or severity of the topic that needs to be discussed, we may spend more time or meet more often.
My goal is to help my clients get as many tools as possible, as quickly as possible, so they can begin growing and developing a healthier and more satisfying lifestyle and relationships through the consistent practice of tools and concepts they have acquired.
In accordance with the approved rate by the Psychology Association of Alberta, my regular rate is $200 for a full 60 min hour instead of the standard 50 min hour, and I bill in 15 min increments thereafter. Unless other arrangements have been made, payment is due at the end of each session via cash, check or email transfer.
If you have benefits at work, you should have coverage for psychological services so you can be reimbursed. If you have AB Blue Cross, ASEBP, Medavie Blue Cross, Claim Secure, GreenShield, or Great West Life/Canada Life, I can do direct billing on your behalf.
When meeting in person is not possible for whatever reason, I offer secure video sessions with Doxy.me (no download or account required) or WhatsApp for secure phone or video sessions so you can meet in the privacy of your own home.
Anaka received her Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from
the University of Arizona
She is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta
She is a Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
She received her Basic Training in EMDR
She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
She is passionate about promoting reconnection, growth, and healing for all couples