Couples Video Therapy Helps. What Is Your Issue?

Marriage Counselling: 1st goal - restore freindship

Couples Counselling

The first treatment goal is restoring the marriage or couple friendship in order to decrease the loneliness each of you feels in the relationship. Years of distance and isolation may make trust a challenge.

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Marriage Counselling at Couples In Step is a safe environment for discussing sexual concerns

Sex Therapy

Sexuality is a healthy, positive & rewarding part of couple life. But couples don’t look for a sex therapist when all is going well. We discuss your sexual concerns in a safe and comfortable environment.

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Marriage Counselling can help when there is infidelity

Infidelity & Affairs

Despite the prevalence of infidelity most people assume their partner will be faithful. So the discovery of infidelity is a severe, unexpected breach of commitment and trust.

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Cross Cultural Couples

Cross Cultural Couples

What attracted you to your partner? Was it the mystery of a different faith, culture, or nation? Did you enjoy exploring your cultural similarities, and the intriguing differences in your backgrounds?

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EMDR-Couples & Trauma

EMDR-Couples & Trauma

Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing-EMDR-is a trauma therapy. We occasionally use this as a couple intervention, when infidelity, or some other kind of trauma is part of your story.

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Discernment Counselling instead of Marriage Counselling

Discernment Counselling

Are you considering divorce or separation but unsure that’s the right path? Discernment Counselling offers the opportunity to pause, take a breath, & consider the long term consequences.

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Welcome From Irene Oudyk-Suk

Couples In Step Founder, Irene Oudyk-Suk
Couples In Step Founder, Irene Oudyk-Suk
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Glad you’re here. A healthier and happier relationship is possible. Couples In Step is a boutique-style, couples-only counselling service.

Due to COVID-19 all couple therapy sessions moved online for video therapy  beginning March 16, 2020. Couples are reporting, sometimes to their surprise,  that video therapy sessions are helpful and effective.

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We work only with couples, giving us depth of experience and a laser focus.

  • We believe close relationships are vital to human health.
  • Most relationships are salvageable – we prove that almost daily.
  • We are committed to confidentiality, never taking sides, and respecting each partner in the relationship.
  • Our select team of therapists employ EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), a model proven successful for more than 25 years.

Online  and in 2 locations

  • Telemedicine video sessions are hosted on a secure Canadian platform built to comply with  Canadian health care privacy regulations.

  • Irene Oudyk-Suk’s office (during non-covid times)

    14 Purdon Dr., North York, Toronto, ON M3H 4W8

  • Lori Canlas De Pala’s office (during non-covid times)

    8763 Bayview Ave, Unit 4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3V1

Nearly Every Couple Faces Challenges

Sometimes the difficulties can get so over whelming they can make both of you feel helpless. In our stress-filled, anxiety-driven lives it helps to talk with a professional about your relationship. Couples In Step offers a variety of services to help couples repair and revive their relationship: in-person counselling, on-line counselling, 3-day intensive couples counselling for couples in crisis, couples retreats, discernment counselling for couples where one, or both of you, are uncertain about continuing the relationship.

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Couples Therapy: Intensive Counselling & Couples Retreats

3-Day Intensive? Retreat? Which is Best For Us?

3-Day Intensive Couples Counselling

3-Day Intensive Couples Counselling

Typically very distressed couples come to a 3-Day Couples Counselling Intensive. The 3-Day Intensive is not a group program. You, your partner, and the Couples In Step therapist, Irene Oudyk-Suk, are the only ones present. The 3-Day Intensive takes place over 3 consecutive days, usually a Sunday – Tuesday, at the Couples In Step office in North York, Toronto.


During Covid-19 the 3-Day Intensive therapy option will be online via video therapy and modified to fit your unique circumstances.

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Couples In Step Retreats

Couples In Step offers online and in-peson retreats. There are three options:  an emotional connection focus (Hold Me Tight®), a touch and physical connection focus, and a retreat for couples beginning their relationship (Lasting Connection™).

Some couples come to a retreat wanting to deepen their relationship. Some want to rediscover the connection they once had. For some, a couples retreat is an alternative to couples therapy. You do not need to speak in the group if you do not wish to.

Between 7-14 couples attend a retreat. Couples are sometimes anxious about the group nature of a retreat. There  is ample private couple time and you are not required to be an active participant during the larger group times. The larger group is for the facilitator, Irene Oudyk-Suk, to provide instruction you then apply to your relationship in the private couple time.

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Couples In Step Retreats
Hold Me Tight® is a registered trademark to Sue Johnson.

Discernment Counselling

considering divorce or separation

Are you considering divorce or separation but unsure that’s the right path for you? That’s a hard place to be! Here’s where Discernment Counselling can help.

Discernment Counselling offers the opportunity to pause, take a breath, and carefully consider the long term consequences of divorce/separation.

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Couples Therapy is an Investment

You want effective, cost efficient counselling. There’s been an explosion of research in the last twenty years into adult love relationships. We know what happens in the brain when love goes well and when it goes wrong. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, or EFT, is based on this research.

  • EFT boasts a 75% success rate in clinical studies

  • ICEEFT is the certifying body for EFT therapists

  • Couples In Step therapists are EFT therapists. Irene Oudyk-Suk, Couples In Step founder and primary therapist, is an ICEEFT certified therapist and supervisor. Lori Canlas De Pala as completed core skills and has designated 2021 as the year she is aiming to achieve ICEEFT certification.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, or EFT

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