Welcome to Couples In Step

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. 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 are EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) trained, a couples therapy model proven to be successful for more than 25 years.

Due to COVID-19 all couple therapy sessions are online. Couples are reporting, sometimes to their surprise,  that online therapy sessions are helpful and effective.


Couples Online 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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From 4 Locations (all sessions are online)

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

  • North York: 146 Brighton Ave., North York, ON M3H 4E2  ⎜ Sari Burkes, MSW, RSW

  • Georgetown/Brampton: 9 Golden Way, Georgetown, ON, 0B2  ⎜  Yasmeen Rafiq, MSW, RSW

  • Richmond Hill: 8763 Bayview Ave., Unit 4, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 3V1    ⎜  Lori Canlas De Pala MSW, RSW, RP

  • Kingston: 5540 Loyalist Pky., Bath, ON K0H 1G0  ⎜ Irene Oudyk-Suk, MSW, RSW, RP

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 (The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) is the certifying body for EFT therapists

  • Couples In Step therapists are EFT therapists. Each Couples In Step therapist has completed an EFT externship and has a goal of EFT certification within 3 -5 years of joining Couples In Step. The EFT training process is rigorous and standardized by ICEEFT.

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, or EFT

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Couples Therapy: Intensive Counselling & Couples Retreats

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