Brentwood Counselling Centre is conveniently located in the heart of North Burnaby, one block from the Brentwood Town Centre shopping mall and the Brentwood skytrain station. We have been serving the residents of Burnaby and Metro Vancouver for almost 20 years.
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Gloria is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and holds a Masters degree in Counselling. She has been counselling individuals, couples, and families for over 20 years. Gloria has an extensive background in marriage and pre-marital counselling. She is a presenter for pre-marital workshops and is a regular speaker at various venues throughout the Metro Vancouver area.
Gloria is a compassionate and empathic listener who collaborates with clients to make effective and long-lasting change. While she works with all types of clients, she specializes in helping couples to reconnect and end the negative cycle that has caused them to be stuck. She then provides coaching and equips her couples for success. She also has extensive experience dealing with cross-cultural issues and second and subsequent marriages.
Gloria employs an integrative approach that includes: Emotion Focused Therapy, Family Systems, Satir Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy. Each individual is different, so a unique approach is catered for each client.
Contact Gloria to see how she can assist with your unique situation.
Are you planning on getting married within the next year? Are all your thoughts and attention focused on planning the big day? Most couples who enter into marriage pour all their energy and resources into having the perfect wedding day but put little or no thought into how they will have a happy, lasting marriage. In fact, many people who enter into marriage still have unresolved problems, questions, fears, and doubts about their union, but still take the plunge anyway – and hope for the best.
Most of us can’t imagine how two people who are so “in love” can end up in divorce. We don’t plan on having a bad marriage or think about divorce when we say our “I do’s”. In fact, we think the exact opposite. We believe that we have what it takes to have a happy, healthy, lasting marriage. That’s why we get married. But do we really have what it takes?
Unfortunately, statistics show that 50% of marriages end up in divorce. And of the 50% who stay together, half of these couples are unhappily married (we see many of them in counselling). If we come from a family of divorce, the chances of divorce are even greater. The small issues that couples have during courtship become full-blown issues in marriage. Time doesn’t make them better. And having kids seems to compound the problem. Marriage isn’t the “happily ever after” we envisioned.
Brentwood Counselling Centre can help. We are specialized in pre-marital counselling services – from group workshops to one-on-one sessions with a counsellor. We utilize inventories and tools to help you become aware of potential pitfalls and blindspots in your relationship. The goal is not to scare you, but to empower you to be proactive in building a strong foundation early in your marriage. Through personalized testing we analyze the strengths and weaknesses in your relationship and provide the tools and skills to maintain a healthy marriage. Furthermore, we help you to understand why some marriages succeed and others fail. You will gain hands on experience in learning proven methods of communication and conflict resolution. We examine all major areas of marriage, including: family of origin issues, in-laws, finances, intimacy and sex, parenting, personality differences, spirituality, and more.
Contact us today to learn how we can equip you for success.
“When we first got married, we felt confident about our relationship, we were happy and in love. Over time, life happened and our marriage slowly deteriorated with it. We just don’t get along anymore. We don’t experience the same “loving feeling” for each other, and we wonder if this marriage is for us. We want it to work but it hasn’t after trying different things and talking to various people. We wonder if there is hope for us because we feel stuck in a rut, having the same issues crop up over and over again. Little things become big things, and we never resolve them. We continue to sweep them under the rug and co-exist until the next episode brings them all up again. We are starting to resent each other, we don’t understand each other, we don’t like each other at times, and it feels like we’re drifting apart.”
As a marriage counsellor, I have seen and heard many stories like the one above. It is a painful reality that many of us live through for years. We try your best to understand it and deal with it. We try to convince ourself that all marriages have problems. But the reality is, marriage has become intolerable. And the thought of having a life long future with our partner makes us feel sad, skeptical, and scared.
Are you feeling so helplesss about your relationship that you can’t do it on your own anymore? At Brentwood Counselling Centre, we can help. With almost 20 years of experience, we have helped hundreds of couples overcome broken marriages. We offer research based methods to guide you through issues such as: communication breakdown, broken trust, conflict resolution, financial difficulties, family issues, parenting challenges, sex and intimacy issues, personality differences, lack of affection, lack of common interests, and differing spirituality. We work with you to analyze how the marriage turned from Good to Bad to Worse. And empower you with the tools and skills to break the negative cycle of fighting and focus instead on strategies that help you achieve a happy, healthy, long-lasting marriage. Start fighting FOR your marriage instead of against it. Leave feeling confident, happy, and in love again. It can happen.
Contact Brentwood Counselling Centre today to see how we can help transform your marriage.
Most of us look for personal counselling when we feel like we’re at the end of our rope and we don’t know what else to do. We feel stuck in a funk and it’s getting harder and harder to get out of it. We start to notice that the problem is affecting us in our daily life, with friends, family, a partner, or even work. When we’ve reached out, no one seemed to really know how to help us. Researching online only gets us more confused and overwhelmed with all the information available. Sometimes we have an idea of what our problem might be, but we are not sure how to get rid of it. Just thinking about it makes us more depressed or hopeless. We just want someone who knows what they are talking about to help us once and for all to resolve the problem.
What you can expect at your private counselling session?
When someone seeks us out for private counselling, we typically hear a story similar to the one above. If this message resonates with you, personal counselling might be right for you. In a private and confidential setting at Brentwood Counselling Centre, we are able to help you once and for all, overcome your problems. You gain awareness and insight into the reasons for your struggles and understand the triggers for them. We then work with you to develop a strategy to effectively manage the issues at hand through proven methods, and allow you to walk away feeling empowered, confident and happy that you’ve finally conquered your challenge and have the tools and skills needed for lasting healthy change. The best part is, the harder you work, the more immediate the changes occur. So if you are motivated to change, you will begin to experience results right away.
Contact Brentwood Counselling Centre today to start working on a better future.