The staff of BestMarriages.ca offers such assurance. While each of their marriage therapists holds the highest level of certification, they also have another tool in their counseling arsenal: Experience. They all use the Gottman Method they teach in fostering the success of their own family lives. Created by expert John Gottman who holds over 40 years of research and experience, this highly acclaimed method has proven effective in promoting healthy marriages and parenting techniques. Darren Wilk and Lawrence Stoyanowski are two of a handful of counselors in the world personally trained by John and Julie Gottman and certified to teach the Gottman Couples therapy in Level 1, 2 and 3. They also are the only Canadian Consultants in the organization, and have taught over 40 couples retreats. They come highly endorsed and trusted by the Gottman relationship Institute to represent them in Canada. Gottman CEO endorsment

Darren Wilk - M.A., R.C.C. C.G.T

Darren Wilk, Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and Co-founder of Bestmarriages.ca, has been working with marriages and families since 1988.   This includes being a foster parent providing care as a professional parent loving and inspiring children with various challenges. He also is a Senior consultant for the Gottman Organization in Canada and master trainer regularly presenting  Gottman Couples Workshops and trains other counselors in Canada on how to use...

Lawrence Stoyanowski - M.Sc., MFT, R.C.C, C.G.T.

  I have been practicing marriage and family therapy since 1991, after receiving my degree from one of the top 5 Marriage and Family Therapy Programs in the world, Loma Linda University. I have been a Certified Gottman Therapist since 2006 and have practiced the Gottman Method since 2004. I am co-owner of Bestmarriages.ca and Affinity Counselling Services and co-founder of Lighthouse Therapeutic Services and I have also enjoyed...

LaVerna Wilk - M.C., R.C.C., C.G.T.

LaVerna Wilk, MC, builds champions and helps people experience freedom in their lives every chance she gets. She has worked with families, couples and individuals since 1988. As a Therapeutic Foster Parent she has worked very closely with families to maximize relationship and minimize loss. As a therapist she has helped people step out of their rut and move on to experience the life they want. She is a...

Aleesa Sutton - M.A., R.C.C., C.C.C.

Aleesa Sutton is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She loves helping people find greater satisfaction in their lives and relationships. As a therapist, she is calm and gentle yet firm when needed. Aleesa believes all emotions and feelings are acceptable. It is the way people respond to their emotions that can be problematic. She works from a place of...

Michele Gruenhage - M.A., C.C.C., R.C.C.

Michele Gruenhage is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, who is passionate about helping people experience greater mental and emotional wellness by working through the issues that make them feel stuck, triggered, or unable to function to their full potential.  She has completed level 3 training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Gottman’s Bringing Baby Home training, Gottman’s Trauma and Addiction training,...

Duncan O’Mahony - M.A., M.P.C., C.C.C.

Duncan is an Irish born Canadian citizen. He grew up on three continents as his family moved in search of a better life and opportunities. As a senior in high school he had his first encounter with kicking a football, this combined with a special coach who helped accommodate his schedule opened the door to play collegiate soccer and university football.   It was not soon thereafter that soccer...

Stephanie Hall - M.A., C.C.C.

Stephanie has worked with children, youth, and families, since graduating with her Masters of Art in Counselling Psychology.  She understands the vulnerability it takes to reach out to a counsellor when life is hard, and wants to honour that trust journey by providing her clients with a warm understanding therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe to work toward your desired futures.  Her first step in counselling is to...

Shanan Foxton - Office Administrator

Meet Shanan… the “voice” behind the phones, as well as various other administrative duties. Shanan has a passion for people and loves to laugh. Whatever your circumstance is, she will do her best to make you feel comfortable and confident as you move forward in the counselling process. Shanan is a mom to 3 wonderful adult daughters (one with special needs), a wife to a pretty cool guy, and...

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