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About Edel Walsh
Relationship Therapist for Singles & Marriage Counsellor for Couples
My Relationship Journey:
From Placing Blame to Accepting Responsibility
Several years ago I found myself stuck in a pattern where I was pointing the finger at my partner expecting him to ‘do his work and change’. Meanwhile I sat smugly in my corner waiting, convinced that I’d ‘done my work’. I was completely blind to my own unhealthy relationship patterns, while I continued to blame him for our problems.
Through a lot of work, which included my own relationship therapy, I realized how unhealthy my behavior was. I came to see how scared I was of real intimacy with another person. I saw that there are no “good guys” or “bad guys” when relationships had problems. Both people had to work together in order to have a loving relationship.
I had to accept that I had to grow and be responsible for my own relationship unhappiness. Once I did this, I realized how much freedom I had – the freedom to choose over and over again how I wanted to be in relationship. I came to see that there are no failures – relationships can be a vehicle for healing.
This profound realization changed my life. It also ignited a passion to help others in relationships so they didn’t have to suffer they way I did. I wanted to train to be a relationship therapist and share my excitement and knowledge to help others take responsibility to create the kind of relationships they wanted.
As a result, I trained to become a Registered Professional Counsellor and relationship and couples therapist so I could help other people learn how to do Love Well. I studied attachment and relationship addiction and discovered that as a society, we are addicted to the idea of love, but many of us don’t know how to love. What I also saw is that everyone wants to do love well – and with commitment and help from a relationship expert, they can.
My Gifts as a Relationship & Couples Therapist: Precision – Clarity – Simplicity
- Laser-like ability to quickly uncover the issues that are at the root of your relationship problems (saves you time and money).
- Fearless talent for challenging the behaviors that are causing you pain (I help you “get out of the story” and into the healing).
- Outstanding language skills to clearly communicate relationship concepts so you can easily understand and apply them (avoid time wasted in useless, unhelpful jargon that you don’t understand).
- Tireless faith in the potential for all relationships to heal all wounds (all of our work together focuses on moving your relationship forward as quickly as possible).
- A loving sense of humour to take the edge off when necessary (relationship healing can be fun and rewarding).
Professional Counsellor Credentials
Certified in Assessing and Treating Sex Issues in Psychotherapy (Institute for Relational Intimacy)
Certified in Indigenous Cultural Safety – Core Mental Health (San’Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training)
Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling Psychology: Clearmind International Institute
Diploma in Life Skills Instruction: Rhodes Wellness College
Certified Life Skills Coach and Counsellor
Certified Trainer of Life Skills Coaches
Certified Coaching and Counselling Group Facilitator
Member in Good Standing of the Canadian Professional Counsellors’ Association
Member in Good Standing of the Canadian Alliance of Life Skills Coaches Associations
Whether you are a novice, an intern or a love veteran; single, between relationships or married, there is always more to discover about how to do love well.
As your relationship or couples therapist, I want to help you do just that.
So, if you’re tired of doing the same thing over and over again and want better results in love, please contact us at our Vancouver counselling office to set up your FREE 10 minute phone consultation.
We also provide relationship counseling and coaching to people who reside anywhere in the world by phone, Skype and email.