I am a registered social worker with a masters degree in social work from the University of Manitoba and additional graduate level training in marriage and family therapy from the University of Guelph. I have completed training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and this has become my primary therapeutic modality. EFT is a short-term, evidence based couple therapy grounded in attachment theory. EFT helps couples to understand their own and their partner’s emotional reactions and helps them to respond with empathy and new insight to change the relational patterns in which they become stuck. Research has found that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery with EFT and 90% experience significant improvement. The largest determinant of success is the motivation the couple brings to therapy and not the level of distress they are in when they begin.
I am also strongly influenced by the work John Gottman, a leading researcher in the field of couple relationships. Other influences in my work include narrative therapy and strengths-based practice. I am committed to remaining current on the latest research in the field.
I have worked with couples and families on a range of issues including life transitions, disability and mental health, conflict resolution, domestic violence, grief and loss, parenting, separation and divorce. I have experience working with a diverse client base including interfaith, multicultural, LGBT and blended families. Through my work in a variety of clinical settings I have discovered my greatest interest and passion is working with couples to help them to strengthen, repair and find security, connection and fun within their primary relationship.
In addition to seeing clients in my office at Yonge and Lawrence, I offer the unique service of seeing clients in their own homes. This offers obvious benefits for clients such as saving time and hassle of transportation and parking and addresses the discomfort some people feel about going to a therapy office. Seeing clients in their homes has advantages for the therapy process in that it enables me to understand the relationship in the context in which the couple lives. Further, people are more comfortable in their home environment than a formal office setting. This enables them to more quickly and easily open up and engage with each other in the therapy process.
I have been in an interfaith marriage for over 10 years and have two children. Family life has taught me the value of an open mind and a sense of humor. I have experienced and navigated the challenges of merging my life and having children with someone of a different religion and culture. I know the challenges involved and the rewards that can be achieved when this is accomplished. I am passionate about sharing the joy that comes with a strong marriage with my clients.
Allison Newton ReachesScarborough ON