• Vaughan Relationship Centre: Counselling to Empower.

Vaughan Relationship Centre

Building Stronger Relationships with Realistic Solutions

At Vaughan Relationship Centre, our counselling space is one of acceptance, respect, and safety.


Our relationship with our partner is one of the most important relationships we will have and takes time to nurture and grow. At Vaughan Relationship Centre, we are passionate about helping couples and individuals heal their relationships. We listen and provide guidance through friendly and thoughtful consultation, in a safe and comfortable space.     

Our clients are normal everyday individuals who want to learn how to better communicate and connect with their partner. While we work with couples, we also work with individuals struggling with relationships with their partner, parent, child, sibling or other relative, in-laws, coworkers or colleagues.  We see each of our clients as unique, so we don’t stereotype or generalize about your story. We take the time to truly listen to what brought you to our office and to understand what is most important to you.

Our Services

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Couples Counselling

Do you feel like you can’t talk openly to your partner? Do you argue over and over in hurtful and unconstructive ways? Can you not see a way out of your troubled, estranged situation? Has there been some type of betrayal or something you cannot seem to move past? Let us help you.

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Relationship Counselling For One

Struggling with your relationship and want to explore first steps on your own? Is your partner hesitant to attend counselling? Let’s find out what you can do to improve your relationship.

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Family Counselling

Do you feel disconnected from your children or your parents? Maybe you are a parent wanting to help your children through changes in life? We are here to support you.

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Individual Counselling

Perhaps you’re struggling with the relationship you have with yourself, overcoming past resentment, experiencing a disconnect to your surroundings or just long to create better experiences in your life? Regardless, sometimes the journey towards a bright future begins with you.

Guidance & Learning

Our blog serves as a valuable resource for those looking to enhance their relationships and lead a more fulfilling life. Articles covering a wide range of topics, including communication, intimacy, trust-building, and conflict resolution.

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Praise vs Criticism

The Netflix series “100 Humans” conducted a unique experiment to investigate the impact of praise and criticism on individuals. Experiment: Sixteen individuals were chosen to learn the art of plate spinning. They participated in a training session led by a talented plate spinner and were given two hours to practice.  Subsequently, their performance was assessed […]

Should your partner have access to your phone

Two therapists, who work in the same office, have different views on this controversial topic…or do they? Leslie Yaffa and Amanda Backus, both from Vaughan Relationship Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, find themselves discussing issues or questions that might come up in their jobs. Rather than keeping these valuable discussions to themselves, they decided to […]

How to communicate and connect in your relationship

It’s no joke, relationships are complex and require both partners’ hard work, dedication, and commitment to be successful. Many couples struggle to effectively communicate, but communication that is open and honest can allow both partners to feel heard, respected, and understood. Setting boundaries is also necessary to ensure that both people in the relationship feel […]

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Moving Past Misconceptions and Making a True Difference

Many are uncomfortable with the prospects of relationship or individual guidance and consulting with a therapist.

Many are uncomfortable with the idea of relationship or individual guidance, but everyone struggles either alone or in a relationship at one point or another. Many individuals come to us to heal emotional wounds and  strengthen the bonds with those they truly love and appreciate — even their own selves. When we are ill, we see a doctor. We get our cars fixed by a mechanic or contact Geek Squad for our computers. For problems with  relationships, seeking out support from a therapist is far healthier than continuing the same patterns as before. Our professional and deeply knowledgeable therapists will work closely with you to determine the precise nature of your situation. We will consult with you to determine how to best improve and maintain your life circumstances in a healthy, constructive way. We will work with you to not only protect the stability of your relationships, but to protect it against future friction and frustrations. 

As modern society begins to accept that relationship and individual therapy is nothing to be afraid of, more and more individuals find the courage to reach out and improve life circumstances. There’s no reason not to make a positive change for yourself and re-establish healthy patterns. We provide attentive, and approachable therapy services without sacrificing client integrity and self-respect. Our goal is to normalize therapy and remove the misconception of it being a “taboo” subject, so we can heal many more relationships through professional, friendly, and thoughtful direction.

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Areas we service

Vaughan Relationship Centre is a therapy and counselling centre conveniently located in Woodbridge, ON. The therapists and counsellors of VRC provide counselling services to individuals, families, and couples in Vaughan, Woodbridge, Brampton, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Etobicoke, Kleinburg, King City, Concord, Maple and the northern GTA (all appointments are held at our Woodbridge location).

Upcoming events

Title:   Why Communication Strategies Don’t Work and What Does Work.
Focus:  Myths of a Good Relationship
             Learn what makes a stronger relationship
             Have a better understanding of your partner
             Understand why you partner gets upset or withdraws in an argument/dispute
To register:  Contact admin@vaughantherapy.ca  or 289-845-3300
Fee:  Free of charge
Time:  Monday June 18 at 7:00 to 7:30 pm
Where:  Vaughan Relationship Centre
               6-21 Roysun Road, Woodbridge, ON L4L 8R3
Registration Deadline:  June 15, 2018
**Please note that the workshop may be cancelled if there is low registration.  

Feedback From Our Clients

Many people ask why we don’t have testimonials on our website.  The choice reflects our strict adherence to ethical principles set forth by the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as the Ontario College of Psychotherapists. These professional bodies explicitly prohibit clients from offering testimonials due to the risk of disclosing their identities.

The therapists at the Vaughan Relationship Centre have specialized training in relationship therapy. Also, they excel in addressing concerns such as anxiety, depression, family dynamics, stress alleviation, abuse, and overcoming the lingering effects of past family problems.

Many of our clients seek our assistance in improving their relationships, especially in overcoming communication barriers and past grievances.  We have achieved remarkable success assisting our clients in creating stronger bonds while acquiring valuable skills like attentive listening and mutual understanding.

While most clients come to us to improve their relationships, not all come in with the same hope or agenda.  Occasionally, clients approach us for support to end their relationships, which can be a challenging and emotional process for both parties.

Our primary objective is to assist our clients in achieving their relationship goals without imposing our personal beliefs on how they should navigate their lives. We aim to empower our clients to reach their goals for therapy.

Here is unsolicited feedback shared by our clients during their sessions.  To safeguard the identities of our clients and maintain confidentiality, we cannot publish the names of the clients who provided the feedback.

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Amanda Bacchus, M.S.W., R.S.W., R.P., R.M.F.T

“Amanda does not hide behind the pen and calls it as she sees it.”

“Amanda is engaged in the session and does not just ask ‘how do you feel?’ I saw many therapists in the past and never had a connection. I finally found a connection with Amanda”.

“Amanda does not take sides and is neutral to all parties.”

“Amanda is down to earth and relatable.”

“I trust Amanda and would send anyone to see her.”

Leslie Yaffa

Leslie Yaffa, M.S.W.,R.S.W.

“Leslie helped heal my family.”

“Leslie gave me perspective and a way to probe who I am in a safe environment.”

“Leslie is very pragmatic and looks at my issues in a real way.”

“Leslie helps us work through a painful time in our marriage.”

“Leslie focused on what was important to me.”

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Melissa Devlin, M.S.W., R.S.W.

“Melissa asks the ‘right questions,’ which helped me figure out the right answers for myself.”

“The sessions have really helped. We are talking and sharing more since working with Melissa.”

“Our relationship is better than it has ever been before due to working with Melissa.”

“I felt comfortable sharing things with Melissa, and it was not as scary as I thought it would be.”


Neera Madhok, M.S.W., R.S.W.

“Neera was able to get to the heart of the issue.”

“I connected with Neera so well, and she was very empathetic.”

“Neera gave me a new perspective that allowed me to get unstuck after my divorce.”