The Wright Perspective

Marriage and Couples Counselling Online

You will not have to be in therapy for months or years to reclaim a loving relationship or to let this relationship end in a loving manner.


Is your relationship causing unbearable anguish, suffering or heartbreak?


Do you feel you’re on the brink of a separation or divorce?


Are you worried that expressing your anguish and suffering could trigger your partner to leave?

You Can Improve your Marriage Relationship in 1 or 2 Sessions…yes, you can!

What enhances or decreases the suffering, anguish, or heartbreak in your marriage/relationship?

Every person has particular beliefs about what makes a good marriage/relationship; and what are grounds for separation or divorce. Your beliefs have more to do with how you are suffering and reacting in your marriage or relationship than anything else.

How I Help Soften Your Suffering, Heartbreak and Anguish in your Marriage/Relationship

You will benefit from my 45 years of clinical practice working with individuals, couples, and families experiencing suffering, heartbreak, grief, and loss. I have heard hundreds of stories of couples suffering in their relationships.

It is the aspiration of my professional life to assist in softening suffering of individuals, couples, and families who entrust me with their relationship stories.

My efforts have been honoured and recognized with several awards, plus two honorary doctorates (University of Montreal and Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden). Most recently, July, 2022, I received the great honour of receiving the Order of Canada.

In addition to my own clinical research, I have learned firsthand from my clinical practice how relationship suffering can change and disrupt lives. My goal for treatment is to soften the suffering or heartbreak of those in my care and promote their own healing, courage, and resources to either save and/or part from their significant relationship.

What Is My Therapeutic Approach?

My approach is to offer 1-2 counselling sessions on Zoom. After each session, I offer my best professional advice based on 45 years of clinical practice. Specific recommendations will be given of how to bring back or enhance the love in your relationship. Or I will advise if your relationship does not have a good prognosis. My clinical practice with numerous couples has shown that brief, effective, and competent therapy can have the greatest impact and clarity. We will work together to soften your suffering, anguish, and/or heartbreak and offer what is the best path forward.

As you tell me your marriage story, I will provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you and/or your partner to express your suffering, sadness, anger and the positives that have emerged in your marital/relationship experience. During our therapeutic conversations, we will work collaboratively to promote healing and clarity that will enable you to move forward in your primary relationship with less suffering and anguish and love reclaimed.

The primary emotion for thriving and healing in relationships is love. But often when conflict arises, there is interference with love. It can result in distancing or withdrawing from one another.

Schedule A Zoom Session

Rate – $350/hr

With my extensive clinical experience of 45 years, I am able to effectively assist families to soften their suffering in one or two Zoom sessions. Submit the form below and I will contact you within 24 hours to schedule a session.

Welcome to my bio. I am a world traveler, writer, international lecturer, and consultant for individuals, couples, and families suffering with relationship conflicts and/or serious or life-threatening illness.



My current life goal is to contribute my knowledge to health professionals about illness beliefs, illness suffering and illness healing of how to best assist individuals, couples, and families heal from their illness experiences. I’ve been offering this knowledge through lectures/workshops and my professional books and articles. I also want to learn from other cultures about their family, health and illness, and spiritual rituals and practices to heal individuals, couples, and families from illness. To that end, I travel extensively and have visited 84 countries and hoping to visit 100.


With 45 years of clinical experience, I’m pleased to still be offering consultations and coaching to individuals/couples/ families who are experiencing emotional, physical and/or spiritual suffering with serious illness and end of life conditions.


I believe that having being raised in a three generational home with a grandmother who suffered with rheumatoid arthritis was my baptism to understanding the influence of chronic illness, and particularly chronic pain on our family. It also enabled me to learn as a young child about empathy and compassion for my grandmother as an illness sufferer. My grandmother was the center of our family but her chronic pain ruled all of us.


Perhaps from these childhood experiences, it is no surprise that I entered the health care profession of nursing. I graduated as a RN, Calgary General Hospital, Calgary, Canada. Afterward, I worked on a psychiatric unit for a year in a general hospital and enjoyed this aspect of nursing tremendously. I returned to university to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Upon receiving my Bachelor’s degree, I enjoyed my first teaching experience at my alma mater, School of Nursing, Calgary General Hospital.

However, after one year of teaching, I was eager to pursue further nursing education. I decided to pursue a Masters’ degree where I could focus on Mental Health-Psychiatric Nursing. Since there was no Masters Degrees in Nursing in Canada at that time (that is really dating myself), I headed to the United States for graduate studies. I thought it would be a lovely experience to be warm while obtaining a Masters’ degree so I chose the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii. This was my first experience of meeting people from many different countries and being a minority. It was a magnificent life experience on many levels. My years of studying and working in Hawaii became a touchstone for my love of learning about other cultures and traveling.

It was during my Masters studies that I was first introduced to systemic thinking in the field of marriage and family therapy. This provided a dramatic shift in my thinking and understanding about human problems and suffering. I now focused on the interaction and reciprocity between family dynamics and illness and engaged in relational practice. After 5 years in Hawaii, I yearned to learn more about families and illness, so I embarked on doctoral studies at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. My major was marriage and family therapy with a minor in mental health/psychiatric nursing within the Child Development/Family Relationships Department.

After 7 years of living, studying, and working in the United States, I was ready to return to my home and native land of Canada. I first joined the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary and taught young medical students about families and illness. I also had the wonderful opportunity to work in the Family Therapy Program, University of Calgary supervising students/therapists and consulting with families. After 4 years, I was recruited to the Faculty of Nursing to assist with establishing a new Masters’ degree program in the Faculty of Nursing. This opened the door for me to now combine my family therapy background with my original discipline of nursing.

While at the Faculty of Nursing, I established the Family Nursing Unit and was the Director for 20 years (1982-2002). It was a research and education unit that provided assistance to families suffering with serious illness. Over those 20 years, I was privileged to have worked with Drs Wendy Watson, Dr Janice Bell, and Dr Nancy Moules. Through our clinical practice and research, we strived to learn how to best assist families suffering with serious illness. I also had the privilege of teaching and providing supervision to Masters/Doctoral students who were specializing in Family Systems Nursing.


In 2002, I embarked on a very different journey. After a very rewarding academic career, I retired from the University of Calgary and was bestowed a Professor Emeritus of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

I began to accept more invitations to lecture and conduct workshops in various countries about families and illness beliefs, illness suffering, and spirituality. The life lessons, both professionally and personally have been transforming and enlightening.

I’ve been very privileged to receive many requests to speak and have given over 300 presentations and workshops at national and international chronic illness, family health, family nursing, family therapy, oncology, palliative care, parish nursing and spirituality and health conferences. I have also been invited to provide lectures/workshops at various universities and hospitals nationally/internationally.


I’m the author of 12 books and numerous chapters and articles. My most recent books are: Illness Beliefs: The heart of healing in families & individuals (3rd ed) (2021); Wright & Leahey’s Nurses and Families: A guide to family assessment and intervention (8th ed) (2023); and Suffering and Spirituality: The Path to Illness Healing (2017).

I’ve also developed 4 clinical practice models, specifically the Trinity Model (advanced practice) and co-developed the Illness Beliefs Model (advanced practice) and co-developed the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Models (generalist practice).

I wrote/produced the educational DVD “Therapeutic Conversations with Families: What’s Love Got to Do With it?”(2016) and “Spirituality, Suffering, and Illness: Conversations for Healing”(2007); and co-produced with Dr Maureen Leahey 8 educational Family Nursing DVD’s.


I’ve been privileged to receive several honours and awards for my contributions and leadership in family health, family nursing, and family therapy. In 2020, I was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the College and Association of Registered Nurses in Alberta, Canada. In 2013, I was awarded the distinguished Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in Canada. The American Family Therapy Academy presented me with the Innovative Contribution to Family therapy Award in 2011 and Excellence in Family Nursing Award, in 2021 by the International Family Nursing Association.

I was also been bestowed Honorary Doctorates from Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden, 2012 and the University of Montreal, Canada, 2008.

Most recently, I was honored as a recipient of the prestigious Order of Canada, July, 2022.

It is most gratifying and humbling to be recognized by your peers for my professional efforts to soften the suffering of those who encounter chronic or life-threatening physical and/or mental illness.

When not traveling the world, I reside in Calgary, Canada. I have been blessed with dear friends in Canada and many other countries and of course find great enjoyment being an aunt, great-aunt, sister, and sister-in-law.