Marggie Marks, MSW, RWS
Marggie is a Registered Social Worker and a
member of the Couples Reconnect team
of relationship-focused therapists in Calgary.
Marggie is a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Master’s degree in Social Work with a Trauma-Informed Practice Specialization from the University of Calgary.
She has completed clinical training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 and Level 2 as well as in multiple clinical approaches and techniques, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Sensitive Yoga Foundational Training, Indigenous Awareness Training, and Critical Incident Group Debriefing. Marggie is professionally fluent in both English and Spanish, and offers couples counselling in both languages.
Throughout her career as a therapist, Marggie has supported clients of all ages, including parents, individuals, and couples facing various physical and emotional well-being challenges, such as anxiety, depression, and trauma. She is adept at case management and has ample project management experience, including project coordination for the Telehealth network across the Nunavut territory.
Infusing her interventions with empathy, playfulness, and curiosity, Marggie draws from multiple trauma-informed, attachment-based therapy techniques and approaches, including Gottman Therapy, to help couples grow their closeness and connection. Her unwavering optimism and ability to have and transmit hope are grounded in her experience of seeing how receiving relationship support can bring couples closer, and she is excited to help you develop the skills you need to get there.
How couples counselling can help you
Couples counselling with Marggie can help couples to navigate the ups and downs of their relationship. In your relationship, you need to feel that your partner thinks you are special. You need to feel listened to and understood. To keep a sense of hope that things can work out in a way where neither of you has to sacrifice who you are.
Couples counselling can help you grow in your understanding of your individual story, all the way back to childhood, and how your reactions that are showing up in your present relationship trace back to your past experiences. You will be growing your self-awareness and compassion.
As you learn and practice active listening skills, you will come to better understand your partner’s story, as well as their needs, expectations, and dreams. Over time, everyone’s needs, expectations, and dreams change, so to connect with your partner, you need to update your understanding of where they are now.
Marggie will help you develop your ability to show up for your partner with relational awareness and compassion. Using the relational awareness and relational skills you develop together, she will help you write a new story that fulfills each of you individually and your unique new “Story of Us”.
Couples counselling can change the world
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Since she was a child, Marggie wanted to change the world. Over time, she realized that significant change at a large, international scale begins at home, in the smallest system: the family. To start, she focused her warm heart on loving her family. Then she developed her professional capacity to become a child, family, and couples therapist, to help people give the love they have and share it within their own family, relationship, and community.
Couples counselling can transform what the future looks and feels like, not just for you and your partner’s relationship as a couple. It will change how you show up in the world. If you have children, it will impact your family unit. Beyond that, your love for each other will touch the lives of everyone around you.
Marggie can help you share the boundless love you hold within. Your love will change your world, and the world of those around you.
Are you experiencing grief and loss of a child?
Marggie has a special place in her heart for couples who are grieving the loss of a child. She has experience supporting individuals and couples through this immensely difficult grief and loss process.
Her expertise includes planning and facilitating support groups for bereaved individuals and couples experiencing pregnancy and infant loss, including miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal loss, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Termination for Medical Reason (TFMR), infertility, loss through surrogacy, and missed adoption. With an understanding of how deeply this support is needed, she has developed resources and her capacity to educate and offer grief counselling.
Are you looking for child or family counselling?
Couples who are parents can feel taxed by the demands of raising kids. In addition to supporting couples through couples counselling, Marggie can also support the family unit and your child or children, as she is on the child counselling team at Kids Reconnect.