About Marian

Most of us (including myself)  have been taught to believe that life is tough and we just have to accept feeling so/so most of the time.  The truth is that we can learn to feel good more of the time regardless of what’s going on in our lives.   How wonderful it is to be able to be in charge of our mood rather than feel frustrated, angry or anxious when others don’t behave the way we want them to,  the weather doesn’t cooperate, traffic is backed up, or you just have too much to do.  Being in charge of our emotions- a key component of emotional fitness is the key ingredient that all successful couples have.  They know how to have harmonious relationships while being true to themselves.

When Dave and I decided to tie the knot, I was confident that marriage would magically give us our happily ever after. No such luck! We had no idea that love requires nurturing in order to stay alive. We simply didn’t have the emotional fitness and relationship skills, attitudes and self-awareness necessary to deal with the challenges that all couples face. We saw each other as the problem and almost threw in the towel. Thankfully we discovered how to be a truly loving couple. I’m delighted to say that we celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary this year, and are loving our life together!

As a relationship and emotional fitness specialist I combine my personal and professional experience as an RN, BScN, coach, counselor, educator, wife and Mom in my work with clients. I provide you with effective, research based support so you can develop a loving relationship with yourself and develop emotional fitness skills in order to avoid unnecessary heartache and stress- both personally and professionally. Your life is a journey and I believe the journey ought to be fun!

Dave and Marian



I’ve spent the  majority of my nursing practice as a nurse psychotherapist, coach and educator  devoted to promoting relationship and emotional fitness,  had an advice column  Strategies For Living ( Airdrie Echo), and co-hosted Relationship Confidential online with Maeve Crawford.  I am currently in private practice and also consult for Nurse On Board Ottawa

My work as a couples coach is informed through training at the Relationship Coaching Institute, and the Couples Institute (Ellyn Bader and Pete Peterson) and following the work of  Harville Hendrix and Helen Hunt of Imago Therapy, John and Julie Gottman of The Gottman Institute and Sue Johnson, creator of Emotion Focused Therapy and author of Hold Me Tight.

I’m indebted to the work of many more, including: Albert Ellis, creator of REBT; Lou Tice; Marsha Linehan, creator of DBT ; Ekhart Tolle; Esther and Jerry Hicks (Abraham-Hicks) ; Dr. Len Hew (Ho’ponopono) Pemma Chodron; and Vernon Howard.


I offer the following workshops:

Speaking Engagements

Spiritual Relationships Ottawa Spiritual Pathways Centre

Laughter Yoga  Ottawa Spiritual Pathways Center,  NCR-EAP, Canterbury High School

Beat The Winter Blues WBC Orleans

Be A Conscious (Mindful) Super Hero  Ottawa Toastmasters Convention

Get Ready For Love  Turner Conference

Healthy Minds, Healthy Families Mental Health Symposium at Ridgemont High

Feel Good Now Industry Canada   Primary Care Nurses Ottawa

How To Have Your Dream Relationship  Unveiled Bridal  Trenton Ontario

Panel Discussion Epilepsy Ottawa – Impact of emotions on health



Radio:  C100 FM Halifax, 1310 radio Talk To The Hand Ottawa, Life’s Dash with Michele Mattia, The After Dark Radio Show with Ande Lyons and CKCU FM Ottawa

Rogers TV Daytime Ottawa with host Derek Fage,

Rogers TV Ottawa Experts with Host Barbara Balfour

and Rogers TV series Impact Of The Aging Brain with host Ann Dobbins RN

I’m a contributing author of Loving and Lasting- How To Stay Tuned In And Turned On In Your Marriage, and Is That What Love Is?


Odds and Ends

After 27 years in Alberta, and 3 years in Oklahoma, I’m delighted to be back home in Ottawa with our  three wonderful sons (aged 27, 25 and 22), our dog Ozzie, and our large extended families.

My personal interests include family and friends, positive psychology, Abraham-Hicks, veganism, movies, design, fashion, gardening, spirituality, and west coast swing dancing


If you have any  questions, please do  give me a call at 613-408-5683 and we’ll get together for a coffee or chat on the phone.  You can e-mail me at marian@marianmeade.com or contact me here.

Talk soon!
~ Marian