Couples and Relationship Counselling
Couples & Relationship Counselling will give you & your partner a chance to explore the difficulties you are having & to look at ways in which you can improve your relationship. I will work with you to help you explore your feelings, values & ways of communicating with each other. Whether you are married, living together or in a same-sex relationship, it may be possible to help deal with your relationship difficulties in order to change the dynamics of your relationship, so that you can both have a happier & more fulfilled future.
Couples work is somewhat different from counselling & psychotherapy for individuals in that it is a more directive & hands on way of working, & tends to be shorter in duration. My job is to help you focus on resolving your difficulties in the here-and-now, rather than exploring each individual's personal psychological issues. Your relationship is therefore my client. I will work with you to understand the presenting issues for you & what they mean to your relationship. We then go about either understanding & exploring or problem solving, with relationship exercises & specific tasks & changes of behaviour.
I offer a block of 6 treatment sessions whereby we explore a variety of issues including:
- communication difficulties
- sexual problems or issues with intimacy
- difficulties with each other's behaviour
- dealing with the trauma of a break-up, separation or divorce
- financial problems
- difficulties with family members
- dealing with the demands of work life & family life
- dealing with being in a relationship, whilst holding onto your individuality
- getting the most out of your relationship
As a practitioner, I will be more directive & actively involved in setting appropriate boundaries of behaviour. Furthermore, I offer a non-judgemental approach supporting you together as you work jointly to improve the quality of your relationship & achieve the best possible outcome for you.
If you think that you might benefit from couples work, please feel free to contact me by phone, email, or by completing the online form in the Contact Me page in order to arrange a free 45 minute assessment with me, before deciding to embark on a block of six 80 minute treatment sessions.