Couples Counselling is where a trained and qualified Counsellor or Psychotherapist will provide therapy to a couple.
Whether the couple are in a mixed-sex or same-sex relationship, and whether they are married or not, Couples Counselling can be a rewarding process that helps a couple through difficulty.
I prefer to refer to Couples Counselling as 'Relationship Counselling'; for ultimately, this therapy is all about the relationship and the difficulty that is occurring within it; whether the difficulty is being experienced by one or both partners.
The role of the Counsellor or Psychotherapist is to offer a safe, confidential and comfortable environment within which to explore difficulties. These difficulties may be, for example; intimacy and sex, communication, trust, infidelity, bereavement, unhappiness, conflict, starting a family, fertility, finances, worries about a child, changing priorities.... to name but a few.
A Counsellor or Psychotherapist cannot guarantee any specific outcome, but instead will focus on helping a couple through a particular difficulty or to simply improve the relationship.
Initially, I will usually work with each partner on an individual basis; typically for three or four sessions each, concurrently. This enables each partner to disclose their experience, thoughts and feelings and for me to be clear about what the individual would like to see improved or overcome. This also allows private space for some of the initial 'venting' that a partner may sometimes need to release.
Then, I bring the couple together and we agree on goals as therapy commences together. I draw upon a variety of therapeutic disciplines in order to support the couple through therapy.
Couples / Relationship Counselling is often helpful for those who are in the process of separation or Divorce. The presence and skill of a trained, impartial professional can be helpful in reducing conflict and maintaining progress towards agreed objectives.
Once achieved, therapy comes to a safe conclusion.
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