Couples and relationship counselling
Being in a long-term committed relationship doesn’t come without its’ challenges. My experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist suggests that when couples seek the help of a professional it means that either individually or as part of the couple, you have tried everything you can to improve or make changes in the relationship without much change or success. Now you are at crisis point.
Being in an unhappy marriage or feeling disconnected from your partner can increase stress levels, lower mood, impact eating, sleep and have a detrimental impact on your overall health and wellbeing.
You might have noticed that engaging in what used to be everyday mundane exchanges now turn into conflict and explosive arguments.
You may have some awareness or idea into why your relationship has begun to break down, perhaps it’s arguing over parenting style, financial issues, stressors at work, or coming to terms with a betrayal in the relationship.
Without clear, respectful and empathic communication everyday exchanges can quickly turn into heated arguments and before you know it you are saying hurtful things to one another that are difficult to retract or forget.
This can be particularly difficult to manage alone when tensions are high and you are both emotionally charged. It can be helpful to seek an impartial trained professional to find a way to listen and be heard in a safe environment.
A couples’ therapist can assist in helping you both to rebuild communication, gain awareness and insight into your argumentative patterns and find practical solution focused ways so that you can once again begin working together as a team.
The process of relationship therapy is no quick fix, it will take commitment, compromise and honesty from you both if issues are to be understood and resolved.
If during the course of therapy you do decide to end the relationship, a couples’ therapist will be able to help facilitate this process to end the relationship as amicably as possible.
If your relationship is in crisis and you think you might benefit from seeking professional help, you can email me in confidence here to arrange a 60 minute couples’ consultation.