When we experience relationship problems that we can’t solve, we can feel pain, loneliness and at times despair. Whatever relationship difficulties you are facing, couple/relationship counselling can help you understand why things may not be meeting your expectatiions.
For some, the suggestion of couples counselling is considered a "last resort" to save a relationship/marriage. While of course this is sometimes the case, you do not have to wait until things get that bad before trying couples counselling. Many couples use therapy sessions as a way to keep their relationship healthy and address any underlying concerns that may become conflicts in the future.
When we have been in a relationship or marriage for a long time it can be easy to fall into a trap of not listening to the other person or not communicating our needs clearly. Sometimes talking to someone with no connection to yourself or your partner is all it takes for you to gain perspective. What couples counselling offers here is the chance to speak to someone with no preconceived notions of who you are as a couple, with the added bonus of having skills and training behind them to guide you through your concerns.
Different goals and values
Lack of trust
Lack of communication
Work related stress
Abusive / Controlling behaviours
Different sexual needs/sexual issues
Different parenting styles
"When we experience relationship problems that we can’t solve, we can feel pain, loneliness and at times despair. Whatever relationship difficulties you are facing, couple/relationship counselling can help you understand why things may not be meeting your expectatiions"
Understand how external factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship.
Reflect on the past and how it operates in the present.
Communicate in a more constructive way.
Learn why arguments escalate.
Negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible
Offer you the space to grow and decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.