How can Counselling and Psychotherapy help?
I provide support for couples who are experiencing challenges in their relationship, or who want to enhance their relationship. Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a safe and neutral space for both partners to feel comfortable sharing their concerns, learning new ways to communicate, connect and strengthen their relationship with themselves and each other.
In this non-judgmental environment, I maintain a balanced approach: Each person in the couple is able to have their perspective listened to in an empathic and respectful way, facilitated by myself. Through exploring the dynamics of the relationship, and sometimes each individual's family-of-origin relationships, couples can gain insight into their emotional regulation patterns, themes of conflict and relating to each other, and obtain a deeper understanding of their concerns and ways to move forward that feels comfortable for each person.
Marriage and Relationship
Concerns & Worries
Some of the common issues that emerge in relationships that can be supported in therapy include:
Adjustment to changes: Living together, Marriage, Children, Working away, Roles, Finances or Trust.
Disengagement from the Relationship
Grief and Loss
Managing relationships with partner’s family or extended family
Sometimes it can be helpful to attend individual counselling first, to have the opportunity to focus on your own concerns in depth before exploring issues with your partner. Another way people can benefit from a couples session is if you have been attending therapy for support with personal difficulties that may be impacting on your relationship. You may feel like it could be helpful to have your partner attend a session or two so that you can guide your partner around how to support you.