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How can Counselling & Psychotherapy help your relationship?

Relationship counselling can help improve the way you relate to those around you and allow you to break free from old patterns of behaviour. Rebeccah provides a supportive and non-judgmental environment to help you identify issues or problems within your relationships and find a resolve. Relationship counselling can cover all relationships, including couples, families and those at work. It can support you with small or major relationship issues that are troubling you.

A relationship doesn’t have to be in crisis before you pursue counselling. For some people, therapy is a means by which they can prevent relationship issues from growing.

Self-awareness is key as only then will you be able to notice when your buttons are being pressed and find a way to manage that. It’s about knowing when you are triggered and owning your own process so you can have a really good idea of what is happening to you rather than assuming someone else is out to get you. This is much more helpful than reacting and blaming someone else.

When we’re triggered the past comes back to bite us and we often start believing the other person has characteristics they don’t actually possess. We relive previous difficult and unresolved situations, but this usually goes on outside our conscious awareness. So, when we feel unsettled, it’s important to consider whether this is really about what’s happening in the here and now or whether a past memory has been activated. Our early traumatic memories are often experienced like emotions rather than thoughts, so the body becomes flooded with a feeling we attribute to now, when it really belongs in the past. The person we’re with or the situation we’re in may have brought back the memory but may not be responsible for the feeling. Once we realise that, we can find ways to help one another rather than arguing.

Effective communication is needed to manage triggers. In all our relationships, verbal, physical or written skills are needed to connect, to understand different points of view and to offer support. The hardest challenge is recognising and being prepared to change yourself, rather than just hope the other person will change. Recognising your triggers, and thinking about what’s being triggered, help to manage situations which have the potential to produce conflict. The most productive conversations happen when people have an objective discussion rather than just taking the opportunity to complain. When you sit down to talk, know what you want to get out of the conversation. Use the time constructively, using headline statements which own your experience without apportioning blame and make clear what you want, such as ‘I miss spending time with you. Could we have one or two nights a week which are just for us?'

When people expect conversations to turn into arguments, they don’t feel safe from the beginning and are already defensive before they start talking. As a result, many couples don’t talk at all and repeat the same old arguments.

The motivations for seeking relationship therapy might be different in each case. However, major life events, communication issues and the challenges of maintaining a happy relationship are some of the more common reasons to attend.

If you are experiencing relationship issues or feel your relationship would benefit from clearer communication, then please contact Rebeccah Evans Counselling & Psychotherapy on 0404811761 for a confidential chat or visit to make an appointment. Rebeccah is based in Buderim, Maroochydore and Peregian Beach in addition to offering online appointments for those who may live or work away.

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