Many couples facing problems in their relationship find it difficult to talk about what is troubling them. Couples have often said that they feel that one of the major causes of the breakdown of their relationship has been caused by lack of communication or poor communication skills. Some say that they don’t talk to each other anymore and that coming to counselling is their last attempt at trying to salvage their relationship.
In couple counselling I offer a safe space were we can explore what outcomes each of you desire in the relationship with your partner. This will give each of you an opportunity to understand the other’s point of view as well as having your point of view understood. This forms the start of the process of moving towards finding more helpful ways of communicating that work for both of you.
Listed below are some of the other areas I have regularly worked with whilst counselling couples:-
• Sexual problems
• Cross-cultural difficulties
• Financial problems
• Health issues
• Pressures of work
• Young or adolescent children
• Separation and divorce
• Step families
Finding the right counsellor
It is important that you feel comfortable with your counsellor. You may like to consider some of the following as part of how you will make your choice of counsellor.
• Being listened to
• Being acknowledged and valued as an individual and as a partner/spouse
• Having a private, confidential place to talk
• Working towards the goals you and your partner want to achieve
Couples counselling requires work from both parties. While one person may initiate the counselling sessions, without cooperation from everyone involved, the counselling will not be very productive.