Couples/Relationship Counselling is for couples wanting to resolve their relationship difficulties, improve their relationship and recapture the happiness that existed between them when they first met. Couple Counselling can help you understand why and where things are going wrong and what steps you can take to re-build a future together, that will be fulfilling and fun for you both.
You may find that in your marriage or relationship it has become increasingly difficult to talk to each other, maybe you cannot agree on anything and are constantly bickering and arguing. Maybe you are finding it difficult to trust each other or just feel that there is no longer any warmth or closeness in your relationship. Maybe you have children and are concerned about the impact that your relationship is having on them?
Whether you're having problems in your relationship or you'd just like to understand your partner better, talking things through with counsellors can make a real difference. You may be in a relationship where you're arguing a lot or you might be struggling to talk to your partner. You might be thinking about ending your relationship or coming to terms with a break up.
Couple/Relationship Counselling is for everyone. Whether you're married, single, living together or apart, straight or gay we can help you strengthen your relationships.
While all relationships can sometimes suffer under the increasing pressures of everyday life, ongoing and unaddressed stresses can leave you feeling exhausted, depressed, and desperate with low self esteem. When a relationship is at breaking point it can seem as if separation or divorce is your only option, but talking through your problems together with a relationship counsellor can help you get to the heart of your conflicts and come to value each other’s beliefs and feelings.
People attend couple counselling to make relationship even stronger, or a couple who have chosen to separate and want to do it in the healthiest way possible. Or you might not be in a relationship right now and want to look at why. Whatever the issue, your counsellor will not judge you and everything you say will be confidential.
Your counsellor’s aim is not to resolve the issues for you, but to develop your skills so you can resolve the issues yourselves. They will encourage you to talk openly about difficult topics and explore your childhood and family history. By analysing your behavioural patterns and the ways in which you communicate with each other, they will also help you see discrepancies in your and your partner’s behaviour and teach you techniques to improve your communication.
Ultimately, we work to support you as a couple to identify patterns and modes of communication and behaviours so you can both take responsibility for your own choices and actions and work out the best way for you to resolve your complications.
Above all, our aim is to give you a safe environment in which to talk about your relationship issues so you can improve your communication and gain confidence in self-expression as a couple. We can help you discover how to negotiate and compromise with one another so you can discover ways of moving forward – either together or apart.
We have helped many people resolve conflicts in their relationships to the point where they are able to focus less on their differences and disagreements and begin to live harmoniously with one another as they achieve common goals.
Our role as a couple counsellor is to model, facilitate and support healthy communication. We are neutral in that we are the advocate for both parties. However, We are also there to protect someone from verbal assault. Our active participation in this process creates an environment of safety for the couple to express themselves freely and openly but without hostility. We have special expertise in working with couples from different religious and/or ethnic and cultural backgrounds and helping them to resolve issues around those differences.
Our Counsellors will work with you together to help you rebuild your relationship or, if you wish to separate or divorce, to do so as amicably as possible.
*If there is any situation of potential conflict of interest in working with the clients, a referral will be made for the clients to get support from other appropriate services in the community.