Most relationships have their ups and downs. However, when you and your partner cannot resolve your problems counselling can help you to change the way you interact and find a resolution.
Typical relationship problems that couples encounter include:
- poor communication
- extra-marital affairs and infidelity
- unresolved arguments and conflict
- sexual problems
- lack of trust
- separation and divorce
- commitment issues
- power imbalance
- difficult relationships with extended family
- cultural clashes
- disagreements about money
- living separate lives
- different ideas about child rearing
- adjustment to parenthood
Counselling will help you and your partner to communicate more effectively, improve listening skills, understand each other better and build empathy. Together with the two of you I will facilitate the setting of shared goals to address the difficulties. I also explore what brought the two of you together at the beginning of your relationship.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will help you and your partner identify thinking biases and unhelpful behaviours that may be maintaining your difficulties. CBT will also enable you both to develop more effective problem solving skills.
With the minority of couples where a resolution cannot be found the role of counselling can be to help you find an amicable way to end your relationship.
I have experience of working with lots of different types of couples, including gay couples, and couples who have different nationalities, races or religions.