Relationship counselling is cheaper than divorce and you don’t have to be on the edge of separation before you can benefit from couples counselling
Even the most secure personal relationships may start to crack under the strain of modern domestic and working life. Greater expectations and responsibilities, children, parents, work and other relationships can all impact on the way you and your partner relate to each other. Finding space just to be ‘you’ in your relationship can seem impossible and we are often faced with making compromises that seem to serve neither ourselves nor our partners.
Whether you are married, living together or living apart, gay or straight, old or young, in a new or well established partnership, relationship counselling can help you to find new ways of relating and listening to each other.
You can also find out more about how individual therapists approach couples therapy by visiting their websites directly.
Here are some of the problems for which couples seek help:
- feeling unappreciated * childhood issues
- surviving an affair * different parenting styles
- living in a step-family *sexual difficulties
- conflicts over money * help in separating * constant fights
So how do you get started?
Usually you meet your therapist together as a couple for an initial assessment session. Sometimes at the end of this the therapist will suggest that you each come separately for a further individual assessment session before meeting again as a couple and deciding on your goals for joint relationship counselling. Whether you are seen individually or not, depends entirely on the problem that brings you to counselling, your histories and the emotional tempo between you. However the aim is to encourage you to commit to couples sessions as soon as possible.