Counselling for couples

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“There is no greater source of joy and meaning in our lives than our relationships with others.”
Esther Perel

Relationships are complex and most couples go through difficult periods and struggle from time to time. Couples counselling can help you make relationship decisions and resolve ongoing conflicts by uncovering unhelpful beliefs, patterns of communication, and difficulties within the relationship. Working together in a supportive space allows couples to communicate openly, manage conflict and cope with life in a world that can, at times, be stressful.  Every couple is different. You are welcome whether you are married, living together, separated, short or long term relationships, divorced, and whatever your sexual orientation or identity. 

I bring sensitivity, warmth, and humour to my work and my approach is supportive, genuine, and practical. I use techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), psychodynamic, Gottman method, and other therapies. My hope is that by working together you can focus on what you both need to create a meaningful relationship going forward. Some couples are feeling unsure about whether to stay together and come to counselling to find clarity about their future. I support couples who have taken the decision to separate and help to negotiate separate but respectful paths. 

Counselling process
Creating a safe, neutral space where open  communication can flourish

Couples counselling focuses on your relationship, offering you both a space to talk openly about relationship difficulties in a supportive place. Frequently arising issues include infidelity and other betrayals, blended families, loss of intimacy, parenting challenges, communication issues, conflict, life changing events and the impact of trauma. Our sessions together give you both an opportunity to have meaningful conversations about a wide-range of issues, rather than focus on who is right or wrong. We will explore the difficult aspects of your relationship, how you communicate and any negative patterns you may have developed. Counselling can help you to manage conflict in a respectful and constructive way, whilst developing approaches that will improve your communication and connection.

Couples counselling is not just for those who wish to navigate relationship challenges, but also for those who want to explore ways to enrich their relationship. 

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