What is Couples Counselling?

Communication overshadowed

Couples Counselling is much the same as individual counselling.  However, Couples Counselling focuses on the individual’s issues that is affecting the relationship, whereas individual counselling is more focused one the person’s issues.  How relationships are affected is part of 1:1 counselling; but moreso the relationship the person has with themselves.  Couples counselling focusses on the relationship that is experiencing the issues.

Couples counselling can help individuals in a relationship see themselves more clearly and how their individual past experiences, and other external factors, impact on their current relationship/s. 

Couples Counselling can also help for each individual to see themselves more clearly in the relationship as a whole, from the ‘outside’  looking in, rather than just staying caught up in the emotional turmoils, and therefore only able to see the relationship from the ‘inside’ looking out.  Viscous cycles can weigh you both down, creating tunnel vision, which may complicate the issues further.

Couples Counselling can help each individual in the couple gain insight into their personal issues and then thereafter seek personal therapy with more information as to what they are seeking help with.

Couples Counselling can help with ending a relationship as well as empowering and strengthening the a relationship.

… in summary Couples Counselling is much the same as one to one counselling, only it is relationship focused. It is goal orientated, both individually and collaboratively. As well as resolving the issues within the relationship Couples Counselling can help both individuals see themselves within the relationship as individuals, from the outside looking in, rather than only being able to feel caught up in the turmoil on the inside. Both may feel weighed down and default to strategies that may have worked in the past for the individual. For example, withdrawing, not talking; not communicating. All good relationships are based on good communication. Within a therapeutic arrangement, I work goal orientated so that you can achieve results sooner rather than later. I give written information tailored to the individual/s and the couple, such as communication skills, anger management, resolving differences and more.

Just like any individual is unique so is a relationship; couples are unique, and so each therapeutic process is different which is why  I tailor the work to the couples’ needs as individual/s and as a couple.

Before embarking on therapy I offer both individuals a pre-initial genuine informal telephone assessment to start you both on the right path for you, whether you work with me or choose not to.

Call me on (07950 906421) – and do not worry about your partner at this time – just book in for your own complimentary consultation.  I look forward to hearing from you!