Counselling is usually short term could accurately be described as the talking healer as it offer you the opportunity to speak and be listened to in a way that brings enables you to change what you want and need to change in the here and now.
Psychotherapy offers an opportunity for a deeper exploration of these issues with a view to healing and transforming the wounds that 'add coals to the fire' of the issues that you suffer and releasing you to realise and experience the full potential of your life.
Couple’s and relationship counselling
Couple’s and relationship counselling is a process in which the counsellor helps the couple to explore what is happening in their relationship and works with the couple to renew and build good communication, resolve difficulties and transform patterns of behaviour and communication that is keeping them stuck in an unhappy and unhealthy way of relating. Couple’s learn techniques and strategies to enable them to relate differently and more satisfactorily.
The role of a couple’s counsellor is to facilitate change and resolution by helping the couple to communicate more effectively, to recognise their choices and arrive at their own conclusions.
How can couple’s and relationship counselling be helpful?
When a couple have been in a relationship for a period of time it can happen that they fall into patterns of not listening to each other and of poor communication. Relationship and couple’s counselling offers the opportunity to explore these patterns and make the changes that are necessary for their relationship to grow.
The overall aim of couples counselling is to help you do the following:
•Understand how external factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship.
•Reflect on the past and how it operates in the present.
•Communicate in a more constructive way.
•Learn why arguments escalate.
•Negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible.
As your counselling sessions progress, you and your partner may find a way of overcoming your problems, or you may decide it is time to part ways. Either way, hopefully counselling will offer you the space to grow and decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.
Common relationship problems explored:
There are many different concerns that may bring you to couples counselling, ranging from a lack of communication right through to a betrayal or affair. Some common issues that can be explored through couples counselling include:
lack of trust
betrayal or affair
lack of communication
financial issues work-related stress
different sexual needs or other sexual issues
different goals and values
different parenting styles
This list is not exhaustive as every relationship is unique.
Whatever your concern is however, availing of couple's counselling is often an incredibly helpful step forward.
We will work together to make sense of any underlying influences which you may not have had the opportunity to think through or speak about before. These may be caused by present patterns, past experiences or from childhood.
Counselling can help with feelings of sadness, anger or pain and can allow someone to be able to look forward more confidently, create the means to change or simply look at things a bit differently.
What can you expect from your sessions with one of us?
We would work once a week with you in the same place and at the same time. Each session lasts 50 minutes.
We can work open-endedly, which means as long as you feel it's helpful, or in a more focussed approach within a set number of sessions. This is something we can talk more about at our initial meeting.
We are able to arrange sessions between Monday and Friday from 8am in IG1 and from 9am in NW10 and evenings.
Fees for counselling, psychotherapy and couple counselling will be discussed as part of the initial session.