Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy
Why might you need couple counselling?
All couple relationships go through ups and downs. Sometimes, when there are particularly difficult circumstances or a particular problem seems intractable, couple counselling can be a very helpful way to re-establish understanding, as well as feelings of safety and emotional connection in the relationship.
Couple counselling and therapy can help whether you are single or part of a couple, preparing for marriage, married or in a partnership, separated, divorced or divorcing, straight or gay. I work with individuals and couples who want to explore what is going on in their relationship and find ways of creating the relationship they want.
Getting help early can stop relationship difficulties from starting and stop them getting worse.
Relationship support for everyone
I work with a range of relationship issues, including – the arrival of a new baby, lack of quality time together, managing work-life balance, betrayal of trust, affairs, jealousy, communication difficulties, falling out of love, unsatisfying sex, differences in desire, lack of intimacy, money worries, depression, family expectations, long-distance relationships, parenting while no longer together, and step-family relationships.
Can I come on my own?
Yes, you can come on your own. Sometimes it is because a partner does not want to attend. However, if there is a relationship problem, this is more effectively tackled if both of you are able to attend.
Can you help with sexual problems?
Yes. I have undertaken psychosexual training within my couple therapy training, and regularly work with both individuals and couples where there is a sexual difficulty.
How long will counselling take?
This is impossible to say at the start of therapy. Some people come from just a few sessions, while others for a number of months, and some for years.
‘Couple therapy works. Couple therapists in their everyday work know this, as do couples coming for help. Formal, carefully-constructed research studies repeatedly show that couple therapy improves relationship distress and is effective in treating a variety of individual disorders’
(Dr David Hewison, Head of Research at Tavistock Relationships)