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
sexual needs or other sexual issues
- family conflicts
- different goals and values
- different parenting styles
- life changes
This list is not exhaustive and every situation is
unique. Whatever the concern is however, speaking to a professional is often an incredibly helpful step forward.
When working with couples I look to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. It is importnat that couples
look for a specially trained therapist who is able to facilitate the dynamics of the two people at the same time. I am trained with the Relate Institute.
In regards to the techniques used, some of the work you do will take place within your counselling
sessions themselves - however I will also ask you to carry out 'homework'. Typically I will ask you either to do a task or discuss something specific when you get home. During your next session you will get the chance to talk about your homework, discuss any
challenges you came up against and how the experience made you both feel.