Relationships

We offer both individual counselling and couples counselling about relationships.

Relationships with those around us can be a challenging and complicated part of life. Very often, it is the difficulties within relationships with those we love the most that can cause immense stress.

Sometimes it can be hard to maintain perspective when facing issues around relationships. Conflict, issues around trust, communication and a lack of satisfaction are all areas of relationships that might demand our attention from time to time.

Whether you are single or in a relationship, therapy can be an incredibly supportive resource.

Conflict or difficulty within relationships can lead to a range of issues. Relationship struggles will often become most urgent during:

  • ongoing conflict
  • a breakdown of communication
  • betrayal or affairs
  • divorce or separation.

Relate offers a helpful breakdown of common relationship issues, which you can find at https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-relationships

Sometimes, we find that we experience the same issues in relationships over and over again through our lives. This can be a frightening and difficult realisation. Much of therapy is aimed at offering the space and support necessary to understand ourselves better.

Talking with someone who is skilled and trained in offering this support can offer the opportunity to understand underlying issues and struggles. The aim of this process is to create more space and insight around the decisions we make within relationships. The overall intention is to find healthier, more satisfying ways of being in relationship.

Couples counselling

Very few relationships are completely conflict-fee, but when it’s more than occasional disagreements or when you seem to be locked into patterns you can’t change, it can be helpful for you and your partner to seek outside support from a professional counsellor.

Couples counselling (also known as “relationship counselling”) is an effective form of talking therapy, with sessions taking place with you and your partner in a safe space to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship.

It can help you to explore better ways of relating to each other and interrupt the “blame cycle” that many relationships can go round and round in. It can only work if both of you are committed to the process.

Much of the work you do takes place within the counselling room itself, but your counsellor may also ask you to complete ‘homework’ in between sessions, for example a specific task or to discuss a topic together at home.

To get a better idea if couples counselling might be suitable for you, please see https://happiful.com/is-couples-counselling-right-for-you/

Our therapists have a range of skills and specialities – please read each of our profiles to find out more.