Couples Therapy & Relationship issues

All relationships experience difficulties at some point. When two people enter into a relationship they bring two different sets of expectations, values, personality traits, and childhood/family experiences, which means it can be very difficult to relate to and understand each other.

Couples therapy can help to increase awareness of these differences as well as negative patterns that both partners contribute to (partly at an unconscious level) which have been set up and maintained over time. It is my belief that insight and awareness can encourage each partner to take individual responsibility for their part in the difficulties which reduces blaming interactions and resentment. This creates the opportunity for positive change in communication, conflict resolution, and intimacy.

I am highly experienced in counselling individuals and couples for issues which commonly affect relationships including (but not limited to):

  •     Infidelity or affairs

  •     Difficulties with intimacy or commitment

  •     Sexual issues

  •     Questioning current relationship and partner choice

  •     Communication difficulties

  •     An inability to resolve conflict effectively

  •     Cultural differences or basic differences in upbringing

  •     Disagreements around parenting

  •     Escalating arguments and domestic violence

  •     Relationship discord, feelings of anger and resentment towards your partner and the        relationship

  •     Stress, anxiety and feelings of jealousy

  •     Difficulty adjusting to life transitions including pregnancy, the birth of a child/children,      relocation, changes in work or redundancy

  •     Diagnosis of a physical condition, mental health illness, or addiction and the impact of      this on the partner and relationship

  •     The couple going through a traumatic event such as losing a child

  •     Fertility issues

  •     Children leaving home

  •     Separation and divorce

  •     Step family issues

  •     Polyamory and negotiating open relationships

The prospect of attending couples therapy may feel very daunting as it can be difficult to confront the reality that your relationship is not as fulfilling as you want it to be. Unfortunately many couples wait until their relationship is at crisis point before seeking therapy. If something about your relationship is bothering you please contact me and we can discuss the different options available to help get your relationship back on track.