Couples and Relationship Counselling

What is the treatment?

In growing up and growing old, many of us seek stability, love, and a sense of purpose in sharing our lives with someone we identify as a partner. Listening and understanding each other, and conveying the understanding of our thoughts and feelings, can be uncomfortable and anxiety provoking As individuals we have physical, intellectual, sexual, spiritual and emotional needs. It is an ongoing process of discussion, negotiation, compromise and adaptation that requires motivation and effort, for the partnership to remain healthy. 

Sometimes we may need some sensitive and skilled attention to help us move out of repetitive patterns of behaviour which creates strong negative emotions that are overwhelming for either person in the relationship.

What are the benefits of the treatment?

  • We can facilitate constructive communication between you, as you focus on understanding your own needs, those of your partner, and how you can reinvest in the relationship and behave in ways which value your togetherness and your individuality.
  • As you embark on this process, you may be undecided or unclear if it is your intention and desire to develop the relationship or to end and leave the relationship. You are welcome to explore this individually or as a couple.

Who can benefit from the treatment?

Different life stages may trigger difficulties. As a couple, you may be solution focused, or you may simply need time, space and a renewed sense of energy to consider and evaluate your priorities. This can all help to form a shared understanding of how to manage your current circumstance, problem or dilemma.

  • Our meetings would be agreed at intervals that match your requirements and increase your opportunities to practice skills and behaviours in between sessions.
  • Working alongside you, I can assist you in identifying the changes you want to make, and helping you clarify and confront any obstacles.
  • When you are clear that you have achieved the balance of intimacy and independence that you need and want, you may choose to meet for occasional follow up sessions, as a positive and proactive strategy.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I get therapy?

We find that people come to us at many different stages of their lives. We can help clients deal with past trauma, change that is happening right now, or concerns about the future. The fact that you have found our website implies that something has caused you to seek assistance. If ever there is something that you feel is holding you back, or restricting your happiness and well being then we will be happy to discuss if therapy is the right decision for you. Get in touch with Jacqueline to arrange an initial consultation where we can discuss your needs.

What if I’m nervous about therapy?

We are here to help you. It’s perfectly normal to feel apprehensive about therapy, regardless of any past experience of treatment you have or haven’t had.

What if I haven’t tried therapy before?

We provide a safe, calm, supportive environment for you to explore whatever may be holding you back. Many of our clients have not experienced therapy before and so we will always ensure that you know what to expect and answer any questions you may have.

When can I begin my treatment?

We will do our best to arrange an initial consultation as soon as possible. In most cases we will be able to to initiate therapy very promptly as we do not have the limitations that can sometimes result in long waiting times for NHS treatment. We offer a limited number of sessions outside normal office hours in mornings, evenings and weekends and will do our best to find a time that works best for you.

How do I start my treatment?

The first step is to get in touch with Jacqueline, our lead counsellor. She will arrange for an initial consultation where we can asses your needs. We will then create a programme of treatment that meets your requirements, drawing on the wide range of talking and physical therapies that we offer.

Can I get help with meeting a new partner?

If you are interested in making a stable, loving and purposeful relationship with another, and you notice it just isn’t happening, then come and talk with me. We can direct our work at reinforcing positive thoughts (cognitions) and be curious about any issues to do with self worth, safety and vulnerability, control and choice, which may be limiting your intimate connections. EMDR. and CBT are excellent ways of helping you make positive change. When appropriate, voice, movement and breath exercises can be used with hypnotherapy to alleviate anxiety and develop confidence.

How do I book an appointment?

Please get in touch with Jacqueline who will help find the appointment that’s best for you.

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