Couple counselling is for same sex and opposite sex couples and can be useful to explore why your relationship is experiencing difficulties or simply to improve your relationship. Common issues that couples seek help for include:
- Communication issues
- Lack of Intimacy
- Sexual difficulties
- Infidelity (including virtual affairs)
- Issues with extended families
- Impact of culture and identity
- Impact of health issues
- Impact of a trauma on one or both partners
- Depression, anxiety, low mood
- Financial issues
- Career stress
Often when relationships experience difficulties, there can be a lot of hurt, anger and blame. There can be misunderstandings in communication leading to greater distance in the relationship and further breakdown in trust. Couple counselling can help to explore the relationship difficulties and build a common understanding of the issues affecting your relationship. It can also provide opportunities to explore ways of strengthening your relationship. If however, you decide your relationship has come to an end, couple counselling can help you to prepare for this.
Most sessions will be with you as a couple, however there are times when a few individual sessions are required to explore personal history or gain greater insight on an issue.
The number of sessions depend very much on the issues you bring and sometimes how much time is spent working on your relationship outside of the counselling sessions.