How can counselling for couples help?
A relationship or marriage can easily fall into conflict. We stop listening and communicating our needs clearly. Talking to someone neutral may be all that it takes for you to have clarity. What couples counselling offers here is the opportunity to speak to someone who has no preconceived notions of who you are as a couple, bonus of having skills and training to guide you through your worries.
The overall aim of couples counselling is to assist you
- Understand how external factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship.
- Reflect on the past and how it operates in the present.
- Communicating constructively
- Learn why arguments escalate.
- Negotiate and resolve conflicts where possible.
Through counselling, you and your partner may find a new way of communicating and understand each other and how to work as a unit, or you may decide it is time to part ways. Either way, counselling offers the safe space to explore, grow and decide what you would like the future to hold for you.
As your counselling sessions progress, you and your partner may find a way of overcoming your problems, or you may decide it is time to part ways. Either way, hopefully, counselling will offer you the space to grow and decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.
Common problems explored
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
- different sexual needs or other sexual issues
- family conflicts
- different goals and values
- different parenting styles
- life changes.
- Attachment Styles