Couples counselling or as previously known as marital therapy or marriage counselling, explores issues arising from adult intimate relationships. The unit, rather than the two individuals, is the ‘client’.
Close relationships are based on intimacy and trust. When issues arise and the relationship stops working we can get deeply affected and our health and well-being suffer. Our sense of identity and self-worth often rests on our intimate relationships and we can despair when our prime relationships fail.
The Counsellor’s role is to explore and facilitate a more open and congruent communication. The core of effective couples counselling is attentive listening on the part of the counsellor, a non-biased non-judgmental, empathic approach. Accepting each person’s experience and differences.
Couples counselling will only be effective if you are able and willing to take the risk to be more open with one and other and take personal responsibility towards a greater acceptance of each other. Letting go of expectations of how the other should be.