“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ― Ernest Hemingway
What is Couples Counselling?
Couples counselling can help a couples to talk openly and listen attentively, with the facilitation of a counsellor about their relationship issues. Couple’s counselling is based on the premise that individuals and their problems are best handled within the context of the couple’s relationship.
All relationships come with their ups and downs, especially if you introduce the added pressures of marriage, babies, in-laws, moving in together or fidelity into to the mix. If repeated arguing or disagreements are effecting your relationship to the point where you are beginning to question its longevity, it may be time to seek outside support.
Couples counselling is a form of counselling, where the counsellor helps two people in a romantic relationship gain insight into what is causing issues in their relationship. It aims to improve communication and resolve conflict by providing each partner the space to express their feelings and be heard.
How does it work?
Typically, both partners in the relationship attend the counselling session to discuss the couple’s specific issues. The aim of this form of counselling is to help a couple deal appropriately with their immediate problems and to learn better ways of connecting in general. Some is these issues may include ways to cope with a betrayal or an affair, the loss of a close family member, illness, financial difficulties, redundancy, retirement, infertility, loss of a child, addiction or sexual difficulties.
Couples counselling is a useful modality of help for couples who are experiencing difficulties such as repetitive arguments, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, pervasive feelings of anger, resentment and or dissatisfaction or lack of interest in affection or in a physical relationship with one another.
Counsellors may differ in their approaches, and this will be discussed in the initial session. But the general aim will be to help couples learn to change the way they perceive the relationship and each other as well developing the skills necessary to problem-solve and communicate more effectively. With the aid of a counsellor, couples can bring peace, stability and communication back into their relationship. This can improve their lives and the lives of those most impacted by them and their relationship.
We understand that the decision to come to couple counselling can often be a difficult one and bring about feelings of fear and shame. However, in Resolve Counselling Centre, we provide a professional and safe environment in which everyone can feel comfortable. We work with same sex couples, married/cohabiting couples, individuals experiencing domestic violence, older couples, trans-cultural couples and couples who are dealing with sexual identity issues.
How can couples counselling help?
It can restore and maintain emotional and sexual intimacy
Express feelings in a confidential and safe therapeutic environment
Validate each other's feelings and feel listened to and understood
Learn how to resolve conflicts without fighting with each other
Learn new ways to effectively communicate without getting into an argument
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