Our relationships become strained when we contribute to each other’s suffering and create distance between us. In the midst of upset, it can be hard to work out how our relationships have become troubled or what we can do about it.
Relationship counselling can help partners assess their situation and decide whether their future lies in repair and enrichment or, alternatively, an orderly separation. Individuals who come alone to counselling can also be helped to find ways in which they can influence change in their relationships.
Repair, recovery and enrichment. Relationship counselling can help the members of a couple or a family develop a shared awareness of their interactions, understand each other’s needs and concerns, and find new ways of being within the relationship. Recovery after relationship trauma (such as an affair) can be assisted by facilitating the tasks which have been shown to support the needs of both partners before a sound rebuilding of the relationship can be undertaken.
Separation. Where separation is the chosen path, relationship counselling can help one or both partners come to terms with the end of the original relationship and, in some cases, to provide support as the couple prepares to continue to share common responsibilities, such as co-parenting. This may include advice on how the partners will continue to support their children, and referral to other services which can help them best navigate the legal and financial ground they will need to cover.
Domestic and Family Violence. The presence of abuse of any kind within a relationship requires particular responses before relationship counselling can be used. (More …)
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