Individual counselling. Individual counselling provides an opportunity to sit with someone who will hear and support you without judgment. Conversations with counsellors are confidential. They are calm, gentle and unhurried. They open up a space to express thoughts and feelings which may be unclear or difficult to describe. Taking the time to talk to a counsellor can lead to new ways of looking at things and this can lead to beneficial change.
Couples counselling. Couples counselling provides couples and individuals to talk freely about their concerns about their closest relationships . People who have used couples counselling report the deep sense of isolation and distress when they feel the person to whom they are most attached is drifting away, or the relationship is revealing disturbing aspects not previously noticed. Sometimes, the changes are not easily definable; at other times the differences are profound. Couples counselling provides one of the few opportunities to voice concerns, explore opportunities for change, and come to terms what may have to be accepted, in a supported, non-judgmental environment.
The Gottman Relationship Checkup is recommended for couples who identify their concerns as complex, entrenched and difficult to resolve, and who are willing to undertake deep assessment before commencing counselling. The assessment process involves two individual sessions (one for each partner), the completion of an online assessment, and a couple session to receive personalised feedback and recommendations for goals and treatment. To learn more, click on the badge below to visit the Gottman Relationship Checkup website.
Couples counselling is unlikely to be successful at least if one partner is undecided about whether they want to continue to be in the relationship and they doubt that couples counselling will help. In such cases, Discernment Counselling may help.
Discernment Counselling. Discernment counselling is for couples who are on the brink of ending their relationship, and at least one partner does not feel that couples therapy will help. Both partners are helped to gain a deeper understanding of what has happened to their relationship and how each partner has contributed to the problem. The process aims to help each partner reach a clear decision as to whether they wish to stay in the relationship as it is, to move toward separation/divorce, or to commit to couples counselling for six months to see if the relationship can be repaired and improved. Discernment counselling can take between one and five sessions.
Family counselling. Family counselling provides a safe, neutral space where families can meet and be helped to talk about matters which are concerning all the members. It is the task of the family counsellor to encourage and ensure that every member of the family has an opportunity to voice their needs and concerns, and to tell how family interactions are affecting them, free of the constraints that can apply in natural family settings. When family members hear each other in this way, they often start seeing things in new ways and this opens up opportunities to make beneficial changes to the ways in which they interact with one another.
PREPARE/ENRICH is a program for couples who want to explore their relationships more deeply. It can be used as a preparation for taking the relationship to a higher level of commitment (such as marriage), or to explore differences which have become troublesome and are not well understood. Each partner completes an individual, online assessment questionnaire which returns a set of reports to me. I use these to give feedback, to facilitate a series of supportive conversations about important aspects of the relationship, and to introduce skills for promoting greater closeness and for dealing more effectively with the challenges of everyday life together. Find out more at the PREPARE/ENRICH website or contact me if you would like further information.
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