Relationships can be one of our greatest sources of joy but unfortunately, as many of us discover, they can also bring us terrible pain and heartache. Nevertheless, relationship challenges can often provide the opportunity to learn about our partners as well as ourselves, and can help us gain greater insights into our needs, wants and desires.
There are many issues that couples may face, including:
- Blended families
- Communication difficulties
- Medical problems
- Parenting difficulties
- Separate lives
- Sexual problems
Understandably, it can initially feel quite daunting entering into couples counselling. Individual counselling can be seen as providing sole support, but additional anxiety about couples counselling can be fuelled by the thought of exposure and vulnerability with a third party. Couples counselling is, however, designed to provide a safe environment where each person gets equal time, attention and understanding. Working collaboratively, the main presenting issues and goals of couples counselling are clearly defined. Couples counselling tends to be more dynamic and realised in a much shorter time span than individual counselling, and the number of sessions can range from weeks to months.
Couple’s counselling is not just for those with difficulties: it can also provide a great medium for relationship enrichment or a chance to regroup and reassess a relationship at a major transitional point of life, such as when children are leaving home, or when you are facing retirement.