Sidmouth & East Devon Relationship/Couples Counselling
Relationship/Couples counselling can help couples of all ages and in all types of intimate partnerships, to recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Sometimes talking to someone objectively, with no connection to yourself or your partner, is all it takes for a change in perspective.
Some couples seek relationship counselling to strengthen their partnership and gain a better understanding of each other. Others seek counselling to improve a troubled relationship.
Making the decision to come to counselling may be difficult. However, if your relationship is experiencing problems, seeking help is better than ignoring or hoping the problems resolve themselves on their own. Sometimes taking the first step, by admitting the relationship needs support, is the hardest part.
By providing a safe space and the chance to speak to someone who has no preconceived notions of who you are as a couple, I can help you to agree upon and work through challenging issues. Through counselling you can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. Either way, counselling will have offered you the space to decide what you would like the future to hold for both of you.
You can use relationship counselling to help with many specific issues, including:
Conflicts about child rearing or blended families
Different sexual needs or other sexual issues
Different goals and values
During our sessions together you can talk about the helpful and unhelpful parts of your relationship, identifying and learning to understand the sources of your conflicts. My aim is to support you as you identify problems without blame and find ways in which you can move forward. This may involve:
Examining how factors such as family values, religion, lifestyle and culture affect your relationship.
Reflecting on the past and how it affects the present.
Learning why arguments escalate.
Learning new communication skills.