Couples Therapy/Relationship Difficulty

Many relationships can reach a stage where one or both partners are finding it difficult to see a way forward. The relationship may no longer seem to be providing what the person is looking for and they may now be wondering if it is possible to bring in changes that can help improve the situation or whether the couple can remain together.The additional help and support of couples therapy can be very beneficial in facilitating the couple to clarify the issues of difficulty and see if these may be improved together.

Couples therapy can help to give a good understanding of each other’s family background and personal history This can be a very important part of this process in order to help understand the dynamic that may now exist in the relationship.

The counsellor will generally work with the couple together but may also do some separate individual sessions with one or both partners, if this is identified and agreed as an important part of the process. In circumstances where one of the partners does not wish to enter into couple therapy, the other may be encouraged to proceed into individual therapy.

Couples therapy tends to involve the following general elements:

  • A focus on a specific problem 
  • Active participation on the part of the therapist in treating the relationship itself, rather than each individual separately.
  • Solution-focused, change-oriented interventions early on in treatment.
  • A clear establishment of treatment objectives.

The length of time for couples therapy depends on the clients and their presenting issue, long or short term therapy can be arranged.

All treatment is confidential, discreet and professional.