We live in a challenging world and not infrequently our most important relationships can be neglected. Whether you are single or in a couple, come with your partner or alone - are gay, lesbian, bisexual, heterosexual or transgender - are married or, in a civil partnership, living together or apart - as a trained couple therapist, I believe that many couples seek out counselling when they are finding life difficult and stressful, and they need some time and space - and support from a trained individual - in order to have a look at what is, or isn't going on in their relationship.
It can be difficult and fraught decision to go in to counselling. Counselling and couple therapy can help you open up some of the issues that are troubling you. Often the primary problem can be the loss and the struggle of listening to one another. This may lead to a breakdown in communication. Problems with relationships can be complicated and sometimes they stem from challenges you may have experienced in your childhood as well as current concerns.
Couples who come together open up communication between them so that they can understand the underlying issues in order to resolve the difficulties they are experiencing and find an agreed way forward. Relationship therapy can be helpful in this situation for both individuals and couples, as it looks at what lies behind current difficulties, paying attention both to the past and the present in order to bring about change.
In the therapy space, my primary goal is to enable the couple to 'hear' one another and thus to explore what their options and desires may be.
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I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am abide thy their code of ethics. This include having regular supervision and Continued Professional Development (CPD) for further information please visit: www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
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