WHAT IS RELATIONSHIP PSYCHOTHERAPY AND COUNSELLING?
Flourish. However, relationships can also be the source of difficulties and have the potential to stop us from growing or, even worse, to cause us damage. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the majority of people that I have worked with have in one way or another, either directly or indirectly, come to psychotherapy and counselling because of difficulties with past or present relationships. Evidence from research in psychology and attachment theory confirms that dysfunctional relationships with our parents and those close to us during childhood can be the source of many psychological difficulties in the present such as ‘personality disorders’, anxiety, depression and even intimacy and sexual difficulties. Being in a relationship with a partner can also at times be the source of problems, as even the most loving relationships at times go through periods of strain.
Relationship counselling for individuals or couples can help you to understand the issues that affect your relationship and can assist you to overcome difficulties and to transform your relationship(s). Each person, or couple, that seeks relationship counselling has unique circumstances to deal with and resolve, but some issues tend to be similar. Below are a number of issues that I have experience working with:
Not knowing how to communicate with your partner, friends or relatives, or a feeling of not being heard and understood that often leads to feeling frustrated, distant or isolated
Conflict and arguments:
Affairs or mistrust:
The breakdown of trust when an affair is suspected or has been discovered, or when you, yourself are involved in an affair
Separation/Divorce and ending a relationship:
I can provide help with coping with separation or with exploration and support to work through the ending of a relationship, either individually or as a couple
Issues that affect relationships and are related to pregnancy, births, relocation, childrearing and parenting, step-families, redundancy or unemployment, death of a partner or parent
Sex and intimacy:
Lack of sex and intimacy, concern about partner’s sexuality or coming out, sex addiction and pornography issues
Workplace relationship issues:
Stress and anxiety related to difficult relationships with managers or colleagues
Mental health and disabilities (partner’s):
Issues related to anxiety, stress, depression or addiction that affect the relationship. I also work with individuals that are in a relationship with a partner that has been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder or Asperger’s syndrome.
RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING FOR INDIVIDUALS IN WILTSHIRE AND ONLINE
An important part of our work will be to explore and consider certain emotions and thoughts that you have and how these tend to influence, often in an unhelpful way, the way you behave and respond to certain emotions and experiences in your relationship. We will also look at how your partner or others relate with you, and we will try to identify their part in the problem, as at times it might be the case that the problem comes predominantly from other(s). If this is the case, we will explore your options on how to respond, manage or (if you would like to) exit the situation or relationship (e.g. in situations of abuse, either physical or psychological both with partners/families or in the workplace).
Although our work will focus on improving relationships, both in the here-and-now and the future, we may at times have to explore your past and how relationships with parents or previous partners continue to negatively affect you in the present, or how these experiences are contributing to problems in your current relationship(s) or perhaps stopping you from engaging with people and relationships again. Our work will not only help you to resolve problems in existing relationships but also, and most importantly, it will equip you with knowledge and insights for becoming better with relationships in the future, which means that you will be better able to avoid getting into relationships with those that are not a good match for you and to also find the people that you are most likely to be compatible with.
RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING FOR COUPLES IN WILTSHIRE AND ONLINE; EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED COUPLES THERAPY
My couples counselling and psychotherapy work is predominantly based on Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT is a collaborative and structured approach that helps partners to understand the negative and conflictual patterns of relating. EFT supports individuals and couples to learn how to affirm, care and support each other and how to foster a secure relationship bond within the couple that results in deeper connection and emotional and sexual intimacy. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy is one of the most thoroughly researched and empirically and scientifically validated approaches in the field of couples’ therapy. Research studies have repeatedly shown that after 12 to 20 sessions, 70-75% of couples are able to move from conflict to harmony and stability, while other research has shown that 90% of couples show significant improvement at the end of therapy. Research has also shown EFT to be an effective approach for couples from across various cultures, from both traditional and non-traditional families and within heterosexual, gay and lesbian relationships. If you wish to learn more about the theory and the effectiveness of EFT, please watch the video below from Professor Sue Johnson, the main founder of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
If you are experiencing difficulties within your relationship(s), I would love to work with you – to help your relationship heal and flourish. We can work either in person in Wiltshire or online.