Coming together as a couple is a joyous and enlivening experience none of us forget. However the road to a sustainable couple relationship can be fraught with unexpected barriers; issues from past hurts, miss-match of expectations, frazzling family dynamics and conflict to name a few. If difficulties show in painful avoidance or escalations with ongoing communication problems and misunderstandings, its time to act. Couple therapy seeks to repair the relationship in the areas of suffering and bring about new ways of relating, communicating and managing expectations that lead to a win win outcome.
Quite commonly issues with intimacy or sexual difficulties are a topic for counselling as are issues with parenting, blended families and finances. Unsurprisingly communication problems in couples is a large focus with skills in "helpful communication' (a form of assertive communication) being taught. Emotion focused listening occurs through the therapeutic session often bringing the relief sorely needed to finally feel heard by your partner.
Lasting and effective couples counselling brings about a new view of each other and yourself in a relationship. The counselling process we provide to build this involves taking a history of each person, particularly their family history. Your coached to piece together a full understanding of what has created the problems as much as the skills to resolve them. Interventions taught at Relationship Australia's 'Specialist Course in Couples Therapy' are employed in your journey of understanding each other anew. The therapy provides the space for you both to co-create a unique relationship where you both feel loved.