Marriage, Couples & Relationship Counselling

What Is Couples Counselling?

Couples Counselling, helps two people understand each others' point of view, to resolve conflicts and improve their relationship.

By obtaining tools and skills, you will both be able to communicate better, negotiate your differences, problem solve and even argue in a healthier way.

This type of counselling is often short term.  You may only require a few sessions to help you weather a crisis, or longer particularly if your relationship has greatly deteriorated.

Couples Counselling can also help you prepare for the long term before you make a commitment.

How does Couples Counselling work?

Couples Counselling typically brings couples, partners or family members together for joint therapy sessions.  The counsellor or therapist helps couples pinpoint and understand the sources of their conflicts and try to resolve them.  You and your partner will analyse both the good and bad parts of your relationship.

Separate individual therapy sessions may also be required in addition to joint therapy sessions.

The Benefits Of Couples Counselling Ipswich

Most marriages and other relationships aren't perfect. Each person brings his or her own ideas, values, opinions and personal history into a relationship, and they don't always match their partner's.  Those differences don't necessarily mean your relationship is bound for conflict.  To the contrary, differences can be complementary — you know the saying about opposites attracting.  These differences can also help people understand, respect and accept opposing views, cultures and belief.

But relationships can be tested.  Differences or habits that you once found endearing may grate on your nerves after time together.  Sometimes specific issues, such as an extramarital affair or loss of sexual attraction, trigger problems in a relationship.  Other times, there's a gradual disintegration of communication and caring.

No matter the cause, distress in a relationship can create undue stress, tension, sadness, worry, fear and other problems.  You may hope your relationship troubles just go away on their own.  But left to fester, a bad relationship may only worsen and eventually lead to physical or psychological problems, such as depression.  A bad relationship can also create problems on the job and affect other family members or even friendships as people feel compelled to take sides.

Here are typical issues that marriage counselling can help you and a spouse or partner cope with:

  • Infidelity
  • Divorce
  • Physical or mental conditions
  • Same-sex relationship issues
  • Cultural clashes
  • Finances
  • Unemployment
  • Blended families
  • Communication problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts about child rearing
  • Infertility
  • Anger & Frustration
  • Changing roles, such as retirement
  • Strengthening Bonds

You don't need to have a troubled relationship to seek therapy.  Couples Counselling can also help couples who simply want to strengthen their bonds and gain a better understanding of each other.

Couples Counselling can also help couples who plan to get married.  Pre-Marriage counselling or Marriage Guidance Counselling can help you achieve a deeper understanding of each others' needs and iron out differences before making a commitment.

How I Can Help You

By utilising a variety of therapeutic approaches, I can help you both to talk about your relationship and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable; all within a safe and confidential place.

I offer face to face talking therapy and counselling sessions in Ipswich, Suffolk, on a regular basis; short term or long term, and online counselling via video call.

How long will it take to see results?

It normally takes a few sessions for you both to become aware of changes and improvements in your relationship.  Everybody is different and will have different goals depending on their situation.

How often can we meet?

You can decide how often you meet.  Generally, couples will meet on fortnightly basis for the first few sessions, and then once a month as the relationship improves.

What are your prices?

My prices are outlined here