It can be extremely important to have the opportunity in one-to-one in counselling to work out what is happening to you, within your relationship. Perhaps past experiences and dynamics are being re-triggered and re-experienced. It can be very effective to look at patterns in past relationships and to work out in counselling, what is familiar and may be repeating itself in your relationship and therefore your life.
Issues of intimacy, desire, and attachment are frequently the focus of work around relationship issues. Many people have difficulty opening up about the emotional challenges they face in relationships. Counselling is an opportunity to look at a problem in a different way in a non-judgemental, supportive environment.
All relationships are unique, but there are several characteristics that make for a strong healthy relationship, such as trust, respect and good communication. Our aim would be to work together to understand why and where things have gone wrong and how problems can be overcome.
Relationship issues can vary considerably, depending on the nature of the relationship and the circumstances that have led to problems. Whether it is an affair, financial secrets or a hidden addiction, betrayal can be extremely painful and in some cases, can lead to the end of the relationship. However, a great number of people will want to work through a betrayal in order to overcome the pain, rebuild the trust and continue the relationship.
Counselling around separation or divorce can provide an opportunity for a breakup to be explored before a final decision is made. While not all relationships can continue, helping to get closure and move forward in a way that is healthy for your individual needs can really benefit you in the future.
In some relationships the differences can be so prominent that it can be difficult to come to a compromise. Counselling can help to better understand how to work with differences and compromise.
Some things are non-negotiable and this is worth exploring too.
Sometimes, a relationship can leave you feeling crowded and like you’ve lost your sense of self – you may benefit from individual sessions, to have the opportunity to talk in a safe space, free from judgement. Trust, respect and communication are three key factors that lead to a successful, happy relationship. When something happens that changes or impacts one of these factors, the relationship can start to break down.
Counselling can help you work through a breakup or separation, or it can help you rebuild a relationship and help you better understand yourself.
Health-related issues can also have an enormous impact on a relationship and it is important to have the opportunity to talk this through.