People come to relationship counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Sometimes, the couple is experiencing communication issues, resulting in misunderstandings and hurt feelings. Other times, there is a key point of conflict which the couple finds themselves unable to resolve on their own. Or, the couple may find that their relationship lacks the ‘spark’ it once had. In these situations, and many more, relationship counselling with a psychologist can be undertaken to address current difficulties and build on positive points in the relationship.
What is Relationship Counselling About?
It can be daunting for some people to begin relationship counselling. Some may worry that going to counselling is like admitting that their relationship is failing. Others are concerned that the psychologist might ‘take sides’, or that the issues in their relationship aren’t ‘serious enough’ to justify counselling. Yet, others feel like their relationship issues are too serious for counselling to work.
However, doing relationship counselling does not mean the relationship is failing – it is a sign that the couple cares enough about the relationship to want to improve it. The psychologist is not there to judge or take a biased view of your relationship. Rather, they are there to facilitate communication, offer new perspectives, and teach skills and strategies for improving relationships which are based on research. The psychologist is trained to help with any issue that is impacting on relationship satisfaction; whether the problem seems big or small, the psychologist is there to help you work through it.
Many couples find that they regain the love they once had for each other through relationship counselling. The goal is that they will discover deeper intimacy and feel better as individuals and as a couple.
Other couples might find that relationship counselling helps them to make an informed and amicable decision to end the relationship. In such cases, the psychologist can help them to sort out their feelings about each other and the separation, and to transition into the post-relationship period.
What Can I Expect From Sessions?
The approach your psychologist takes will depend upon what concerns you bring to the counselling. In most cases, the first session will have a few elements:
- Giving you information about what to expect from sessions
- Gathering relevant information from you about your relationship
- Narrowing down the main concerns that bring you to counselling
- Setting up goals for counselling
People can come to relationship counselling as couples or individually. They may be in a relationship, searching for a relationship or resolving issues about a past relationship. Psychologists have a variety of techniques and strategies they can use to help with relationship difficulties. They select those techniques or strategies which are relevant to your relationship, based on their knowledge and experience.
Relationship Counselling in Adelaide
Our Adelaide-based practice is available to offer relationship counselling with a clinical psychologist, including appointments outside of regular office hours. Margaret Mitchell helps couples to:
- better understand problem areas in their relationship
- examine patterns of communication
- learn better approaches to expressing concerns
- resolve conflict constructively
- oractise new skills.
If you would like to book in to see Margaret for relationship counselling, you can request a booking. If you would like some more information, please feel free to contact us over the phone on (08) 8272 7885 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org