Couple Therapy / Marriage Counselling
Couples might seek counselling for many different reasons, not always seeking to save their relationship.
After establishing what each partner's expectations and hopes are, we look at the problem in depth, considering each of your views equally.We work with heterosexual and same-sex couples, couples from different cultural and ethic, as well as religious backgrounds.
Additionally we have psychotherapists specialized in Imago Relationship Therapy. Whilst Couple therapists draw on different models and approaches in psychotherapy that has been developed for individuals and adapted for couples, Imago has been specifically developed for relationships.
Why you might consider couple counselling
There are many reasons why couples seek counselling and often each partner has different expectations. Maye you can identify with some of the points listed below.
What happens in couple counselling?
When working with couples we do not take sides and strive to give each one of you equal time. Our loyalty is strictly with you as a couple, not to you individually.
.When working together we might consider several aspects of the relationship and you as individuals, such as:
Important to know:
It is important that you let your therapist know in advance if you are considering not to return to sessions.
This is to discuss if this is a decision you have both made equally.
Couple counselling and therapy can bring up feelings of discomfort and anxiety as you are working through what you want to resolve. This can mean that e.g. one partner might start gaining confidence in speaking up which is important to address power imbalances in the relationship. However, this can mean that the other partner might not feel save giving up control and at this point couples stop coming to therapy.
If you want to continue but your partner does not want to, it is important that you bring this up in your couple session or contact your therapist individually and continue individual work rather than just not showing up to the next couple session.