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What is Couple Counselling?

Most long-term couples will, at some stage, experience a breakdown in communication or periods of anger, conflict, or mistrust. For many couples it can be frightening to discover that their old ways of communicating are no longer functional and to feel that they may have lost what they once had. This can lead to repeated arguments, feelings of resentment and loss of the couple’s trust, intimacy and sex life.  At Thrive we can provide a safe and secure environment for partners to communicate honestly about their needs and learn techniques to help them resolve current conflicts and avoid future ones.

Why do Couples Come to Relationship Counselling?

Reasons why couples come to relationship counselling:

  • Feelings of drifting apart
  • Becoming parents
  • The impact of addictions
  • Infidelity
  • Financial stress
  • Housework and roles

What Happens in Couple Counselling?

Couple/relationship counselling aims to help couples who are stuck in patterns of conflict to find ways to communicate with each other, to decide how to resolve their problems and to achieve their goals. A relationship counsellor will begin by listening to each partner’s view of their relationship and what they perceive to be the issues within their relationship. The relationship counsellor will also be able to highlight any misunderstandings which may be occurring due to the couple’s current communication techniques and resolution processes. In this way, the counsellor can support the couple in finding strategies to improve communication and aid conflict resolution. The active participation of each partner is vital in ensuring the success of relationship therapy.