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How does couples counselling work?
Couples counselling is a type of psychotherapy where each partner is present for the full session. Both partners will engage with their thoughts and feelings to address challenges and conflicts preventing the couple from moving beyond the romantic idea of love to one which is based on mutual care and concern and the working together for each other’s common good.
Although couples may seek therapy for a variety of reasons, the most common include a breakdown in communication, persistent arguments, and unsatisfied emotional needs. It is likely that one or both partners are unsure of how to resolve their differences, and with time, they may feel as though they are just existing in the relationship and no longer enjoying it. Frustration, disappointment or hurt may build due to an underlying issue. For some couples, there may be a point of crisis in the relationship, such as an infidelity or an unforeseen illness or loss in the family. Therefore, the aim of couples therapy is for both partners to learn a more effective way of communicating, to gain a clearer understanding of themselves and their partner and to increase intimacy.
Through the process of therapy, couples may find a renewed commitment to their partnership and be reminded of the reasons why they fell in love plus discover new reasons to fall in love. However, some couples may decide that the best decision for their relationship and well-being is to separate or divorce. Therefore, couples therapy is a process of jointly discovering and deciding what is best for oneself as well as for the relationship.
The first couples session is booked for 90 minutes which gives both partners enough time to share their needs and expectations.