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What is Couples Counselling?

Couples Counselling (relationship counselling or marriage counselling) is counselling for two people in an intimate relationship who are having problems. The couple may or may not be living together. Further,  the couple could be heterosexual, homosexual, married, divorced, de-facto, separated, single or any other combination. We do not discriminate and are open to helping you all. Sessions are held over Zoom, which makes it easier to navigate family, children and workplace commitments.

If your relationship is floundering, Couples Counselling may be the help you need to get things rosy again. It can help you go behind the scenes and reveal what you’re missing. If things aren’t like they used to be, talking things over with a counsellor could bring things to the surface that you might have been avoiding.

Sometimes only one partner comes to counselling. This might help, as the person may change or learn useful skills. And then, if this influences the relationship positively, the other party might be motivated to come. In addition to attending together, one or both parties sometimes attend Individual Counselling.

Common Difficulties that bring Couples to Counselling include:

  • Trust breakdown
  • Betrayal or infidelity
  • Depression or illness
  • Aggression or violence
  • Poor or hostile communication
  • Unmanageable children or family problems

Couples might want help to mend their relationship or to end it. Sometimes specialised help is needed, such as for intimacy and sexual difficulties, or for decisions regarding children if they decide to part.

What Happens at Sessions?

We help couples by exploring their problems with them, listening to each side, and working together to find solutions. Each party gets a chance to tell their story from their point of view, while the other person listens. We then try to find common ground and a common approach to the problem(s). Importantly, we strive to find realistic goals and a plan to achieve them. Activities to carry out between sessions will be set. Every case is unique and offers its own challenges and solutions.

Quite often, couples will be suffering from stress, which is either causing their difficulties, or caused by them. To help them manage stress and improve the relationship, I might recommend Mindfulness training. This can be incorporated into the couples therapy.

Another issue that can cause difficulties in relationships is personality. Understanding each other’s personalities can make a big difference in how well you get on together. To know more about this, see About The Enneagram.

See also downloadable PDF: About Couples Counselling 2019

If you’re having problems with your loved one, contact us now and get things back on track. You can book your session directly via the Counselling Booking Calendar. I hope to hear from you soon.

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