Couples Counselling

What is Couples Counselling ?

Couples counselling is a form of therapy that focuses on helping couples identify and address issues that are causing difficulties in their relationship.

During counselling sessions, couples work with a therapist to explore their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors and develop strategies for improving their relationship.

Couples counselling is often used to address specific issues such as communication breakdowns, trust issues, conflicts, and intimacy problems. However, it can also be helpful for couples who simply want to strengthen their connection and build a healthier relationship.

Couples counselling can help you deepen your connection, rekindle your spark, and find greater fulfillment in your relationship.

Faith Reid

Psychologist Perth

Common Relationship Challenges 

There are many reasons that couples start attending couples counselling, however, some common challenges include:

  • Communication problems – Many couples struggle with communication, whether it’s miscommunication, a lack of communication, or feeling like they’re not being heard or understood.
  • Trust issues – Trust is essential in any relationship, but when it’s broken, it can be challenging to repair. Infidelity, secrets, and other breaches of trust can create a lot of pain and strain in a relationship.
  • Intimacy issues – Whether it’s a lack of physical intimacy or emotional closeness, intimacy problems can cause significant pain and distress in a relationship.
  • Financial disagreements – Money can be a contentious issue in relationships, and disagreements about finances can lead to tension and conflict.
  • Differences in parenting styles – When couples have different ideas about how to raise children, it can create a lot of stress and conflict, especially when they are not able to find common ground.
  • Life transitions – Major life changes like a new job, moving, having children, or dealing with illness or loss can put a strain on a relationship and create challenges that couples may struggle to navigate.
  • Power struggles – Power struggles can arise in any relationship, with each partner feeling like they’re not being heard, respected, or valued. This can cause significant pain and lead to a breakdown in the relationship.
  • Differences in values or beliefs – When couples have different values or beliefs about religion, politics, or other important issues, it can be difficult to find common ground and can create a lot of tension and conflict.

The Benefits of Couples Counselling

One of the significant benefits of couples therapy is that it provides a safe and neutral space for couples to explore their relationship challenges and work towards resolving them.

A skilled and experienced couples therapist can help couples identify the patterns and behaviours that are contributing to their relationship difficulties, and develop strategies to address these issues effectively.

Another benefit of couples therapy is that it can help couples develop better communication skills, which can enhance their ability to understand and support each other.

In therapy, couples can learn how to express their needs and feelings in a constructive and respectful manner, which can improve the quality of their interactions and deepen their emotional connection.

Couples counselling can help you :

    Improve your communication

    Resolve conflict

    Restore trust

    Understand each other better

    Increase intimacy

    Work together as a team

    What to Expect During Couples Counselling

    During your first session, your therapist will typically ask you and your partner about your relationship history, any specific issues you are experiencing, and what your goals are for counselling. From there, your therapist will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your unique needs and goals.

    Couples counselling typically involves regular sessions, which may be weekly or fortnightly, depending on your needs. During sessions, you and your partner will work with your therapist to identify and address the underlying issues that are causing difficulties in your relationship.

    Couples counselling is a collaborative process, and both partners are expected to be actively involved in the therapy process. This may involve completing homework assignments or practicing communication skills outside of sessions.

     

    The true essence of couples counselling is in fostering communication and mutual understanding.

    Faith Reid

    Psychologist Perth

    Will therapy help?

    Couples counselling can be a valuable resource for anyone looking to improve their relationship skills, build a stronger connection with their partner, or address specific issues in their relationship.

    Couples therapy is not a magic solution though, it requires a commitment to the process from both partners, and a willingness to be open, honest, and vulnerable in order to address the underlying issues that are causing problems in the relationship.

    Ultimately, the success of couples therapy depends on the unique circumstances of each couple and the work they are willing to put into the process. 

     

    In couples counseling, the focus is not on fixing the other person but rather on working together to create a better relationship.

    Faith Reid

    Psychologist Perth

    Ready to start?

    Please contact our helpful team at The Wellbeing Psychologist to book an appointment or to find out more. We have short waiting lists for new appointments and we pride ourselves in giving the best service possible.

    Dr Tarmala Caple, The Wellbeing Psychologist

    I’ve spent over 20 years helping people live life to their full potential and have extensive experience in supporting individuals’ manage general psychological issues, overcome challenges and setbacks, and improve their life.

    We’re committed to building a friendly and collaborative relationship with people so they feel understood and supported. We use an individualised approach to suit your preferences, personality, and lifestyle.

    Our motto is “working together to find what works for you”.

    Dr Tarmala Caple

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