Do you struggle to communicate with your partner? Are you repeating negative patterns in relationships, and you just don’t know how to break them? You are not alone. A relationship is an investment. It requires time and effort and the more you put in, the more you will get back. If you want to improve the way you and your partner communicate, counselling can help you to build the skills and patience to be able to work through any difficulties both now, and in the future.

Relationship therapy is the process of counselling people in a relationship to try and understand and manage differences and reduce any unhelpful patterns of communication.

Some common reasons couples engage in relationship counselling include:

  • Increasing arguments and disagreements
  • Money or financial pressure
  • Sexual difficulties or sexual incompatibility
  • A person in the relationship having an affair
  • Lacking trust in each other
  • Living separate lives
  • Problematic relationships with extended family
  • Adjusting to parenthood
  • Conflicting ideas on issues including child rearing, lifestyle, friends and finances

Seeking support from a practitioner can assist you in finding out each others frustrations, understand each others contributions to the communication difficulties, and work out new ways to approach disagreements or difficult topics as they arise.

A relationship counsellor can often get to the root cause of a problem, and allow each person the time to express their views in a supported environment to work towards a shared solution. The counsellor’s role is not to make judgements or make decisions for their clients; they are there to provide support to their clients in a relaxed environment.

The practitioners at VCPS can provide relationship counselling which can include:

  • Teaching effective communication strategies
  • Helping each person understand the other’s needs
  • Teaching effective coping strategies
  • Practicing conflict resolution and anger management strategies