What is Relationship Counselling?
Relationships go through different phases over the course of their existence, with some of these phases bringing more challenges than others. At times relationships can feel fractured and conflicted, with arguments and distance replacing previous feelings of intimacy and support.
Some relationships will weather this storm and return to positive experiences; some will get stuck in this difficult space with the relationship remaining intact but feeling damaged; others will result in the breakdown and dissolution of the relationship.
- Common experiences of relationship difficulties can include:
- Feelings of drifting apart
- Frequent arguments
- Loss of intimacy
- Loss of fulfilling sex life
- Sense of no longer being involved in a supportive and loving partnership
The causes of relationship difficulties can be wide ranging, with factors that include stress regarding either (or both) partners’ families, work stress, disagreements regarding parenting, one or both partners not feeling valued or appreciated, infidelity, addiction, and mental health difficulties being among the most commonly seen.
The goal of relationship counselling is not to provide a referee or judge in arguments, nor is it to completely focus on doing everything possible to keep relationships together regardless of how much emotional upset that may occur as a result of this. Instead, we focus on assisting each person in the partnership to recognise and work with their own communication style and emotional experience, so that when difficult situations occur within the relationship each person will be equipped to navigate these more effectively.
Working with relationship issues is a key component of providing effective mental health services, with a number of Spectrum Mental Health clinicians having specific expertise in providing relationship counselling. If relationship difficulties is something yourself and your partner have been struggling with, or if any of the above sound familiar to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch to see how we can help you.