When your relationship is far from harmonious, couples counselling can really help.
When it feels like you’re at a stalemate rather than being soulmates, some support can make a big difference. It can take courage to seek support and yet couples counselling offers an opening to more harmonious and loving relating.
What is the difference between couples counselling and couples therapy in Bristol?
Couples counselling tends to be shorter term than couples therapy, often around 12 weekly sessions, but this can be from as little as 6 sessions. It focuses more on the present and immediate issues you are facing and how to improve these. The past can be drawn on to illuminate the present, but the focus is on the present, e.g. looking at communication issues around day to day concerns and using specific techniques to help.
Couples therapy is usually longer term, often longer than 12 weekly sessions, and for as long as needed. The focus is more on looking at the root cause of particular issues and understanding patterns of behaviour.
What I can help you with
I am trained and experienced in both couples counselling and couples therapy. Depending on what you are wanting support with, I adapt my method to suit your particular needs. When you are wanting and needing to focus more on the present situation, then I will offer a couples counselling approach. When there is a need and a willingness to look more in depth to find the root of an underlying issue, I can support you with this using a couples therapy approach.
I can support you with a whole range of issues that can arise in intimate relationship, such as:
- Difficult communication
- Sexual dissatisfaction
- Problems around different values
- Conflict about money
- Challenges with family and children
- Rekindling that loving spark
- Enhancing intimacy, both emotional and physical.