When your relationship is far from harmonious, couples therapy can really help.
It’s natural for couple relationships to be challenging at times. This can just be part of the ups and downs of being in relationship.
When difficulties seem overwhelming or you feel stuck, couples therapy can help you find your way through. It can take courage to seek support and yet couples therapy offers an opening to more harmonious and loving relating.
What is the difference between couples therapy and couples counselling in Bristol?
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. This often involves looking at families of origin, which are the first place we learn about love and relationship. Where there are unmet needs in childhood in certain areas, these can carry over into intimate relationship. Conscious understanding of your own and your partner’s issues helps transform deep seated relationship problems.
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.
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 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. When you are wanting and needing to focus more on the present situation or looking for specific techniques to help, then I will offer a couples counselling 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
How I can support you
I appreciate that relationship difficulties can cause distress. With my empathic listening, compassion and real interest in supporting your relationship, I can support you to explore personal issues in a safe and respectful way.
I bring my wealth of experience as a couples therapist and couples counsellor, my specialized trainings and expertise to help you find your way through relationship challenges.
Listening sensitively and non-judgmentally to your experience within a confidential space, I can help you both feel deeply heard and understood.
Whether your focus is on a present situation or a long standing issue, I adapt my range of skills and ways of working to suit your particular needs.
Is it for us?
I have experience of working with couples from a range of sexual orientations, ages, ethnic backgrounds, spiritual and religious beliefs and with disability. I welcome working with all couples who are interested in working with me and together we see from an initial consultation, whether I am the right couples therapist for you.
About the sessions
Cost for 50 minutes
Initial session £35
Other sessions £70
We would set up an initial session to see if I am the right couples therapist for you.
Moving forward together
After this, we can arrange either a short series of sessions e.g 6 or a longer series, depending on what will work best for you.
These are generally weekly at the same time each week.
If you’d like to see if I am the right therapist for you, please contact me to see how I can help you.