Are you and your partner going through a rough patch?
Do you feel like the everyday problems are starting to impact your entire family and outlook on life?
If so, then you may benefit from talking to your spouse about considering counselling.
This can be a hard thing to bring up and many people have the impression that counselling is only needed if the marriage as already broken down. However, this is not the case.
Counselling can help individuals, partners and families, regardless of what has happened and what is causing the strife. Often the reason to seek counselling is to strengthen a relationship, not just to mind broken ones. Many relationship difficulties can be managed and supported with the right kind of help.
What is Relationship Counselling?
Counselling provides an opportunity to talk with a professionally trained person.
Every counsellor is different but most are trained to look at the situation through a systemic approach that aims to not only identify the problems, but look at the relationship as a whole to see where these problems are coming from and how to dig deeper to fix them and prevent problems from happening in the future.
Counselling can also teach couples how to properly communicate to one another and how to speak without the mediator (the counsellor) over time. It aims to help clarify problems and help in their resolutions in a supportive, respectful and confidential environment.
What Does Relationship Counselling Involve?
Counselling involves sitting and talking with a counsellor. The counsellor will take on a number of different tactics that you feel comfortable with to help understand your relationship and assist you to find ways to manage your situation more effectively. Most relationship counselling sessions are available to individuals and couples as well as families in some instances.
What Does Relationship Counselling Do?
While it may not provide a magic cure, it will offer structure and support for you and your spouse during a difficult time.
- You and your partner will be able to identify different patterns in your relationship
- You will learn the various triggers and ways in which fights happen and how to prevent them
- You will improve your level of communication in the relationship
- You can manage the differences that often tear couples apart and instead look at them as ways to bring you back together
- You can work towards a solution for any conflict in your life, including in your style of parenting, sexual problems, affairs, financial concerns and more.
No marriage is going to be perfect all the time and many different types of people will come to counselling.
Whether you are on the verge of a separation or simply are having trouble coming to agreement about certain items, relationship counselling is designed to offer confidential support to work towards a solution.