Relationship therapy

Working together in conselling allows unhelpful or destructive patterns of interaction to be identified, understood and changed. This  then allows greater sharing, listening and understanding to happen. The work is likely to involve expressing hidden feelings, understanding unmet needs, looking at the models of relationship that you grew up with and any external pressures affecting you. However each couple is different and the approach will vary depending upon the couple and the nature of the difficulties brought to counselling.

Even entrenched problems can be helped if you are both open to making changes.  Of course, not all couples stay together and sometimes couples come to counselling to find a way to part amicably.
 

Psychosexual therapy

Sex therapy is a talking therapy that helps individuals and couples address problems connected with sex and intimacy. Sexual problems are very common and although some can work through problems themselves, many others find that sexual difficulties can cause a lot of distress and unhappiness that is difficult to talk about. Talking through issues with a psychosexual therapist trained in the biological and psychological functioning of sexuality can help you find a way through the problems.

You may be given a programme of individually designed tasks that you do in the privacy of your own home - either on your own or with your partner. The approach is supportive and respectful of the sensitive and intimate nature of what is being discussed.

Emotionally focused therapy

I am trained to use the Relate approach as well as Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT). EFT is of the few couple therapies that has been rigorously researched and shown to be highly effective: 70-73% of couples recovered from the distress that brought them to therapy and 90% made improvements. A list of the studies relating of EFT can be found here
 

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