The stresses and strains of modern life can all too often impact on the way we interact with each other. Relationship counselling helps restore the balance in our lives making a big difference at times when relationships are suffering.
Whilst we all start marriages and relationships with great optimism, lives change and stresses and strains can affect our relationships. Responsibilities of work and children and money worries all take their toll. Intimacy, acceptance, support and friendship can give way to disillusionment, misunderstanding and miscommunication. On top of this, we are confronted daily with the medias idealisation of what modern relationships should be; glamorous “happy couples” with perfect lifestyles and relationships.
At times when relationships are suffering, counselling can and does make a big difference. Relationship Counselling is provided by Jackie Beattie, an experienced and qualified Relate Counsellor. Jackie combines traditional Relationship Counselling techniques with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in the sessions that she offers. Relationship Counselling is available to all couples and individuals.
What happens during relationship counselling?
Relationship counselling usually follows 3 stages
During the initial session we explore with our clients their relationship with each other and identify areas needing attention
The next stage involves using traditional relationship counselling techniques combined with the simple principals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to enable clients too understand each other. We also explore the effects of internal and external influences on their relationship
The final stage enables clients to work together to bring about change, to recognise and acknowledge each others needs and to develop strategies for coping with future problems that may arise.
How long does relationship counselling take?
Relationship counselling sessions usually take place on a weekly basis with both partners present. On occasions, it may be only one partner who may approach us for relationship counselling. The average number of sessions generally attended by couples is six.
Further sessions can be held at a future date offering clients the opportunity to “top up” on their skills.