People's difficulties often come to light in their relationships, where intimacy is both a welcome but often surprisingly challenging experience. Coming to therapy with a partner, whether heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender or any other identity or orientation, offers an opportunity for open conversation, with a therapist's help to make sense of whatever difficulties you are experiencing between you. Couples therapy can help facilitate communication between people, as well as a better understanding of the ways you work, or don't work, as a couple. It can also help to make sense of each person's own patterns within the relationship.
It is common for people to present themselves and their relationships positively to other people and opening up about where things aren't working can feel daunting. Various events can act as a catalyst for a couple to consider therapy, whether a breach in the trust between you; individual circumstances affecting the relationship; difficulty resolving conflict; or a change or absence of physical or emotional intimacy. It is not uncommon for a couple to seek therapy for help deciding whether or not they want to remain in the relationship; others want help getting back on track together.
If you are interested in couples therapy, please contact the practice directly, or get in touch with Julia Doughty or Joy Thompson, whose contact details can be found under counsellors and psychotherapists.