A relationship therapist works with a couple or partnerships to identify issues, explore conflicts and establish goals.
There are many reasons why people may consider relationship counselling. Sometimes relationships can experience issues and a professional counsellor can help you find ways to move forward. Also known as couples or marriage counselling, a relationship therapist works with a couple to identify issues, explore conflicts and establish goals. In addition, relationship therapy doesn’t always have to be a romantic partnership. It could be a friendship or business partners where both individuals are wanting to try to bring about change or improved communication.
The counsellor’s role is to be non-judgemental and neutral. Sometimes talking to someone objectively, with no connection to yourself or your partner/s, is all it takes for you to gain perspective. Above all, relationship counselling gives the opportunity to talk to someone with no preconceived notions of who you are as a couple, with the expertise of skilled training behind them to guide you through your concerns.
It is also useful to look at ways of changing behaviours and how you communicate with each other. Relationship therapists sometimes assign partners homework to apply the skills they have learned in therapy to their day-to-day interactions.
What are the benefits of relationship therapy?
- Discuss challenges openly in a non-judgemental, neutral space
- Gain a better understanding of each other and see things from different perspectives
- Develop new strategies and establish new effective forms of communication within the relationship
- Facilitate change from within
- Address particular issues such as infidelity, sexual difficulties and trust
After completing relationship therapy, partners will have gained insight into relationship patterns, developed the skills necessary to communicate and problem-solve more effectively. It is important to remember that relationship counselling can be challenging and uncomfortable at times. It’s all about honesty and it can be hard listening to your partner’s thoughts.
We recognise that more than two people can be involved in a romantic relationship and welcome consensual non-monogamous/polyamorous clients to Breathe.