Relationships are not always easy – and there are many life pressures that can take their toll, such as financial stress, differering values or concerns about the future. But with professional support, you can build stronger connections with your partner, creating a more balanced and enriched life.
As a qualified Couples and Family Therapist, I can support and guide you toward better ways of relating to each other to manage conflict, develop intimacy and enhance relationships.
How relationship counselling works
Relationship counselling helps you to change patterns with your partner. It provides a supportive environment where you can feel comfortable raising issues and sharing your feelings. By listening to each other within this space, you and your partner can work together to identify communication misunderstandings, explore new ways of relating and bring new perspectives into your relationship – to help you achieve your individual and shared goals. Each person’s active participation and commitment to counselling is vital to promoting success.
Who can benefit from relationship counselling?
Couples often make the decision to come to counselling when relationship issues get become stuck or difficult to navigate alone. But relationship counselling can also benefit you if you want to deepen your bond, prepare for marriage or plan a family. Lesbian and gay couples are welcome. I also work with adult family (including chosen family) members around sibling, donor or other family relationship issues.
“Melinda had the practical techniques and personal skills to guide us through a process of understanding the dynamics of our lives together. It’s as if we both had a witness. I felt so relieved to be able to be listened to. We learned a lot about ourselves that we could never have done on our own. Now we can get on with our lives with more confidence and awareness”.
Relationship counselling can support people experiencing:
- ongoing arguments about the same issue(s)
- adjustment to new life circumstances – for example, cohabitation, parenting, remarriage, retirement
- infidelity and trust issues
- unmet emotional needs – such as feeling neglected, disconnected or disrespected
- difficulties with emotional and/or sexual intimacy
- fertility issues including pregnancy, IVF, donor insemination and infertility
- preparation for marriage or family.