Couples Counselling in Leeds

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Photo of Di Pedder, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Di Pedder
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS14  (Online Only)
I am experienced in working with all forms of loss, including clients impacted by suicide, the loss of a baby or child, pregnancy loss and many other types of sudden and unexpected death. I have worked with clients who are seeking to recover from abusive relationships, including domestic abuse and who want to understand and manage addiction, self-harm and depression and anxiety. I have also supported clients who are facing difficult life situations, perhaps feeling unhappy in a relationship , or in their work, and have helped them to work through the issues finding answers that are right for them.
I am experienced in working with all forms of loss, including clients impacted by suicide, the loss of a baby or child, pregnancy loss and many other types of sudden and unexpected death. I have worked with clients who are seeking to recover from abusive relationships, including domestic abuse and who want to understand and manage addiction, self-harm and depression and anxiety. I have also supported clients who are facing difficult life situations, perhaps feeling unhappy in a relationship , or in their work, and have helped them to work through the issues finding answers that are right for them.
0113 519 1336 View 0113 519 1336
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Sarah Anteney
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS18
Not accepting new clients
I offer you a relationship where you can explore, experiment, heal and grow.
Seeking therapy can seem a big step. It can feel scary and exposing. I know these feelings and I know, as a therapist and client, that therapy works! Arte you experiencing difficult emotions: fear, sadness, hurt, raging anger, guilt?. Facing challenging circumstances, life events or be in a place of transition? Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, the black hole of depression or just 'not right'.? Traumatic past impacting now? Want to make changes, or repeating patterns of behaviour or thinking, you want to stop?. Whatever your story, I want to know you. I offer 20 mins FREE consultation. Come and see if I'm the right therapist for you.
I offer you a relationship where you can explore, experiment, heal and grow.
Seeking therapy can seem a big step. It can feel scary and exposing. I know these feelings and I know, as a therapist and client, that therapy works! Arte you experiencing difficult emotions: fear, sadness, hurt, raging anger, guilt?. Facing challenging circumstances, life events or be in a place of transition? Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, the black hole of depression or just 'not right'.? Traumatic past impacting now? Want to make changes, or repeating patterns of behaviour or thinking, you want to stop?. Whatever your story, I want to know you. I offer 20 mins FREE consultation. Come and see if I'm the right therapist for you.
0113 519 0060 View 0113 519 0060
Photo of Agnieszka Golas, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Agnieszka Golas
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
I am particularly close to the trend of humanistic and existential psychotherapy, which emphasises the role of an open, personal and authentic relationship between the client/patient and the therapist and the importance of empathic understanding of the client.
Thank you for coming. I know it's not easy to begin this process. And it can be daunting and frightening, but you are not alone and I'm here to support you on this journey. My name is Agnieszka. I am here to help you navigate through this emotional fog in a safe and fully accepting environment, I am able to provide a supportive healing relationship , that will help you better understand yourself, how you got to where you are, and how you can change the direction of your life by developing the skills and strategies to give you the best chance of flourishing as an individual and excelling within your full potential.
I am particularly close to the trend of humanistic and existential psychotherapy, which emphasises the role of an open, personal and authentic relationship between the client/patient and the therapist and the importance of empathic understanding of the client.
Thank you for coming. I know it's not easy to begin this process. And it can be daunting and frightening, but you are not alone and I'm here to support you on this journey. My name is Agnieszka. I am here to help you navigate through this emotional fog in a safe and fully accepting environment, I am able to provide a supportive healing relationship , that will help you better understand yourself, how you got to where you are, and how you can change the direction of your life by developing the skills and strategies to give you the best chance of flourishing as an individual and excelling within your full potential.
0113 519 1245 View 0113 519 1245
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Kiran Kaur
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS27
I have helped individuals, couples & groups address a wide range of issues including: Anxiety, Stress, Panic, Depression, Bereavement, Relationship Issues, Self-Confidence, OCD, Phobias, Anger Management, Career Issues, Career Change, Perfectionism, Mid-Life Crisis and Life Changing events, Fertility, Trauma, Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Issues, Bi-Polar Disorder.
Hi my name is Kiran, I am a British born fully qualified multilingual counsellor. I have 18 years experience of working in an educational environment and 12 yrs of Counselling experience. I have a good understanding of daily stresses which can cause people anxieties and other health issues. I provide counselling sessions for issues listed above and more. I am able to offer Counselling in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu I believe counselling is a joint venture between the client and counsellor, this relationship is fundamentally important to allow you to experience growth and change, that we all go through in our lifetime.
I have helped individuals, couples & groups address a wide range of issues including: Anxiety, Stress, Panic, Depression, Bereavement, Relationship Issues, Self-Confidence, OCD, Phobias, Anger Management, Career Issues, Career Change, Perfectionism, Mid-Life Crisis and Life Changing events, Fertility, Trauma, Abuse, Drug and Alcohol Issues, Bi-Polar Disorder.
Hi my name is Kiran, I am a British born fully qualified multilingual counsellor. I have 18 years experience of working in an educational environment and 12 yrs of Counselling experience. I have a good understanding of daily stresses which can cause people anxieties and other health issues. I provide counselling sessions for issues listed above and more. I am able to offer Counselling in English, Punjabi, Hindi & Urdu I believe counselling is a joint venture between the client and counsellor, this relationship is fundamentally important to allow you to experience growth and change, that we all go through in our lifetime.
0113 467 9505 View 0113 467 9505
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North Leeds Therapy
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS17
By providing a supportive, safe and constructive relationship , my clients feel the change in themselves almost from our first session.
Sometimes life throws a challenge at us that simply makes the way forward more of a struggle than it needs to be. Why pretend you're fine when everyday is an increasing slog? Don't waste time and energy assuring yourself that someday soon it will be better if you can just keep your head down. We all need help sometimes and in making this search you've started on your way to well-being. The help you need to move forward in a constructive and supportive way is only a click away. There's no need to carry this on your own.
By providing a supportive, safe and constructive relationship , my clients feel the change in themselves almost from our first session.
Sometimes life throws a challenge at us that simply makes the way forward more of a struggle than it needs to be. Why pretend you're fine when everyday is an increasing slog? Don't waste time and energy assuring yourself that someday soon it will be better if you can just keep your head down. We all need help sometimes and in making this search you've started on your way to well-being. The help you need to move forward in a constructive and supportive way is only a click away. There's no need to carry this on your own.
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Photo of Lucy Smith, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Lucy Smith
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS9  (Online Only)
I provide professional, caring and confidential counselling for individuals and Couples . My role as a psychotherapist is to help and support you, I work with a range of issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety and relationship problems. I am committed to the service I provide and work by exploring your world alongside you at your pace. First introductory call free: Tell 07985650159. Please follow up with a text message so I can get back to you at the earliest convenience.
I provide professional, caring and confidential counselling for individuals and Couples . My role as a psychotherapist is to help and support you, I work with a range of issues including bereavement, depression, anxiety and relationship problems. I am committed to the service I provide and work by exploring your world alongside you at your pace. First introductory call free: Tell 07985650159. Please follow up with a text message so I can get back to you at the earliest convenience.
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Sarah Mitchell
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS6
Taking the first step to seek therapy is often a scary experience, but is quite often one of the best and most rewarding things you can do for yourself. My practice is always led by what my client needs and at their pace. As an integrative relational therapist my focus is on relationships - between myself and my client, and their relationships throughout their life, as a means of understanding their patterns and working towards their future. I have worked with people from all sorts of backgrounds, working through all sorts of issues, keeping the relationship at the forefront of everything we do together.
Taking the first step to seek therapy is often a scary experience, but is quite often one of the best and most rewarding things you can do for yourself. My practice is always led by what my client needs and at their pace. As an integrative relational therapist my focus is on relationships - between myself and my client, and their relationships throughout their life, as a means of understanding their patterns and working towards their future. I have worked with people from all sorts of backgrounds, working through all sorts of issues, keeping the relationship at the forefront of everything we do together.
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Photo of Chapel Allerton Therapy, Psychotherapist in Leeds, England
Chapel Allerton Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS7
You might turn to therapy for a number of reasons: having faced a life-changing event: trauma, bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or low self- esteem. You may struggle with functioning day to day, or feel overwhelmed by feelings and emotions that you don’t understand. Past life events can also get in the way of living your life in the present moment, and you may struggle to connect with others and feel isolated. Perhaps you feel as though no one really listens, or understands what you are going through. This is where confidential help and support in the form of therapy could be the answer.
You might turn to therapy for a number of reasons: having faced a life-changing event: trauma, bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or low self- esteem. You may struggle with functioning day to day, or feel overwhelmed by feelings and emotions that you don’t understand. Past life events can also get in the way of living your life in the present moment, and you may struggle to connect with others and feel isolated. Perhaps you feel as though no one really listens, or understands what you are going through. This is where confidential help and support in the form of therapy could be the answer.
0113 733 7780 View 0113 733 7780
Photo of Ursula Balikowska- Nori, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Ursula Balikowska- Nori
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS7
Through the therapeutic relationship with you I'll learn how best to support you in your journey.
It is not easy to find a counsellor and I am happy to think with you if I could be the right one. We could think of what it is that you actually need. Do you feel isolated and somehow disconnected from others? Do you feel like you've tried everything to feel better but you still feel stuck in a cycle that you don't know how to break free from? I can help you to look at things from different perspective. I can help you to improve your relationship with others. I can help you to not feel alone with it and maybe for the first time feel that you're actually listened to. I'd love to meet you. :)
Through the therapeutic relationship with you I'll learn how best to support you in your journey.
It is not easy to find a counsellor and I am happy to think with you if I could be the right one. We could think of what it is that you actually need. Do you feel isolated and somehow disconnected from others? Do you feel like you've tried everything to feel better but you still feel stuck in a cycle that you don't know how to break free from? I can help you to look at things from different perspective. I can help you to improve your relationship with others. I can help you to not feel alone with it and maybe for the first time feel that you're actually listened to. I'd love to meet you. :)
0113 519 0006 View 0113 519 0006
Photo of Fiona Christie, Counsellor in Leeds, England
Fiona Christie
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
2 Endorsed
Leeds LS8
Do you need help working through challenges in your life, like health, work, parenting, relationship issues, or trauma? Struggling with the emotional impact of dealing with physical health problems and invisible illness? Need some time and space to explore current or past trauma? I am an empathic, warm, experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, understanding space without judgement, where we look at what is going on for you and what positive changes you want to make. I work in a person centred way, which means we work at your pace on the issues you want to bring.
Do you need help working through challenges in your life, like health, work, parenting, relationship issues, or trauma? Struggling with the emotional impact of dealing with physical health problems and invisible illness? Need some time and space to explore current or past trauma? I am an empathic, warm, experienced counsellor. I offer a safe, understanding space without judgement, where we look at what is going on for you and what positive changes you want to make. I work in a person centred way, which means we work at your pace on the issues you want to bring.
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Dominique Pitman
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
2 Endorsed
Leeds LS16  (Online Only)
I work with clients on any issue at all such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, relationship issues, trauma, eating issues, sleep problems, addiction, anger and low self esteem.
Are you struggling with everyday life at the moment, or are you not feeling yourself? Do you have lots of thoughts going round your head and you don’t know what to do about them? Taking some time out to talk to an experienced therapist can really help. Together we can explore your feelings and worries, better understand where they come from and also figure out what changes you could make to help you feel happier. I aim to listen and be truly alongside you throughout the sessions as you talk about anything that you want to bring – be it experiences from the past, things that are happening now, or concerns for the future.
I work with clients on any issue at all such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, stress, relationship issues, trauma, eating issues, sleep problems, addiction, anger and low self esteem.
Are you struggling with everyday life at the moment, or are you not feeling yourself? Do you have lots of thoughts going round your head and you don’t know what to do about them? Taking some time out to talk to an experienced therapist can really help. Together we can explore your feelings and worries, better understand where they come from and also figure out what changes you could make to help you feel happier. I aim to listen and be truly alongside you throughout the sessions as you talk about anything that you want to bring – be it experiences from the past, things that are happening now, or concerns for the future.
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Will Jones
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
Uniting all the therapies in my approach is the core idea is that our relationships past and present influence how we think, feel and behave, and the therapeutic relationship can be a catalyst for change.
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, low on confidence, unhappy or overwhelmed? Are you struggling in your relationships, at work or in another part of your life? Sharing your difficulties can help you make sense of your situation, what is going on for you and what to do. Working through your feelings, processing what has happened and reflecting on your thoughts and beliefs can help you move forward too. Together we will discuss what has led to you seeking therapy and how we can work in a way that is helpful for you. Throughout I will be non-judgemental, empathic and collaborative.
Uniting all the therapies in my approach is the core idea is that our relationships past and present influence how we think, feel and behave, and the therapeutic relationship can be a catalyst for change.
Are you feeling anxious, stressed, low on confidence, unhappy or overwhelmed? Are you struggling in your relationships, at work or in another part of your life? Sharing your difficulties can help you make sense of your situation, what is going on for you and what to do. Working through your feelings, processing what has happened and reflecting on your thoughts and beliefs can help you move forward too. Together we will discuss what has led to you seeking therapy and how we can work in a way that is helpful for you. Throughout I will be non-judgemental, empathic and collaborative.
0113 518 8481 View 0113 518 8481
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Emma Coleman
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS15
I have experience of working with bereavement, miscarriage, relationship and family issues, victims of coercive and controlling behaviour, narcissistic relationships, dementia, anxiety, addiction, medical diagnoses, suicidal thoughts, and depression.
Clear the clouds for a brighter future. When life becomes challenging, we all need some support, someone who can be by our side, listen to us, be there. I can be that person for you. I am a qualified counsellor, working from a person centred approach. I believe that you have the ability to find the answers and be your best self. I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your feelings, and to help you navigate this difficult time in your life. I am a former primary school teacher, and have worked with people of all ages, with varying issues.
I have experience of working with bereavement, miscarriage, relationship and family issues, victims of coercive and controlling behaviour, narcissistic relationships, dementia, anxiety, addiction, medical diagnoses, suicidal thoughts, and depression.
Clear the clouds for a brighter future. When life becomes challenging, we all need some support, someone who can be by our side, listen to us, be there. I can be that person for you. I am a qualified counsellor, working from a person centred approach. I believe that you have the ability to find the answers and be your best self. I can offer you a safe, non-judgemental space to explore your feelings, and to help you navigate this difficult time in your life. I am a former primary school teacher, and have worked with people of all ages, with varying issues.
0113 519 0410 View 0113 519 0410
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Despina Rose
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS2
I have experience working with couples on communication issues, infidelity and relationship satisfaction.
I am an individual and couple therapist offering support for a range of difficulties. I offer an integrative approach to counselling that allows for specific treatment based on you as an individual or couple. I work with clients on issues including self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress, ADHD and many more. I work with individuals with ADHD and ASD or those in relationships with neurodiverse individuals. I also offer solution-focused support, education and coaching to parents of neurodiverse children or adults to manage their symptoms.
I have experience working with couples on communication issues, infidelity and relationship satisfaction.
I am an individual and couple therapist offering support for a range of difficulties. I offer an integrative approach to counselling that allows for specific treatment based on you as an individual or couple. I work with clients on issues including self-esteem, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress, ADHD and many more. I work with individuals with ADHD and ASD or those in relationships with neurodiverse individuals. I also offer solution-focused support, education and coaching to parents of neurodiverse children or adults to manage their symptoms.
0113 519 0496 View 0113 519 0496
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Wendy Tomlinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS26
Our relationship is key to building a strong, trusting, and honest one so you can make positive changes successfully.
Often when life becomes challenging, even the strongest among us can feel lost, anxious, confused, or simply unhappy at times, leaving us feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands. Counselling can help you to explore and allow the development of your self-awareness, and confidence whilst introducing clarity, giving you a sense of empowerment and well-being. Counselling can help you to set your own boundaries, and control your own actions, thoughts, and feelings, the aim is for you to establish a solid, strong future path in life. Establishing and developing your own coping strategies and the mangement of your presenting issues.
Our relationship is key to building a strong, trusting, and honest one so you can make positive changes successfully.
Often when life becomes challenging, even the strongest among us can feel lost, anxious, confused, or simply unhappy at times, leaving us feeling overwhelmed by life’s demands. Counselling can help you to explore and allow the development of your self-awareness, and confidence whilst introducing clarity, giving you a sense of empowerment and well-being. Counselling can help you to set your own boundaries, and control your own actions, thoughts, and feelings, the aim is for you to establish a solid, strong future path in life. Establishing and developing your own coping strategies and the mangement of your presenting issues.
0113 519 0351 View 0113 519 0351
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Natalie Jackson Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS13
I work in a predominantly person-centred way, which means the counselling I offer is non-directive and is underpinned by the relationship between the two of us.
Do you ever find yourself feeling like you're not good enough or that you're not as deserved as those around you? Maybe you're full of self-doubt or feel unable to live your life in the way that you would like to? Sometimes we find ourselves feeling stuck; life can be tough and can throw challenges our way. I recognise that during times like these it can all seem too much and we can struggle to find a way through our own difficulties. I can help you to work through the issues that are holding you back, allowing you to become your most authentic self and find inner peace, understanding and happiness.
I work in a predominantly person-centred way, which means the counselling I offer is non-directive and is underpinned by the relationship between the two of us.
Do you ever find yourself feeling like you're not good enough or that you're not as deserved as those around you? Maybe you're full of self-doubt or feel unable to live your life in the way that you would like to? Sometimes we find ourselves feeling stuck; life can be tough and can throw challenges our way. I recognise that during times like these it can all seem too much and we can struggle to find a way through our own difficulties. I can help you to work through the issues that are holding you back, allowing you to become your most authentic self and find inner peace, understanding and happiness.
0113 519 1890 View 0113 519 1890
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Tracey Cohen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Leeds LS1
Couple counselling Relationship issues addiction alcohol and drugs.
I Work with a number of issues. Relationships Anxiety Mental Health Depression Addiction Grief. I have over 20 years experience, I teach counselling and keep up to date with my work. I offer excellent Addiction therapy offering extensive experience and knowledge about alcoholism and drug addiction. I work in a confidential manner giving my clients the support needed to get results. I offer couple counselling or individual counsellig. I integrate my therapies using a variety of methods. Person centered Psychodynamic Cognitive Behaviour i use what model is best for the clients issues. Call, text or email me for an appointment.
Couple counselling Relationship issues addiction alcohol and drugs.
I Work with a number of issues. Relationships Anxiety Mental Health Depression Addiction Grief. I have over 20 years experience, I teach counselling and keep up to date with my work. I offer excellent Addiction therapy offering extensive experience and knowledge about alcoholism and drug addiction. I work in a confidential manner giving my clients the support needed to get results. I offer couple counselling or individual counsellig. I integrate my therapies using a variety of methods. Person centered Psychodynamic Cognitive Behaviour i use what model is best for the clients issues. Call, text or email me for an appointment.
0113 519 0335 View 0113 519 0335
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Julie Ann Deighton
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified
Leeds LS13  (Online Only)
I am a relational counsellor, the relationship I share with my clients is very important.
Deciding to have counselling may seem a difficult step to take especially when your feeling stressed, anxious or vulnerable. Choosing which therapist and approach is right for you can seem overwhelming. The key to successful and effective therapy is the client/counsellor relationship . Regardless of the counselling approach used. I am an experienced and qualified therapist, who offers short and longer term counselling for individuals. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) This can assure the client that I maintain a high level of professional practice.
I am a relational counsellor, the relationship I share with my clients is very important.
Deciding to have counselling may seem a difficult step to take especially when your feeling stressed, anxious or vulnerable. Choosing which therapist and approach is right for you can seem overwhelming. The key to successful and effective therapy is the client/counsellor relationship . Regardless of the counselling approach used. I am an experienced and qualified therapist, who offers short and longer term counselling for individuals. I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) This can assure the client that I maintain a high level of professional practice.
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Jodie Slee
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, COSRT General
Verified
Leeds LS1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 14 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
I am an experienced, fully qualified psychotherapist specialising in Psychosexual, Relationship Therapy and EMDR therapy. I am qualified at MSC level and have over 14 years' experience of helping a diverse range of couples and individuals overcome relationship issues, sexual problems or trauma. I operate confidential and judgment free practice using an integrative therapeutic style, tailored to meet the individual needs of each client and work proactively using up to date strategies in psychology and behavioural sciences to help clients meet their therapeutic goals.
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Penny Mathern
Counsellor, MBACP Snr. Accred
Verified
1 Endorsed
Leeds LS20
I offer couples and individual counselling.
Counselling helps you to explore and understand the issues that are making life difficult for you. In our first session I would ask you to tell me what you are finding difficult, I would also answer your questions about counselling and tell you more about what is involved. Most important is that you feel comfortable talking with me. I will not tell you what to do, but I will help you to explore what you want to do. I will have knowledge which may help you e.g if you are grieving any loss I can help you understand the stages if grief. I provide a warm, non-judgemental space where you can talk, be heard and feel safe.
I offer couples and individual counselling.
Counselling helps you to explore and understand the issues that are making life difficult for you. In our first session I would ask you to tell me what you are finding difficult, I would also answer your questions about counselling and tell you more about what is involved. Most important is that you feel comfortable talking with me. I will not tell you what to do, but I will help you to explore what you want to do. I will have knowledge which may help you e.g if you are grieving any loss I can help you understand the stages if grief. I provide a warm, non-judgemental space where you can talk, be heard and feel safe.
01943 661928 View 01943 661928

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Couples Counselling

Does couples counseling work?

Research shows that couples counseling is effective; it can reduce relationship distress and improve emotional awareness, communication, empathy, intimacy, and overall relationship satisfaction. For example, emotionally focused therapy was found to be effective for about 75 percent of couples, and those benefits lasted at least two years.

When should a couple seek counseling?

Couples can benefit from counseling if they consistently struggle in their relationship. They may have lost the ability to communicate effectively, become entrenched in harmful patterns, begun to fight more than usual, broken the other’s trust, suffered from a mental or physical illness, or faced any number of other challenges. Many therapists offer free consultations, so if a couple isn’t sure whether therapy is necessary, asking directly can provide clarity.

How can I get my partner to go to couples therapy?

The decision to seek couples therapy is often driven by one partner, who then convinces the other to participate. When discussing the idea, the initiator should be direct and assertive. They can state the problems they see and explain how the relationship would benefit from therapy. In more serious cases, they can also explain how their relationship may suffer without making any changes or seeking professional help.

How does a couple prepare for couples counseling?

The anticipation of beginning couples counseling can be difficult—sometimes more difficult than the first session itself. Taking a few moments to reflect can allay those concerns: What are the current challenges? When and how did they begin? What do they want the relationship to look like in the future? Reflecting on these questions can help individuals or couples articulate their goals. Of course, the therapist will also ask questions and guide couples through the process.