Couples Counselling in Norwich

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Dr Ciara Glennon
Psychologist, PsychD
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
Hello and welcome. Thank you for taking time to consider my profile. It can be really daunting trying to get started with therapy, and therapist fit is so important; so I've explained a bit about me below so that you can think how that fits with your needs. I am a Clinical Psychologist offering in person and online sessions. I work across many areas, though specialise in attachment and trauma related difficulties. I work with individuals and couples, and also offer parent interventions. I am a curious and compassionate psychologist and work in a collaborative, person centred way; going at the pace that feels safe and right for you.
Hello and welcome. Thank you for taking time to consider my profile. It can be really daunting trying to get started with therapy, and therapist fit is so important; so I've explained a bit about me below so that you can think how that fits with your needs. I am a Clinical Psychologist offering in person and online sessions. I work across many areas, though specialise in attachment and trauma related difficulties. I work with individuals and couples, and also offer parent interventions. I am a curious and compassionate psychologist and work in a collaborative, person centred way; going at the pace that feels safe and right for you.
01603 361682 View 01603 361682
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Sally Taylor
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
Confidentiality and trust are the foundation of the client/counsellor relationship.
Are you struggling and looking for an experienced therapist who will listen to you in a comfortable and safe space, and help guide you through a difficult time? If so, I can help. MBACP registered and a fully qualified counsellor, I’ve been a therapist for over 10 years. In that time, I've helped clients work through numerous concerns, from addiction, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to attachment issues and relationships problems.
Confidentiality and trust are the foundation of the client/counsellor relationship.
Are you struggling and looking for an experienced therapist who will listen to you in a comfortable and safe space, and help guide you through a difficult time? If so, I can help. MBACP registered and a fully qualified counsellor, I’ve been a therapist for over 10 years. In that time, I've helped clients work through numerous concerns, from addiction, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to attachment issues and relationships problems.
01603 931864 View 01603 931864
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Lynda Mia Thompson
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Norwich NR3
I work with relationship issues, identifying difficult dynamics between couples and family members, and ways to resolve them.
I have many years experience working in public and private sectors with a wide range of people. I am trained in a variety of approaches, for instance CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Psychosynthesis, Compassion-Focused Therapy for Trauma, and Systemic Therapy for couples and families. My aim is to identify what will make your therapy most worthwhile whether short or longer term, how to reach for desired goals, improve your relationships and build self-esteem and confidence. My PhD is Critical and Creative Writing (UEA, 1997) and I am a published author. Website: lyndamiathompsonwriting.com
I work with relationship issues, identifying difficult dynamics between couples and family members, and ways to resolve them.
I have many years experience working in public and private sectors with a wide range of people. I am trained in a variety of approaches, for instance CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), Solution-Focused, Mindfulness, Psychosynthesis, Compassion-Focused Therapy for Trauma, and Systemic Therapy for couples and families. My aim is to identify what will make your therapy most worthwhile whether short or longer term, how to reach for desired goals, improve your relationships and build self-esteem and confidence. My PhD is Critical and Creative Writing (UEA, 1997) and I am a published author. Website: lyndamiathompsonwriting.com
01603 578915 View 01603 578915
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Amelia Andrews
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwich NR6
I practice from my own room in NR6, Norwich, with parking available. I offer a safe, nurturing, non-judgemental counselling relationship. I work with clients to explore the issues that bring them to counselling, make them feel unhappy, unsatisfied or overwhelmed; exploring and working towards understanding these issues, and their responses to them. Our unhappiness may be triggered by any number of things beyond our control, but we can change how we think and the views we hold, through increased self-awareness. Couples work looks at exploring issues in a safe and emotionally containing environment to work towards mutual resolution.
I practice from my own room in NR6, Norwich, with parking available. I offer a safe, nurturing, non-judgemental counselling relationship. I work with clients to explore the issues that bring them to counselling, make them feel unhappy, unsatisfied or overwhelmed; exploring and working towards understanding these issues, and their responses to them. Our unhappiness may be triggered by any number of things beyond our control, but we can change how we think and the views we hold, through increased self-awareness. Couples work looks at exploring issues in a safe and emotionally containing environment to work towards mutual resolution.
01603 984357 View 01603 984357
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Shane Lutkin
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR4
I have studied focusing, CBT, mindfulness, couples and group facilitation, coaching and creative thinking. At Emotionalskills we offer a straightforward therapeutic skills course designed specifically to help each unique client individually. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work with: adults, young people (15 plus), older people who thought they were too old to change, couples who want to stop arguing, struggling family units and people who want to realise a fulfilling life.
I have studied focusing, CBT, mindfulness, couples and group facilitation, coaching and creative thinking. At Emotionalskills we offer a straightforward therapeutic skills course designed specifically to help each unique client individually. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and work with: adults, young people (15 plus), older people who thought they were too old to change, couples who want to stop arguing, struggling family units and people who want to realise a fulfilling life.
01603 980295 View 01603 980295
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Katie Booth Therapy MBACP, UKCP Reg.
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
Our relationship, built on trust and compassion, will allow you the opportunity to find answers and feel better.
I’m a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic integrative counsellor. I provide compassionate, empathic and confidential private counselling for a wide variety of clients. I care deeply about providing a safe space for you to explore your experiences, feelings and thoughts in order to feel better in life. I’ve helped people to work through many challenges such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-confidence, trauma and PTSD, bereavement and loss, stress, loneliness, social anxiety, panic attacks, neurodiversity and adult diagnoses (e.g. ADHD), suicidal thoughts and the legacy of abuse and neglect.
Our relationship, built on trust and compassion, will allow you the opportunity to find answers and feel better.
I’m a fully qualified and experienced psychotherapeutic integrative counsellor. I provide compassionate, empathic and confidential private counselling for a wide variety of clients. I care deeply about providing a safe space for you to explore your experiences, feelings and thoughts in order to feel better in life. I’ve helped people to work through many challenges such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and self-confidence, trauma and PTSD, bereavement and loss, stress, loneliness, social anxiety, panic attacks, neurodiversity and adult diagnoses (e.g. ADHD), suicidal thoughts and the legacy of abuse and neglect.
01603 361537 View 01603 361537
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Tracy Moore
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR15
I offer high quality, Psychotherapy for individual therapy and couples, for relationship counselling and have many years experience working with mental health. My commitment is to unconditionally respect values, lifestyle, background and beliefs, offering a discreet and professional service tailored to your needs. ​Whatever you are experiencing, you don't have to face it alone​. I believe in on-going training, academic learning and supervision and keep myself up-to-date with best practice, innovation and developments in the industry. I am a member of, am registered with and work to the strict ethics and regulations.
I offer high quality, Psychotherapy for individual therapy and couples, for relationship counselling and have many years experience working with mental health. My commitment is to unconditionally respect values, lifestyle, background and beliefs, offering a discreet and professional service tailored to your needs. ​Whatever you are experiencing, you don't have to face it alone​. I believe in on-going training, academic learning and supervision and keep myself up-to-date with best practice, innovation and developments in the industry. I am a member of, am registered with and work to the strict ethics and regulations.
01508 505551 View 01508 505551
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Louise Martin
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
Hello, I'm Louise and I'm a consultant clinical psychologist and family therapist with 20 years of experience helping adults and young people with emotional and mental health difficulties. I specialise in working with problem drug and alcohol use, but also work with all kinds of emotional and relationship distress, including managing life with a chronic health problem eg chronic pain, endocrine conditions, DSD (different / disorders of sex development). Many people I see experience anxiety, low mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, disconnection or shame, often as a result of life experiences involving adversity, trauma and loss.
Hello, I'm Louise and I'm a consultant clinical psychologist and family therapist with 20 years of experience helping adults and young people with emotional and mental health difficulties. I specialise in working with problem drug and alcohol use, but also work with all kinds of emotional and relationship distress, including managing life with a chronic health problem eg chronic pain, endocrine conditions, DSD (different / disorders of sex development). Many people I see experience anxiety, low mood, chronic feelings of emptiness, disconnection or shame, often as a result of life experiences involving adversity, trauma and loss.
01603 361287 View 01603 361287
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Dr Sheri Jarvis
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
), in the perinatal period, relationship changes as well as in relation to difference including neurodiversity, culture and gender identity.
I am a passionate Doctor of Clinical Psychology and have worked 15 years in mental health services working with adults, children, young people and families. I enjoy getting to know individuals and finding what works well for them. I do this through using evidence-based therapeutic approaches and tailor my intervention to each individual. I offer both adult and child cognitive assessments which can provide a learning profile demonstrating strengths and areas of difficulty.
), in the perinatal period, relationship changes as well as in relation to difference including neurodiversity, culture and gender identity.
I am a passionate Doctor of Clinical Psychology and have worked 15 years in mental health services working with adults, children, young people and families. I enjoy getting to know individuals and finding what works well for them. I do this through using evidence-based therapeutic approaches and tailor my intervention to each individual. I offer both adult and child cognitive assessments which can provide a learning profile demonstrating strengths and areas of difficulty.
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Michael Broad
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Norwich NR3
My aim is to help my clients live more fulfilling and positive lives. I offer a safe space where they can share their problems and receive support. Clients are met with warmth, acceptance and positivity, and their challenges are listened to and properly understood. I offer both individual and couples counselling. With individual clients, we will work to understand the origins of current challenges – like anxiety, negative thinking and depression – and develop better coping mechanisms. With relationship counselling, I help the couple to reconnect and build a stronger, healthier and sustainable relationship.
My aim is to help my clients live more fulfilling and positive lives. I offer a safe space where they can share their problems and receive support. Clients are met with warmth, acceptance and positivity, and their challenges are listened to and properly understood. I offer both individual and couples counselling. With individual clients, we will work to understand the origins of current challenges – like anxiety, negative thinking and depression – and develop better coping mechanisms. With relationship counselling, I help the couple to reconnect and build a stronger, healthier and sustainable relationship.
01603 361321 View 01603 361321
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Max Cohen
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
I work with individuals and couples aged 18+ on all issues. I specialise in trans+ (genderqueer, non-binary), LGBTQ+ issues & family support. I'm an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Pink Therapy). I also have over 25 years of experience of support work in areas such as living with HIV, recovering from domestic abuse, young people's issues, neurodiverse awareness and work-related issues such as discrimination.
I work with individuals and couples aged 18+ on all issues. I specialise in trans+ (genderqueer, non-binary), LGBTQ+ issues & family support. I'm an Advanced Accredited Gender, Sex and Relationship Diversities Therapist (Pink Therapy). I also have over 25 years of experience of support work in areas such as living with HIV, recovering from domestic abuse, young people's issues, neurodiverse awareness and work-related issues such as discrimination.
01392 349025 View 01392 349025
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Jades Counselling Service
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Norwich NR1
I am a fully trained and highly qualified Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor, registered with the BACP demonstrating a superior level of training and expertise. I have over 10 years experience & I am a successful author fully trained in bereavement, depression & anxiety, couples therapy, troubled relationships, childhood abuse, trauma, suicidal thoughts & self harm. I am a fully trained EMDR therapist. I use neuroscience to help you gain a full understanding of the workings of your brain gaining control over your emotions & behaviours & have more fulfilling relationships and experiences in your life that you so truly deserve.
I am a fully trained and highly qualified Accredited Counsellor & Supervisor, registered with the BACP demonstrating a superior level of training and expertise. I have over 10 years experience & I am a successful author fully trained in bereavement, depression & anxiety, couples therapy, troubled relationships, childhood abuse, trauma, suicidal thoughts & self harm. I am a fully trained EMDR therapist. I use neuroscience to help you gain a full understanding of the workings of your brain gaining control over your emotions & behaviours & have more fulfilling relationships and experiences in your life that you so truly deserve.
07492 882860 View 07492 882860
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Kathryn Price
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR2
I am a person-centred counsellor working within an established approach which places You at the heart of the therapeutic relationship.
Life can be incredibly challenging at times, overwhelming even. Any one of us can be left feeling depleted, not good enough, or unable to cope alone, in any given circumstance. Being offered the opportunity to be heard without judgement, or criticism, along with the chance to experience Yourself as You are, rather than how You think You 'should' be, can be very powerful and incredibly beneficial.
I am a person-centred counsellor working within an established approach which places You at the heart of the therapeutic relationship.
Life can be incredibly challenging at times, overwhelming even. Any one of us can be left feeling depleted, not good enough, or unable to cope alone, in any given circumstance. Being offered the opportunity to be heard without judgement, or criticism, along with the chance to experience Yourself as You are, rather than how You think You 'should' be, can be very powerful and incredibly beneficial.
01263 808939 View 01263 808939
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Leigh Counselling Services
Counsellor, MA
Verified Verified
Norwich NR1
I offer counselling for a range of concerns, but I specialise in supporting parents of teens where the relationship dynamic is challenged, identifying practical methods to apply in your family.
Are you struggling with difficult, painful emotions? Do you ever feel you're drowning in the pressures and stresses of everyday life? It happens to all of us at some point. Talking about your personal concerns can help to put them into perspective and find a way forward. Perhaps you're dealing with a family bereavement or a personal crisis? Maybe you're a parent struggling with the challenges of living with a teenager? Sharing your feelings with someone who's understanding and empathic can be life-changing, Seeking out solutions to what is testing you will give you the focus to deal with those difficulties and motivate you forward.
I offer counselling for a range of concerns, but I specialise in supporting parents of teens where the relationship dynamic is challenged, identifying practical methods to apply in your family.
Are you struggling with difficult, painful emotions? Do you ever feel you're drowning in the pressures and stresses of everyday life? It happens to all of us at some point. Talking about your personal concerns can help to put them into perspective and find a way forward. Perhaps you're dealing with a family bereavement or a personal crisis? Maybe you're a parent struggling with the challenges of living with a teenager? Sharing your feelings with someone who's understanding and empathic can be life-changing, Seeking out solutions to what is testing you will give you the focus to deal with those difficulties and motivate you forward.
01493 801393 View 01493 801393
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Golden Leaf Counselling Services
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR10
As a mature experienced counsellor also qualified to train others, I can help you with anxiety, depression, bereavement and a host of relationship based problems.
Are you looking for help with anxiety or depression? Is it hard to make sense out of your life and your identity as a male or female?...whether its work, family, or relationship related?...are you willing to work honestly and to be challenged?...you will be hoping for an empathic and non judgemental approach...and will be prepared to focus on how you and I can work together to bring about the changes that you need in your life. Are you open to new ways of working on old problems, even if the journey feels rather scary? You won't be alone in this process. Couples therapy is a specialism and I am also a "male friendly" therapist.
As a mature experienced counsellor also qualified to train others, I can help you with anxiety, depression, bereavement and a host of relationship based problems.
Are you looking for help with anxiety or depression? Is it hard to make sense out of your life and your identity as a male or female?...whether its work, family, or relationship related?...are you willing to work honestly and to be challenged?...you will be hoping for an empathic and non judgemental approach...and will be prepared to focus on how you and I can work together to bring about the changes that you need in your life. Are you open to new ways of working on old problems, even if the journey feels rather scary? You won't be alone in this process. Couples therapy is a specialism and I am also a "male friendly" therapist.
01263 802220 View 01263 802220
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Time to Flourish
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwich NR13
I have 15 years of experience helping individuals & couples who have complex needs such as anxiety, addiction, pornography, eating disorders, co-dependency, infidelity, or depression.
Hello. My name is Michelle. I'm offering Teams, telephone or f2f counselling in Martham near the broads. A very peaceful location with incredible views. A place you can come and find answers to complex questions. I have been a therapist for over 15 years competently helping people experience a compassionate space for exploration or to set some goals for the future. This is an opportunity to learn, grow, achieve successful outcomes, and effect change to improve your whole life. I help resolve troublesome symptoms. I offer a free telephone consultation.
I have 15 years of experience helping individuals & couples who have complex needs such as anxiety, addiction, pornography, eating disorders, co-dependency, infidelity, or depression.
Hello. My name is Michelle. I'm offering Teams, telephone or f2f counselling in Martham near the broads. A very peaceful location with incredible views. A place you can come and find answers to complex questions. I have been a therapist for over 15 years competently helping people experience a compassionate space for exploration or to set some goals for the future. This is an opportunity to learn, grow, achieve successful outcomes, and effect change to improve your whole life. I help resolve troublesome symptoms. I offer a free telephone consultation.
0115 697 1504 View 0115 697 1504
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Your Psychotherapist
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Norwich NR1  (Online Only)
You may consider therapy for various reasons, be that relationship issues, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, stress, or you may feel stuck and unable to harness your full potential.
Do you ever feel worried, stuck, lost, hopeless, lonely, lethargic, anxious, unable to sleep – less able to cope with life? Does this affect your ability to enjoy relationships, work, everyday life? Most of us experience challenging times at various stages of our lives but we don’t have to be alone with this. Psychological therapy offers a safe place that helps you to understand and overcome your issues. I will work with you as a team to understand symptoms, underlying issues, their causes and maintenance specific to you. We will find ways forward to relieving symptoms and distress and improving your wellbeing.
You may consider therapy for various reasons, be that relationship issues, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, stress, or you may feel stuck and unable to harness your full potential.
Do you ever feel worried, stuck, lost, hopeless, lonely, lethargic, anxious, unable to sleep – less able to cope with life? Does this affect your ability to enjoy relationships, work, everyday life? Most of us experience challenging times at various stages of our lives but we don’t have to be alone with this. Psychological therapy offers a safe place that helps you to understand and overcome your issues. I will work with you as a team to understand symptoms, underlying issues, their causes and maintenance specific to you. We will find ways forward to relieving symptoms and distress and improving your wellbeing.
020 8103 3863 View 020 8103 3863
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Karen McCann
Psychotherapist, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Norwich NR1
Waitlist for new clients
I'm Karen McCann, a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Safety, respect and confidentiality are core values I hold. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, understand yourself, your past and your relationships better and move forward to where you want to be in your life. Many individuals can experience physical symptoms associated with painful, uncomfortable and traumatic circumstances. Through a safe partnership, we can understand and help you process the internal and external pain, anxiety, addiction or relationship issues.
I'm Karen McCann, a qualified integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. Safety, respect and confidentiality are core values I hold. The goal is to help you grow from your struggles, understand yourself, your past and your relationships better and move forward to where you want to be in your life. Many individuals can experience physical symptoms associated with painful, uncomfortable and traumatic circumstances. Through a safe partnership, we can understand and help you process the internal and external pain, anxiety, addiction or relationship issues.
01487 802968 View 01487 802968
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MD of Harley St. Psychotherapy Ltd (Amanda Goss)
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Norwich NR1
We can help with 1-1 Counselling; Relationship issues; Anxiety; Depression; Stress; Low Self Esteem; Social Anxiety; Loneliness; Child Therapy; Young Persons Counselling; Family Therapy; Walking Therapy; Addiction; Eating Disorders; Sexual Abuse; Bereavement; ADHD/Autism/Asp.
Are you anxious/depressed/stressed/unhappy? Maybe you know the issue and don't want to feel this way any more? Even if you don't exactly know what is wrong, we will work with you to find out the cause so that you can live a happier, more contented life. We aim to get to the root of the problem so that the change is permanent. If you haven't had counselling before, or feel nervous about it, please call me for an informal chat. Counselling can be (and often is) a life changing experience. We suggest a 1st session, by the end of which you will know if you want to carry on. If you are a couple we have a specialist. Feel free to call.
We can help with 1-1 Counselling; Relationship issues; Anxiety; Depression; Stress; Low Self Esteem; Social Anxiety; Loneliness; Child Therapy; Young Persons Counselling; Family Therapy; Walking Therapy; Addiction; Eating Disorders; Sexual Abuse; Bereavement; ADHD/Autism/Asp.
Are you anxious/depressed/stressed/unhappy? Maybe you know the issue and don't want to feel this way any more? Even if you don't exactly know what is wrong, we will work with you to find out the cause so that you can live a happier, more contented life. We aim to get to the root of the problem so that the change is permanent. If you haven't had counselling before, or feel nervous about it, please call me for an informal chat. Counselling can be (and often is) a life changing experience. We suggest a 1st session, by the end of which you will know if you want to carry on. If you are a couple we have a specialist. Feel free to call.
020 4538 3988 View 020 4538 3988
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Kroy Gabreil Ryder
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Norwich NR1
I have a unique take on relationship styles and what this means for you.
Everybody faces mental well-being challenges in their lifes, this is higher in neurodiverse individuals. I support the challenges faced by people with learning difficulties, this includes but is not limited to Autism, ADHD,Dyslexia,Dyscalculia and Rejection Sensitive Disorder (RSD). You may have a diagnosis or you may just want to explore the possibility of being neurodivergent. I also offer support to parents, partners or family of neurodiverse individuals as it can be hard knowing how to cope with the new needs. Speaking to a counsellor can be a transformative experience for people and can have a positive effect on the individual.
I have a unique take on relationship styles and what this means for you.
Everybody faces mental well-being challenges in their lifes, this is higher in neurodiverse individuals. I support the challenges faced by people with learning difficulties, this includes but is not limited to Autism, ADHD,Dyslexia,Dyscalculia and Rejection Sensitive Disorder (RSD). You may have a diagnosis or you may just want to explore the possibility of being neurodivergent. I also offer support to parents, partners or family of neurodiverse individuals as it can be hard knowing how to cope with the new needs. Speaking to a counsellor can be a transformative experience for people and can have a positive effect on the individual.
01292 430615 View 01292 430615
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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.