Relationship problems are surprisingly common, and can cause huge distress to those who experience them.
Relationships maybe between unmarried partners, co-habiting partners, people in civil partnerships or married couples. Indeed any couple can experience difficulties and conflicts in their relationship.
These may be internal, i.e. between the couple, or as a result of external pressures such as an extended family or an affair.
Unresolved these can lead to relationship breakdowns, health problems and huge, emotional suffering for all involved.
Starting any kind of counselling can be daunting. Sometimes people can find it harder to begin couple counselling than individual therapy.
Exposing your hopes and fears in front of your partner is to perhaps risk being misunderstood or feeling foolish.
I have been working with couples for many years, and in my experience there is often a sense of relief once the counselling is under way.
Maybe this is the first time for a while that you have sat together and really tried to communicate.
In general couple counselling needs fewer sessions than one-to-one. Once you have begun to find a more satisfactory way of communicating with each other, much of the work takes place outside the counselling room and sessions are spaced further apart.
A free introductory 1/2 hr appointment is not available to couples.