Couples therapy

Couples therapy offers a supportive and impartial space for you as a couple to discuss and resolve your problems. Couples can be of the opposite sex, same sex, young or older: you may be married, in a partnership or ending one. Couples therapy can also include work with people who are in other close relationships, such as a parent and an adult child.

People come to couples therapy for a variety of reasons. It may be that you and your partner are in conflict, or facing separation or divorce. You may be experiencing sexual difficulties, or life-changes such as becoming new parents or children leaving home.

The aim of couples therapy is to allow both partners equal time and space to give their point of view and to hear their partner’s. This open communication is designed to clear the way for couples to understand each other more fully, and to work together to find ways out of their current difficulties.

My role as a therapist is to be impartial, non-judgemental, and to look for both sides of the story so that both partners can take responsibility for their part in the relationship and the changes they want to make.

My aim is to facilitate effective communication and problem solving between couples. This may involve clarifying unhelpful patterns and dynamics, helping people to identify underlying beliefs and assumptions, and supporting people in expressing their feelings, wants and needs.