‘A good relationship is more than something we want – it’s something we need to be our happiest and healthiest, most productive selves’.
Each of use enters into romantic relationships with ideas about what we want based on family relationships, what we’ve seen in the media, and our own past relationships experiences.
When it comes to healthy relationships, there is no one size fits all advice. Relationships require a willingness to adapt and change as well as developing skills in communication and emotional awareness.
While the early months of a relationship can feel effortless and exciting, successful long term relationships involve ongoing effort and comprise by both partners. Building healthy patterns early in your relationships can establish a solid foundations for the long run.
Healthy communication is critical especially when there are important decisions to be made regarding sex, career, marriage and family.
Simple everyday stressors can strain an intimate relationship. When this occurs many couples struggle to communicate effectively and are left feeling that they are not being heard by their partners.
Couples often seek couples or marriage counselling when relationship problems begin to interfere with daily functioning or when partners are unsure about continuing the relationship. Relationship counsellors do not take sides or recommend that a couple end their relationship. Instead, they allow the therapy process to unfold naturally without a predetermined goal of “saving” the relationship.
Couples are helped to communicate his or her needs, thoughts and emotions more clearly and to listen to the other partner more effectively.
Couple counselling is not an easy process at times there is much on the line for couples, families and individuals who are facing such difficulties. The journey may be hard but the rewards can be great an initial consultation will enable you to discover whether marriage or couple counselling therapy will be a way forward for you.