Couples Sessions Fees

Couples counselling initial assessment £40

Couples counselling session £60

Fees may be payable if session cancelled with less than 24hrs notice

Current Appointment Availability

Tuesday –  Waiting list

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Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy.

Challenges to Relationships

A couple starts a committed relationship with the expectation of leading a happy, loving and satisfying life together. Sharing the same interests, intimacy and connection.

You felt loved, acknowledged and valued. It was meant to be happily ever after. Then over time things change, often a series of things and suddenly there is a gulf between you.

External Impacts

Life events can all have an significant impact on a couples relationship. Children being born is a huge disrupter including grown up children leaving home. Change, loss of job, financial difficulties, moving home, illness the list is endless.

Relationships change and develop over time. Reflecting how all individuals themselves grow. Additionally couples face conflicts within the relationship, differences of opinion and unmet needs.

Changes Within

Relationships aren’t static. They change according to nature of the individuals and people don’t necessarily develop at the same rate.

As individuals change then one or both partners may feel dissatisfied with the other person. One morning you wake up and wonder do you love each other any more. Do you even love yourself still?

Time for Change

As you get older we might not recognise our partner or ourselves. Somewhere the relationship took a turn and one or both of you didn’t keep up.

This can be a period of uncertainty, confusion and anxiety. It can feel really lonely. Maybe its time for you do do something different and try something new.

That something is couples counselling southampton to form a new relationship that is stronger than it was before.

The Role of Couples Counselling

I specialise in working with couples who are experiencing difficulties or simply want to breathe new life into their relationship.

Couples counselling southampton can help give a better perspective of what is happening. Helping to  recognise and figure out how obstacles to well being might best be resolved.

Neutral and Discreet

My practice provides a private and secure environment where difficult things can be said and heard safely. There is time in which events can be explored, consider why they are happening and to recognise the impact.

As a couples therapist my role is to work with you so you recognise the best outcomes for yourselves individually and for the relationship. I don’t take sides, judge, criticise or tell you what to do.

Couples therapy enables resolution of conflict and rebuilding of your relationship.

Finding Your Voice

Working with both individuals in the counselling session I encourage each person to be able say what is happening for them and what they are experiencing. Standing back, slowing down and thinking calmly brings clarity.

Importantly each person can benefit from identifying their unmet needs, wants and desires. Then to be able to consider how those needs might be met.

The Art of Listening and Acknowledging

This requires some give and take, sharing of thoughts and feelings. Couples can use the relationship therapy sessions to develop negotiation skills, recognise the importance of meeting own needs whilst learning about yourself and your partner.

Relationships in difficulty really can and often do benefit from couples counselling.

Relationship Development

Individuals go through a number of stages of development within a committed relationship.

Sometimes one person gets stuck or changes at a faster rate than the other. This often leads to an imbalance and dissatisfaction.

When the needs of one partner are no longer provided or available from the other then this can cause difficulties. Partners then question the quality of the relationship and communication starts to breakdown.

Over time this dissatisfaction might lead to isolation within the relationship. This can lead to lack of intimacy, affairs and or a breakdown of the relationship.

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Stage One Bonding

This is when couples are strongly attracted to each physically and emotionally. Similarities are shared and differences are minimised. Typically this relationship stage lasts around eighteen months and is symbiotic in nature.

A committed and strong attachment forms the foundation of the ongoing relationship. This is a period of co-dependence and exclusiveness where identity changes from I to We.

If one partner moves ahead of the other to the next stage this can lead to jealousy and dependency.

Counselling can help couples to recognise when one or both partners are stuck here.

Stage Two Differentiation

Each partner in this stage focuses on the differences and imperfections of their partners. This requires negotiation to promote acceptance of different needs and wants.

We must learn to self sooth our own feelings of discontentment. This develops a clear sense of identity and reduces dependency on our partner. Equally whilst wanting our individual space, interests and friends we also invest in the relationship.

This stage can result in discontentment at the loss of bonding and focus on the differences. This is typified by disappointment in each other leading to conflict and blame.

Both partners must learn to compromise and learn to tolerate differences. One method I use to promote understanding and acceptance is how to engage in positive conflict.

Stage Three Practising

Couples develop their individuality exploring new experiences as individuals and returning to the relationship. This promotes self-worth and esteem so that new skills and abilities can be developed.

This requires individuals to be open and honest about sharing thoughts and feelings. Support for the others search to realise their potential is necessary and well as your own.

Couples may experience struggles over control and authority. Affairs may take place, one partner may come and go at will whilst still wanting the security of home and relationship.

Stage Four Reconnecting

Couples in the reconnecting stage return to one another. They reconnect on a deeper level of empathy and understanding.

Here there is greater closeness and emotional connection.

 

Stage Five Interdependence

This the last phase of development that brings the couple to a point where each accepts and supports their own individuality and that of their partner. Both partners enjoy individuality and the strength of the union.

In this phase the sum of the relationship is greater than the individuals. Trust, intimacy and spontaneity underpins the relationship.

Ending Relationships

In some instances it’s not about how to continue the relationship, it is about how to end the relationship well. Coming to terms with the loss of dreams and expectations.

Counselling can help with dealing with mixed emotions, uncertainty and having to start again.

Additional Information

Online information is available from the Couples Institute blog for clients.