Marriage counselling at the Relationship Room addresses the myriad of issues that come with creating a life with another person. Some of these include issues with trust and infidelity, conflict and connectedness and intimacy and companionship. Following are some of the issues are commonly addressed marriage counselling:
- Infidelity – processing and healing from affairs and breaches of trust can be very painful within relationships, at the Relationship Room we utilize evidence based practice to help the couple heal from the trauma, process grief and rebuild their relationship.
- Conflict – conflict is a normal part of relationships, however, the way that we approach conflict can spell the difference between a happy relationship and the dissolution of a relationship. Our couples counsellors use practical tools help couples to learn how to bring up and work through issues as they come up, particularly those that keep coming up again and again in relationships.
- Disconnection and loss of intimacy – quite often couples experience a loss of intimacy and connectedness, we utilize practical tools to bring couples back to feeling like lovers rather than flatmates.
- Stress management – managing stress is key to healthy relationships and good mental health in general, in acknowledgement of this, we focus strongly on the management of stress in the family.
- Fertility issues – working with issues around fertility and the stress, trauma and grief that can accompany them is vital to helping couples move through these issues in a connected, supportive way. Our psychologists are also registered to provide pregnancy support counselling.
- Parenting – research shows that 70% of couples experience a decrease in marital satisfaction as a result of becoming parents. Our counsellors utilize practical skills to support parents in working together as a team, creating a connected family and managing the stresses that go with parenting in a productive way.
- Managing emotions – many couples have different ways of relating to emotions, our marriage counsellors can support couples in better understanding these differences and the way they impact relationships.
- Enhancing friendship – a couple’s friendship is a crucial component of a marriage, supporting couples to feel more connected, familiar and intimate with one another on an emotional level is the foundation of a strong relationship
- Sex/intimacy issues – managing intimacy issues which arise within relationships is also crucial to supporting couples to feel connected with one another.
- Coping with trauma and grief – often couples must cope with trauma and grief either arising within the relationship or outside of the relationship. Our psychologists are trained in the treatment of trauma and are able to support couples to work through these issues.
- Life transitions – many couples struggle with adjusting to major life transitions, helping couples to work through these transitions in a connected way and understand the meanings for one another is a key element of couples counselling.
- Coping with extended families – dealing with relationships with in-laws, children from other marriages, ex-partners, family members and friends can place stress on a relationship and working through these issues so that each partner feels supported is key.
At the Relationship Room we believe that healthy relationships with others, as well as an engaged, active self-awareness allows individuals and couples to build resilience and cope with life in a world that can, at times, be stressful. Our therapies are designed to allow clients to feel supported and connected and to develop strategies to manage a range of issues.