Relationship Counselling

Strong relationships whether they are with those we love, friends or colleagues – play a central role in our well-being, providing us with love, support and stability.

But every relationship, no matter how strong, will go through challenging times and getting the right help when you feel that your relationship needs support is not an easy step to take.

At Stephen can offer relationship counselling, couples therapy and family therapy – working with individuals or couples regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity.

We use a combination of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and systemic models to provide our clients with the best possible therapy to help them get their relationships back on track.

What is relationship counselling?

Relationship counselling gives couples or individuals a safe, confidential place where a skilled professional can help you the roots of any difficulties and tensions in your relationship, or indeed just help you identify steps you can take to enrich the quality of your life as a couple.

How long does relationship counselling take?

This is a key concern for many people looking to undertake relationship counselling but since every client is different we cannot put a specific time frame on how long the therapy will take.

The following factors are key factors in determining how long couple counselling can take:

  • The goals of the couple
  • The specific needs of the couple
  • Levels of engagement in the process
  • Commitment to the therapeutic process

Our general rule of thumb for how long the counselling will take is however long you need until you feel your relationship problems are resolved. We’ll provide the right support and guidance – identifying a strategic plan and goals you want to work to.

How can relationship counselling help?

  • It can give you fresh insight. Sometimes, because we are in them, it is hard to look objectively at our relationships. The guidance of a trained professional can open your eyes and give you a new perspective on the dynamics operating between you.
  • Relationship counselling can enable couples to discuss difficult or challenging issues openly and reasonably without communication breaking down in fights or withdrawal.
  • Relationship counselling can cover all aspects of your relationship, including the physical, sexual and emotional needs of both parties.
  • Relationship counselling can help you focus on strengths and resources in your relationship as well as the weaknesses.
  • Relationship counselling is not just for couples who want to stay together. It can be equally useful for those at the end of their relationship, who have decided to part, but who want to do so on good terms.