Couples Counselling

The love and companionship of another can bring out the best in us.  A good relationship can be nurturing, supportive and enlivening.    However relationships can also be a source of pain, rather than of pleasure; with partners feeling powerless, angry, hurt or discouraged.  

Couples Counselling can help you set your relationship back on course for better times, (or it can ease the difficulties of a breakup).  We will look at the dynamics of what is going on between you, so that you both feel heard and respected.  You can learn better ways of communicating what is most alive for you - appreciations and passions, complaints and resentments, puzzles and concerns, dreams and aspirations.  You can explore how you express love and caring to one another and how it is received. 

Relationships don't happen in a bubble. Both parties bring hopes and fears of what a relationship can be, perhaps learnt from families of origin or from previous relationships. Changing circumstances and the demands of children, in-laws, health, home, culture and career can all strengthen or weaken a relationship. We can look at how a relationship can respond strongly and flexibly to these factors too.Good relationships needs attention and time - which is often freely given at the "falling-in-love" stage. Couples counselling can help you build that foundation of loving attention and time back into your relationship.   

Good relationships needs attention and time - which is often freely given at the "falling-in-love" stage. Couples counselling can help you build that foundation of loving attention and time back into your relationship, so that it can thrive and flourish long after your couples counselling has ended. 

Or if you do not want to rebuild the relationship, then you can use couples counselling to look at what contributed to the relationship breakdown (so you are less likely to repeat the pattern in your future relationships) and/or to improve your relating enough to ease communication about any shared children  and to achieve a non-combative separation.

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"Katrina helped us to really talk honestly with each other. I got to say what I needed to say without it destroying us! 

I really appreciated the way that Katrina did not side with either of us, and never blamed anyone, but stayed fully focused on ‘the relationship’ as her client.

We stayed together! It surprised many of our friends who really thought we wouldn’t make it through. We are now 5 years on and going strong.

I am so glad we stuck with it because we have been closer than ever and communicate so much more helpfully. What doesn’t break you really does make you stronger!"