Couples counselling, also known as couples therapy, relationship counselling or (in the past) as marriage guidance, is a specialised form of counselling where you and your partner see a therapist together.
You might choose to come to counselling together if you and your partner have experienced any number of circumstances, including:
- To prepare for, or deal with, a big change in your lives, such as moving in together, getting married, having or adopting a child, children leaving home, or retirement
- To help you cope with difficult life events which are impacting on your relationship, for example infertility, bereavement (including miscarriage and abortion) or illness
- To rebuild the relationship where something big (for example an affair), or lots of little things (for example not spending any quality time together), have damaged it
- To resolve recurring conflicts which are spoiling your life together, such as conflicts over chores, the children, or money
- To make the process of separation or divorce less difficult, helping you and your children or other family members achieve a more positive outcome.
Your therapist will be specially trained and highly experienced in working with couples, and will be able to create a safe, neutral space where you both feel you are able to express yourself and be heard and understood.