Southerndown

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Lee on the Solent, Hampshire, PO13 9JH

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Couples
Therapy

"Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery” - JK Rowling

 

 

 

What is Couples Counselling/Therapy?

Couples Counselling involves three people in the counselling relationship: the Counsellor and the Couple. Counselling involves the clients sharing and exploring their experiences within the safety of warm, confidential surroundings with someone who is interested in understanding and hearing their narrative.  It is a relationship built on a foundation of trust, understanding and honesty. 

As a Counsellor, it is my role to attempt to understand as fully as possible the experience of the other person, what it s like to be them with their struggles and difficulties - to appreciate and value their experience.  Couples counselling is different to Mediation which is a different approach.  Mediation is usually used in relation to resolving a specific dispute and often provides a structured, directive means to resolve it.  As a Couples Counsellor it is not my role to resolve a dispute or provide solutions to the problems.  My role is to encourage and facilitate communication between the couple, trusting them to find their own way through their difficulty. 

 

Who is it for?

Couples counselling can encompass many different types of partnerships such as:

 

  • Married couples

  • Same-sex couples

  • Siblings

  • Parent/child

  • Work colleagues

  • Friends

What happens during the first session?

The first session is an Initial Consultation whereby I explain the counselling contract and what it means.  This includes confidentiality, frequency and length of sessions, cost etc.  I then go through an asessment which involves taking some personal information such as next of kin and medication.  The rest of the first session is usually spent exploring what has brought the client the counselling, what they are hoping the gain and what their expectations are.   

Why do people come?

People usually seek Couples Counselling because they are experiencing a difficulty in their relationship that they haven't been able to overcome on their own.  As a Counsellor working with a couple it is my role to hear what each person in the relationship has to say and value their experiences equally.  By listening and providing an environment which encourages each person to really hear the other, the couple are encouraged to navigate their way through their difficulty with the support of an unbiased witness (myself). 

What issues do people seek counselling for?

Issues I am experienced in and work with include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Infidelity/Affairs

  • Life Changes/Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Bereavement/Loss

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Sexual Abuse 

  • Stress Management

  • Traumatic Experiences

  • Emotional Abuse

  • Spirituality

  • Gender Issues

  • LGBTQ Related Issues

  • Overwhelming/Unfamiliar feelings

How much does it cost?

I offer a reduced price first session of £50 for couples for 1 hour session.  After this I charge £60 per 1 hour session for couples or £70 per 1.5 hour session.  I can offer concessions for students and people on a low income upon agreed negotiation.