Pre-Marital therapy appears to be on the rise

More and more couples are seeking out counselling before they get married, rather than waiting for problems to arise.  This is something that could also be useful for anyone who is considering entering into a committed, long-term relationship (not necessarily marriage). When Oliver and Katie approached a couples therapist before their wedding, they weren’t expecting it to … Read more…

Communication in relationships

The Purpose of Communication in Relationships One of the biggest problems in communicating is that most couples have a basic misconception of what the purpose of communication is.  Most approach talking with a partner as a debate in which each presents a preconceived version of the reality of what is going on between the two … Read more…

Couples counselling – Make sure you are going for the right reasons

Couples counselling can be a positive way forward for many couples.  However  it is important to consider why you want to come to sessions.  The following are some reasons not to come for counselling: 1. You want the Marriage Counsellor to decide who is right and who is wrong. Specifically you want the therapist to … Read more…

Fifth of UK couples close to break-up – Relate survey

Almost one in five (18%) couples in the UK argue regularly or consider separating, a study suggests. The report, carried out by charity Relate and based on a survey of 20,980 people in relationships from 2013-15, suggested 2.87 million people were in “distressed” relationships. Dr David Marjoribanks, from Relate, said constant bickering could have a … Read more…

How a new baby can affect a relationship

Research shows that many parents feel less satisfied with their relationship after a baby, at least in the short-term. This isn’t surprising, since both partners are probably tired, anxious and emotional – and they may be worried about a number of issues money, loss of freedom, and just generally overwhelmed by new responsibilities. Becoming a … Read more…

What is couples counselling?

What is couples counselling? Couples counselling (which can also be referred to as marriage guidance) is a form of therapy that looks to improve communication and resolve issues within an intimate relationship. In contrast to counselling for relationship issues, which can be undertaken solely through individual sessions, couples counselling is a term applied to talk … Read more…

When to go for couples therapy

A good time to attend marriage or relationship counselling is when: You want to learn skills and tools to have a good or even better marriage or relationship Or, As soon as one of you thinks you need it, even if the other person doesn’t think so. Or, You feel stuck and what you have … Read more…

Couples therapy in your twenties? Not as crazy as it sounds

This article was written by Radhika Sanghani for The Telegraph in 2015. Couples therapy no longer has a stigma. It’s perfectly normal for married couples, or long-term partners going through some difficulties to seek professional help. You just have to watch an American sitcom to see how mainstream it’s become. But getting couples therapy in … Read more…

5 principles of effective couples therapy

Being a couples therapist does requires special skills but that is what the training is about. Individuals who go into marriage and family counseling or therapy take years of rigorous coursework and supervision, go through an arduous credentialing and licensing process, and continue to receive education throughout their careers to learn about the field’s newest … Read more…

Top tips for a happy relationship

Talk constructively How you say things is as important as what you’re saying. If you and your partner are having a disagreement, don’t just attack them or go all-out criticising. Why not try using ‘I’ statements? By saying ‘I feel’ rather than ‘You always…’ you’re taking responsibility for your emotions and your partner won’t feel … Read more…