Couple therapy or relationship counselling is a very effective method of assisting couples in overcoming a number of issues in their relationships. It is helpful for specific problems, as well as for complex problems that have developed and solidified over a long period of time. Available in Kensington, West London. Easy access from Notting Hill, Holland Park, Earl's Court, Fulham, Hammersmith, Gloucester Road
The partners can be married, unmarried, in a civil partnership, straight, gay, lesbian, or transgender. I can help with:
Loss of intimacy
The arrival of a new child
Infertility or difficulty conceiving
Significant life changes
Separation, divorce, or civil partnership dissolution
Going through the end of a relationship can be a complicated and painful process. The purpose of this service is to help individuals and couples understand their emotional state and work through the process of rebuilding their lives. This is not a mediation service.
Parenting difficulties (see also the family counselling section)
This service is intended for either individuals or couples. It may be that a couple are having difficulties agreeing on how to parent or both are struggling with one or more of their children. During the initial consultation we will decide together on whether therapy will provide a space to reflect on the couple’s difficulties or whether children also need to attend therapy.
These issues can also occur within the context of separation, civil partnership dissolution, or separation. In such cases it is usually helpful to initially help the parents work through the emotions that have arisen because of the end of the relationship before assisting them on how to co-parent.
A consultation can be attended by an individual member of the couple, both parents, or one of the parents and their new partner, depending on who has parenting responsibilities.
How it works:
An initial 90 minute consultation can be attended by one or both members of the couple. If the partners and therapist decide that couple therapy is the most appropriate way forward, a time and day is set every week for further 50 minute meetings. The function of the therapist is to help the partners work out in how they relate to each in depth other and identify what needs to change in order for the relationship to improve. The duration of the therapy is determined by the needs of the couple and adjusted to give partners time to arrive at sustainable long-term solutions. The therapist is committed to a non-judgemental stance. It can be very helpful to have an external participant, who does not take sides, assist with clarifying the origins of the difficulties and the vicious cycles that often develop in relationships.