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Couples counselling in Portsmouth – Southsea
Are you looking for relationship counselling in the region Portsmouth?
My name is Kathy Mead, I am a fully qualified relationship counsellor and a member of the BACP.
As a couple you may have difficulty in your relationship with communication, letting the other person know how you feel and identifying your own needs and getting those needs met.
An affair may have happened or there may be sexual problems which can be difficult to even acknowledge, much less talk about.
That’s where I can help to give you a place to talk about these things and help you as a couple to talk to each other in a more honest, respectful and loving way, whilst being able to identify what each individual wants and needs and how this can be met within the relationship.
It may also be that the relationship is not fulfilling those needs anymore and you need help and guidance with how to go about making changes, which may include ending the relationship and finding ways of doing this in a less destructive way.
Respect and encouragement
Relationship counselling gives you and your partner a chance to look at the problems you’re facing in a different way with someone who will respect and encourage your opinions and decisions.
I can help you to think of other options and ways of addressing your situation that you have not thought of before and help to give you a different set of relationship “tools” to those you have been using.
Relationship Therapy may be able to help with:
- Understanding where and how the problems affecting you and your partner have arisen
- Difficulties around jealousy and trusting each other
- Recovering from affairs
- Constant bickering or arguing
- Sexual problems (which may have many causes, including physical, psychological, emotional or circumstantial)
- Problems arising from a change in life circumstances (such as having children, caring for elderly relatives or employment changes)
- Recovering intimacy
- Communication issues
- Managing separation (if unavoidable) through collaborative processes in the best way for all concerned.
The solutions may be right under your nose, but it takes someone objective outside of the relationship to see what those solutions are. Gaining insight into who you are, why you do what you do and where it is possible to change, is part of that process.
An outcome of relationship therapy can be:
✔ Improved communication – which means you are more likely to be able to live in harmony with one another.
✔ Improved confidence – which means that by being able to speak openly, honestly and frankly will enable you to avoid hidden agendas and blocks that often mar good relationships.
✔ Conflict management – which means giving you the skills to resolve issues mutually allowing you to explore difficulties in an atmosphere of trust and empathy.
✔ Overcoming emotional avoidance – which means becoming more aware of your own and other people’s emotions and learning how to be comfortable with this instead of blocking or turning away.
Discovering what works best for you
It’s difficult to say how many sessions may be needed as this is different for every individual or couple. Sometimes as a result of couples therapy there may also be a need for individual sessions as well which I am happy to incorporate into the therapy work and this will be negotiated together within the sessions.
As with individual work, relationship therapy is not a “one size fits all” and part of discovering what is best for you and your relationship is learning to be comfortable with change and flexibility and growing and adapting to each other’s needs.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, or if you would like to make an appointment.
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