Taking the right step to mending our relationships

Positive relationships have an amazingly constructive influence on our lives. An individual’s sense of wellbeing and the fostering of emotional requirements can be impacted heavily by this relationship. Regrettably, when relationships are no longer positive, it can be distressing, leaving us feeling cut off, betrayed, miserable and even angry. The rule book to happy relationships simply does not exist. Everyone experiences ups and downs, but ultimately doing the best we can to work as a team. When this fails us and things begin to fracture, it can be tough to see a solution in these relationships. Just who do you turn to when this source of trust and reliance is no longer there?

Is relationship counselling an option?

Are you constantly quarrelling? Is your living environment a place of constant friction and bitterness? Has the relationship lost its intimacy? These seemingly little but recurring relationship issues are usually indicators of a greater issue that may be causing problems. Relationships can often be challenging, particularly when there are varying beliefs, opinions, cultures, and/or backgrounds involved. Life Supports accredited counsellors and psychologists will help you, both individually and as a couple, to identify the issues you face. Further, helping you to rekindle yourself and your partner’s relationship with a new found sense of appreciation. Our relationship counsellors are delighted to offer their services to all relationships.

Counselling married couples

There is a great deal of pain in a relationship when a marriage begins to fail, especially when there are children involved. An experienced marriage counsellor can help achieve harmony again by breaking through defence barriers and starting to ‘face’ one another again. Marriages meet struggles throughout their tenure but some can be more critical than others, as in:

  • Controlling or abusive behaviour
  • Imbalance of power
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Extra-marital affairs
  • Sexual problems
  • Family issues

The experience and expertise found with Life Supports marriage counsellors can assist you in finding a means to a solution. While we listen and support, we also put positive strategies in place and implement important plans that will make a change to your current relationship.

Taking the steps to begin building bridges

While attending to the individual and the couple, our relationship counselling brings about change. The upshot is a superior self-awareness, a stronger comprehension of your partner and yourself. Helping you to identify the issues surrounding your marriage and/or relationship problems is the key to Life Supports success.

Once these problems are exposed and in the open, we help identify which steps need to be taken in order to reach a negotiated happy outcome whilst respecting the others’ feelings. By comprehending the base of the problem and how it influences and impacts the other person, you are then capable of starting to build bridges with your partner.

There is no need to stay discontent in a relationship; you can take positive steps. The first being to start talking again; so let us start now. Call us on [phone] today.

Our network of Life Supports accredited counsellors is exceedingly respected within the industry. Our high level of experience in relationship and marriage counselling allows us to offer professional, unbiased and emotional support to couples going through a relationship breakdown.

Take a look at the Life Supports network of counsellors and psychologists, inform our receptionist when you call of the choice you have made regarding your selection and we will endeavour to accommodate you and your partner.

Life Supports counsellors offer confidential relationship counselling services from offices in all major cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Gold Coast and many other various local towns and cities through-out Australia.

Relationship Counselling FAQs

It is common for one or two family members to initiate the counselling process, with other family members joining in if and when they are ready. We also provide individual family counselling if you need a non-judgmental, confidential space to explore and address your own family issues. Family counselling is suitable for both small and larger family groups– there are no prerequisites that the entire family needs to be present.

In fact, family counselling can be incredibly effective even if certain family members choose not to participate. Your Life Supports relationship counsellor or psychologist will collaborate with your family to build on relational strengths and encourage change and interpersonal growth opportunities.

Life Supports relationship counselling helps families to:

  • Clearly identify issues affecting each family member
  • Foster inclusiveness and consideration of every family member’s needs
  • Develop clear family goals (e.g. reducing the frequency of conflict)
  • Practice safe, effective ways to address family challenges and grievances
  • Cease engaging in blaming behaviour, by taking responsibility for the family’s welfare as a group
  • Use effective, respectful communication when discussing distressing or challenging issues
  • Break the cycle of family conflict by encouraging new ways of relating
  • Recognise setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning
  • Focus on and celebrate the family’s unique strengths
  • Review progress and maintain improvements

Often couples that are new to the counselling experience are worried that relationship therapy may be biased towards one partner, emotionally confrontational, or that it simply won’t work. To ensure this is not the case, each session is:

  • Tailored to be inclusive of both partners
  • A discreet, nonjudgmental space to unpack your relationship concerns
  • Focused upon giving you an insightful understanding of your individual situation
  • Designed to give you practical tools to address problems and create long-lasting, positive changes
  • Couples and relationship counselling often involves a blend of joint and solo counselling sessions, depending on your personal therapeutic needs. This flexibility allows your counsellor to accurately assess your communication styles, patterns of behaviour and relationship needs as individuals, and as a couple. Our team of relationship counsellors are compassionate, competent and capable of helping you to achieve your relationship goals.

We frequently see clients for individual relationship counselling. Sometimes one partner is reluctant to seek help, or simply unable to attend counselling due to work commitments or geographical distance.

The great news is that individual counselling is just as effective as joint couple counselling when it comes to improving relationship quality. Recent research by clinical psychologist Dr Howard Markman studied 300 married and unmarried couples who attended relationship skills counselling together or individually: results from the study indicated that those who attended counselling individually showed a marked improvement in the quality of their relationships, on par with those who attended counselling with their partner. 

You may be struggling with conflicting thoughts and feelings about your relationship; you might be having difficulty balancing your own needs with the demands of your partner or family. In some cases, you may be experiencing the feelings of depression, anger, anxiety or grief associated with separation or divorce.

Whatever you bring to counselling, your Life Supports relationship specialist will work alongside you to help make sense of your experience, and support you moving forward in a constructive and positive way. For some clients, simply talking through issues can be a helpful process, while others may be looking for specific guidance or strategies to enhance their relationships. Together we will identify the most constructive and useful way that we can support you to make sense of your relationship and bring about positive change in your life.

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