Couple or relationship therapy provides a space for partners to explore how they relate to each other and then to work towards improving these patterns of behaviour. The emphasis is on what you do together rather than individually. Learning what your partner is trying to communicate and seeing how you respond can help each of you to understand the other better. This can enable you to see more clearly what you want from the relationship and to decide whether or not it has a future and the implications of such a decision.
Individuals not currently in an intimate relationship can attend on their own to reflect on former relationships and to think about what they want from future ones. Individuals currently in an intimate relationship can attend on their own, if their partner does not want to attend, but it is usually better for both partners to attend.
Partners are normally seen together, though some separate sessions with each individual can help. If domestic violence and control is a major issue in the relationship, this usually needs dealing with first. Therapy cannot take place without a sufficient sense of safety.
Couple or relationship therapy can be useful for same-sex and heterosexual clients.
Couple or relationship therapy can be short or long-term depending on the issues you want to explore. Sessions usually take place at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.
Find a Couple Therapist / Relationship Therapist in London at the Bloomsbury Therapy Centre
Saskia Ohlin MSc PsyD CPsychol
Chartered Counselling Psychologist. Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Schematherapist
Almost 20 years of experience working with a range of mental health issues both in private and NHS setting.